Operation San Jose Mission Trip/ Cronin Brauer Cleft Lip/Palate Clinic at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Houston

Operation San José Mission Trip

Since 1983, the Operation San José Mission Trip has annually provided surgical missions to Mexico, Central and South America to provide free surgical repair of cranial and facial birth defects to indigent children born with cleft lip and palate deformities.

Cronin & Brauer Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic

Incorporating a 50-year legacy in the field of plastic surgery, the Cronin & Brauer Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Houston helps children and adults face the world as they should – with a healthy, winning smile.

The Cronin-Brauer Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic joined forces with Houston’s Shriners Hospital for Children to significantly enhance one of the key branches of the Hospital’s pediatric care service areas.  This partnership is the completion of a long-term project that involved Dr. Ernest Cronin, CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare, and Shriners Hospital. With each entity recognizing the health and social impacts of cleft lip — the need to offer comprehensive corrective services that involve every aspect of addressing and treating the condition is critical.

The Cronin-Brauer Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic, now located within Shriners Hospital for Children, is the oldest and one of the most well-respected programs in the nation.

Facing the World with a Smile

Through medical and surgical intervention, patients with cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies can improve their physical condition and look forward to a brighter, healthier future. Whether the deformities of a patient are congenital or acquired, and whether the patient is a child or an adult, the Cronin & Brauer Clinic offers the highest standard of multidisciplinary care and treatment.

The clinic provides treatment for patients with

  • Congenital cranial and facial deformities, such as cleft lip/palate
  • Traumatic facial disfigurement incurred through injury or surgery
  • Developmental distortion from excessive or restricted growth of facial parts, such as the upper and lower jaw