Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Program

Cooper University Hospital's Regional Cleft-Craniofacial Program is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary evaluation and treatment program designed to meet the multifaceted needs of the infant, child and adolescent with a cleft lip, cleft palate or craniofacial deformity.

The program was established in 1979 and is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of experienced medical, surgical, dental, psychosocial, speech, and hearing specialists. The specialists work together in a coordinated, family centered, team setting to provide appropriate in-patient and out-patient care. Results of evaluations and treatment recommendations are communicated to the patient's primary care physician or local health care provider.

Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Services

  • Genetic evaluation and counseling including prenatal counseling and support for families receiving a prenatal diagnosis of a facial deformity
  • 24-hour newborn outreach and assessment program including counseling regarding feeding techniques for infants with clefts (assessment and counseling is available at the birthing hospital)
  • Surgical correction of clefts and craniofacial deformities
  • Dental evaluation and treatment of clefts or other oral facial problems including pediatric dentistry, orthodontics and oral maxillofacial surgery
  • Coordination and streamlining of evaluations, surgeries, and other treatments to reduce multiple visits to the center

Cleft-Craniofacial Specialists

Our professional staff consists of physicians, dentists, and allied health professionals representing numerous medical and dental specialties that include, but are not limited to, the following services:

  • Audiology 
  • Genetics
  • Neurology Neurosurgery
  • Nursing
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Prosthodontics
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Speech Pathology

Adults With Cleft Lip and Palate

Issues related to cleft lip and palate may extend into adulthood. Adults may have needs regarding facial appearance, deviated septum, palate fistulas, speech, and dental status. In some cases, patients who did not finish their care as children want to pick up where they left off and complete their treatment.

It is important for adults with clefts to choose physicians who are experienced in cleft care. While the Cooper Regional Cleft and Craniofacial Program multidisciplinary team is open only to children under age 21, adult patients can be treated by our experienced team members via their individual offices.

Adult patients may make an appointment with Dr. Matthews for evaluation and recommendations at 856.342.3113. Referrals can be made as needed for dental rehabilitation, speech and hearing services, and other needs. Many cleft-related procedures on adults are covered by insurance.

Contact Us

For more information about the Regional Cleft-Craniofacial Program, please call 856.722.9110 or 888.792.7007.

For newborn referrals or emergencies, please call 856.722.9110. If there is no answer, please call the Cooper University Hospital switchboard at 856.342.2000 and have the on-call person for the cleft palate program paged.