The Cleft Lip-Palate & Craniofacial Program is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of specialists dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of children with these conditions, which can range from mild to complex. At Cleveland Clinic, a child with a cleft lip or cleft palate, as well as a craniofacial condition is specially cared for by a team of experts that includes a pediatric plastic surgeon, pediatrician, orthodontist, dentist, speech and language specialist, hearing specialist, otolaryngologist, psychologist, genetic counselor and nurse.

New treatment programs offer the latest advances in the field, including nasoalveolar molding for patients with cleft lip and palate. It is our objective to provide an environment of personal attention and collaboration while maintaining the highest level of clinical care and innovative treatments.

Interested in connecting with parents who have a child with a cleft lip-palate or craniofacial condition? Join the discussion by becoming a member of our Facebook group.

What We Treat

What We Treat

Our team provides pre- and postoperative management of infants, children, and adolescents with a range of problems, such as:

  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Congenital ear abnormalities
  • Congenital hand abnormalities 
  • Craniosynostosis and craniofacial anomalies 
  • Facial Paralysis 
  • Malocclusion
  • Pediatric Microsurgery
  • Vascular anomalies and giant nevi 
Before and After Photos

Before and After Photos

Our Team

Our Team

The Cleft Lip-Palate & Craniofacial Program brings together a team of specialists to provide comprehensive care for children with these conditions.

Program Coordinator

Marie Capadona-Hansley

Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery

Bahar Bassiri Gharb, MD, PhD
Francis Papay, MD
Antonio Rampazzo, MD, PhD

Advanced Practice Providers

Megan Kelly, CNP
Carli Siegel, CNP
Jessica Zubik, RN

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Violette Recinos MD
Kaine Onwuzulike, MD, PhD

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Jeff Chapa, MD
Elaine Bishop, RN
Carrie Budzar, RN

Craniofacial Orthodontics

Ken Lawrence, DDS

Speech Language Pathology

Marisa Pavia, MA, CCC-SP
Liz Prada, MS, CCC-SLP

Pediatric Behavioral Health

Kate Eshleman, PsyD

Medical Genetics

Allison Schreiber, MS, LGC

Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine

John Carl, MD
Anne Banas, CNP

Pediatric Sleep Medicine

Vaishal Shah, MBBS, MPH

Pediatric Otolaryngology          

Brandon Hopkins, MD


Allison Ziska Dirham, AuD

Pediatric Ophthalmology

Elias Traboulsi MD, M.Ed
Andreas Marcotty, MD
Fatema Ghasia, MD

Pediatric Neuropsychology

Patricia Klaas, PhD

Social Work

Christine Arnica, MS

Nasoalveolar Molding

Manish Valiathan, DDS



Please call 216.445.2252 if you would like to make an appointment with a cleft lip-palate or craniofacial expert at Cleveland Clinic.