Cleft & Craniofacial Clinic

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The Cleft and Craniofacial Clinics at the University of Minnesota specialize in evaluating and treating people with conditions affecting the head, face and dentition. We provide care for children and adults with cleft lip and palate, and many rare and complex craniofacial conditions. Our care optimizes the facial appearance, speech, craniofacial and dental development, and quality of life for individuals. Treatment includes expert surgical care, but truly takes a team, built on a trusting relationship that emphasizes the whole person from birth through adulthood.

Our services

The Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic at the University of Minnesota provides integrated surgical, medical and dental consultation and treatment for children and adults with cleft and craniofacial disorders. No one specialist has the range of expertise needed to meet all the needs of a person with these conditions. The most efficient and effective management is accomplished through a team of specialists who evaluate the patient and meet face-to-face in order to provide a diagnosis and an integrated care plan through growth and development.

  • Craniosynostosis Consultation
  • Plagiocephaly / Headshape Consultation
  • Cleft-Craniofacial Speech Evaluation and Therapy
  • Cleft-Craniofacial Feeding Evaluation and Therapy
  • Velopharyngeal Inadequacy Clinic (Nasal Speech)
  • Prenatal Consultations
  • Pre-adoption Consultations

Conditions treated

  • Cleft lip
  • Cleft palate
  • Pierre Robin Sequence

Our teams

Our teams are directed by Dr. Gary Anderson and coordinated by Dr. Anna Thurmes.