22q Center

Comprehensive. Coordinated. Compassionate. Every Child With 22q has Unique Needs.

Outcomes for patients with 22q deletion syndrome

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22q Center

The 22q Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides children and their families, from here and around the world, with access to a multidisciplinary team of expert clinicians who understand these special needs.

Under the joint directorship of Richard E. Kirschner, MD, FACS, FAAP, chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and speech scientist Adriane Baylis, PhD, CCC-SLP, the 22q Center team provides comprehensive individualized diagnostic and management services in Genetics, Cardiology, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Speech and Language Pathology, Developmental Pediatrics, Immunology, Neuropsychology, Behavioral Health, Audiology, Otolaryngology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hematology, Neurology, Orthopedics and Psychiatry to patients with 22q Deletion Syndrome.

Our Philosophy of Care

The 22q Center's multidisciplinary team works together with families of children diagnosed with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome to provide diagnosis and early intervention services in order to optimize care and provide the best outcomes for every child.
Our multidisciplinary team consists of individuals who are internationally recognized as leaders in their specialties. We work with closely with each family to develop individualized care plans that allow each child to reach his or her full potential.

Coordinated Care of Children with 22q Deletion Syndrome

Each child with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome faces unique challenges. Given the wide spectrum of medical, developmental, and psychological needs of affected patients, optimal treatment requires an individualized and comprehensive approach to evaluation and treatment by a team of experts who understand the unique needs of 22q11.2 deletion syndrome patients.

All new patients evaluated by the 22q Center team undergo thorough pre-visit screening in order to prepare a comprehensive evaluation plan to address their individual needs. The Center’s staff coordinates each child’s appointments, allowing families to see all necessary specialists in just a few days. Our Welcome Center supports the unique needs of patients and families arriving from out-of-town, including housing, transportation, financial information and other resources. Once all clinical evaluations have been completed, our 22q Center team meets face-to-face in order to develop a coordinated plan of care for each patient.

Our Team

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Richard E. Kirschner

Richard Kirschner is the chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and director of the Cleft Lip and Palate-Craniofacial Center.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Adriane L Baylis

Adriane Baylis, PhD, CCC-SLP is a speech scientist, craniofacial speech pathologist and director of the Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Program. 

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Cleft Support Group

22q Deletion Syndrome Support Group

We've established a Cleft Lip and Palate Support Group here at the hospital. Sign up if you'd like to be added to the list for more information.

At Nationwide Children's, the plastic surgeon leads an integrated, nationally recognized team of experts that provides a wide range of services, including:

  • Cardiology
  • Dentistry
  • Developmental Pediatrics
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Genetics
  • Hematology
  • Immunology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Nursing
  • Orthodontics
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Rheumatology
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Social Work

Our team is actively engaged in clinical research that aims to help professionals and families understand more about the 22q deletion and its impact on affected children. Through such investigative efforts, we will learn how best to care for our patients and how to best help them live healthy and productive lives.

A Healthy You and 22q Conference

Registration Now Open!

September 21, 2019
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Education Center
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205

  • Friday family dinner
  • Educational sessions and small group discussions with 22q Center team members
  • Separate sessions designed for teens, school age and young children
  • Family luncheon at the conference
  • Sunday morning 22q awareness walk and lunch

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Patient Story

Meet Grant

When Grant was born he was in respiratory distress and required immediate medical attention. The neonatal nurses rushed in to save him and then admitted him to the NICU.