Complex Craniofacial Disorders

Personalized Treatment From a Dedicated Team of Specialists

Meet Dr. Pearson

Dr. Gregory Pearson is the Director of the Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders

Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders

US News Badge Neurology and NeurosurgeryFacial differences caused by an injury or genetic condition can impact a child’s physical, social and emotional development, and often require reconstructive surgery. Whether your child is diagnosed with jaw abnormalities, facial trauma, craniosynostosis, plagiocephaly or 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.

Collaborative Care 

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 the Team

Meet Our Team

Children who come to the Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders receive personalized treatment from an interdisciplinary team of specialists. Learn more about the team dedicated to restoring each child’s appearance and function, as well as meeting their long-term health care needs.

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 both non-syndromic and syndromic craniosynostosis such as Apert syndrome and Crouzon syndrome.

Learn More About Craniofacial Anomalies

Meet Our Patients

Tuck's Story

Tuck's Story

"You never envision your child on the operating table. But, at the end of the day, we did what was right. We had a great outcome and for that we'll forever be grateful to our care team," said Heather Lofy after her son, Tuck, had surgery to correct his craniosynostosis. Nationwide Children's Hospital is a high-volume center when treating craniosynostosis.

Meet Reagan

Reagan's Story

Raegan was born six weeks early. After her birth, Raegan was immediately transferred to Nationwide Children's Hospital where a team of doctors diagnosed her with a rare genetic disorder called Apert Syndrome.

Meet Liam

Meet Liam

Name: Liam C.
Condition(s): Cancer, Craniosynostosis
Age Today: 5 Years

Liam was born with 16p11.2 deletion syndrome and lots of resulting complications. When his family brought him to Nationwide Children’s Hospital for a surgery, his mom, Edna, noticed that the shape of his head didn’t seem normal. Liam was then diagnosed with metopic craniosynostosis.

Meet Michael

Meet Michael

Name: Michael P.
Condition(s): Craniosynostosis
Age Today: 4 Years

When Michael was born, the doctors had to use a vacuum extractor to assist in getting him out of the birth canal. That’s why, when his parents noticed that his head seemed misshapen, they assumed it was just a side effect. Eventually they noticed that the back of his head wasn’t shifting, and his head kept its oblong shape. When he was two months old it was confirmed that he had severe Sagittal craniosynostosis.

Meet Willow

Meet Willow

Name: Willow C.
Condition(s): Craniofacial Disorders
Age Today: 5 Years

When Willow was born, the doctors there noted that her eyes were set far apart, she had an indent in her nose, and the back of her head was very flat. Two weeks later the family traveled to Nationwide Children's Hospital and it was discovered that her cranial sutures (bones in the skull) were closed.


Dr Khansa

Meet Dr. Khansa

After discovering how transformative craniofacial surgery can be, Dr. Ibrahim Khansa knew it was his purpose in life.