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 hospital systems in the country.

Our goal is to equip physicians with the appropriate training that will allow them to provide all aspects of care in the areas of pediatric and craniofacial surgery in anticipation of their continued activity in this specialty.

The Children’s Patient Experience

The cleft surgery volumes at Children's are among the highest in the country.* In addition to treating clefts, fellows treat children with a variety of facial traumas and rare craniofacial syndromes, including:

  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Congenital nevus
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Distraction of the craniofacial skeleton
  • Facial trauma
  • Malocclusion

Each year, surgeons at Children’s complete approximately 400 cleft-related surgeries, 1,900 total plastic surgeries and 1,000 craniofacial team clinic visits.

Learn more about Children’s.

  • Advanced Technologies

      Fellows are involved in the care of patients from birth to age 21 who travel from across metro Atlanta, Georgia and the U.S. Fellows employ advanced pediatric technology, including:

      - Bone substitutes (hydroxyapatite cement)

      - Endoscopic torticollis treatment

      - Laser treatment of hemangiomas

      - Mandibular distraction

      - Nasal alveolar molding (NAM)

  • Research

      Fellows are expected to participate in research projects for manuscripts and presentations. Recent projects/reviews include:

      - Basic science research through Georgia Institute of Technology (Alveolar cleft model for reconstruction) and Virginia Commonwealth University (Craniosynostosis)

      - Hypernasality in non-cleft patients

      - Review of dog bites in a major urban area

      - Reviews of maxillary distraction in cleft patients

      - Use of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) in alveolar cleft reconstruction

  • Faculty Affiliations

      Faculty members maintain clinical appointments in the Division of Plastic Surgery at Emory University. Plastic surgery residents at Emory participate in rotations through Children’s.

      Fellows are expected to participate in teaching residents in the operating room and through lectures at various conferences and labs. You can review the Division of Plastic Surgery’s list of conferences and academic faculty. Fellows may participate in all Emory plastic surgery conferences.

  • Call and Expectation of Fellows

      The fellow is expected to participate in faculty-directed surgical cases. This includes preparation of the surgical splint and planning for orthognathic cases. The fellow is also expected to participate in the post-operative care of patients in addition to planning surgeries through both private and craniofacial clinics.

      The fellow is not expected to participate routinely in call coverage. Fellows will be given junior attending status and will be expected to cover call occasionally and operate independently. The fellow also will be involved in teaching plastic surgery residents and medical students as needed.

  • Fellow Connection

      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, Iowa
      Smaurice@mercydesmoines.org  
      515-643-5455 

      Mark Schoemann, M.D. (Fellow 2011)
      Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, Virginia
      markschoemann@gmail.com 
      585-355-5056

      ChiChi Berhane, M.D. (Fellow 2012)
      Director, Reconstructive Surgery, Shepherd Center, Atlanta, Georgia
      chichi_0716@yahoo.com
      703-655-0105

      Magdalena Soldanska, M.D. (Fellow 2013)
      msoldanska@gmail.com
      516-902-2112

      Jordan Steinberg, M.D., Ph.D. (Fellow 2014)
      Pediatric/Craniofacial Plastic Surgery, Advocate Children’s Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois
      jordan.steinberg@advocatehealth.com
      847.318.9330

       

      Courtney Carpenter, M.D. (Fellow 2015)
      courtney.carpenter@choa.org
      413-695-9790

  • Annual Cases Completed

      Name of Procedure

      Total for 2013-14 Fellow

       Total for
      2014-15
      Fellow

      Adult (reconstructive and cosmetic)

      21

       3

      Alveolar bone graft

      32

       34

      BSSO

      5

       4

      Cleft surgeries (lip/palate)  (primary)

      100

       178

      Cranioplasty

      8

       18

      Ear reconstructions and otoplasties

      12

       9

      Facial cleft/hemifacial microsomial

      28

       8

      Intracranial/craniosynostosis

      30

       32

      Laser

      32

       21

      Lefort 1 advancement

      19

       25

      Lefort 1 distraction

      5

       9

      Mandible osteotomy other

      2

       8

      Mandibular distraction

      15

       29

      Maxillary osteotomy other (e.g. tumor/mass/cyst resection)

      5

       5

      Midface distraction (Le Fort III)

      2

       6

      Nasal recon/(Secondary cleft surgery)

      96

       71

      Osseous genioplasty

      6

       16

      Pediatric other (e.g. hemangioma, neurofibroma, flaps, ocular recon, tissue expansion, congenital nevi, tongue reductions)

      193

       200

      Peds facial trauma

      35

       77

      Torticollis

      20

       12

      VPI surgeries

      59

       46
           

      TOTAL

      725

       811
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Applying for the Fellowship

Qualified applicants must be U.S. medical school graduates who have completed a residency/fellowship in plastic surgery. Applicants must register online with the San Francisco Matching Program for the 2015-2016 fellowship period, which runs from Aug. 1, 2015, to July 31, 2016.

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

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

Questions?

Email our current fellow, Courtney Carpenter, M.D.

You may also email GME Programs Manager Christina Fields or call her at 404-785-3782.

 

*PHIS (2011)