Centers & Services

The Advanced Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Center

The human face is formed during the fetal stage via the adhesion of various projections. In some cases, that adhesion might be inhibited for some reasons during the process, leading to the state of facial cleft at birth. Such disorders are more frequent in the mouth, which are so-called cleft lip and/or cleft palate. Their frequency is estimated as one per 500~600 births. It is important for the treatment of cleft lip and cleft palate to perform proper specialized treatment at the proper time by specialists of the mouth, teeth, nose, and ears. Medical staff involved in treatment share the information closely for that purpose.
The Advanced Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Center was established in May 2015 to enhance the medical cooperation of specialists who have been treating cleft lip and cleft palate cases, aiming at a system in which the patients can have advanced comprehensive treatment continuously at a single institution.

Management System

Director: Professor Hiroshi Kamioka (Department of Orthodontics)
Assistant Director: Professor Seiji Iida (Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Reconstructive Surgery)
Assistant Director: Professor Yoshihiro Kimata (Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)

Member departments

Medical staff

Doctors, dentists, nurses, speech-language-hearing therapists, dental hygienists, dental technician, etc.

Management Policy

We aim to share treatment information related to the patients with a cleft lip or cleft palate, to provide proper team medicine to the patients with cleft lip and/or cleft palate through cooperation of health care specialists who treat cleft lip and cleft palate disorders, to contribute to the improvement of comprehensive cleft lip and cleft palate education and research, and to enhance the development of community medicine. The Advanced Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Center is managed by the Director based on the conference of major clinical departments under the cooperation of the relevant clinical departments.

Team medicine

Major clinical departments, specifically the Department of Orthodontics, Departments of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, and Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation are in charge of treatment of aesthetics, feeding, and pronunciation.
Cooperation among the related clinical departments, namely the network of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Pediatric Genetics Unit of Department of Pediatrics, support the parents from the early stage through prenatal counseling. In addition, cooperative surgery is performed at the Okayama Craniofacial Center for the patients with cleft lip and cleft palate associated with disease in the craniofacial region. Moreover, we stand close to the mental problem of growing patients by cooperating with Child Mental Health and Development Unit of Department of Pediatrics, and provide consultation on the second child to the parents by cooperating with Child Clinical Genetic Unit.