By the Numbers

* "By the Numbers" data for January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2022, in line with the last U.S. News and World Report Survey 

  • 1 in 700 children are born with cleft palate
  • Multidisciplinary clinic includes 12 different specialties
    • Otolaryngology (ENT)
    • Craniofacial Plastic Surgery
    • Speech
    • Orthodontics
    • Audiology
    • Nutrition
    • Pediatric Dentistry
    • Prosthodontics
    • Periodontics
    • Psychology
    • Social Work
    • Genetics
Cleft outcomes graphic.

Cleft Lip and Palate Director

"I practice at Arkansas Children's because I love this hospital and the patients we take care of. I‘ve been here for almost 20 years and am so impressed by everyone`s focus on providing the best care possible for each and every patient. I am especially drawn to patients born with cleft lip and palate who we can help from their first day of life and get them to where they are doing everything that they want to do. We have a robust and comprehensive team focused on caring for all aspects of their care and I thoroughly enjoy the collaboration and mutual efforts to do what is best for every patient."

Larry Hartzell, M.D., FAAP
Pediatric otolaryngologist, Arkansas Children's Hospital
Director of cleft lip and palate program
Benjamin and Milton Waner, M.D. Endowed Chair in pediatric facial plastic and reconstructive surgery 
Associate professor of otolaryngology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Patient Story

Meet Riley

For first-time parents Chris and Meghan Foster having a multidisciplinary team at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock walking alongside them made a stressful start to Riley’s life one of triumph.

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