Fellowship

The Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship is a one-year clinical program designed to provide a broad, but highly specialized experience. The fellow is exposed to all facets of craniofacial and maxillofacial surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, generics/dysmorphology, pediatric dermatology, and oculoplastic surgery. Numerous hands-on experiences with index osteotomies, such as fronto-orbital osteotomies, cranial osteotomies, skull base osteotomies, LeFort I, II, III, monobloc osteotomies, facial bipartition, hypertelorbitism correction, and mandibular osteotomies provide the fellow with a surgical approach to the most complex craniofacial and congenital malformations.

The fellow is exposed in an in-depth fashion to cleft care, craniosynostosis management, vascular anomalies, craniofacial trauma, dentofacial deformities, airway obstruction, hemangiomas, vascular malformations and virtually all aspects of pediatric plastic surgery. Innovative surgical approaches in cleft care with early alveolar repair with BMP, endoscopic-assisted craniosynostosis surgery and distraction osteogenesis with internal and external devices are important components of the program.

Clinical research is encouraged, and the fellow is able to participate in ongoing projects in craniosynostosis, cleft care, vascular lesions and airway disorders, as well as translational research in stem cell biology. In addition, the fellow receives exposure to telemedicine. The fellow attends all pediatric plastic surgery and craniofacial clinics, the cleft and craniofacial team meetings, and didactic sessions on related topics and provides emergency call and hospital call for pediatric plastic surgery patients. The fellow is involved in teaching and provides information and training to the UC San Diego Plastic Surgery residents. A unique aspect of the fellowship is participation in international charity trips to Mexico, as well as intimate involvement with Fresh Start Surgical Gifts programs, a charity program providing free care to children in the U.S. and abroad who have no funding.

The Fresh Start Surgical Clinic houses the Center for Craniofacial Disorders along with Plastic Surgery, Genetics and Dysmorphology, as well as the Fresh Start Surgical Gifts charity. The Center was established at Rady Children’s and is a brand-new state-of-the-art facility providing an outstanding infrastructure for our patients and staff.

Faculty

Plastic Surgery:

Neurosurgery:

Oculoplastic Surgery:

  • Don Kikkawa, M.D.
  • Bobby Korn, M.D., Ph.D.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery:

Locations

  • Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
  • University of California, San Diego
  • Sharp Memorial Hospital
  • UC San Diego, Hillcrest
  • Thornton Hospital, UC San Diego, La Jolla

Conference Schedule

  • Craniofacial conference and team meeting: Tuesday evenings once a month 5-8 p.m.
  • Cleft conference and team meeting: Thursday afternoons once a month from 12-5 p.m.
  • Vascular Lesions Clinic: quarterly
  • UC San Diego Plastic Surgery Conference: Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m.
  • UC San Diego Aesthetic Conference: Saturdays once a month from 9-11 a.m.

Application Process

The application process is done through https://sfmatch.org.

Candidates are required to submit a copy of their updated CV, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement and a picture of themselves to:

Pamela Lugo, Plastic Surgery Residency and Craniofacial Fellowship Program Coordinator
Email: plugo@ucsd.edu

For questions, contact Pamela by email or phone (619-543-5887).