Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic

Dedicated to helping children with craniofacial differences

If your child was born with a craniofacial condition, such as a cleft lip and/or cleft palate, you have come to the right place. Here at the Tufts Medical Center you will find a close-knit medical team committed to providing the years of treatment, support and care that children with cleft conditions need, from surgery to speech therapy. In fact, all of our specialists have a particular interest in caring for children with cleft lip and/or cleft palate, with many having acquired additional, subspecialty training.

You'll find our clinic is just the right size. While we draw upon the expertise of a major academic medical center, we are also just small enough to foster a unique, family-orientated atmosphere.

See the difference

To see the results of procedures we've done for some of our littlest patients, we invite you to look at the collection of before-and-after pictures in our new Craniofacial Surgery Photo Gallery.

What to expect

Parents may come to us after a cleft condition has been identified at birth or having adopted a child with a cleft condition. Many parents find us before their baby is even born, after a cleft lip has been discovered during routine prenatal care.  While corrective surgery is highly effective, children with cleft conditions require ongoing monitoring and care up to age 18 as they grow and mature. We have a number of highly skilled medical, surgical, and rehabilitative specialists, including:

  • Feeding therapists, audiologists and speech therapists,
  • Pediatric facial plastic, ear nose and throat, and oral surgeons
  • Pediatric dentists and orthodontists
  • Child psychiatrists
  • Geneticists and genetic counselors

The Tufts Medical Center Cleft Team also provides additional support to families, offering the opportunity to talk to other parents of children with cleft conditions.