About the Central New York Cleft and Craniofacial Center

The Central New York Cleft and Craniofacial Center was founded in the 1950's and is one of the oldest continually operating programs at Upstate Medical University Hospital. Our clinical services have evolved over the past 50 years. We provide integrated and coordinated management for children and their families. This comprehensive team care approach optimizes accessibility, continuity and long-term follow-up, maximizing outcomes for our patients. In addition, we study the outcome of our treatment procedures to determine the most effective ways to help children look and function their best.

Our core team is comprised of experts in the areas of:

  • Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery
  • Genetics
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Speech Pathology
  • Feeding, Audiology

Our extended team includes specialists in:

  • Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology for airway management

Our Philosophy

Our approach is to include the parents, referring health care provider and older child by providing open communication to maximize the child' physical and emotional well being while minimizing the impact of the interventions. We involve local providers from the patient's home, whenever feasible, in the patient's care.

Our mission is to provide top quality care to our patients optimizing outcomes and conducting research to further enhance the quality of our care.