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:
- Medical Social Work
- Oral-maxillofacial Surgery
- Plastic Surgery
- Speech-Language Pathology
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
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.
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.
- Dorothy Freas, M.S., CCC-SLP
- David Fields, D.D.S.
- Carol Greene, M.D.
- Pat A. Landis, M.A.
Speech Pathologist, Team Coordinator
- Donna Pitts, AuD., CCC-A
- Larry Wang, D.D.S, M.S
To make an appointment or obtain additional information
regarding the team at UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute, please call 410-448-2500 ext. 5219.