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Texas Cleft-Craniofacial Team

The Texas Cleft-Craniofacial Team at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, in collaboration with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and long-term management of children with congenital or acquired cleft and craniofacial deformities. The team approach combines the expertise of physicians and allied healthcare professionals from across 13 different specialties and sub-specialties to ensure patients receive coordinated, evidence-based care and experience the best possible clinical outcomes.

Download the Craniofacial Fact SheetDownload the Cleft Lip and Palate Fact SheetVisit the Texas cleft-craniofacial website

Pediatric Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons

Dr. Robert Hanfland, MD

Matthew Greives, MD, FACS
Thomas D. Cronin Chair of Plastic Surgery
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Director Texas Cleft-Craniofacial Team & Vascular Anomalies Team

Phuong Nguyen MD

Phuong Nguyen, MD, FACS, FAAP
Assistant Professor
Director of Craniofacial Surgery, Division of Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery

Clinical Care Coordinator

Leanne Doringo, MSN, RN

Leanne Doringo, MSN, RN
Clinical Care Coordinator

Leanne is the Clinical Coordinator for the University of Texas Craniofacial and Cleft Team. She earned her Bachelor’s in Nursing degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, as well as a Master’s Degree in Nursing Leadership. Prior to joining the team, she worked at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as a Radiology nurse and gained experience in Neurosurgery and Rehabilitation. Her career experience has expanded within the world renowned Texas Medical Center. Aside from work, she cherishes family time, enjoys traveling, and hopes to help families in many ways. Her love for children and big smiles are what makes her career rewarding.


The craniofacial surgery team at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital includes affiliated pediatric neurosurgeons, craniofacial surgeons and specialized anesthesiologists who utilize the latest surgical techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose and treat even the most complex craniofacial abnormalities. By combining the talents of medical personnel under several disciplines, patients who undergo surgical treatment for facial deformities here benefit from the high level of patient safety as well as the likelihood of fewer childhood surgeries and a more normal appearance.

The team pioneered the use of endoscopic techniques in craniosynostosis. The technique reduces incision size and scarring and improves recovery time. The team is also experienced in the surgical technique of Distraction Osteogenosis (DO) and Presurgical Nasoalveolar Molding (PNAM), which involves reshaping the gums, lips and nostrils before cleft lip and palate surgery to dramatically improve the results of the patient’s initial surgery.

Scope of Expertise

The team is comprised of renowned medical professionals from a broad spectrum of specialties, including:

  • Audiology
  • Genetics
  • Neurosurgery
  • Nutrition
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Pediatrics
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Speech Pathology

Collaborating With Referring Physicians

We keep referring physicians fully informed about a patient’s progress throughout the entire evaluation and treatment process. After a patient’s office visit, referring physicians will receive a summary that includes the initial diagnosis, pending tests and treatment options.


The current research focus is to coordinate with the Texas Fetal Center and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth’s Program in Children’s Regenerative Medicine and to develop stem cell treatment programs for cleft and craniofacial surgery.

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Texas Cleft-Craniofacial Team
University of Texas Health Science Center Professional Building

6410 Fannin, Suite 950
Houston, Texas 77030

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Clinic: (832) 325-7234
Texas Cleft-Craniofacial Team: (713) 500-7302

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday except major holidays)

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