Welcome to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Cleft and Craniofacial Team, thank you for choosing us to be a part of your child’s care. The UC Davis Cleft and Craniofacial program offers comprehensive, coordinated care to patients with cleft and craniofacial differences. We meet the rigorous standards of The American Cleft Palate Association. Our interdisciplinary team of specialists provide high-quality care to patients from birth to age 21, as well as ongoing support to their families. Our team members recognize the special problems faced by our patients and are dedicated to working with them and their families to attain optimal results and healthier futures.

 Cleft and craniofacial team, UC Davis Health

The UC Davis Cleft and Craniofacial Team applies the most advanced techniques available to treat children with cleft lip and palate.  The doctors and specialists at the Cleft and Craniofacial team combine the latest technology with sensitive, patient-centered care for children with special health needs. Our goal is to provide immediate as well as long-term medical care that improves the health and appearance of our patients, while helping families with emotional support and education. Members of the cleft and craniofacial team are recognized experts in their fields. In addition, all team members are responsive to each patient's special physical and emotional needs.

Cleft and Craniofacial team specialists:

  • Audiologists
  • Dentists
  • Facial Plastic Surgeons
  • Geneticists
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Orthodontists
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Pediatric Otolaryngologists
  • Pediatricians
  • Social Workers
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Other pediatric specialists as needed (e.g., cardiologists, ophthalmologists, pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, dermatology, psychiatry and neurosurgeons)


Assessment and treatment services provided:

  • Prenatal counseling
  • Feeding assessment
  • Cleft lip and palate evaluation and surgical treatment
  • Weight and growth monitoring
  • Developmental monitoring
  • Sleep assessment
  • Airway management
  • Maxillary and mandibular distraction osteogenesis; internal and external
  • Craniofacial-plagiocephaly assessment and treatment
  • Speech, language and resonance assessment
  • Nasopharyngoscopy
  • Videofluoroscopy
  • Hearing evaluation
  • Fitting and management of hearing aids
  • Genetic evaluation
  • Prenatal genetic counseling
  • Social Services and assistance with financial, mental health, and community resources
  • Referral to parental support group



During Your Visit

What To Bring

  • Insurance card
  • Any medical records from other facilities
  • Completed forms
  • Copy of your child’s IEP or any speech progress reports
  • Food, drinks, toys, activities, extra diapers, ect.


What to Expect

  • Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your appointment.
  • Your appointment may take 2 to 4 hours depending upon how many providers you are scheduled to see.
  • When at all possible, please leave siblings at home to limit distractions.

Please call 916-734-2452 if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment.

Cleft and Craniofacial Reconstruction Faculty