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Welcome to the Center for Craniofacial Care


Providing comprehensive care for children and their families

patient imageThe Center for Craniofacial Care at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU provides much more than corrective surgeries for children with acquired or congenital conditions such as cleft lip and palate, premature fusion of the sutures of the skull, genetic syndromes, vascular malformations and skull and face asymmetry.

Under the direction of Dr. Jennifer L. Rhodes, Virginia's only full-time craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgeon, the Center serves as the primary focal point for children with cleft, craniofacial and vascular malformations. Our program is privileged to include the only board certified pediatric neurosurgeons in Virginia. Our pediatric neurosurgeons have greater than 50 years experience serving children with craniofacial differences in the Richmond and central Virginia region. These dedicated and compassionate surgeons utilize state of the art technology including minimally invasive and endoscopic procedures to address the diverse needs of our children.

"We coordinate the complex needs of our children's care and provide guidance to healthcare providers in the community, ensuring our families get the best care possible," states Ruth Trivelpiece, MEd, Program Coordinator. clinic image Dr. Rhodes emphasizes, "Our mission is to help our patients and their families with all aspects of care related to their conditions. We pride ourselves on being a resource center for both families and community health care providers. Our families know that we will be there with them as their child grows, beginning with prenatal and pre-adoption needs into psychological counseling during turbulent teenage years.”

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Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center is one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers and stands alone as the only academic medical center in Central Virginia. The medical center includes the 780-bed MCV Hospitals and outpatient clinics, MCV Physicians — a 600-physician-faculty group practice, and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University. The VCU Medical Center offers state-of-the art care in more than 200 specialty areas, many of national and international note, including organ transplantation, head and spinal cord trauma, burn healing and cancer treatment. The VCU Medical Center is the site for the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center.

Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR)
VCU Medical Center and Children's Hospital have joined together, forming Children's Hospital of Richmond. Together, we are a full-service children's hospital that offers a robust continuum of pediatric services, research and education.

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