The UC San Diego Plastic Surgery Craniofacial Fellowship, based at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, 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. Extensive hands-on experiences 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, ear reconstruction, vascular malformations, facial nerve disorders and virtually all aspects of pediatric plastic surgery. Innovative surgical approaches in cleft care, 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, patient-reported outcome measures, telemedicine, international health and the biologic and genetic basis of craniofacial disorders. The fellow attends all pediatric plastic surgery and craniofacial clinics, the cleft and craniofacial team meetings, the Vascular Lesions Clinic and didactic sessions at on related topics. The fellow 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 humanitarian outreach through ConnectMed International as well as direct involvement with the Fresh Start Surgical Gifts program, 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.
Applicants must be eligible for a California Medical License. www.mbc.ca.gov/Applicants/Physicians_and_Surgeons
How to Apply