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Education in Craniofacial Plastic Surgery


The program is based at Primary Children’s Hospital, the pediatric tertiary care center for the Intermountain and Northwest regions of the country. Adult craniomaxillofacial experience, both acquired and congenital, is treated at the University of Utah.

Clinical Activity

Clinical activity is on a supervised basis. Candidates for the fellowship will be eligible for a full Utah state license and will have faculty privileges at both hospitals. Active participation in ongoing clinical outcome studies and case series analysis is expected. Presentation of original clinical research at a national meeting is supported and expected.

Participant’s Supervisory & Patient Care Responsibilities

As acting instructor at the University of Utah School of Medicine, the participant will be involved in the clinical supervision and teaching of medical students and plastic surgery residents.

Procedural Requirements

Individuals in the program will have well-developed Plastic Surgery skills and be familiar with the full range of plastic surgery procedures.

Participants in the program participate in CME-accredited national and regional craniofacial conferences. Attendance is expected at the weekly University of Utah Plastic Surgery Divisional Grand Rounds.

Cases of Last Graduating Fellow 

Total cases: 487

  • Craniosynostosis repair: 35 (endoscopic:21, vault:7, distraction:7)
  • Primary cleft lip repair: 18
  • Cleft lip/nose revisions: 14
  • Cleft palate repair: 28 (14 soft palate, 14 hard palate)
  • Palatal fistula repair: 8
  • ABG: 41
  • Cleft rhinoplasty: 29
  • VPI repair: 3
  • SARPE: 16
  • Lefort I: 21
  • Lefort II: 1
  • Lefort III: 1
  • Modified Lefort III: 7
  • BSSO: 2
  • Genioplasty: 4
  • Mandibular distraction: 3
  • Box osteotomies: 1
  • Maxillofacial trauma: 17