We provide comprehensive, diagnostic evaluation and treatment for children with all types of craniofacial differences including cleft lip, cleft palate, and complex craniofacial conditions. Meet the doctors, nurses, speech therapists and other team members that care for our patients.


Plastic Surgery

Pediatric plastic surgeons evaluate cleft and craniofacial deformities. These surgeons perform surgeries to correct cleft lip, cleft palate, or other craniofacial differences.


Barbu Gociman, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Gociman specializes in all areas of craniofacial surgery including cleft lip, nose, palate deformities, craniosynostosis, and ear reconstruction as well as general pediatric plastic surgery and post-traumatic reconstruction. He currently serves as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Primary Children's Hospital. Dr. Gociman has pioneered innovations in cleft repair and has published on the genetics of ear deformities and repair of craniosynostosis. He is currently studying the genetics of cleft lip with and without cleft palate and craniosynostosis. He is also studying the effects of postnatal tissue molding, and is involved in tissue engineering and medical device design. Dr. Gociman has participated in humanitarian missions bringing cleft care to patients in Guatemala.
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Dana Johns, M.D.

Dr. Johns specializes in all areas of craniofacial surgery including cleft lip, nose and palate deformities, craniosynostosis, and ear reconstruction.  She also is interested in post-traumatic reconstruction as well as general pediatric plastic surgery. Dr. Johns participates with the Hirsche Smiles Foundation and has traveled to Guatemala on a humanitarian mission.
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Faizi Siddiqi, M.D.

Dr. Siddiqi is a board certified plastic surgeon (American Board of Plastic Surgery) specializing in treating children born with craniofacial anomalies such as Cleft Lip and Palate, Craniosynostosis, Craniofacial Syndromes, Jaw anomalies, Congenital Nevi, Vascular Malformations, and Post- Traumatic Reconstruction. He has expertise with Endoscopic Assisted Craniectomy to treat Craniosynostosis, having performed more than 150 operations. He is on the Craniofacial Panel at Primary Children's Medical Center with, significant portion of his practice is devoted to Cleft surgery.

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Craniofacial Orthodontics

The orthodontist evaluates difficulties with the teeth not coming together correctly (malocclusion), facial growth problems, and decides on timing for braces. He also makes small plates (prosthesis) that fit in the roof of the mouth or other devices needed as part of surgery for cleft lip and/or palate.


Duane K. Yamashiro, D.D.S, M.S.

Dr. Yamashiro has devoted most of his career to the care of children with clefts and craniofacial differences. He has played a crucial role in the development of innovative surgical techniques by our program including two-stage palate repair and intraoral splints used after cleft repair surgeries. He served as the medical director for the program for almost 30 years. He has also participated as a faculty member in the Utah Regional Education in Neurdevelopmental Leadership (URLEND).

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Pediatric Otolaryngology (ENT)

Pediatric ENTs evaluate the structures of the ear, nose, and throat. They manage problems related to hearing and airway and problems with speech (Velopharyngeal Insufficiency).


Jeremy Meier, M.D.

Dr. Meier specializes in the care of children with complicated ENT issues. His practice includes patients with complex airway and breathing problems as well as craniofacial disorders. His clinical interests include laryngotracheal reconstruction, airway and swallowing problems, children with syndromes such as achondroplasia and Down syndrome as well as cleft lip and palate. Dr. Meier is currently researching ways to improve healthcare for common pediatric problems with a focus on increasing safety and decreasing costs. Dr. Meier volunteers at the Maliheh Clinic in Salt Lake City, and travels to Ghana annually to train a local ENT. 

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Harlan Muntz, M.D.

Dr. Muntz specializes in the care of children with ENT issues. His past research has focused on cleft palate speech problems as well as children’s sinus problems. He is currently President of Medical Staff at Primary Children’s Hospital.  He has provided cleft care through humanitarian missions to both India and the Philippines. 
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Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Team


Speech Therapist

A speech therapist assesses cognition, speech and the ability to eat and swallow safely. Exercise and treatment sessions for cognition may focus on speech clarity, understanding, attention, judgment, communication, memory, problem solving and decision making.

Social Worker

A social worker helps provide emotional support, coping with stress, addressing grief and loss issues, managing family conflict, and connecting you with hospital and community resources. They can also help direct you to the appropriate personnel for financial aid/eligibility questions and applying for benefits.


An audiologist evaluates you child’s hearing through hearing screening tests for patients during clinic.  

Nurse Coordinator

The nurse coordinator assists families with coordinating services.  The coordinator provides education about clefts and craniofacial differences to our patients and their families, including those diagnosed on prenatal ultrasound.  The coordinator is also a resource for newborn feeding concerns.
child life

Child Life Specialist

Child life specialists help reduce stress and increase coping during hospitalization. A child life specialist can help make things easier by providing play and activities for self-expression, developmentally appropriate education and comfort management to help prepare your child for procedures. They are also available to provide family and sibling support.