Skip to main content


A cleft palate or cleft lip occurs in approximately one of every 750 births. Today, through medical advancements, babies born with either or both conditions have a better chance than ever before to lead a healthy life.

Our Cleft Lip and Palate Center, with its team of internationally recognized specialists, offers comprehensive services for the diagnosis and treatment of cleft lip, cleft palate, and other congenital or developmental facial disorders.

What is a cleft palate?

A cleft palate is a congenital split in the roof of the mouth. It can cause problems with speech if not surgically repaired. Readily detected because of a thin layer of tissue covering the defect, surgery is usually performed before the child learns to speak—generally between the ages of 12 and 18 months.

What is a cleft lip?

A cleft lip is a congenital split in the upper lip. If left uncorrected, a cleft lip can cause physical and emotional problems and affect a child's speech. Surgery is usually performed around the age of 10 weeks.

Our team of specialists

We understand the many aspects of treating facial and cranial disorders extend beyond surgery. Each patient receives a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan that includes therapeutic services before and after surgery when necessary. Our team includes:

  • Plastic surgeons
  • Oral maxillofacial surgeons
  • Orthodontists
  • Dentists
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Audiologists
  • Social workers
  • Psychologists
  • Otolaryngologists
  • Genetic counselors
  • Pediatricians
  • Nurses
Go to top