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Cleft and Craniofacial Center

Cleft and Craniofacial ClinicThe Cleft and Craniofacial Center provides families and patients with comprehensive information about facial birth differences, facial deformities due to trauma and facial defects due to tumors. This information leads to better understanding of and participation in the treatment plan chosen. We provide the professional expertise and dedication necessary to accomplish that plan with a minimum number of surgical procedures.

Our team members possess specialty training far exceeding the minimum requirements for board certification. The team keeps up-to-date with advances in the field through regular continuing medical education, but does not race to adopt every new treatment trend until safety and efficacy can be assured. We regularly review our outcomes and constantly strive to improve the care we provide. With this protocol, we take pride in extending our program to include Nasoalveolar (pronounced nay-zoh-al-VEE-uh-ler) molding (NAM). NAM is a nonsurgical method used to reshape the gums, lip and nostrils with a small removable appliance similar to an orthodontic retainer that is used before cleft lip and palate surgery. Children’s of Alabama is one of the first hospitals in the state to offer this type of treatment.

The Cleft and Craniofacial Center utilizes a team approach of comprehensive care that includes the referring physician. The patient referral process is designed to be straightforward and simple for the referring office and the patient.

Plastic Surgery

Phone: 205-638-9369
Fax: 205-638-5340
Fax all relevant records and growth chart (if applicable). Send relevant imaging to appointment with patient.


Phone: 205-638-9653
Fax: 205-638-9972
Fax all relevant records and growth chart (if applicable). Send relevant imaging to appointment with patient.

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Our Mission

We are an interdisciplinary team of specialists whose mission is to deliver the highest quality treatment for patients with facial differences. We strive to do so in a thoughtful and compassionate manner, providing support and reassurance to the families of our patients.

Conditions Treated

Amniotic Band
Apert Syndrome
Cleft Lip and/or Palate
Crouzon Syndrome
Fibrous Dysplasia
Frontonasal Dysplasia
Goldenhar Syndrome
Hemifacial Microsomia
NAM (used only with patients with cleft lip and palate, but some craniofacial syndromes also have a clefting occurring to the oral region)
Neurofibromatosis and other tumors of the face
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Orthognathic Problems
Post-Traumatic Facial Differences
Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome
Velopharyngeal Insufficiency