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Cleft Program

To make an appointment with our team please call 813-870-4565, option 1.

Cleft lip/palate and other craniofacial anomalies are birth defects that occur very early in pregnancy. A child born with a cleft or craniofacial anomaly is likely to require several types of services: surgery, dental/orthodontic care, speech therapy. These services need to be provided in a coordinated manner over a period of years.

Often, parents also have questions regarding coping skills, and promoting self esteem. We have resources available to assist you.

How Appointments Work
In a unique effort to minimize patients’ visit time and anxiety, the complete team of specialists are present during patient exams. Family members are present during the decision-making process, and are encouraged to ask questions and be “part of
the team.”

If any other diagnostic tests are needed (CT scan, hearing tests, X-rays, blood work), these can also be arranged. We ask parents to plan for approximately 1-1/2 hours for their child’s appointment. Our program coordinators are here to help you.
Please call our Program Coordinators, Andrea Godwin or Jovanna Nogues, to schedule an appointment. They are also available to answer questions or assist with communication to your pediatrician. They can be reached at (813) 870-4565.

We Provide Care for Patients Requiring:

  • Facial reconstruction
  • Correction of congenital anomalies
  • Cleft lip and palate surgery
  • Skull reconstruction
  • Treatment of oral and facial pathology
  • Placement of craniofacial implants
  • Salivary gland surgery
  • Sleep apnea surgery
  • Distraction osteogenesis
  • Treatment of plagiocephaly
  • Ear reconstruction
  • Treatment of hearing loss
  • Management of airway disorders
  • Speech and swallow therapy



St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa • 3001 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. • Tampa, FL 33607 • (813) 554-8500