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Home/Blog / July is Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness month!

I’ve been interested in cleft and craniofacial surgery and care since I was in medical school – being able to transform faces and allow children and adults to “put their best face forward” is just so fascinating and rewarding!

Cleft lip and palate is probably the most common condition that we see and that the public thinks of.  Who are the celebrities who have variants of this?

Joaquin Phoenix

Stacy Keach

I really enjoy working with families from the prenatal diagnosis (when available) through to when the kids graduate from the pediatrician – and sometimes we see them in our adult practices for touch ups!  Or when they have children of their own.

Robert Hoge is a another remarkable person who has a fairly severe deformity, I respect his decision not to have surgery, which makes his insights into the patient experience and society’s treatment of people perceived to be different, so remarkable.

Here is a more extensive list of the types of conditions that fall under cleft and craniofacial care:

I work with the team at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, and I’m happy to initially see patients locally in Santa Rosa.  Please call 707 525 8080 to schedule.

Cleft Lip and Palate and Related Conditions

Craniosynostosis and Related Syndromes

Conditions That Cause Very Small Ears or Jaws

Other Rare Conditions

We also treat very rare craniofacial conditions that are not mentioned above. There are too many to list them all, but they include: