The Children’s Craniofacial team has been selected to participate in several clinical trials, including:

Collaborative Research Studies with the Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Researchers from the Children's Center for Craniofacial Disorders and the Georgia Institute of Technology are working together on several craniofacial-related research studies including: the use of new bone protein in place of traditional bone grafts, and the creation of animal models to allow further study not previously available 

Laser Treatment of Hemangiomas

  • The Craniofacial team is evaluating new laser treatment of hemangiomas. Very few centers in the nation use laser technology to treat these birthmarks, which are the most common of non-cancerous skin tumors. The Children's Craniofacial team is also looking for ways to prevent hemangiomas. The original report from this team stated that 901 patients showed improvement in size and appearance of hemangiomas after laser treatment.

Article: "Intralesional Laser Therapy of Extensive Hemangiomas in 100 Consecutive Pediatric Patients" (Adobe Acrobat Reader needed)
Authors: Fernando D. Burstein, M.D., Catherine Simms, R.N., Steven R. Cohen, M.D., Joseph K. Williams, M.D., Michelle Paschal, P.A.

Use of Mid-face Expanders for Facial Distraction Procedures

  • New resorbable devices for use in facial distraction procedures have been developed and are being used regularly at Children’s. These objects naturally dissolve and eliminate the need for surgeries following their implantation. The Craniofacial team published a review of this enhanced procedure in 2002.

Article: "Single-Stage Craniofacial Distraction Using Resorbable Devices" (Adobe Acrobat Reader needed)
Authors: Fernando D. Burstein, M.D., Joseph K. Williams, M.D., Roger Hudgins, M.D., Leroy Graham, M.D., Gerald Teague, M.D., Michelle Paschal, PA-C, Catherine Simms, R.N.

Sphincter Pharyngoplasty Study

  • Children’s Craniofacial team is writing a review of their sphincter pharyngoplasty experience. This procedure is for cleft palate patients with air escaping through their nose. The surgery stops the air leak and improves their speech. Children’s is one of the leading centers nationally for this procedure with more than 250 completed and an 87 - 90 percent success rate.

Article: "An Outcome and Evaluation of Sphincter Pharyngoplasty for the Management of Velopharyngeal Insufficiency" (Adobe Acrobat Reader needed)
Authors: Albert Losken, M.D., Joseph K. Williams, M.D.,Fernando D. Burstein, M.D., Deonne Malick, B.S. and John E. Riski, Ph.D.