Patient Care

UNC Craniofacial Center


UNC CFC Manager:
Angie Carlton
Phone: (919) 537-3508
Office: 002 Brauer Hall

Department of Dental Ecology Manager:
Martha Barbour
Phone: (919) 537-3574
Office: 467B Brauer Hall

Patient Care Coordinator:
Darrell Keyes
Phone: (919) 537-3513
Office: 005 Brauer Hall

Welcome to the UNC Craniofacial Center. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Craniofacial Center (UNC CFC) consists of an interdisciplinary team of professionals dedicated to the care of the patient and family with cleft lip, cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies.

What is Team Care?

Children born with clefts or other craniofacial conditions often face multiple, complex health problems. Experience has shown that these complex issues can best be managed by an interdisciplinary team of specialists who work together and, with the family, create and update the child’s health care plan.

Team care is a group of specialized health care workers who are members of different disciplines, each providing specific services to the patient and family. Working together, treatment goals can then be individualized for each patient, and families–along with the team–can make the best decisions for care by consulting with one another. Children born with craniofacial anomalies often face health care challenges until the child reaches skeletal maturity, or more simply put, finishes growing. Team care is endorsed by the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association¬†and Cleft Advocate.

The UNC team consists of specialists from many fields including:

  • Adult general dentistry
  • Audiology
  • Genetics
  • Neurosurgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Plastic surgery
  • Prosthodontics
  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Speech¬†pressure-flow assessments
  • And other specialties as needed on a consultation basis

Blessings in Disguise

Blessings in Disguise is a video that will give additional information regarding team care from the patient, family and health care professional standpoint. The video will introduce you to several families involved with team care, as well as an adult who has completed care and the professionals with whom you will come in contact.

Disclaimer: The content of this video is provided solely for educational purposes, and is not a substitute for medical advice. It is intended for use by parents, caregivers and families affected by the birth of a child with a craniofacial difference. Medical and dental personnel as well as students may also benefit in the viewing of this video. The content does not represent the only or the best team care, but is representative of the type of team care that can best meet the needs of the child and family. Consult your health care team for further guidance.