Neonatal Craniofacial Program

Consulting Specialty Programs 

The Neonatal Craniofacial Program collaborates with specialists throughout the Hospital to ensure patients receive the comprehensive care they need. Patients benefit from around-the-clock access to every pediatric subspecialty.

Below are some of the most common specialty programs our patients use.

Airway specialty programs

Neonatal Airways Program

The Neonatal Airway Program is devoted solely to evaluation, treatment and follow-up care of all inpatient neonates and infants with complex airway issues. Housed within Children's Hospital's Harriet and Ronald Lassin Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU), our program offers these infants seamless care, employing the newest and most innovative diagnostic and therapeutic modalities.

The program also provides extensive on-site counseling and pre-tracheostomy education to parents and caregivers by airway clinicians who are directly involved with each referral. Our coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to specialized evaluation and treatment of these life-threatening conditions allows clinicians to communicate and work together easily so we can provide the most comprehensive, customized care for each child.

Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders

The Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is staffed by internationally recognized leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of airway disorders in children. Our diverse staff of experts provides highly specialized care for children with a wide variety of congenital or acquired airway defects. Our philosophy is provide you with the most comprehensive information about your child's conditions so you can make the best possible decisions regarding treatment. 

Technology Dependence Center

The Technology Dependence Center cares for children who need of assistive therapies such as mechanical ventilation, airway clearance devices or an artificial airway. Our philosophy is that such technologies, when used appropriately, can allow for better growth and development and decrease the need for hospital care. The Center provides ongoing assessment and treatment of conditions such as chronic respiratory failure and insufficiency in patients with neuromuscular disease, bronchopulmonary dysplasia and airway anomalies.

Plastic surgery specialty programs

Cleft Lip and Palate Program 

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is one of the nation’s leading centers for treating cleft lip and palate. The Cleft Lip and Palate Program treats more than 100 children every year, and with each case, we oversee the child’s transformation — from beginning to end — to provide the best possible outcome. Our experienced, multidisciplinary team provides a high level of comprehensive, coordinated care for children and teenagers with cleft lip and palate. 

Facial Motion Disorders Program

The Facial Motion Disorders Program is one of the few in the country that treats facial nerve disorders in children. Our team evaluates and treats children with congenital and acquired facial paralysis. In addition, our team evaluates ophthalmologic (eye) concerns, feeding problems, swallowing and speech problems, and the psychosocial challenges associated with those conditions.

Vascular Malformation Program

Our Vascular Malformations Program is dedicated to providing the best care for children with a variety of complex vascular anomalies of the face and body, including port-wine stains, vascular tumors and other extensive malformations. We use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools including MRI, MRA and MRV. We perform surgeries as well as minimally invasive endovascular treatments such as sclerotherapy, embolization and laser photocoagulation. 

Craniofacial Program

The Craniofacial Program consists of a multidisciplinary team with a high level of expertise in evaluating and treating children born with complex congenital anomalies of the skull and face. We treat rare and unusual deformities of the facial skeleton including craniosynostosis, hemifacial microsomia, Treacher Collins syndrome and complex craniofacial clefts.

Speech, hearing and swallowing programs 

Center for Childhood Communication

The Center for Childhood Communication is the region’s first comprehensive, integrated center to address the full spectrum of communication problems in children from birth to age 21. A team of experts — including audiologists, speech/language pathologists, social workers, mental health counselors, educators, researchers and otolaryngologists — offers complete evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation services to children and provides support, education and guidance for families. 


The Department of Audiology evaluate and diagnoses hearing loss in children from birth to 21 years of age through a variety of screenings and tests. Audiologists also provide rehabilitative audiologic services including hearing aids, cochlear implants and other assistive devices.

Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Center

The Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Center brings together an interdisciplinary team of specialists to offer a comprehensive approach to treating feeding and swallowing problems. We offer a full range of therapy and assessment including outpatient clinic services and a day treatment program. Inpatient hospitalization is available for children who require complex medical management. 

Center staff members coordinate all aspects of your child's ongoing care with the family. We place special emphasis on educating family members so you can participate fully in your child's treatment.

Other programs

22q and You Center

The "22q and You" Center is the premiere site for the diagnosis and multidisciplinary management of children with a chromosome 22q11.2 deletion. The chromosome 22q11.2 deletion — a genetic disorder at the root of syndromes such as DiGeorge and velocardiofacial — may cause a variety of health problems, ranging from heart defects and cleft palate to feeding difficulties, immune problems, a unique pattern of learning disabilities and more. We have evaluated more than 600 patients with a 22q11.2 deletion, making our Center the world leader in 22q multidisciplinary evaluation. The goals of our center are to:

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For more information the Neonatal Craniofacial Program at CHOP, please call 215-590-2616 or contact us online. To schedule an appointment, call 215-590-2208.


Reviewed by: Scott Bartlett, MD, and Janet Lioy, MD, FAAP
Date: April 2013

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Diagnosis Before Birth?

In some cases, discovery of craniofacial birth defects can be made before birth. Such advanced warning can help clinicians better prepare for the baby's birth and any possible complications. Learn more about prenatal testing at CHOP's Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment.