Programs & Services

Craniofacial Program


The Craniofacial Program at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is a comprehensive program focused on providing multidisciplinary care in the evaluation, management, and treatment for infants and children with cleft lip/palate and craniofacial anomalies.

Under the leadership of Ruth Bristol, MD a dedicated team of pediatric neurologists, neurosurgeons, audiologists, plastic surgeons, psychologists, and speech pathologists collaborate to help children with craniofacial conditions and their families every step of the way. Craniofacial surgery is performed using minimally invasive and endoscopic techniques.

About Craniofacial Conditions

"Craniofacial" includes the bones of the head (cranium or skull) and the face. Craniofacial conditions can be present at birth or they could occur due to injuries to the face or head.

Craniofacial conditions include:

  • Apert syndrome
  • Cleft lip
  • Cleft palate
  • Craniosynotosis
  • Goldenhar syndrome
  • Jaw fractures
  • Plagiocephaly or flattened head

These conditions may cause difficulty with speech, vision, or auditory difficulties. A child may also have difficulty eating, and or breathing.

Contact Us

Phone: (602) 933-0440
Fax: (602) 933-4257

Please Bring the Following Information to Your Child's First Appointment:

  • Medical history form (English | Spanish)
  • ​Medical records
  • Prior scans (CD or film)

If you can send this information to us ahead of time, all the better! All patient forms can be found here: Patient Forms. If possible please complete and either send forms to us beforehand or bring them with to your appointment.


Ambulatory Building (B), 4th Floor
Phoenix Children's Hospital - Main Campus
1919 E. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

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