The Cleft Lip and Palate Center offers Children and Their Families Comprehensive Care :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Cleft Lip and Palate Center

Our nationally recognized team has a single, clear focus – caring for the whole child. From our perspective, true healing occurs when we build a caring relationship that addresses each of the physical and emotional aspects associated with a child's condition throughout growth and development. The children and families who turn to us receive comprehensive care from a multi-disciplinary team of expert clinicians who have come together to ensure the best quality of life for every child.

For more information call (614) 962-6366, or click here to request an appointment online.

To request an appointment call (614) 962-6366 or click here

The Cleft Lip and Palate Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers children and their families comprehensive care from a multi-disciplinary team of nationally recognized clinicians. Led by Richard E. Kirschner, MD, FACS, FAAP, chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and co-editor of the textbook Comprehensive Cleft Care, our team comprises experts from plastic surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, otolaryngology (ENT), speech - language pathology, nursing, dentistry, social work, audiology, genetics, and psychology. The Cleft Lip and Palate Center is recognized as an affiliate team of the American Cleft Palate - Craniofacial Association (ACPA).


Why Choose Nationwide Children's

The Cleft Lip and Palate Center supports the vision of Nationwide Children’s Hospital's Strategic Plan, and supports the principles of care set forth by ACPA. Our multidisciplinary team consists of individuals who are recognized as national leaders in their specialties.

Philosophy of Care

We provide comprehensive care to optimize facial appearance, speech, dentofacial development, and overall self-concept. In addition to providing premier diagnostic and treatment services to patients, we also provide educational and support programs for families and the community. We believe that it is our responsibility to provide training and research opportunities for students, residents and fellows in the area of cleft/craniofacial anomalies in order to ensure future generations of quality care for cleft-affected children and that it is our obligation to provide comprehensive services to underprivileged children in developing regions of the world.

Our Team

At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, your child will be cared for by an integrated health care team dedicated to the restoration of form, function and self-esteem. We offer pre-natal and pre-adoptive counseling to families as well as comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to patients from birth to adulthood. Meet our team


Our team participates in annual review of quality and outcomes of our services to facilitate continuous improvements in care. We also participate in national outcomes research as part of the Americleft project.

International Outreach

Our partnership with Casa Azul America allows us to provide free cleft lip and palate surgery to underprivileged children in Lima, Peru.

For more information or the schedule an appointment, please call (614) 962.6366.

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Richard E. Kirschner, MD, FAAP, FACS
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