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Greater Baltimore Cleft Lip and Palate

Interdisciplinary care to children born with facial, head and neck malformations

Our team's involvement with patients and their families can begin as early as pregnancy, when some birth defects can be diagnosed. A geneticist and genetic counselor will provide information to the parents. The family has the option of scheduling a consultation with a facial plastic reconstructive surgeon. At that consultation the surgeon will describe the types of surgery, explain the anticipated time frame for surgery and answer any other questions parents may have.

A team of craniofacial experts is the best means of providing acute medical/surgical management and long-term follow-up care. Our geneticists can provide both the immediate family and the extended family with information about the cause and recurrence risks for the patient's birth defect. Our team meets ten times a year to follow our patients on a regular basis.

Cleft Team Coordinator, Stephanie Boblooch, can be reached at 443-849-6050 to answer your questions and schedule appointments.

Our Team

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Antonie D Kline, MD
Antonie D. Kline, MD
Medical Director of Cleft Lip and Palate, Director of Clinical Genetics
Clinical Genetics
Antonie D Kline, MD
Antonie D. Kline, MD
Medical Director of Cleft Lip and Palate, Director of Clinical Genetics
Clinical Genetics
Patrick J Byrne, MBA, MD
Patrick J. Byrne, MBA, MD
Co-Medical Director - Cleft Lip & Palate
Facial Plastic&Reconstructive
Otolaryngology - H&NS
Patrick J Byrne, MBA, MD
Patrick J. Byrne, MBA, MD
Co-Medical Director - Cleft Lip & Palate
Facial Plastic&Reconstructive
Otolaryngology - H&NS

Our Services

The Greater Baltimore Cleft Lip and Palate Team provides interdisciplinary medical expertise to families of children with congenital malformations (birth defects) involving the head and neck. Examples of these include:
  • Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate
  • Pierre-Robin sequence
  • Microtia
  • Microphthalmia
  • Facial Asymmetry
  • Other, Rarer Malformations
The team also provides consultation services for newborns with craniofacial differences. After your child's birth, several members of the team (genetics, facial plastic reconstructive surgery, speech/feeding, and lactation) meet with the family in the hospital. Subsequently, a meeting of all team members is arranged to address your child's specific needs. Follow-up letters are sent to the family and your child's primary care provider. The purpose of the team is to provide services from the newborn period through early adulthood, including:
  • Initial Diagnosis
  • Treatment — including surgery and/or therapy
  • Maintenance of body systems
  • Psychosocial Needs
  • Future Reproductive Needs
The Entire Spectrum of Care

The Entire Spectrum of Care

Hear from the team about our interdisciplinary approach to caring for children born with facial, head and neck malformations.

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What our team does

When a baby with these challenges is born at GBMC, the team provides a bedside consultation before the family takes their newborn home. Our feeding specialists assist parents, teaching them how to use special bottles and nipples if necessary, to ensure that the baby is getting enough nutrition. Team members from the Harvey Institute for Human Genetics, lactation, and facial plastic reconstructive surgery departments visit the newborn and the parents during their stay.

The family will return for an appointment with the team within two months after discharge. At that appointment, the family will remain with their baby as he or she is examined by each team member. When the results of the examinations come in, they will be explained to the family and a summary of recommendations will be sent to the patient’s pediatrician. The team follows patients throughout early childhood and into adolescence to continue providing needed care as each patient grows and develops.

While the Team's involvement with patients can begin as early as pregnancy, it should continue throughout the patients' life. We recommend seeing patients every five years after age 18 and possibly more frequently during child bearing age.
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