Programs & Services

Craniosynostosis Program

The Craniosynostosis Programat Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, under the leadership of Ruth Bristol, MD,  is run in conjunction with the Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center, 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. The Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center, coordinated through the Division of Plastic Surgery, is a dedicated team of specialists who collaborate to help children with craniofacial conditions and their families every step of the way. Craniosynostosis surgery is performed using minimally invasive and endoscopic techniques.

The Craniosynostosis Program is under the leadership of Ruth Bristol, MD.

About Craniosynostosis 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.

Craniosynostosis conditions include:

  • Single suture synostosis
    • Sagittal
    • Metopic
    • Coronal
    • Lambdoid
  • Syndromic synostosis
  • Apert syndrome
  • Pfeiffer syndrome
  • 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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