Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Surgery

When a child’s lip does not join together properly during embryotic development, surgical repair corrects the defect and improves the child’s appearance. Surgical repair also helps prevent future problems with breathing, speaking, and eating. Cleft lip and/or cleft palate occurs in approximately 1 out of every 700 births, and plastic surgeons at Shriners Hospital are here to provide expert care. 

Medical Concentration

Cleft Lip Repair
Cleft Palate Repair

The Medical Team

Pirko Maguina, M.D.
Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Maguina is a member of both the Plastic Surgery and Burn Surgery teams at Shriners, where he provides specialized plastic and reconstructive surgery to children.

Hugh Vu, M.D., MPH
Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Vu is a plastic surgeon in the Department of Burn Surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California. Dr. Vu’s professional affiliations include the American Society for Reconstructive Surgery.

Craig Senders, M.D.
Otorhinolaryngology Surgeon
Craig W. Senders, M.D., is an Otorhinolaryngology Surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children–Northern California. He is also Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Team and Chair of the Continuous Quality Improvement for the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, at the University of California, Davis Medical Center.

Victoria F. Owens, R.N., MSN, NP-C
Nurse Practitioner


Scientific researchers in the Institute of Pediatric Regenerative Medicine (IPRM) at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California are investigating the genetic causes of cleft lip, cleft palate and brain malformations. Investigations have uncovered a genetic link to cleft lip and cleft palate in mice, which may lead to improved genetic testing of families at risk of having children with these disorders.

Patient Referral

916-453-2111 (Emergency Referral)
916-453-2395 (fax)

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