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Multidisciplinary Cleft and Craniofacial Program

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Multidisciplinary Cleft and Craniofacial Program

The Weill Cornell Medicine Multidisciplinary Cleft and Craniofacial Program is co-directed by Dr. Caitlin Hoffman of  Pediatric Neurological Surgery and Dr. Vikash Modi of Pediatric Otolaryngology. The program, dedicated to ensuring a successful outcome for every child and family, is approved by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. In one appointment, you and your child will meet with a team of experts that offer all the services needed for those with congenital (inborn) or acquired skull abnormalities.

Our Multidisciplinary Cleft and Craniofacial Program includes a specialized Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate team (download our cleft brochure) as well as a specialized Craniosynostosis/Craniofacial Surgical team (download our surgical brochure). We work together to provide the best treatment for your child. 

For more information about our Multidisciplinary Cleft and Craniofacial Program, or to make an appointment, please call 646-962-4321 or email Your appointment includes a thorough evaluation of your child. The team will recommend the best treatment option, utilizing the most advanced technology, from whatever specialists are needed. The team understands that the trust developed before treatment is equally important after surgery in order to support the child through a positive recovery. 

Because disorders of the face and skull can involve more than just the child's appearance, systemic evaluation, genetic analysis, and familial planning are all available when appropriate. 

Those children in need of surgical modification and correction receive input from a broad team of specialists from a variety of disciplines. Find out more about each of these specialists on the Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate Program page:

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• Pediatric neurosurgery
• Pediatric otolaryngology
• Pediatric dentistry
• Pediatric oral maxillofacial surgery
• Pediatric orthodontics
• Pediatric prosthodontics
• Plastic and reconstructive surgery
• Anesthesia
• Pediatric sleep medicine
• Pediatric speech and language pathology
• Genetics
• Social work
• Child Life
• Occupational and physical therapy
• Developmental pediatrics
• Feeding

The team safely performs advanced procedures aimed at improving deformities, optimizing functional capacity, and ultimately reducing any social implications. 

For more information about the Multidisciplinary Cleft and Craniofacial Program, contact:
Pediatric Craniofacial Program Coordinator
Weill Cornell Medicine
428 East 72nd Street, Oxford Building, Suite 100
New York, NY 10021
Phone: 646-962-5443


For more information about the Craniosynostosis and Craniofacial Surgery Program, please contact:
Michelle M. Buontempo, MSN, RN, CCRN, CPNP
Pediatric Neurosurgical Craniofacial Program Coordinator 

Weill Cornell Medicine
Pediatric Brain and Spine Center 
525 E. 68th Street, Box 99, Room 2206
New York, NY 10065
Phone: 212-746-1274