About the Center for Craniofacial Disorders

The implications of a craniofacial disorder on a child’s life are far-reaching. They encompass basic health and functioning, family and social relationships, quality of life, and adaptation in each stage of growth. The Children’s Center for Craniofacial Disorders is involved in extensive, outcome-based research and treatment to define appropriate interventions and maximize each child’s quality of life.

The expertise of our pediatric plastic surgeons, who cater to the needs of their patients, provides the only service of its kind in a four-state area in the Southeast.

What Makes Children's Unique?

  • One of the highest volume centers in the country for inpatient admissions of children with cleft lip and palate*
  • First in Georgia to do endoscopic synostosis surgery
  • First in the nation to describe total calvarial reconstruction for late synostosis
  • First in the nation to perform the application of one-stage resorbable expanders
  • Leaders in the fields of distraction for neonatal and infant airway management, treatment of hemangioma with candela laser and speech surgery
  • Developed a new resorbable system of plates and screws for distraction
  • Extensive experience in the use of bone substitutes
  • Pioneered the use of resorbable technology and served as a clinical test site for design and clinical trials of resorbable bone expanders
  • One of the busiest centers in the country treating hemangioma in infants
  • One of the first centers in the country to offer the nasal alveolar molding (NAM) device for the treatment of cleft lip and palate
  • Unique feeding team that treats and assesses pediatric patients for speech, dysphagia, nutrition and lactation concerns
  • Offers unique learning experiences for professionals through symposia and custom in-services  

*Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS), 2010; the PHIS hospitals are 43 of the largest and most advanced children's hospitals in America and constitute the most demanding standards of pediatric service in America. 

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The Children's Center for Craniofacial Disorders recognizes that children with congenital or acquired problems require special attention and expertise. The Center is involved in extensive, outcome-based research and treatment to define appropriate interventions and maximize each child's quality of life.