The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Nicklaus Children's provides a one year, ACGME-accredited Fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery. The program provides a broad exposure to all of the various areas of craniofacial surgery, including congenital anomalies, vascular malformations, reconstruction after tumor ablation, and trauma. There is a strong collaboration with a very active pediatric neurosurgical service. In addition, there is a solid exposure to various types of orthognathic surgery, with or without distraction osteogenesis. There is also, through the Craniofacial Center, an extensive experience with primary and secondary repair of cleft lip and palate deformities. Eligible applicants for the Craniofacial Plastic Surgery Program must have satisfactorily completed a Plastic Surgery Residency program accredited by the ACGME.
During the one-year fellowship, the fellows have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of adult and pediatric craniofacial surgery. This includes the correction of congenital defects, trauma, and adult facial reconstruction. In addition, the fellows will also participate in aesthetic surgery of the face and neck. It is this broad diversity of the fellowship that makes it one of the most unique in the country. The service is also extremely busy with other aspects of pediatric plastic surgery including pediatric hand surgery, giant nevi reconstruction, vascular anomalies, peripheral nerve surgery, and other such cases.
In addition to the time spent at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, the fellows have the opportunity to work at several other centers in South Florida. While at these centers, the fellows can gain additional training in orthognathic surgery and will learn how to interact with orthodontic colleagues to facilitate orthognathic cases.
On occasion, the fellows also have the opportunity to work with established plastic surgeons in the community to gain additional insight into their most up-to-date practices in aesthetic surgery.
Research is highly encouraged during the fellowship year. The fellows are expected to publish and present at national meetings. There is ample material to review, and there is also an institutional collaboration with the Florida International University College of Medicine should fellows have interest in any basic science research.
Given Miami’s geographic proximity to South America, there are often unique cases that are seen here. This opportunity to work with international patients and potentially have the opportunity to travel internationally is of much benefit to the fellows.
The volume of cases at Nicklaus Children's Hospital and our collaborative institutions is amongst the highest in the country. Fellows who finish here are highly capable of not only and craniofacial surgery, but aesthetic surgery and general reconstruction of the head and neck area.
How to Apply
Program candidates must be U.S. citizens, Permanent Residents (Green Card holders), or holders of a valid work permit . International medical school graduates are eligible to apply but must submit a current valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) with their application. International candidates who do not hold a US Citizenship, permanent residency, or a valid work permit; should clearly specify the details of their current visa status in the ERAS application. Please note that Nicklaus Children’s Hospital on sponsors J1 Visas (sponsored by the ECFMG).
The ASCFS has developed a universal online application for all applicants to complete.
Instructions for Completion
- Register for the Match at www.sfmatch.org.
- Complete the ASCFS Online Fellowship Application, which is available at match.ascfs.org. After creating an account, your login information will be forwarded to you.
Before you begin your application, please be aware of the following requirements:
- Proof of plastic surgery in-service exam scores
- Three (3) Letters of Recommendation, including names and emails
- Current CV
- Current Photograph
Please know the programs to which you would like to submit your application. See list at http://ascfs.org/fellowships.cgi. You may start an application, save it, and return to it before submitting. You will need your log in information to access the application.
By participating in the match process and completing the online application, you agree to the Match Rules for Applicants (http://ascfs.org/match/applicant-rules.cgi) and you certify that the information you are submitting is complete and correct to the best of your knowledge.
For further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office of Dr. Wolfe (Program Director) and Dr. Perlyn (Associate Program Director) at:
Ana Otero (Ana.Otero@nicklaushealth.org)
Nicklaus Children's Hospital
Department of Medical Education
3100 SW 62nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33155
About Our Staff
The Fellowship Director is S. Anthony Wolfe, MD, who received his craniofacial training from Paul Tessier, M.D. His interests are in complex craniofacial deformities, clefts, rhinoplasty, and facial trauma. Chad Perlyn, MD is the Fellowship Associate Program Director. Dr. Perlyn trained in Plastic Surgery and Craniofacial in St. Louis. Dr. Perlyn is interested in craniosynostosis, clefts, vascular anomalies, and neurofibromas. Aaron Berger, MD, who completed his residency training in Plastic Surgery at Stanford University, followed by hand and microsurgery fellowship at UCLA Medical Center, provides expertise in all aspects of plastic surgery as well as reconstructive surgery of the hand and extremities. Jaime Flores, MD provides microsurgical expertise. Joe Garri, MD provides orthognathic expertise. Together the faculty comprises an incredibly strong and well rounded practice group.
In accordance with the ACGME requirements, each training program is expected to form a Clinical Competency Committee (CCC). The program director appoints the CCC. The CCC must have at least three program core faculty (excluding the program director) who have the opportunity to observe and evaluate the residents. The CCC meets at least semi-annually to review and discuss each individual residents’ performance data and make a consensus decision on the progress of each resident by applying assessment data to the milestones. The CCC serves as an early warning system/early identification if a resident fails to progress in the educational program and make recommendations to the program director for resident progress including promotion, remediation, and dismissal. The program director meets with each resident semi-annually to review the CCC report and design an individualized learning plan for the resident. To learn more about the CCC, click here.
Below are the faculty members who serve on the CCC committee (in addition to the Program Director and the Associate Program Director) for the Craniofacial Plastic Surgery Fellowship Program:
- Chad Perlyn, MD
- Mislen Bauer, MD
- Aaron Berger, MD