Welcome to cleft care!

A passion for cleft care is an official blog of UK HealthCare and the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. As a pediatric plastic surgeon who specializes in craniofacial care, the subject of cleft care is close to my heart. It’s also important for patients and their families. This blog is meant to be a guide and a […]

A UK HealthCare pediatric team led by Dr. James Liau performed the first of three surgeries to correct a Guatelmalan child's severe facial cleft.

UK HealthCare pediatric team brings Guatemalan child closer to a normal life

After Cony Puac delivered her daughter Evany, birthing attendants placed the newborn in her arms and cleared the room. Born in a remote Guatemalan village surrounded by snow-capped volcanoes, even in the first moments of life, children born with facial clefts are ostracized from society. Evany was diagnosed with a severe midline cleft palate by an orthodontist […]


Rhinoplasty in Cleft Care

Whenever we think of cleft lip, we always think of the little baby with an obvious cleft in the lip. As I had mentioned before, the lip is the most obvious, but the cleft affects others things too, including the nose.  It may not be obvious, since we are so distracted by looking at the […]


Favorite Surgery?

I often get the question, what surgery is your favorite?  That is like asking, what is your most favorite book or movie.  Better yet, if you were stuck on a desert island, which would be your only food.  Although as adults, we kinda write off these questions as being silly, but the 1st question is […]

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