Address: 1653 West Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60612
Main Hospital Phone Number: (312) 942-8928

Rush Craniofacial Center

There’s a lot to consider when you’re choosing where to get care for a craniofacial condition. The Rush Craniofacial Center team has years of expertise treating a wide range of craniofacial disorders, from common to complex, in patients of all ages. Conditions we treat include the following:

Anomalies of the teeth and jaw, including temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues
Craniofacial syndromes (e.g., Apert, Crouzon, Pfeiffer)
Craniosynostosis, or premature fusion of an infant’s skull plates
Cleft lip and cleft palate
Hemifacial microsomia, in which parts of the face grow at different rates
Plagiocephaly, or flat head syndrome
Traumatic facial injuries
Vascular anomalies and other lesions of the face

Address: 4440 West 95th Street
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Main Hospital Phone Number: (708) 684-8000
Address: 1775 Dempster Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Main Hospital Phone Number: (855) 312-5437
Address: 225 East Chicago Avenue
Box 14
Chicago, IL 60611-2605
Main Hospital Phone Number: (312) 227-4000
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Lurie Children’s
All the commitment, all the services, all the care. All, for your one. At Lurie Children’s, a top-ranked children’s hospital, we put children and their families at the center of all we do — from before birth, through childhood and adolescence, and beyond. Because we’re passionate about helping children become happy, healthy adults.

Address: 1740 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60612
Main Hospital Phone Number: (312) 996-8297
Address: 5721 South Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Main Hospital Phone Number: (773) 702-1000
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Bringing Research to Reality
Comer Children’s is advancing the forefront of kids’ health. Our pediatric specialists are committed to offering every child the latest treatments and clinical breakthroughs. Because we believe kids of all ages should be able to grow up to be healthy, happy and strong.

Address: 800 East Carpenter Street
Springfield, IL 62769
Main Hospital Phone Number: (217) 544-6464
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About St. John’s
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, Women and Infants Center, Neurosciences Center,  Women and Children’s Clinic, Cancer Center, orthopedic services and AthletiCare.

St. John’s has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center and a level II pediatric trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Our staff and samaritan volunteers are committed to extending the hospital’s healing mission to you, your family and visitors through acts of compassion, care, respect and hospitality.

Address: 6501 South Promontory Drive
Chicago, IL 60649
Main Hospital Phone Number: (773) 363-6700
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We’re dedicated to improving the lives of our patients who live with complex conditions, disabilities or chronic illness.

La Rabida is a place unlike any other. We understand the needs of families with children battling the most serious or complicated of conditions. With teams of the best healthcare providers in Chicago, we give continuous, comprehensive care, education and support, helping families face their unique obstacles head on.

Address: 2211 N. Oak Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60707
Main Hospital Phone Number: (773) 622-5400

Cleft lip and palate

Facial clefts occur in nearly one out of 600 births in the United States and are the most common birth defects treated by pediatric plastic surgeons. Clefts of the lip and palate are complex conditions, which affect not only the child’s appearance and self-esteem, but also a child’s ability to breathe, speak, hear and eat properly. Because of this, treatment involves the close cooperation of a number of medical and dental specialists.
Craniofacial microsomia

Craniofacial microsomia (CFM) is a condition that presents in a variety of ways. It varies in severity but it is generally a complex condition affecting appearance and function. It is a broad diagnosis and includes conditions called hemifacial microsomia, Goldenhar syndrome, lateral facial dysplasia, first and second bronchial arch syndrome, oculo-auriculo-vertebral sequence and isolated microtia. Most children with CFM have at least one small, misshapen or missing external ear. There may be skin tags in front of the ear. Hearing loss is common. Some parts of the face may be smaller, usually the jaw or cheeks. Eyes can have small notches or dermoids (small cysts). Often one side of the face is more affected than the other.
Specialists involved
The cleft/craniofacial team at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago includes the core specialists required to treat CFM, including a craniofacial surgeon, otolaryngologist, audiologist, speech pathologist, pediatric dentist, orthodontist, nurse practitioner, social worker care manager and psychologist. It also includes the extended care from nursing and technical staff that fully complement the team approach. If your child requires a service outside the broad scope of our cleft/craniofacial team, our social worker care managers and RN care managers are available to help you find a specialist to meet your child’s particular needs.

Address: 1555 Barrington Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Main Hospital Phone Number: (847) 849-2000
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