Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Monroe Carell Jr.
Children's Hospital
at Vanderbilt
2200 Children's Way
Nashville, TN 37232

(615) 936-1000

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Planning Your Visit


Our first step is to determine the nature and history of your child's condition and the best course of treatment. We schedule your first visit for a single day to eliminate trips to multiple offices over a long period of time. If you need to see different specialists, our program coordinator will escort you to each visit.

The program coordinator will also contact you prior to the visit to let you know what to expect. The coordinator will be with you through every step of treatment and help you understand your treatment plan.

Mom and daughter

Following the assessment visit, the cleft and craniofacial team of specialists will review your child's case and construct a unique treatment plan for his or her needs. If surgery is required, you will return for follow-up visits with your Vanderbilt doctors.

Your pediatrician or family doctor is a critical part of your care team. Your family doctor has your child's complete medical history and is often a trusted friend of the family who understands your values, attitudes and health care preferences. Their input helps you return to their care as quickly as possible.

We always include emotional needs of patients and their families as part of any treatment plan. Learn more about how we practice patient- and family-centered care.

We welcome your questions and look forward to helping you meet your goals.


Patient and Family Resources Guide
Visit this section of our website to learn about the many resources available to families such as how to prepare for a visit, online pre-surgery tour and support services.

Junior League Family Resource Center  
The Family Resource Center is a family information headquarters with up-to-date books, brochures, videotapes and CDs for families and friends of children with chronic illnesses, disabilities, or injuries. All services are free.

Nashville Cleft Lip and Palate Support Group
This support group is made up of family members, medical professionals, children and volunteers who have been affected by cleft lips and palates in some way. They are available to share their experiences.

Children's Craniofacial Association
The mission of this association is to empower and give hope to individuals and families affected by facial differences. Their website has education booklets on craniofacial syndromes and other helpful resources.

Cleft Palate Foundation
The foundation's website answers many questions about cleft lip and palate, such as speech, hearing, genetics, and what to expect during each phase of life. They also have information on craniofacial syndromes.

Last Edited: September 3, 2014
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