We are an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery group at the University Hospital Basel and at the University Children's Hospital Basel (UKBB), serving as the main provider for the orofacial cleft treatment in the Basel region as University Center for Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies. We treat patients with cleft lip and palate in collaboration with the St. Elisabethen Hospital (ELIKH) in Lörrach, Germany, and the Kantonsspital Aarau. We have a long tradition of performing single-stage surgical treatment combined with a non-surgical treatment prior to the surgery.

We have a collaborative contract with the Institute of Mother and Child in Warsaw, Poland, which is the largest European center for cleft treatment and one of the few centers where the single-step cleft palate treatment is conducted. We are also in a close partnership with Institute for Craniofacial and Facial Plastic Surgery in Hyderabad, India. Within the frame work of the project with Basel Reserach Center for Child Health, we have cooperation with Cleft and Craniofacial Centre, Sri Ramachandra University and Plastic Surgery, Saveetha University in effort to improve accessibility of the treatment.

Our research effort to develop an innovative open source simulator for cleft lip and palate surgery is in a collaboration with Surgical Oncology and Maxillofacial Surgery Department of Medicine School at Pontifical Catholic University in Chile.

Visiting Fellowships


We are happy to welcome colleagues as visiting fellowships in the field of facial and cranial anomalies surgery and related research. If you are interested in joinrng for a short term  in the research field, please check our current job openings.

You may also look into support opportunities at AO CMF Fellowships and IAOMS:

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Angela and Maria

AO Fellow Ângela Ferreira from Portugal joined us April - June 2022.

 We enjoyed having you with us!


September 2021 - Febrary 2022, Ana Tache, from European Face Centre in Brussels, Belgium, joined us for a 6 month training as a scientific surgeon within the project, Burden-Reduced Cleft Lip and Palate Care and Healing.



Welcoming Amir Ghareib, St. George University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK.



Welcoming Franciskus Wijaya Praba, Semarang, Indonesia.


Welcoming Ravi Kant Singh from Varanasi, India, in Basel and at IMID in Warsaw



Welcoming Zbigniew Surowiec & Andrzej Brudnicki from Warsaw, Institute of Mother and Child.