The Division of Craniofacial Medicine provides the highest-quality interdisciplinary care for patients with congenital and acquired craniofacial conditions. Our faculty’s expertise spans the fields of epidemiology, genetics, developmental biology, morphometrics and clinical research.
We currently have a weekly team interdisciplinary clinic providing comprehensive multispecialty care for children with malformations of the head and neck. In addition to our team clinic, we provide smaller, specialized interdisciplinary clinics focused on particular patient groups. These clinics include the Plagiocephaly Clinic, which provides the diagnosis and management of postnatal deformational plagiocephaly; the Prenatal Clinic, which provides prenatal assessment, education and counseling for mothers and families after the prenatal diagnosis of a craniofacial condition; the Craniofacial Genetics Clinic, which provides diagnostic evaluations, education and counseling for families affected by craniofacial conditions; and the 22q Clinic, which provides care coordination for children born with 22q11.2 deletion (velocardiofacial/DiGeorge syndrome).
These clinical programs provide long-term management of craniofacial conditions, including family education. The chief of the Division of Craniofacial Medicine also directs the Center for Craniofacial Research, which supports interdisciplinary research for the division. We pursue state-of- the-art basic science and clinical research to develop improved diagnostic, preventive and healthcare delivery strategies while discovering new information on the pathogenesis of these conditions. Our long-term goals are to develop an interdisciplinary research program that parallels our clinical center and to become an international leader in craniofacial-related science.The Division of Craniofacial Medicine provides the highest-quality interdisciplinary care for patients with congenital and acquired craniofacial conditions. Our faculty’s expertise spans the fields of epidemiology, genetics, developmental biology, morphometrics and clinical research.
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Michael L. Cunningham, MD, PhD, is chief of the Division of Craniofacial Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is medical director of Seattle Children’s...
On staff since July 2007
Epidemiologist and research data analyst
I work with providers on the Craniofacial team to help them turn their scientific hunches into hypotheses that I can test using statistical methodology. Recently, based on clinical observations from a plastic surgeon, we found statistical evidence that “first-born” babies with craniosynostosis were four to eight times more likely to be delivered by emergency C-section – a discovery that may influence decisions about the management of a woman’s labor if the presence of craniosynostosis is known.
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