Smile Makers on a Mission

Published: June 19th, 2013

Category: Front page news

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The University of Florida Craniofacial Center is dedicated to the care of individuals with cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial conditions. We are very active in clinical service, teaching and research.

Our Mission

The Craniofacial Center provides a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary services to patients and families pertaining to cleft lip and palate, facial disfigurement, and other malformations of the head. These disorders may be due to birth defects, developmental or acquired through disease or accident. Services available from the Center include corrective surgery, pediatric medical care, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, prosthodontics, otology and audiology, speech-language pathology, psychology, and patient/parent education.

There are three major components of the UF Craniofacial Center’s mission:

  1. To serve patients with craniofacial malformations, and their families;
  2. To conduct research intended to improve diagnosis and treatment for persons who have cleft lip/palate and other craniofacial malformations, worldwide, a goal which can be addressed in a university such as UF with a research-oriented teaching hospital; and