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Originally founded in 1971 by well-known surgeon Dr. Kenneth Salyer, the International Craniofacial Institute is now led by Dr. David G. Genecov, who serves as Director. Recognized nationwide as one of the most advanced centers for craniofacial and cleft lip and palate repair, we have treated over 17,000 patients from more than 30 countries.

Our doctors train surgeons from all over the world in advanced craniofacial surgery techniques and share their knowledge and experience with the world’s surgical community through lectures and publications. For each patient, we strive to provide aesthetic and functional correction, practical instruction, and the real hope we’ve been offering to patients and their families for almost 40 years. Correcting craniofacial differences demands a high level of specific surgical expertise, detailed treatment and planning, and years of experience. Because our patients have a variety of medical, dental, surgical, and psychosocial needs, we have brought together the finest team representing over 15 different areas of specialty and skill.


David G. Genecov, MD, FACS, FAAPDavid G. Genecov, MD, FACS, FAAP

“Patients are, first and foremost, people. So that’s where my work begins: I treat every person with individual consideration to get a clear understanding of their specific circumstances. Once we’ve determined the appropriate treatment goals and methods, I apply my skills and experience to create both functional and aesthetic restoration. And as the field advances, I’m committed to ongoing improvement of my own skills as well so that I can do whatever it takes to improve my patients’ quality of life.”

– Dr. David G. Genecov



Carlos Raul Barcelo, MD

“My life goal as a physician is to treat each patient with the same professional expertise, consideration, and personal concern as I would my own family members. And my family is my most valued asset.” 

– Dr. Carlos Raul Barcelo




Elizabeth E. Sperry, ScD, CCC-SLPElizabeth E. Sperry, ScD, CCC-SLP

“My role as a Speech Pathologist on the craniofacial team is multi-faceted. I perform pre- and post-operative evaluations and make recommendations about the appropriate treatment of speech problems of children and adults who have clefts and craniofacial anomalies, velopharyngeal dysfunction for speech, and feeding and swallowing problems. This process also involves family and patient education, and the guidance through the various surgical interventions and therapy so that they not only understand the course of action, but can also become active participants in their medical care. Collaborative care with outside therapists and other craniofacial team members is a critical part of achieving an optimal outcome that will benefit the patient. My ultimate goal for every patient is to achieve maximum functional development to allow them to reach their full potential.” 

–Dr. Elizabeth E. Sperry


Barbi Cohen, BSN, CPNP

Barbi Cohen, BSN, CPNP

“My mission is to enhance the lives of pediatric patients and their families with careful analysis and diagnosis for each patient. In my Plagiocephaly Clinic, I believe in educating parents in order for them to understand their unique situation and show them how to utilize techniques such as “tummy time” and neck stretching exercises to promote head symmetry. I gain the trust of my patients and their families, as well as their pediatricians, by using only necessary and safe treatments. I have the privilege of working with an amazing team of craniofacial surgeons that can further treat syndromic and acquired head-shape anomalies.” 

–Barbi Cohen


 karen-croppedKaren Wiltin, MPAS, PA-C

“It is such a blessing to know that I have a direct hand in making life healthier and more comfortable for our patients. I not only strive to make a positive difference in our patients’ lives but to ensure each patient is treated with respect and compassion. I’m committed to providing the best quality of care for our patients.”

– Karen Wiltin