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Craniofacial Center

Our Craniofacial team is one of the largest in the nation — and one of the most respected. That’s because our craniofacial specialists tailor a unique plan of care for every child we see, with an emphasis on providing all aspects of care to treat the whole child.

Our Craniofacial team are experts in diagnosing and treating craniosynostosis. Watch our video series to learn more about craniosynostosis at Seattle Children’s.

Our Leadership Team

Areas of Focus

  • Cleft Lip and Palate Repair

    We have the specialized training to use nasoalveolar molding before cleft lip and palate surgery – a technique that may mean fewer surgeries.

  • Craniosynostosis

    We have a great deal of experience caring for children with craniosynostosis. Each year we evaluate about 80 new children with craniosynostosis and perform about 90 surgeries to correct this condition.

  • Innovative Procedures

    The collaboration between our research and clinical teams is bringing knowledge from the laboratory to the bedside in the form of improved procedures and better devices. 

  • Team Care

    We’re dedicated to the care of children with craniofacial conditions. Our team of 48 providers from 19 specialties provides diagnosis and long-term management for children of all ages and developmental stages.

Related Research

  • Center for Craniofacial Research

    Research teams with the Craniofacial Center work to find the causes of craniofacial conditions and develop new methods to prevent, diagnose and treat them.

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  • Center for Clinical and Translational Research

    Clinical and translational research takes discoveries made in the laboratory and translates them into therapies that people can actually use in daily life.

  • Center for Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine

    Our mission is to restore children's health after injury through repair, regeneration or replacement of tissues, cells and organs.  

  • Center for Genetics and Development

    Our researchers are creating a future where doctors can use genetic information to identify, plan for and maybe even correct genetic defects while a child is still in utero.

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  • Center for Integrative Brain Research

    We’re laying the foundation for innovative therapies that may prevent or cure neurological, neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders.

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  • Treating What Children Know as Themselves

    We are a national leader in treating all craniofacial conditions – from the simplest to the most complex.

  • Identifying Best Practices for CFM

    We're on a quest to help families by identifying treatments for craniofacial microsomiat that work best.

  • Bringing Balance to the Face

    A revolutionary procedure developed by our surgical team normalizes the facial proportions of children with Apert syndrome.

Related News and Press Releases


Boy with rare genetic anomaly gets a smile for his 12th birthday
5.13.14 — SheKnows


Grayson's first trip to Maui
2.26.14 — CNN

Grayson was born with metopic craniosynostosis, which is a relatively rare condition where the front of his skull was fused ... cont.

The Nation’s Top Five Pediatric Hospitals
1.21.14 — Parents Magazine

Thenumber three rating goes to Seattle Children’s. Prioritizing specialty care and patient safety make Seattle Children’s a ... cont.

Press Releases

Seattle Children’s Research Institute Helps Identify Causes of Sagittal Craniosynostosis


International team finds genes associated with condition that causes premature skull fusion

Researchers Pinpoint Genetic Pathway of Rare Facial Malformation in Children


Two Distinct Mutations Cause “Question Mark Ears Syndrome,” Study Finds

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Abigael's Story

Each year, hundreds of kids like Abigael receive the region’s most advanced pediatric care for head and face abnormalities from Children’s Craniofacial team. Your support makes it possible.