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The Craniofacial Fellowship is a large-volume training program designed for board eligible/board certified graduates of ACGME certified plastic surgery residencies who wish to gain additional experience in the diagnosis and surgical management of craniofacial anomalies. The surgeons at the craniofacial program provide one of the most extensive experiences in United States. We have performed over 800 major craniofacial procedures over the past 10 years. For example, more than 200 patients with craniosynostosis have been treated with the endoscopic assisted craniectomy, with excellent results.

Innovative Techniques

Furthermore, the surgeons at the Utah craniofacial program are the only group in Utah that have incorporated innovative techniques such as the use of cranial vault distraction. This technique has proven to be extremely beneficial in the management of patients with multiple suture craniosynostosis, allowing for significantly greater expansion of the cranial volume compared with other reconstructive techniques.

Learning Experience

This large-volume craniofacial fellowship is based on a clinical referral base from five states. This fellowship is a GME approved program. The fellowship educational experience is intrinsically linked to Primary Children’s Hospital, an interdisciplinary team with coordinated clinical and academic activities.

Facial trauma experience is gained at not only Primary Children’s Hospital but also at the University of Utah, a level-one trauma center, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Graduates of the program will have been exposed to diagnosing and peri-operative care of a large clinical volume of both pediatric and adult congenital and acquired craniomaxillofacial abnormalities. The goal of the program is to train individuals to be competent in all aspects of surgery of the craniofacial skeleton:

  • Cleft lip and palate care and repair
  • Pediatric craniofacial surgery
  • Craniomaxillofacial trauma of all ages
  • Pediatric plastic surgery
  • Pediatric and adult acute trauma and secondary trauma reconstruction
  • Facial reanimation procedures
  • Craniofacial microsurgery
  • Distraction osteogenesis
  • Orthognathic surgery
  • Clinical research


Program Director

Barbu Gociman, MD, PhD
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Program Coordinator

Kallie Handy

Mailing Address

University of Utah 
Division of Plastic Surgery
30 North 1900 East 3B400
Salt Lake City, Utah 84132