Why Choose the Craniofacial Program

A leader in caring for children with craniofacial anomalies

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.

Our 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.

Our world-renowned experts serve as consultants to other teams, both nationally and internationally. This experience means the best surgical results and long-term outcomes for your child.

Multidisciplinary team

Because craniofacial conditions impact many different facial areas and functions, specialists from a variety of disciplines are needed to address your child's complex needs. Our dedicated team of specialists includes pediatric plastic surgeons, neonatologists, advanced nurse practitioners, speech and language specialists, pediatricians, a growth specialist, psychologist and social worker. We also work closely with other specialists throughout the Hospital to ensure your child receives the individualized care he needs.

Pediatric surgical specialists

Our pediatric plastic surgeons have vast experience treating the full spectrum of plastic surgical problems in pediatrics and adolescents — from the routine to the rare — including the full spectrum of craniofacial conditions. Surgical management of children and adolescents requires a unique approach, and our specialists are dedicated to meeting the needs of this patient population.

Expert diagnosis

We use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools in the diagnosis and treatment of infants, children and adolescents. Accurate diagnosis guides treatment recommendations and ensures that each child receives individualized care based on his or her unique condition.


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Why Choose the Craniofacial Program

CHOP’s Craniofacial Program is one of the Nation’s leading treatment programs for children with both congenital and acquired anomalies of the face and skull.