Complex Craniofacial Disorders
Personalized Treatment From a Dedicated Team of Specialists
Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders
Facial differences caused by an injury or genetic condition can impact a child’s physical, social and emotional development, and often require reconstructive surgery. From jaw abnormalities to facial trauma, plagiocephaly to Pierre Robin syndrome, the Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders at Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a comprehensive and compassionate approach to care, provided by experts who understand how children grow and heal. Each child that comes to the Center receives personalized treatment from an interdisciplinary team of specialists dedicated to restoring the child’s appearance and function, and meeting their long-term medical needs. Learn about the craniofacial anomalies that we treat at Nationwide Children's.
The team of experts at the Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders has treated thousands of children from birth to young adulthood who require highly specialized care and access to the kind of technology that can only be found at a nationally recognized hospital like Nationwide Children’s. Each child has a dedicated team of specialists who develops a coordinated, patient-centered plan of action based on the child’s specific needs. This team meets regularly to discuss the child’s long-term care, healing and quality of life, and monitors progress throughout childhood. Members of the Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders team include:
Meet Our Leadership
Gregory D. Pearson, MD, is director of the Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders and also helps staff the Vascular Malformations Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Plastic Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Annie I. Drapeau, MD, is a Pediatric Neurosurgeon in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Conditions We Treat
Craniofacial anomalies are a diverse group of deformities in the growth of the head and facial bones. Our team expertly cares for children with many of these conditions including:
Apert syndrome affects the skull, face, hands and feet. It is a genetic syndrome, which is due to a mutation on the FGFR2 gene.
Craniosynostosis occurs when one or more sutures close early. Early suture closure can cause the skull to grow in an unusual shape. Sometimes, early suture closure can also restrict overall skull growth which may be harmful to the growing brain inside.
Facial paralysis is weakness or complete lack of motion of part or all of the face. It can involve one or both sides of the face. This decreased or lack of motion causes asymmetry and can lead to both functional and social interaction issues.
Flat head syndrome (deformational plagiocephaly) is when a baby’s head develops a lasting flat spot. The flat spot may be either on one side of the head or on the back of the head. This happens when a baby sleeps in the same position most of the time or because of problems with the neck muscles.
Inside the Center for Craniofacial Disorders
Meet Our Team
Our team of experts has treated thousands of children from birth to young adulthood who require highly specialized care.
Craniofacial anomalies are a diverse group of deformities in the growth of the head and facial bones.
Check out resources that can be helpful during your child's stay with the Center for Craniofacial Disorders.
During Your Visit
Learn more about what to expect before, during and after your visit with the Center for Craniofacial Disorders.
When a child is born with a cleft lip and/or palate or any craniofacial condition, the emotional health and well-being of the child and family are just as important as the child’s medical care.
Meet Dr. Khansa
After discovering how transformative craniofacial surgery can be, Dr. Ibrahim Khansa knew it was his purpose in life.
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