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.
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.
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
- Pierre Robin Sequence
- Crouzon Syndrome
- Treacher Collins Syndrome
- Apert Syndrome
- Hemangiomas/ Nevus/ Birthmarks
- Tumors/ Cysts/ Skin Tags
- Ear and Nose Anomalies
- Post-Traumatic Injuries
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