Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship

Operative Experience

The fellow will participate in all pediatric (15 years and younger) surgical cases. Participation with other surgeons (plastics and ENT) involved with pediatric head and neck surgical care is expected. The fellow will also operate with the assistant program director — Nathan Ranalli, MD, of the UF Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery – on certain intra-cranial non-craniofacial cases. The scope consists of all aspects of pediatric maxillofacial and craniofacial procedures. The fellow generally operates on 24 to 30 transcranial craniofacial cases yearly and the level of participation is commensurate with experience and technical abilities. The service (attending and fellow) covers all pediatric cranio-maxillofacial trauma at UF Health Jacksonville and Wolfsons Children's Hospital. A mission trip to Vietnam is also offered to the fellow where approximately 50 cleft cases are treated.

Call Responsibilities

The fellow will be on-call for the cases operated on by the pediatric craniomaxillofacial service. It is also expected that the fellow will also cover the pediatric cranial and maxillofacial trauma as well as PICU and NICU consults from UF Health Jacksonville and Wolfsons Children's Hospital. This is in conjunction with the attending.

Clinic Responsibilities

Fellows attend clinic one-half day per week with the preceptor and will be involved the evaluation, work-up, operative procedure and post-operative follow-up of the patient. In addition, the fellow will attend the full multidisciplinary cleft and craniofacial clinic two times per month.


The fellow is expected to participate in clinical studies possibly in collaboration with others. The hope is that this will result in a presentation to a national organization or publication in a scientific journal.