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Craniofacial Center of WNY Receives National Distinction

Updated: 1/14/2015

The Commission on Approval of Teams (CAT) has accredited the Craniofacial Center of Western New York at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo as both a Cleft Palate (CPT) and Craniofacial Team (CFT) for a period of five years beginning January 1, 2015.

The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) and Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF) created the CAT as a standardized approval process to facilitate improvement in patient care by providing accurate information to patients and families/caregivers regarding services offered by those teams meeting specified standards.

Teams are comprised of experienced and qualified professionals from medical, surgical, dental and allied health disciplines working in an interdisciplinary manner. Certification ensures that care is provided in a coordinated and consistent manner within the framework of the patient’s overall developmental, medical and psychological needs.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as a nationally accredited Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Team,” said  Laurie Sadler, MD, clinical director, Craniofacial Center of WNY. “With the recent addition of two maxillofacial surgeons, one of whom is also trained in craniofacial surgery, and a craniofacial orthodontist, our team is excited to offer state of the art comprehensive care. Patients will no longer need to seek care elsewhere. In addition, the team’s nurse coordinator, Janice Rockwood, RN, has been with the Center for 25 years, exemplifying the long-term dedication of our team’s providers.”

The Craniofacial Center at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo, which was established in 1988, is a group of medical and allied health professionals trained in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with congenital and acquired disorders of the face and cranium. The center specializes in the treatment of:

  • Clefts of the lip and palate
  • Craniofacial malformations
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Ear anomalies
  • Dentofacial disorders/malocclusion
  • Facial trauma/neoplasms

The clinical team provides comprehensive initial evaluations with ongoing coordination of services to assure quality and continuity of patient care. The diverse needs of the patients require that the team’s multiple specialists continually communicate and cooperate. The center's aim is to consider the individual needs of the patient and her/his family in addition to those of the referring and/or primary care physician. 

The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is an international non-profit medical society of healthcare professionals who, for over 65 years, have been leaders in both research and treatment of patients with birth defects of the head and face. The mission of the Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF), which was established in 1973, is to serve individuals and families affected by cleft lip/palate and other craniofacial conditions by connecting them to team care, providing education, and offering personal support.