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James A. Lehman Jr. MD, Craniofacial Center

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We are certified by the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association as an approved treatment center. Our specialists have been trained in various medical specialties and have extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of clefts and craniofacial abnormalities.

Specialized care.

From cleft lip and palate to congenital ear deformities, we specialize in correcting deformities of the face and skull in children. In fact, we treat more than 500 children – ranging from newborns to young adults – each year.

Our care goes beyond addressing your child's physical needs, but also his social and emotional needs. We time surgical reconstruction and medical interventions as part of an individualized treatment plan to restore appearance and function as quickly and effectively as possible.

The earlier treatment starts, the better in terms of reducing stress and anxiety and minimizing future health problems related to your child's craniofacial disorder.

Family-centered care.

We care for the entire family, as well as the patient. We have a Cleft Palate Family Network support group that offers education programs, information and guidance, and activities. The activities are aimed at bringing families together to share experiences, provide reassurance and help cope with their child’s condition.

Our craniofacial coordinator will also help you access various resources, including financial assistance through the Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH), and programs and services in your local community.

Locations/Contact Us

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Craniofacial Center
Akron Children's Hospital
Considine Professional Building
215 W. Bowery St.
Suite 3300
Akron, Ohio 44308-1062
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Our Doctors/Providers

Ananth Murthy
Ananth Murthy, MD, FACS

Director, Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Medical Director, Craniofacial Center and Speech Surgery Clinic; Pediatric Craniofacial Surgeon

Nicholas Kochenour
Nicholas Kochenour, DMD

*Craniofacial Orthodontist; *by referral only

Niyant Patel
Niyant Patel, MD

Pediatric Craniofacial Surgeon

Ashley Valentine
Ashley Valentine, PA-C

Physician Assistant


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