Craniofacial Program offers long-term, coordinated team approach to care
For pediatric and adult patients with craniofacial disorders including congenital deformities, tumors of the head/neck/skull base, facial trauma and other diseases, the Craniofacial Institute provides multi-disciplinary services that are among the highest quality and most innovative in the world. Established more than two decades ago by the recently retired Ian Jackson, MD, FRCS, FACS, a pioneer in the field of plastic and craniofacial surgery, the Institute is now led by Mark Hnatiuk, MD, who trained with Dr. Jackson.
One example of how the multidisciplinary team functions is its approach to treating babies born with clefts of the lip and palate. The craniofacial surgeon initially performs corrective plastic surgery to close the lip/palate. Multiple specialists then follow the child over time, including a speech therapist as speech develops, an orthodontist as primary and adult teeth come in, an oral surgeon if corrective jaw surgery is needed, an otolaryngologist to detect and treat ear, nose and throat concerns, a pediatrician and a social worker.
The latest technology is utilized to improve patient outcomes and education. For example, CT-generated models of a patient’s abnormal craniofacial skeleton are used in surgical planning of complex reconstructive surgery. These models are shown to the patient to help them better understand their surgery and some are even used as implants to correct deformities.
To refer pediatric or adult patients to the Craniofacial Institute for an evaluation, call (248) 465-5300. Offices are located in the Providence Park Medical Office Building in Novi and the St. John Hospital and Medical Center Professional Office Building in Detroit.