Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies

Welcome to the Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies Team at Riley Hospital for Children!

Riley Hospital for Children offers one of the oldest and most experienced programs in the United States for cleft and craniofacial care. Riley has provided services to patients with facial anomalies since 1933. Our high level of training and staff expertise has enabled us to be recognized as an affiliate with the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.

Currently, Dr. Robert Havlik serves as medical director of the team which
is staffed by physicians and other health care professionals who specialize in the treatment of cleft lip, cleft palate, and other craniofacial anomalies. Our team meets weekly seeing approximately 50 patients. There are around 1700 patients in active treatment and an average of 325 new patients referred to the team annually.

The Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies Program’s mission includes research and education in the area of craniofacial anomalies, ensuring that children for generations to come continue to receive the highest quality of care. We have received national recognition for the development of Camp About Face, a week-long residential summer camp for children with facial anomalies, and the Camp about Face Leadership Academy, a companion program for older youth, aged 15-20.

What is a Craniofacial Anomaly?

Craniofacial anomalies are birth defects of the skull and face. Thousands of children are born with them each year. The most common of these birth defects are cleft lip and/or cleft palate, which occur in approximately one out of every 700 births. In addition, we provide diagnosis and treatment for Pierre Robin Sequence/Stickler Syndrome, Hemifacial Microsomia (OAV Spectrum), Crouzon/Pfeiffer/Apert Syndromes, facial clefts such as Hypertelorism and Treacher Collins Syndrome and other dental, speech and cranial abnormalities.

For More Information contact Riley Hospital for Children Craniofacial Center at Indiana University Health at 317.274.2489.