July Was National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month

baby with cleft lip

Driving Greater Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness

Did you know that one out of every 600 babies born annually in the United States has a cleft lip and/or palate or other craniofacial condition?

The National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month (NCCAPM) was started by Debbie Oliver, executive director of Ameriface, to drive awareness around the commonality of cleft and craniofacial conditions. Raising awareness and improving understanding of orofacial cleft and other conditions of the head and face is critical.  

Many infants and children are affected by craniofacial anomalies, including:

  • Syndromic and non-syndromic cleft lip
  • Cleft palate
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Microtia
  • Syndromes
    • 22q11.2 Deletion
    • Aperts
    • Baller-Gerold
    • CHARGE
    • Crouzon
    • Hemifacial Microsomia
    • Muenke
    • Pfeiffer
    • Pierre Robin

Specialized Teams, Two Locations

The Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Cleft and Craniofacial Center includes highly qualified providers delivering comprehensive care through teamwork designed for patients and their families. We see approximately 500 patients annually in Hollywood, FL and have recently expanded our services to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center in Wellington, FL.

Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital
4651 Sheridan Street, Suite 150
Hollywood, FL 33021

Joe DiMaggio Children's Health Specialty Center – Wellington
3377 S. State Road 7
Wellington, FL 33449

Our team includes a team of highly qualified pediatric specialists trained to care for infants and children with cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies, including:

  • Plastic Surgeons
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Otolaryngologists
  • Geneticists
  • Orthodontics
  • Dentists
  • Pediatricians
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Audiologists
  • Psychologists
  • Dieticians
  • Family Advocates
  • Program Coordinators
  • Nurse Case Managers

Our combination of specialized training, innovative treatments and compassionate, patient- and family-centered care has made us a national leader in the management of cleft and craniofacial conditions.

July Fundraising Celebration

support group cleft craniofacial

Each July we recognize National Cleft and Awareness month by distributing NCCAPM educational materials on orofacial birth defects. Our family advocate and the steering committee made up of parents of our craniofacial patients also host a bake sale fundraiser, usually held at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Donations raised help support the annual winter picnic for craniofacial patients and their families.

About the Authors

Eric Stelnicki

Stelnicki Eric Eric J. Stelnicki, MD, is the founder of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Cleft and Craniofacial Center, Florida’s largest craniofacial center of excellence. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon and the founder of the Atlantic Center of Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery and the Children’s Health and Rehabilitative Missions.

Margaret Grell

Grell Margaret I Margaret Grell, MD, FAAP, is the Pediatric Team Leader of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Cleft and Craniofacial Center. She is a board-certified pediatrician and was in private practice in Homestead and served as a pediatric emergency physician in Homestead and Hollywood. Her career has also taken her to the Bahamas, where she served as a Senior Medical House Officer in Pediatrics at the Princess Margaret Hospital, Nassau.

Disclaimer: The ideas and opinions presented in this blog post do not reflect the ideas and opinions of Memorial Healthcare System.