About the Craniofacial Clinic | Craniofacial Clinic | Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD)
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About the Craniofacial Clinic

The CHaD Craniofacial Clinic is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary program devoted to the evaluation and treatment of children born with craniofacial disorders of all kinds. These children often require complex and integrated care over many years from a variety of specialists. Team members collaborate on each case in real time to ensure complete integration of all aspects of treatment.

Our interdisciplinary team approach

Known as the Face of a Child Program, the Clinic brings together specialists to provide access to the varied services that are critical to successful treatment. We work with specialists in:

  • Audiology
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology
  • Genetics
  • Mental health services
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oral-maxillofacial surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Otolaryngology
  • Nursing
  • Plastic surgery
  • Speech pathology

Our unique perspective

The Face of a Child program is unique in Northern New England in that it is a full service, comprehensive craniofacial program providing evaluation and care for all varieties of craniofacial anomalies. The Clinic is committed to providing this highly specialized medical care in a personal and caring atmosphere that is sensitive to individual and family needs. The bonds we form with our patients and their families are meaningful to us and are essential to ensuring long-term continuity of care.

We care for more than 300 children per year. We believe strongly in the concept of patient-centered care and always try to engage the patient and family in a process of shared clinical decision-making.

Additional services

In addition to Face of a Child's clinical services, a full-time Program Coordinator plays a crucial role in helping families access a variety of social services, including mental health services, to address the special psychosocial needs of these children. The program also facilitates support and education for patients and families through peer support groups.

The Program Coordinator is also active in outreach to pediatricians, family practitioners, school nurses, daycare providers, and others throughout Northern New England to increase awareness of the special developmental needs in children with craniofacial conditions. This ensures that all children receive the treatment they need, when they need it.

We offer a shared medical appointment for babies with plagiocephaly (misshapen heads) to come with their families and learn more about this condition about once a month.

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