Cleft Lip and Palate Program

Earl and Frances Clem Cleft Lip and Palate Program

UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute is the location for the comprehensive Earl and Frances Clem Cleft Lip and Palate Program recognized by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.

Diagnostic and Treatment Disciplines:

The diagnostic and treatment team is multidisciplinary and consists of the following disciplines:

  • Audiology
  • Genetics
  • Medical Social Work
  • Oral-maxillofacial Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Speech-Language Pathology

Common Problems:

A child born with cleft lip, cleft palate, or other craniofacial anomalies may be faced with multiple and complex problems. These problems include such issues as:

  • Middle ear problems
  • Hearing loss
  • Early feeding and other nutritional problems
  • Dental or orthodontic abnormalities
  • Difficulty with speech or resonance
  • Deficits in growth and development and psychosocial concerns

Treatment Process and Team:

While the treatment process for children with these deformities can be quite lengthy, most children affected will become functioning and contributing members of society if a multidisciplinary team effectively treats them.

The team at UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute is recognized as a Cleft Palate Team (CPT) by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA). The goal of the team is to insure that care is provided in a coordinated, consistent manner.

All team evaluations and treatments should be sequenced according to the patient's overall developmental, medical and psychosocial needs. Interdisciplinary care is optimal if it begins shortly after birth and continues until the individual is physically full grown (usually around 21 years of age).

This team meets from September through June on the fourth Tuesday of each month (except in December). Team members include:

  • Richard Redett, M.D.
    Plastic Surgery, Co-Director
  • Michelle Backe, M.S.W.
    Medical Social Worker
  • John Caccamese, Jr., D.M.D., M.D.
    Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Dorothy Freas, M.S., CCC-SLP
    Speech Pathology
  • David Fields, D.D.S.
  • Carol Greene, M.D.
    Pediatric Genetics
  • Pat A. Landis, M.A.
    Speech Pathologist, Team Coordinator
  • Donna Pitts, AuD., CCC-A
  • Larry Wang, D.D.S, M.S

Associated Services:

  • Camp FACE: 410-937-7467

To make an appointment or obtain additional information regarding the team at UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute, please call 410-448-2500 ext. 5219.