In September 2016, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles hosted its first system-wide summit focusing on cleft lip and palate care. Cleft surgeons and leaders from across the organization gathered to discuss clinical activities and priorities for the program. Ken Guidera, M.D., chief medical officer of Shriners Hospitals for Children, and surgeons from eight locations in the health care system attended and gave presentations on several topics, including:
Additionally, aspects of pediatric plastic surgeries, orthognathic (jaw) surgery, intracranial surgery, and dental and orthodontic care were discussed.
About cleft lip and palate
Cleft lip and palate is the most common oral-facial deformity in the world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has suggested that more than 7,500 children are born with some combination of this condition each year in the United States.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is able to offer a high level of expert care to these patients for several reasons:
At Shriners Hospitals for Children, patients with a cleft lip and/or palate are treated by a multidisciplinary group of experts who work as a team to improve the child’s appearance and their ability to eat, breathe and communicate. The initial summit offered surgeons from across the Shriners Hospitals for Children network a place to look into the future of cleft lip and palate care. The group concluded that the health care system can become one of the foremost leaders in the delivery of cleft lip and palate care in the U.S.