Children's Hospital Colorado

Craniofacial Center

Dr. Duncan Wilcox, Surgeon-in-Chief, performing surgery with other healthcare providers in the operating room

The Craniofacial Center provides diagnosis and long-term management for children with congenital and acquired craniofacial abnormalities of the head, face and neck.

Why choose the Craniofacial Center at Children's Hospital Colorado?

One of the most experienced craniofacial programs in the nation

We have been treating patients with craniofacial abnormalities for more than 25 years, and have performed more than 1,000 craniofacial surgeries, making ours one of the most experienced craniofacial programs in the country. Our program is currently the leading regional center for comprehensive treatment of patients with craniosynostosis and dysmorphic craniofacial abnormalities.

A team of pediatric experts work together as the craniofacial care team

Our multidisciplinary craniofacial team consists of health care providers from a number of departments at Children's Colorado, including; plastic surgery, neurosurgery, otolaryngology, nursing, and other specialties. This comprehensive team works together to treat the most serious and complex craniofacial abnormalities, and provides patients and their families the benefits of improved health and appearance.

Endorsed by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association

The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association endorsement signifies that our program provides a high level of care for children with cleft conditions. To achieve this recognition, our clinic demonstrated the ability to provide the best possible results for children born with clefts or other craniofacial birth defects. Our experts know that children born with a cleft lip and cleft palate have the best results when their care is provided by a team of dedicated specialists who work together.

Craniofacial outpatient services

The craniofacial team meets weekly in our outpatient clinic to consult with patients and their families. An appointment in this clinic is the first step to determine necessary treatment for your child. At this initial visit, your child will be seen by the craniofacial care team. When necessary, additional specialists are consulted as part of your child's care.

After a thorough evaluation of your child's physical characteristics, studies, films and genetic testing, our multidisciplinary team will develop a treatment plan that most effectively treats your child's condition. At that time, the craniofacial team also will determine whether your child's treatment plan includes surgery, as not all patients require surgery. Patients are also seen in the craniofacial clinic for post-operative appointments and follow-up care.

What is multidisciplinary care?

Many conditions affect more than one area of the body, which means your child needs to see more than one doctor. That’s why we practice multidisciplinary care: to help families see all the experts you need at one appointment.

Get to know our pediatric experts.

Brooke French, MD

Brooke French, MD

Plastic Surgery

Jean Milholland, PA-C, MS

Jean Milholland, PA-C, MS

Physician Assisting

Kristen Lowe, DDS, MS

Kristen Lowe, DDS, MS


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