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Children's Hospital at Montefiore Craniofacial Center Recognized for Multi-Specialty Care

craniofacial.jpgThe Children's Hospital at Montefiore Craniofacial Center was designated an Approved Cross- Specialty Team by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA). "Craniofacial patients need expertise from a broad range of disciplines including plastic surgery; neurosurgery; dentistry; speech and language pathology; ear, nose and throat; social work; and psychology," says Oren Tepper, MD, Director and Associate Professor, Craniofacial Surgery, Montefiore and Einstein. "I can confidently say that we owe this success to the efforts of various people—with particular recognition for Elyse Uppal, NP, our craniofacial nurse practitioner—who coordinated all of these specialists and raised our level of care to where it is today," he says.

The designation is based on six standards of care—including team composition, communication with families, cultural competence, psychological and social service, and outcomes assessments. "This designation recognizes the excellent collaborative care we provide, involving not only multiple providers, but also the families of our young patients," says Dr. Tepper.

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