Craniofacial and Cleft Center


Hackensack Meridian Health K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital has the most comprehensive Craniofacial and Cleft Center in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Ariana’s Story


When Ariana was a newborn, her mom, Nancy, noticed that her head looked long and narrow. The Union County mom shared her concerns with Ariana’s pediatrician, who referred her to a pediatric neurologist. However, Nancy was unable to get an appointment as soon as she had hoped. “I was desperate,” she says. “I needed answers.”

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Exceptional Surgeons with Innovative Care


Lawrence Daniels, M.D., and Francesco Gargano, M.D., are the founders of the Craniofacial and Cleft Center at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, home to Monmouth and Ocean County’s top pediatric craniofacial surgeon and pediatric neurosurgeon. Dr. Daniels, medical director of pediatric neurosurgery at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, is fellowship-trained from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he specialized in pediatric neurosurgery. Dr. Gargano is highly proficient in these distinctive surgeries through his extensive training specifically in craniofacial surgery. He is devoted to caring for craniofacial patients through an international charity where he travels annually to repair facial deformities for less fortunate children. Along with an experienced and specialized multidisciplinary care team, you can rest easy knowing your child will be highly cared for and monitored by our Magnet award winning nurses from preoperative care through recovery.

Our Pediatric Craniofacial and Cleft Center Specialists


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