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About the Craniofacial Center

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Seattle Children’s Craniofacial Center specializes in the treatment of cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis, craniofacial microsomia and other complex craniofacial conditions.

Under the leadership of Dr. Michael Cunningham, medical director, and Dr. Richard Hopper, surgical director, the Craniofacial Center:

  • Is one of the largest programs in the United States
  • Serves more than 85% of the children in Washington, Wyoming, Montana, Alaska and Idaho born with craniofacial disorders
  • Performs more craniosynostosis surgeries than any other center in the United States
  • Is the only craniofacial team in Washington state recognized by the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association (ACPCA)

The Most Comprehensive Craniofacial Team in the United States

Our multidisciplinary team provides diagnosis and long-term management for children with craniofacial abnormalities. We have over 50 healthcare providers from 19 specialty areas dedicated to providing all aspects of care to children with craniofacial conditions.

Each child is assigned a craniofacial pediatrician who coordinates the care provided by the other team specialists and tailors a plan to each child’s needs.

We are the only cleft and craniofacial team in the United States providing comprehensive, coordinated and interdisciplinary care and case management.

Revolutionizing Treatments

Surgical techniques developed by our craniofacial surgeons are revolutionizing the way craniofacial surgery is done all over the world. These innovative procedures enable doctors to address even the most serious and complex craniofacial abnormalities and provide the benefits of improved health and a more normal appearance for an increasing number of children.

Advancing Care with Innovative Research

Our team was involved with the establishment of national standards for the care of cleft lip and palate and craniosynostosis, and has authored state standards. Learn more about our research and advances.

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