Cleft Lip and Palate
Cleft lip and palate are birth defects in which the mouth and lip do not close properly during prenatal development, also known as oral-facial clefts. Children with cleft lip and palate face a variety of possible complications, such as feeding difficulties, speech and language delay, and hearing loss.
Founded in 1953 as part of our internationally recognized Facial Reconstruction Center, our Cleft Lip and Palate Program is one of the largest in the nation. Patients with cleft lip and palate benefit from an integrated treatment approach that brings together the many specialties that they might need in the long-term care and management of their condition.