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
Facial 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.
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 TeamChildren 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.
Meet Our Patients
"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.
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.
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.
Name: Michael P.
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.
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.
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.
Speak With Our Team
Questions? Concerns? Contact the Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders team.
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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Pediacast 368: Abnormal Baby Heads
Dr Gregory Pearson stops by the PediaCast Studio to talk about abnormalities of the infant head. We consider microcephaly and macrocephaly, along with the diagnosis and management of positional plagiocephaly and craniosynostosis. Big complex names, yes; but also fairly common problems.
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