University of Illinois Craniofacial Center is at the forefront of research into craniofacial differences, helping to pioneer new treatments and perfect the team-based treatments that give kids a normal life. The Center is dedicated to the care and treatment of infants, children, adolescents, and adults with craniofacial conditions. Since its founding in 1949 The Center has fostered the team approach to care and provides multidisciplinary management for craniofacial patients who are treated by medical and dental specialists and allied health professionals working together to provide comprehensive care in a single location. Today, they provide this care for more economically disadvantaged children than any other teaching hospital in Illinois by providing access to the highest quality care regardless of financial circumstance.
The cohesive nature of The Center’s team also helps them cater to the kids and families who come to them for help. The Center’s staff and the individuals they serve form close bonds over the years. The rapport the children form with their doctors alleviates the uncertainty and fear they might feel seeing dozens of doctors at different locations through the years of their treatment. Instead, trips to The Center are like visits with friends, as patients joke and kid with their doctors and their families rest assured that their children are receiving the best care Chicagoland has to offer.
"The Craniofacial Center at University of Illinois has been amazing and it has been a family I can trust... It's been a home to me and it will be a home to others."
An Eighteen Year Journey of Transformation
Overcoming Learning Disabilities
Diagnosed at birth with Apert's Syndrome
Born with Treacher Collins Syndrome
Surviving an attack to the face
Overcoming multiple birth defects
Born with cleft lip and palate
Born with double cleft palate
Undiagnosed craniofacial anomaly
Born with cleft lip and palate
Born with Goldenhars Syndrome
Born with cleft palate
The patients at University of Illinois Craniofacial Center are true heroes, undergoing eighteen years of constant surgeries and therapies needed to help them live normal lives. With the incredible multi-disciplinary care provided by The Center, these kids transform and begin to build brighter futures for themselves.
Dr. Rosie Seelaus, our senior anaplastologist, discusses the advanced technologies that have helped revolutionize treatment for the children who come to our Center. Using the latest in prosthetic technology, we have been able to cut treatment times in half.
Speech pathologist Diana Acevedo talks about the necessity of early speech therapy for our young craniofacial patients. Starting this therapy as early as possible gives these children the best chance for a normal life.
Family counseling helps these brave young patients and their families deal with the stresses, not only of regular surgeries and doctors visits, but with the inevitable teasing and struggles that they must face while growing up.
Funding from Face the Future Foundation has given University of Illinois Craniofacial Center an unparalleled opportunity to transform its treatment services.
Through the implementation of cutting-edge technologies over the past decade, The Center has become one of the leading innovators in surgical planning, craniofacial reconstruction, and rehabilitation. The 3D Printed Lab, underwritten in large part by Face the Future Foundation, will assist with ongoing and future research projects. These include 3D-imaging, the use of virtual planning and simulation software, and the precision utilization of advanced manufacturing and fabrication technologies. In addition, the lab is used for training interested physicians and students.
Face the Future Foundation has also supported specialized professionals which includes hearing and psychology therapists, experts in computer-based technologies and social work. This support has guaranteed The Center’s patients greater access to these important rehabilitative specialists. Operational funding support has also enabled The Center to maintain its momentum in implementing emerging computer-based technologies, facilitating continued growth and advancements as a national and international leader in emerging clinical technologies and treatment protocols.
In addition, a portion of the Foundation’s annual donation, covers denied patient insurance claims.
Support Face the Future Foundation's efforts to help University of Illinois Craniofacial Center transform young lives. Donate today and contribute to the funds they need to provide the highest quality of care to our heroes. The doctors and medical professionals. at University of Illinois Craniofacial Center, the team performs the procedures that give children the possibility of a normal, fully-embodied life, as well as important counseling for the kids and their families to help them during their lengthy treatment process.
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