Cleft/Craniofacial Parent & Patient Care

"Helping children FACE the world through a team approach"

The Cleft and Craniofacial Program at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has served patients and families for over 30 years. Our program has been a regional & national leader in personalized, ‘pre-natal to prom’ care of children born with facial differences. As the highest performing center for cleft related surgeries in the state, our highly trained surgeons, specialists and staff are dedicated to providing quality care and outcomes for cleft lip and palate patients. Michael Golinko, MD is medical director of the Vanderbilt Cleft and Craniofacial Program, serving alongside Cleft Team co-director, James Phillips, MD, Assistant Professor.

Golinko - Phillips

The Cleft and Craniofacial team includes and works closely with VUMC campus wide multi-disciplinary teams that includes highly trained surgeons, specialists and staff that are dedicated to providing quality care and positive patient outcomes. We collaborate and work with:
• Audiology • Dentistry • ENT • Feeding • Genetics • Neurosurgery • Nutrition • Ophthalmology • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery • Orthodontics • Plastic Surgery • Psychology • Social Work • Speech

These useful videos help tell our story
•  What to expect at your first Visit
Meet the Program Director
Meet the Program Lead and some of the Team
Judah's story of transformation through NAM & Cleft surgery
Tour the Hospital
Our Child Life team help prepare children & parents for surgery

Patient stories in the News
Colton's Craniosynostios surgery and his team
Judah's transformation in story and pictures
Improving outcomes through sharing results
Abnornal shape of baby's head
Program helps children with hand, upper extremity issues
Father, son benefit from jaw reconstruction guided by 3D virtual planning

Parent & Patient Education Resources

  American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association