OSF Illinois Neurological Institute

What is Craniosynostosis?

In about one of every 2,000 live births, the sutures in a baby’s skull close too early, which is called craniosynostosis. This condition may cause problems with normal brain and skull growth, create abnormal pressure inside a child’s head, or cause skull or facial bones to become irregular in shape.

World-class Care for Your Peace of Mind

When it comes to your child’s health, it’s essential to have an experienced health care team on your side. The OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute, OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois and Illinois Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery together make up a world-class team in Peoria, providing excellent, compassionate care for your child. We perform more craniosynostosis surgeries than any other hospital in downstate Illinois, and in 2016 we performed twice
the number of surgeries performed in 2015.

Our Team

Tony Avellino, MD, MBA, CEO

Anthony M. Avellino, MD, MBA Dr. Avellino is the CEO of the OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute. He served as the chief of pediatric surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital from 2007-09 and the chief of neurological surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle before coming to OSF HealthCare in 2014.



Eric Elwood, MD

Eric T. Elwood, MD Dr. Elwood performed the first frontal bone advancement ever done at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in 2002 and has performed an average of one craniosynostosis surgery per month since then.



Julie Deibel, APN

Julie A. Deibel, CNP Julie specializes in caring for the complex needs of our pediatric neurosurgery patients. She has over 20 years of experience caring for children and families.



Jenna Ford, APN

Jenna is a certified pediatric clinical nurse specialist who specializes in caring for pediatric neurosurgery patients. She received her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and her master’s degree from OSF Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing. She worked at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois for eight years before joining OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute in 2016.



OSF Craniosynostosis Family Support Group on Facebook

We offer you and your family online support as well. Please join the OSF Craniosynostosis Family Support Group on Facebook .

The OSF Craniosynostosis Family Support Group provides parents of children with craniosynostosis a social network to find comfort and support among others who intimately understand their situation. There is strength in numbers. Members can seek support, offer support, share knowledge and interact with OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute specialists who can provide expert answers to questions. 

Contact Us

For more information about craniosynostosis and the other conditions we treat call (309) 624-4000.