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Cranialfacial Team

A craniofacial team should include:

  • 1. A craniomaxillofacial surgeon who is dedicated to this work
  • 2. A Neuro surgeon
  • 3. An orthodontist
  • 4. A dentist
  • 5. An otolaryngologist
  • 6. A speech therapist
  • 7. A geneticist
  • 8. Social work and or team psychologist
  • 9. Ophthalmology
  • 10. Hand surgery- to treat patient with combined head and hand problems
  • 11. Podiatry or some type of foot surgeon- for combined problems
  • 12. A nurse coordinator and feeding specialist
  • 13. Craniofacial, interventional, and neuroradiology
  • 14. Pediatrician
  • 15. Oncology
  • 16. Radiation therapy
  • 17. Prosthodontics

Such a team will provide the multidisciplinary care of patients with craniomaxillofacial problems in order to obtain optimal results. This type of coordinated care also allows patients to see multiple physicians during a single visit. When a patient comes to a craniofacial team, the nurse coordinator will arrange for the patient to see all doctors who need to evaluate a problem. Then, at the end of the visit, the entire team will discuss the patient's problem and generate a concise and focused treatment plan which will optimize care. This type of focused care prevents miscommunication between referring physicians and ensures the patient will have a clear idea of what each doctor involved feels is the best treatment plan.

A good craniofacial team also collects and analyzes patient data, and presents this data at national meetings. In this way, the team is able to discuss their treatment method with other leading centers around the world, making sure they are providing state of the art therapy to their patients.

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  • Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons

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