Art With Science
Dr. Dufresne's expertise and interest in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery includes cosmetic surgery as well as cancer and congenital reconstruction, which has won him critical acclaim and several awards.

Children’s Craniofacial

Craniofacial_Clinic_Dufresne*Actual patient of Dr. Dufresne

One of Dr. Dufresne’s passions is using his knowledge and skills to improve the lives of children born with facial anomalies, specifically cleft-lip and/or cleft-palate. As Co-Director of the Craniofacial Program at Inova Fairfax Children’s Hospital, Dr. Dufresne and a team of specialized physicians meet every week to evaluate, treat, and care for children and their families.


The Craniofacial Program at Inova Fairfax Children’s Hospital began in 1985 to provide excellent medical care to children with congenital or acquired conditions of the head and face.

Depending on the complexity of the diagnosis, a child may require the services of multiple specialists. Our multidisciplinary approach to care provides experts who use the latest advances in treatment and technology to ensure a child receives the finest care available.

When a child is born with a craniofacial anomaly, it is normal to have many questions and concerns. Parents often fear the unknown and are concerned for their child’s future. The craniofacial team offers support to each family and provides the information and guidance they need during every phase of treatment.

Team Consultation

Clinic appointments are scheduled according to a child’s diagnosis and health care needs. The Inova team is comprised on private practice physicians who donate their time for clinic visits as well as other professionals who are employed by Inova Fairfax Children’s Hospital. The team is an American Cleft and Craniofacial Association affiliated team. Clinics are held several times a month at Inova Fairfax Children’s Hopsital.

The team coordinator is your point of contact on the craniofacial team. The coordinator will schedule clinic visits, provide support, help locate community resources, review treatment plans and answer questions or concerns. The team coordinator also provides prenatal consultation and arranges for professional in-services.

The primary advantage of having a child seen by the Inova team is that we provide a comprehensive treatment plan individualized to meet the health care needs of each child. Parents do not have to drive to several appointments – our professionals evaluate each child during one appointment at one convenient location.

Diagnoses Evaluated

Our pediatric experts use a multi-disciplinary approach to evaluate and treat children with craniofavial abnormalities. Listed below are some of the more common diagnoses:

  • Cleft Lip and/or Palate
  • Hemifacial Microsomia
  • Microtia
  • Pierre Robin Sequence
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Crouzon Syndrome
  • Treacher Collins Syndrome
  • Apert Syndrome
  • Hemangiomas/ Nevus/ Birthmarks
  • Tumors/ Cysts/ Skin Tags
  • Ear and Nose Anomalies
  • Plagiocephaly
  • Post-Traumatic Injuries

Our Team

Education, training, and experience are important factors to consider when choosing a surgeon. The team’s craniofacial surgeons and Board-certified and have advanced training and education in the care of children with craniofacial anomalies. They are actively involved in research for the advancement of technology, have authored numerous book chapters, papers and journal publications, and lecture nationally and internationally.

For More Information

For more information about the Craniofacial Program at Inova Fairfax Children’s Hospital, please call our Clinic Manager, Lora Hindenburg at (703)776-6920. She will be happy to answer any questions and send you additional information on specific procedures and advantages of our program.

Inova Children’s Hospital Craniofacial Program
Inova Children’s Hospital
3300 Gallows Road
Falls Church, VA 22042

Craig R. Dufresne, M.D., F.A.C.S. is conveniently located to serve Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax County

Contact Us

* Enter the characters below:


I agree to the Terms of Use

Our Offices

Virginia Office

8501 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 420
Fairfax, VA 22031

Maps & Directions »

Maryland Office

5530 Wisconsin Avenue | Suite 1208
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Maps & Directions »


  • “Dr. Dufresne is by far the most caring/professional Dr. I have ever know his work is unsurpassed,his knowledge as well I was so blessed to have found him on 20/20 during an documentary. I will be coming back for a visit soon . Thanks for everything you do.”

  • “I love Dr. Dufresne! He takes his time with his patients, and if he doesnt feel like you will get a great result, he will recommend another option for you. I highly recommend seeing him, you will not be disappointed.”

  • “I absolutely loved my doctor. At first I wanted to have both upper and lower eyelid surgery but he convinced me not to have the upper eyelid surgery just yet. He is not only an excellent plastic surgeon, he’s also an amazing reconstructive surgeon.”

  • “Dr. Dufresne and his staff are so caring and charismatic; I have never felt more comfortable in a doctors office. Dr. Dufresne gives you his undivided attention during the consultation. He answers all of your questions no matter how silly they may be and gives you an honest answer.”

Read More »

Join Our Newsletter

To receive our latest news and promotions

I agree to the Terms of Use
Enter characters above

Skip to toolbar