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Plastic Surgery Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship

The Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship, offered through the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery, is one of the oldest such programs in the United States, with a long history of producing surgical, academic, and scientific leaders in this field.

Under the guidance of Roberto L. Flores, MD, fellowship director, our fellows receive multidisciplinary training in the following areas:

  • pediatric and adult craniofacial surgery
  • cleft surgery
  • orthognathic surgery
  • craniofacial microsurgery
  • transplant surgery
  • virtual presurgical planning

Along with technical training, our broad and diverse clinical experience prepares fellows to assess, plan, and manage the full spectrum of craniofacial disorders from birth to adulthood.

Clinical Training

You receive comprehensive training in pediatric and adult craniofacial and orthognathic surgery by working closely with the craniofacial and orthodontic faculty, as well as a multidisciplinary team of specialists at our cleft and craniofacial unit. This collaboration allows you to be intimately involved in preoperative workup, surgical planning, and patient management. You also have opportunities to create occlusal splints, perform model surgery, participate in virtual surgical planning, create a nasoalveolar molding (NAM) device, and assist with nasoendoscopy.

Fellows provide surgical care at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, Kimmel Pavilion, and NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. Ample time is allocated to assist the residents on surgical cases at Bellevue under the supervision of an attending surgeon. Fellows also participate in follow-up clinic.

Didactic Training

As a fellow, you attend all department conferences. You also present about all patients in a multidisciplinary setting in separate weekly conferences on pediatric craniofacial surgery, cleft lip and palate, and adult craniofacial surgery.

Research Activities

We require fellows to undertake multiple research projects in clinical outcomes, tissue engineering, or digital simulation research.

Length of Training

Appointments are for 12 months, from July 1 through June 30 of the next year.

Acceptance Requirements

Candidates for the fellowship program must have completed plastic surgery training in an accredited program in the United States or Canada.

Application Process

We should receive your application no later than September 1 of the year preceding the start of the fellowship. After reviewing applications, we invite eligible candidates to spend a day at our department interviewing with the craniofacial and orthodontic surgery team.

Applicants must submit the American Society of Craniofacial Surgery common application through the organization’s website. Applicants should also file with SF Match Residency and Fellowship Matching Services.

State Licensure Requirements

Candidates must have a New York license or limited permit. International graduates must have an Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates® (ECFMG®) certificate.

Contact Us

For more information about the Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship, please email Tabbatha Cooke, fellowship coordinator, at tabbatha.cooke@nyulangone.org or call 646-501-6784.

Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship Faculty Members

In addition to Dr. Flores, our multidisciplinary faculty includes the following members:

Eduardo D. Rodriguez, MD, DDS

Chair, Hansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery

David A. Staffenberg, MD

Vice Chair for Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery

Pradip R. Shetye, DDS

Assistant Professor, Hansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery

Jamie P. Levine, MD

Associate Professor, Hansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery

Pierre B. Saadeh, MD

Associate Professor, Hansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery

Current Craniofacial Surgery Fellow

Below is this year’s craniofacial surgery fellow:

Portrait of Lauren Yarholar, MD

Lauren Yarholar, MD

Hometown: Edmond, OK
Undergraduate: University of Oklahoma
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Plastic Surgery Residency: Saint Louis University School of Medicine