ACPA Approves 49 Teams in 2017

Alyssa KirkmanACPA Approved Teams, ACPA News

Chapel Hill, NC, March 15, 2018 – The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) and ACPA’s Commission on Approval of Teams are pleased to announce that 49 Cleft Palate and/or Craniofacial Teams were either approved or reapproved in 2017. There are now a total of 175 ACPA Approved Teams in the US and Canada that have been recognized for meeting the Standards of Team Care for Cleft and Craniofacial Teams.

“On behalf of the Commission on Approval of Teams, I commend teams for taking part in the ACPA Team Approval Process and for demonstrating the importance of team care,” says Jamie Idelberg, BS, RDH, chair of the commission.

The ACPA Team Approval process ensures that cleft and craniofacial care is provided in a coordinated and consistent manner, follows the proper sequence, and takes place within the framework of the patient’s overall developmental, medical and psychological needs. Teams are comprised of experienced and qualified professionals who work in an interdisciplinary and coordinated system to provide strong and reliable communication between team members, families, and referring providers.

The following teams were approved or reapproved in 2017:

  • Advocate Children’s Hospital Cleft and Craniofacial Team, Park Ridge, IL
  • Ark-La-Tex Cleft and Craniofacial Team, Shreveport, LA
  • Arnold Palmer Medical Center Craniofacial Disorders Program, Orlando, FL
  • Beautiful Community Smiles Cleft-Craniofacial Team, College Station, TX
  • Carle Cleft Lip and Palate Team, Urbana, IL
  • Children’s Colorado Cleft Lip & Palate Clinic – Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan Cleft/Craniofacial Anomalies Program, Detroit, MI
  • Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Craniofacial Center, San Antonio, TX
  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Team, Milwaukee, WI
  • Children’s – Minnesota, Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic, Minneapolis, MN
  • Cincinnati Children’s Craniofacial Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • Cleft & Craniofacial Center at Mass General Hospital for Children and Shriners Hospital for Children, Boston, MA
  • Cleveland Clinic Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Group, Cleveland, OH
  • Craniofacial Deformity Team at Metrohealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
  • Craniofacial Team, Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital, Long Beach, CA
  • Craniomaxillo Facial Team, Little Rock, AR
  • W. Mott Children’s Hospital Craniofacial Anomalies Program, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare Center for Craniofacial Services, St. Paul, MN
  • HDVCH Oral Cleft Program, Grand Rapids, MI
  • James A Lehman Jr Craniofacial Team, Akron, OH
  • LeBonheur Children’s Hospital/University of Tennessee Memphis Cleft and Craniofacial Team, Memphis, TN
  • Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Cleft Lip and Palate/Craniofacial Team, Chicago, IL
  • Mayo Clinic Cleft Palate Craniofacial Team, Rochester, MN
  • McMaster Children’s Hospital Cleft Lip and Palate, Hamilton, ON, Canada
  • Mercy Kids Cleft Lip/Palate and Craniofacial Deformities Team, St. Louis, MO
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital Cleft Lip & Palate Center/Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders, Columbus, OH
  • Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital Cleft & Craniofacial Team, Cleveland, OH
  • Riley Hospital for Children Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies Program, Indianapolis, IN
  • Rush Craniofacial Center, Chicago, IL
  • San Antonio Cleft Palate and Congenital Anomalies Center, San Antonio, TX
  • Scott & White Cleft-Craniofacial Team, Temple, TX
  • Shriners Hospital for Children Cleft-Craniofacial Team, Chicago, IL
  • SIU Congenital Head & Neck Anomalies Clinic, Springfield, IL
  • Cloud Hospital Women’s/Children’s Center Cleft Palate Team, St. Cloud, MN
  • Vincent Cleft & Craniofacial Team, Indianapolis, IN
  • Texas Children’s Hospital Cleft Lip and Palate Team, Houston, TX
  • Texas Children’s Hospital Craniofacial/Craniosynostosis Team, Houston, TX
  • UMC Health System Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Anomaly Team, Lubbock, TX
  • University of Chicago Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic and Craniofacial Anomalies Multidisciplinary Program (CAMP), Chicago, IL
  • University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System Craniofacial Center, Chicago, IL
  • University of Kansas Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic, Kansas City, KS
  • University of Minnesota Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Clinic, Minneapolis, MN
  • University of New Mexico Cleft and Craniofacial Team, Albuquerque, NM
  • University of Virginia Cleft Palate Team, Charlottesville, VA
  • University of Wisconsin Cleft Lip & Palate – Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic, Madison, WI
  • Weill Cornell Medicine Craniofacial Program, New York, NY
  • West Virginia Medicine Cleft Craniofacial Team, Morgantown, WV
  • Wichita Cleft Lip and Palate Team, Wichita, KS
  • WMed Cleft Clinic, Kalamazoo, MI

ACPA Approved Teams from the US and Canada are listed on the website. These are the teams that ACPA encourages families to consider first when looking for cleft and craniofacial care.  Though the commission does not approve teams internationally, the website includes a directory teams from around the world as a resource.

The Commission on Approval of Teams was established in November 2008 to manage an approval process to facilitate the improvement of team care. The independent process ensures that accurate information can be provided to patients and families. Approval by the commission does not imply endorsement of the quality of treatment or services provided by any member of the approved team. For more information, visit

About the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association of interested individuals and health care professionals who treat and/or perform research on oral cleft and craniofacial conditions. Since 1943, ACPA has worked to optimize outcomes for individuals with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions through education, support, research, advocacy and interdisciplinary team care. ACPA also provides information to affected individuals and families and seeks to educate the public about facial differences through its ACPA Family Services program. For more information, please visit