What patients and families need to know
Cleft and Craniofacial Program
The Dream Team
The Craniofacial Program brings together experts across disciplines, which allows us unique expertise to treat many pediatric craniofacial conditions.
Meet the team
The Cleft and Craniofacial Program at Children’s National Hospital brings together experts from 10 pediatric disciplines to provide complete care for children with craniofacial disorders. Our multidisciplinary pediatric team helps more than 400 children every year.
When your child needs reconstructive surgery for a congenital deformity or other physical abnormality, our pediatric plastic surgeons are uniquely qualified to care for the psychological and physical needs of young patients.
Children’s National has three full-time pediatric plastic surgeons. Our pediatric plastic surgeons are part of the few surgeons nationwide that dedicate their entire practice to care for children.
Children with cleft and craniofacial differences often have multiple problems that require the expertise of several specialists. Our world-class, multi-specialty care team is located in one place, so you and your child can see many doctors all in one convenient appointment. Our Cleft and Craniofacial Program involves a multidisciplinary team which includes:
Through coordinated treatment with our multidisciplinary team, we ensure that our patients receive well-rounded care that ensures their optimal growth and development.
For appointments with the Cleft and Craniofacial Program, please contact the Administrative Coordinator, Amanda Pesantez at 202-476-2778 or contact the Research Coordinator, Esperanza Mantilla. For clinical and/or patient care questions for the Cleft and Craniofacial Program, email Elizabeth Benitez, PA-C.
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Building Community Through Common Ground
Patients and families connected and relaxed on a bright fall day during the first annual Children's National Cleft and Craniofacial Festival.
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Relaxing Fall Fun for Families
Our first annual Cleft and Craniofacial Fall Festival featured activities like face painting and drum circles for patients, their families and care providers.
Cleft and Craniofacial Program Team