Boise, ID 83712
Picture Your Health
How we define health depends on each individual. Physical. Mental. Social. Community. As the only Idaho-based, not-for-profit health system, St. Luke’s is dedicated to our mission “To improve the health of people in the communities we serve.” That means not only treating you when you’re sick or hurt but helping you be as healthy as possible. We want you to look beyond your illness or injury and picture where you’ll be on your health journey. We want you to picture your health.
South Bend, IN 46601-9986
Jason Blocksom MD
Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery
Jason Blocksom, M.D., is a pediatric plastic surgeon and director of the cleft palate and craniofacial surgery team at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent. He graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington and Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Blocksom completed his surgical residency at Wayne State University at the Detroit Medical Center. He completed fellowships in plastic surgery at Indiana University Medical Center and in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Outside of work, he enjoys triathlons (two time Ironman Wisconsin finisher) and coaching youth soccer. Dr. Blocksom’s special medical interests include: Craniofacial anomalies such as craniosynostosis; cleft lip and palate, vascular malformations and hemangiomas; deformities of the ear and nose; plagiocephaly; congenital hand anomalies such as polydactyly and syndactyly; and plastic surgery for skin lesions such as moles and cysts.
St.Vincent Professional Office Building
8402 Harcourt Rd., Suite 128, Indianapolis, IN 46260
Sarah received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Indiana University Bloomington in 2009. She and Dr. Blocksom have been working together for 6 years. She began her nursing career as a student nurse in the operating room at St. Vincent. She has been a part of the St. Vincent Craniofacial team since 2010. She especially loves that this position allows her to develop meaningful relationships with patients and families, and gives her the opportunity to have fun with kids. Outside of work she enjoys staying active outside with her German Shepherd, running, and spending time with family and friends. She recently started pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nursing at IUPUI with hopes of becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and returning to St. Vincent upon graduation.
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5200
Cleft & Craniofacial Anomalies Program
Cleft and craniofacial anomalies are conditions affecting the skull and face. Some children are born with craniofacial anomalies, while others develop the conditions later in childhood. The most common congenital (present from birth) craniofacial anomalies are cleft lip and/or cleft palate. These conditions occur in approximately 1 in 600 newborns in the U.S.
Children with facial differences can undergo a variety of procedures and therapies throughout their lifetime. Often, multiple specialists are required to provide comprehensive care. This can be both daunting and intimidating for patients and families. The Cleft & Craniofacial Anomalies Program at Riley at IU Health streamlines your visits to the hospital so that multiple specialists can see your child, if necessary, and develop a unified plan of care. This approach limits your visits to the hospital while providing your child with a personalized plan designed to improve health and ensure quality of life.
Our multidisciplinary cleft and craniofacial anomalies team includes board certified doctors, therapists and nurse specialists who are dedicated to caring for children with facial differences. We provide a comprehensive, personalized care plan so your child receives the most effective treatments and procedures.
Riley at IU Health has provided services to patients with facial anomalies since 1933. Our Cleft & Craniofacial Anomalies Program was one of the first established in the U.S. and remains at the forefront of pediatric and facial reconstruction. We continue to define the standard of care for facial reconstruction by publishing our clinical outcomes, delivering lectures regionally, nationally and internationally and actively participating in national and international surgical societies.
Our physician specialists are faculty members of the Indiana University School of Medicine. Additionally, our craniofacial surgeons have completed a year of intensive training in reconstruction of the face and skull after achieving board certification in plastic surgery.
We have earned recognition as an affiliate with the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association because of our high level of training and staff expertise. Members of our faculty have held top leadership positions with the Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Craniofacial Surgery and the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons and have been recognized as Top Doctors by Indianapolis Monthly.
We have received national recognition for the development of Camp About Face, which is a week-long residential summer camp for children with facial anomalies, and the Camp About Face Leadership Academy, which is a companion program for youth ages 16-18.
Our staff members also raise awareness of cleft and craniofacial anomalies in the community by speaking to college classes, nonprofit organizations and other groups.
Fort Wayne, Indiana, US 46825
Kids-First Cleft/Craniofacial Clinics is a jointly operated pediatric-craniofacial clinic shared by both Lutheran Children’s Hospital and Parkview Regional Children’s Center. Our team uses an interdisciplinary approach involving multiple medical specialists from various practices. Our primary focus involves evaluation and treatment of children with cleft lip and/or palate or craniofacial syndromes.
The Kids-First team is made up of devoted medical professionals who donate their time to provide a team approach to cleft care and set aside competing practices to support the clinic. These specialists include: plastic surgeons, pediatric dentists, oral surgeons, orthodontists, dieticians, clinical social workers, and speech pathologists.
Our combined efforts help to provide the absolute best course of treatment for the child. Equally important, it allows parents to fully understand the medical options and feel comfortable with the treatment.