Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Services

Every year, our team of experts provides outstanding care for hundreds of children with cleft and craniofacial anomalies. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the Cleft and Craniofacial Center offers the latest techniques and comprehensive treatments for children with cleft lip, cleft palate or other craniofacial anomalies.

It is one of just four programs in Florida and the only program of its kind in Broward, Palm Beach and Collier counties. 

Conditions we treat include:

  • Cleft lip
  • Cleft palate
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Other conditions involving the face and head

Call us to make an appointment: 954-265-6314.


4651 Sheridan Street, Suite 150
Hollywood, Florida 33021

About Our Program

Since its inception in 2001, the Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital has become a leading craniofacial center in the nation. The center is fully accredited by the State of Florida Department of Health and the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.

Your First Visit

Learn what you should expect at your first visit.

Conditions Treated

  • Cleft lip and/or cleft palate isolated or part of a syndrome such as:
    • Pierre robin sequence
    • 22q11.2 deletion (velocardiofacial / DiGeorge syndrome)
    • Van der Woude syndrome
    • Stickler syndrome
  • Craniosynostosis isolated or part of a syndrome such as:
    • Crouzon syndrome
    • Apert syndrom
    • Saethre-Chotzen syndrome
  • Microtia and other ear anomalies isolated or part of a syndrome such as:
    • Hemifacial microsomia/Goldenhar syndrome
    • Treacher Collins syndrome
  • Moebius syndrome
  • CHARGE syndrome
  • Velopharyngeal dysfunction (including VPI)
  • Any other conditions involving the face

Team Members and Roles

  • Audiologist: Evaluates for possible hearing problems
  • Geneticist: Evaluates patients for any genetic causes and provides family with genetic counseling
  • Nurse case manager: Coordinates and facilities clinical recommendations made during the clinic visit
  • Nurse program coordinator: Coordinates all team services
  • Nutritionist: Evaluates dietary and nutritional needs
  • Oral-Maxillo Facial Surgeon: Evaluates and corrects jaw and dental anomalies
  • Orthodontist: Evaluates the position and alignment of teeth and jaw
  • Parent advocate: Provides family support and resources and acts as a liaison between your family and the team
  • Pediatric craniofacial surgeon: Evaluates and corrects cleft and craniofacial anomalies
  • Pediatric dentist: Evaluates and treats dental problems
  • Pediatric neurosurgeon: Evaluates and corrects brain and skull anomalies
  • Pediatric otolaryngologist (Ear-Nose- Throat Specialist): Evaluates structures of the ear, nose and throat to manage problems related to hearing and airway
  • Pediatric psychologist: Assesses the psychosocial function and behavioral development of your child
  • Pediatrician: Evaluates patient’s clinical history and identifies medical needs to coordinate care with the team and local providers
  • Social worker: Connects families to community and hospital resources based on financial and social needs
  • Speech-language Pathologist/Feeding Specialist: Evaluates and treats speech and feeding problems

Assessment Services

  • Velopharyngeal dysfunction clinic
  • Prenatal clinic
  • Feeding evaluations
  • NAM (Nasal alveolar molding)
  • BAHA/Cochlear implant clinic
  • Nasoendoscopy
  • Nasovideo fluoroscopy
  • Nasometry
  • Genetic testing
  • Hearing evaluation
  • Imaging studies (barium swallow study, CT, MRI, X-rays)
  • Sleep study