Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship Program

The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Center for Cleft and 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 you with extensive training so that you can provide all aspects of care in the areas of pediatric and craniofacial surgery.

Why Choose Children’s?

Each year, surgeons at Children’s complete approximately 400 cleft-related surgeries, 1,900 total plastic surgeries and 1,000 craniofacial team clinic visits. While we perform some of the highest cleft surgery volumes in the country, we also treat children with a variety of facial traumas and rare craniofacial syndromes.

Fellows are often involved in treating:

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

About Our Program

Advanced technologies

At Children’s, we offer fellows the opportunity to train with advanced 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 teach residents in the operating room and through lectures at various conferences and labs. Fellows may participate in all Emory plastic surgery conferences.

Learn more about the Division of Plastic Surgery at Emory University

Annual cases completed

Name of Procedure

Total for 2015-16 Fellow

Total for 2016-17 Fellow

Total for 2018-19 Fellow

Total for 2019-20 Fellow

Adult (reconstructive and cosmetic)

5

15

5

0

Alveolar bone graft

48

39

46

44

BSSO

3

17

16

11

Cleft surgeries (lip/palate) (primary)

122

162

102

192

Cranioplasty

13

20

15

12

Ear reconstructions and otoplasties

7

22

23

26

Facial cleft/hemifacial microsomial

1

16

10

4

Intracranial/craniosynostosis

30

29

36

31

Laser

15

57

32

18

Lefort 1 advancement

42

24

13

30

Lefort 1 distraction

12

12

13

9

Mandible osteotomy other

14

8

7

11

Mandibular distraction

21

23

17

17

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

2

9

10

4

Midface distraction (Le Fort III)

36

5

5

8

Nasal recon/Secondary cleft surgery

27

84

91

68

Osseous genioplasty

10

13

5

3

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

152

191

173

304

Peds facial trauma

15

45

42

50

Torticollis

7

17

20

5

VPI surgeries

26

44

40

28

 

 

 

   

TOTAL

608

852

721

875

Call and expectation of fellows

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

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

How to apply

Qualified applicants must be U.S. medical school graduates who have completed a residency/fellowship in plastic surgery. The 2021-2022 fellowship period runs from July, 29, 2021 to July 28, 2022.

First, register with the San Francisco Matching Program

After registering, applicants must submit an online application through the American Society of Craniofacial Surgery (ASCFS). The ASCFS has developed a universal online application for all applicants to complete and to select the program to which you wish to apply.

Complete the ASCFS application

Contact Christina Fields, Graduate Medical Education Program Manager, with questions.
E-mail: christina.fields@choa.org
Phone: 404-785-3782

Current and past fellows

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

Jenny Lee Nguyen, MD (Fellow 2019)
Email: jlnguyen1984@gmail.com
Phone: 254-733-1202

Daniel Cuzzone (Fellow 2018)
Long Island Plastic Surgical Group
Email: daniel.cuzzone@gmail.com
Phone: 203-856-0680

Jenny Chen, MD (Fellow 2017)
Email: jtzchen@gmail.com
Phone: 317-753-5774

Brentley Taylor, MD (Fellow 2016)
McCollough Plastic Surgery Clinic, Gulf Shores, AL
E-mail: brentleytaylor@gmail.com
Phone: 205-229-8573

Courtney Carpenter, MD (Fellow 2015)
Assistant Professor, Albany Medical Center, Albany, New York
Email: anadelsol@hotmail.com
Phone: 413-695-9790

Jordan Steinberg, MD, PhD (Fellow 2014)
Pediatric/Craniofacial Plastic Surgery, Advocate Children’s Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois
E-mail: jordan.steinberg@advocatehealth.com
Phone: 847-318-9330

Magdalena Soldanska, MD (Fellow 2013)
E-mail: msoldanska@gmail.com
Phone: 516-902-2112

ChiChi Berhane, MD (Fellow 2012)
Director, Reconstructive Surgery, Shepherd Center, Atlanta, Georgia
E-mail: chichi_0716@yahoo.com
Phone: 703-655-0105

Mark Schoemann, MD (Fellow 2011)
Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, Virginia
E-mail: markschoemann@gmail.com
Phone: 585-355-5056

Sam Maurice, MD (Fellow 2010)
Chief of Plastic Surgery, Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa
E-mail: smaurice@mercydesmoines.org
Phone: 515-643-5455