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Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis

4400 Clayton Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110

St. Louis, MO


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Cleft lip and palate

Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis is now partnering with the Cleft Lip and Craniofacial Institute at St. Louis Children’s Hospital to provide care for children with these conditions. The Institute, formed in 1978, is the largest and oldest center of its kind in the Midwest. The team has treated more than 3,000 patients with cleft lip and palate, and another 2,400 with major craniofacial anomalies. The Institute offers comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for congenital (from birth) and acquired head and neck deformities.

Two members of the Institute – who are also Washington University School of Medicine faculty members – Dr. Kamlesh Patel and Dr. Alison Snyder-Warwick – have joined the staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis, to offer an outpatient clinic for plastic surgery evaluations and perform minor surgeries at the St. Louis Shriners Hospital that don’t require intensive care unit stays. (In those cases, the procedures will be performed at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.)

Craniofacial conditions treated include:

Other conditions not listed above will be considered on an individual case-by-case basis with consideration given to the expert care provided by this and other Shriners Hospitals for Children. If, during the referral/inquiry process, our clinical team determines the patient’s needs would be best met at another Shriners Hospitals for Children, we will refer the patient to the appropriate hospital.

Collaborative approach to care

The specialists at Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis provide a comprehensive approach to meeting each child’s individual needs through expert evaluation and treatment. As a team working with parents, our goal is to restore each child physically, emotionally and socially. Every child is evaluated by a team of professionals who coordinate the child’s treatment. All care and services are provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay.