Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Craniofacial Program

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is one of the Nation’s leading centers for treating children with both congenital and acquired anomalies of the skull and face. The Craniofacial Program, founded in 1972, is a pioneer in craniofacial surgical techniques and features one of the largest and most experienced teams of pediatric specialists dedicated to evaluating and treating these complex conditions.

The Craniofacial Program is one of the largest single centers of its kind with more than 1,200 admissions for surgical procedures each year. Our high volume program also provides services to more than 5,500 outpatients annually. We are committed to providing comprehensive, high quality and family-centered care to our patients.

The Craniofacial Program at CHOP treats children from birth throughout their teenage years. When a child is prenatally diagnosed with a craniofacial defect we work together with the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment and the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit within CHOP to monitor the pregnancy and help the family plan for the arrival of their baby and postnatal treatment options.

Babies born with congenital malformations of the skull and face have access to our specialized Neonatal Craniofacial Program, an extension of the Craniofacial Program created in collaboration with the Division of Neonatology. This program is dedicated specifically to evaluating and caring for neonates with congenital craniofacial defects, including micrognathia and tongue-based airway obstruction, who also have related health issues that require specialized care by CHOP’s expert neonatologists.

What we treat

The Craniofacial Program provides comprehensive, coordinated and dedicated care to patients with complex craniofacial conditions from time of diagnosis through surgery and long-term care. Our care is individualized to each patient’s specific needs, taking into account the patient’s age and stage of development.

The Craniofacial team provides a high level of expertise in evaluating and treating children born with complex congenital anomalies of the skull and face. We also treat children whose craniofacial condition occurred as a result of trauma or craniofacial tumors.

Some of the conditions we treat include:


Syndromic craniosynostosis

  • Apert’s syndrome (acrocephalosyndactyly)
  • Clover-leaf skull anomaly (kleeblattschadel)
  • Crouzon syndrome
  • Muenke syndrome
  • Pfeiffer syndrome
  • Saethre-Chotzen syndrome
  • Other rare syndromic diseases

Non-syndromic craniosynostosis

  • Unicoronal synostosis (anterior plagiocephaly or unilateral coronal synostosis)
  • Bicoronal synostosis (brachycephaly)
  • Sagittal synostosis (scaphocephaly)
  • Metopic synostosis (trigonocephaly)
  • Lambdoid synostosis (posterior plagiocephaly)
  • Complex multiple suture synostosis

Common craniofacial clefts 

Rare craniofacial clefts

Overgrowth syndromes

Atrophic conditions

Miscellaneous craniofacial syndromes and conditions

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment with the Craniofacial Program, please call 215-590-2471.

For directions, maps and parking information, as well as additional details about insurance, referrals, and what you should plan on bringing with you to your appointment, visit our appointments page.

We look forward to working with you and your child.

Our Craniofacial Team

Our multidisciplinary craniofacial team is made up of specialists dedicated to the care and evaluation of children with complex craniofacial conditions. Because these conditions impact many different facial areas and functions, specialists from a variety of disciplines are needed to address these complex needs.

After a thorough and comprehensive evaluation, an individualized treatment plan is formulated with input from each of the specialists.

Our dedicated team of specialists includes:

Pediatric Plastic Surgeons

Scott P. Bartlett, MD
Oksana A. Jackson, MD
David W. Low, MD
Jesse A. Taylor, MD

Attending Neonatologists & Neonatal Outreach

Janet Lioy, MD, FAAP
Patti O'Connor, MS, BSN, RN

Nurse Practitioners

Charlene Deuber, DNP, MSN
Meg Ann Maguire, RN, MS, CRNP, CPNP
Patricia Schultz, MSN, CRNP, RN, CPSN

Psychosocial Services

Kim St. Lawrence, MSW
Leanne Magee, PhD

Orthodontic Services

Kristen M. Lowe, DDS, MS
Hyun-Duck Nah-Cederquist, DMD, PhD

Speech and Language Services

Cynthia B. Solot, MA, CCC/SLP

Pediatric Services

Patrick S. Pasquariello Jr., MD

Growth Specialist

Nancy Minugh-Purvis, PhD


Reviewed by: Scott Bartlett, MD
March 2013

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