About Mercy

The Center for Craniofacial & Children's Reconstructive Surgery

Cleft Lip and Palate  |  Craniosynostosis | Dr. Samuel Maurice

The Center for Craniofacial & Children’s Reconstructive Surgery, we are committed to providing accurate diagnosis, specialized treatment, education, and support for children with craniofacial (head and neck) conditions.  The need to seek treatment at the center may be due to a birth defect or could be the result of injury.

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The Team

The team is led by Dr. Samuel M. Maurice, MD, FACS, FAAP.  Other members of the team include specialists in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), neurosurgery, pediatrics, dentistry, audiology, nursing, speech pathology, and social work... LEARN MORE


What We Treat

We treat the full range of craniofacial conditions including:

  • Abnormal head shape
    • Craniosynostosis
    • Apert Syndrome
    • Crouzon Syndrome
    • Pfeiffer Syndrome
    • Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome
  • Cleft lip and palate
    • Cleft lip
    • Cleft palate
    • Submucous cleft palate
    • Pierre Robin Sequence
    • Craniofacial clefts
  • Maxillofacial deformities
    • Upper and lower jaw deformities
    • Chin deformities
    • Post-traumatic deformities of the face and skull
  • Ear deformities
    • Constricted Ears/Lop Ears
    • Prominent Ears
    • Cryptotia
    • Microtia
    • Goldenhar syndrome
  • Other Syndromes & Conditions
    • Treacher Collins syndrome
    • Craniofacial Microsomia
    • Facial trauma
    • Velocardiofacial syndrome
    • Velopharyngeal dysfunction
    • 22q11.2 deletion syndrome
    • Congenital muscular torticollis refractory to physical therapy
    • Port-wine stains and hemangiomas

Procedures We Offer

From traditional techniques to cutting-edge procedures, like 3D medical modeling and distractions osteogenesis, we offer a wide range of treatment options for children with craniofacial conditions.  We are committed to the highest quality of care that is performed safely and in an environment, which is comfortable for your child.  Our care is guided by the principle that children are not small adults, and care must be catered to the child and to the family.  Some of the surgeries we perform include:

  • Surgeries for craniosynostosis
    • Cranial vault reconstruction
    • Fronto-orbital advancement/reconstruction
    • Cranial vault distraction
    • Endoscopic/Minimally invasive craniosynostosis repair
  • Cleft lip and palate procedures
    • Cleft lip repair
    • Cleft palate repair
    • Nasoalveolar molding
    • Speech surgeries (pharyngeal flap, sphincter pharyngioplasty)
    • Alveolar bone grafting
  • Cranioplasty
    • Bone grafts
    • Prosthetics and bone substitutes
    • 3D-Modeled custom implants
  • Jaw/Midface surgeries
    • Mandibular distraction
    • Orthognathic surgery (LeFort and Sagittal Split operations)
    • Midfacial advancements
    • Genioplasty (Chin surgery)
    • 3D Modeling (CAD/CAM) reconstructions
  • Ear reconstruction
    • Reconstruction for constricted ears, lop ears, and cryptotia
    • Otoplasty for prominent ears
    • Microtia reconstruction
  • Sternocleidomastoid release for refractory congenital muscular torticollis
  • Laser treatment of port-wine stains and vascular tumors
  • Post-traumatic skull and facial deformities


Patient and Family Resources

The staff at the Craniofacial and Children's Reconstructive Surgery Center is readily available to provide support and information to patients and their families. Many resources are available online, but the craniofacial surgeon and staff are the best resources for answering questions.


More information about cleft lip/palate can be found at:

(515) 247-3121
1111 6th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50314

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