The Children We Serve
Cleft lip and palate is the fourth most common birth defect, affecting approximately one in every 750 live births. Each year, over 5,000 children are born with cleft lip/palate in the U.S. In addition, approximately 82,000 children are born annually with an abnormality of their face, head or neck.
We care for over 300 children annually. Children of all ages born with a cleft or other craniofacial disorder and their families will find a home at our center. We follow children from birth (and in some cases, prenatally) until adulthood. We see children of all ages who have previously had clinical care elsewhere, as well. We also evaluate and treat children without a known cleft who have certain speech problems.
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:
Our extended team includes specialists in:
There are many organizations that provide information about cleft lip/palate and craniofacial conditions. Here are a few websites you may find helpful to get you started.