Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship Program

Now Accepting Applications for 2015-2016

The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Center for Craniofacial Disorders offers a pediatric craniofacial surgery fellowship at one of the largest and busiest pediatric hospitals in the country. 

Experience in the Field

Children's is one of the highest volume centers in the country for cleft surgical volumes.* In addition to treating clefts, fellows treat children with a variety of facial traumas and rare craniofacial syndromes, including:
  • Apert syndrome
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Crouzon syndrome
  • Malocclusion

Annually, Children's surgeons complete approximatley 400 cleft related surgeries, 1,900 total plastic surgeries and 1,000 Craniofacial Team clinic visits.

Advanced Technology

Fellows treat patients from birth to age 21 from metro Atlanta, Georgia and across the country by using advanced pediatric technology, including:

  • Mandibular Distraction  
    An option that provides relief by opening the airway and improving the child’s ability to eat
  • Nasal Alveolar Molding (NAM)
    Prior to surgery to repair a cleft, some patients require orthodontic treatment to guide the growth of the mouth in the right direction, eventually aiding in the correction process
  • Laser Treatment of Hemangiomas
    While some involution can be expected, hemangiomas often require treatment for functional and aesthetic problems
  • Bone Substitutes (Hydroxyapatite Cement)
    May prevent the need for harvesting bone grafts from the patient’s own body
  • Endoscopic Torticollis Treatment
    Torticollis, or wry neck, occurs when the sternocleidomastoid muscle of the neck becomes scarred and shortened

Groundbreaking Research

Additionally, the fellows participate in ongoing research projects. Our expectation is to offer the appropriate training for a physician to be able to provide all aspects of care in the areas of pediatric and craniofacial surgery, in anticipation of his continued activity in this specialty.

Applying for the Fellowship

Qualified applicants that are U.S. medical school graduates, who have completed a residency/fellowship in plastic surgery, should first register online with the San Francisco Matching Program by visiting beginning June 1, 2014 for the 2015-2016 upcoming fellowship period starting August 1, 2015 - July 31, 2016.

Next, applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation including one from their current program director and a personal statement (via mail or email) to:

Christina Fields
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Graduate Medical Education
1687 Tullie Circle NE
Atlanta, GA 30329


Email our current fellow, Magdalena Soldanska, M.D., or GME Coordinator, Christina Fields 404-785-3782.


    Connect with craniofacial surgery fellows to hear about their experience with our program.

    Sam Maurice, M.D. (Fellow 2010)
    Chief of Plastic Surgery, Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, IA  

    Mark Schoemann, M.D. (Fellow 2011)
    Medical Director, Operation Smile, Guwahati Comprehensive Cleft Care Center, Guwahati, India 
    +91 7399765038

    ChiChi Berhane, M.D. (Fellow 2012)

    Magdalena Soldanska, M.D. (Fellow 2013)

*PHIS (2011)