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Craniofacial Fellowship

Craniofacial Fellowship

The University of Michigan Craniofacial Fellowship is available to board-eligible plastic surgeons who wish to receive comprehensive training with a large clinical volume and abundant clinical and basic scientific research opportunities, including access to a state of the art, NIH-funded bone laboratory. In addition to a busy clinical service, fellows will obtain a comprehensive teaching curriculum and mentorship in research. This is a one-year training program, running from July 1st through June 30th each year.

Faculty, Facilities, and Rotations

This fellowship is based in the Section of Plastic Surgery, within the Department of Surgery. Our core Craniofacial Plastic Surgery faculty consists of 3 surgeons:

  • Steven R. Buchman, MD, Director, Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship Program; Chief, Pediatric Plastic Surgery; Director, Craniofacial Anomalies Program
  • Steven J. Kasten M.D., MHPE Associate Director, Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship Program; Director, Pediatric Plastic Surgery Residency Program; Associate Director, Craniofacial Anomalies Program
  • Christian J. Vercler, MD, MA Clinical Assistant Professor, Craniofacial Anomalies Program

Dr. Buchman is the Craniofacial Fellowship Program Director and Dr. Kasten serves as Associate Craniofacial Fellowship Program Director.

Dr. Buchman, Dr. Kasten and Dr. Vercler run the Cleft and Craniofacial Team Clinics which take place weekly and consists of the following members:

Steven R Buchman MD is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has served as the Director of the Craniofacial Anomalies Program and Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center for 20 years. In addition to being a full professor with tenure in Plastic Surgery, he also has a joint appointment as a full professor in the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Buchman is responsible for the general administration of the Pediatric/Craniofacial Fellowship Program and monitoring the Craniofacial PSOL data collection at least monthly via an automatic online reporting system administered by our Surgery Education office to ensure that the Craniofacial fellow is provided with a balanced and sufficient operative experience. As the Program Director for fellowship education in Craniofacial Surgery he will personally oversee the training of the Craniofacial fellow, including the administrative duties, the direct instruction and oversight of clinical and didactic educational activities, and research endeavors.

Steven Kasten, MD, MHPE is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon practicing Pediatric and Craniofacial Surgery, including cleft lip and palate, facial trauma and head and neck reconstruction. He also serves as the associate Craniofacial Program Director, and the Program Director of the Core Residency Program. He is a full time faculty member of both the Core Residency Program and the Craniofacial Fellowship who will have direct supervisory responsibility for the Craniofacial fellow on a daily basis.

Christian J. Vercler, MD, MA serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Craniofacial Surgery in the Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan. Dr. Vercler focuses primarily on pediatric plastic surgery and craniofacial deformities in children and adults. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and an Associate Member of the American College of Surgeons.Dr. Vercler has a special interest in medical ethics, and also serves as Faculty of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences at the University of Michigan and on the core faculty of the Medical School's Pathway of Excellence.

Karin Muraszko MD is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon specializing in Pediatric Neurosurgery. She also is the Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery and has a joint appointment in Plastic Surgery which is emblematic to her commitment to the Craniofacial Fellowship Program in all aspects but particularly in the educational portion of the program. Her role will be to instruct the fellow on the pre-operative, intra-operative, and post operative care of craniofacial patients from a neurosurgical perspective. As is the case with the entire faculty in this Craniofacial Fellowship, she is a faculty member of our primary institution.

Hugh Garton MD is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon specializing in Pediatric Neurosurgery. His practice and professional background has been focused on the neurosurgical treatment of pediatric patients. Dr. Garton has a particular interest in Neurosurgical trauma and he is highly committed to this Craniofacial Fellowship. His role and responsibility will be to instruct the craniofacial fellow on the pre-operative, intra-operative, and post operative care of craniofacial patients from a neurosurgical perspective both in terms of congenital anomalies as well as trauma care. As is the case with the entire faculty in this Craniofacial Fellowship, she is a faculty member of our primary institution. As is the case with the entire faculty in this Craniofacial Fellowship, he is a faculty member of our primary institution.

Cormac Maher MD is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon specializing in Pediatric Neurosurgery. His practice and professional background has been focused on the neurosurgical treatment of pediatric patients. Dr. Maher has a specific interest in both congenital craniofacial anomalies as well as neurosurgical vascular anomalies in children and he is highly committed to this Craniofacial Fellowship and its educational goals. His role will be to instruct the fellow on the pre-operative, intra-operative, and post operative care of craniofacial patients from a neurosurgical perspective. As is the case with the entire faculty in this Craniofacial Fellowship, he is a faculty member of our primary institution.

Katherine Kelly DDS, PhD, MS is a Board Certified orthodontist that specializes in the treatment of patients with craniofacial anomalies. Dr. Kelly is also the Director Craniofacial Orthodontics Clinic in the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry and has been part of the craniofacial anomalies program for over 11 years with a dedication and commitment to an educational program of plastic surgery residents and a now the Craniofacial Fellowship. Dr. Kelly's role will be to instruct the craniofacial fellow in the different aspects of orthodontics as it affects craniofacial patients. Her instruction will include pre and postoperative orthodontic set up for orthognathic surgery, cephalometric analyses, and pre and postoperative orthodontic considerations for distraction osteogenesis. She will also take on a role for instruction in regards to educating the resident on dental and orthodontic considerations in the growing child. As is the case with the entire faculty in this Craniofacial Fellowship, she is a faculty member of our primary institution.

All of the faculty for the Craniofacial Fellowship program are currently actively involved in scholarship, including basic science, clinical and educational research, with intra- and extramural funding. All are active in the dissemination of research via peer-reviewed publication, and/or regional and national presentations of abstracts, and they are active participants in national organizations related to craniofacial surgery, including committee memberships and officer positions. Within the program, the Program Director and faculty will promote an environment of scholarly activity through participation in conferences, clinical rounds and discussions, involvement in journal club, contributions in research conferences. The faculty will encourage and mentor the craniofacial resident toward contributions in research and participation in regional and national professional meetings. The neurosurgical faculty, orthodontic faculty and speech faculty will work individually and in concert with the Plastic Surgery Craniofacial Faculty to assure a well rounded educational environment with detailed attention to the clinical, didactic, and research training of the craniofacial fellow working within the aforementioned scholarly activities to ensure academic excellence.

The Craniofacial scholarly activity will be bolstered by an environment rich in both basic and clinical research. Specifically, the program will require the Craniofacial fellow to write and submit two manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals and will assist, advise and guide the fellow in selecting an carrying out research projects. The Craniofacial fellow will have the opportunity to participate, contribute and receive instruction in basic science research within the Craniofacial Research Laboratories an NIH funded lab run by Dr. Buchman. In addition, the large clinical volume of cases in the program (past, present, and future) will serve as an abundant trove of clinical data that will be utilized to analyze the outcomes of patient care and to test clinically relevant hypothesis for both presentation and publication. The faculty will encourage and mentor the Craniofacial fellow toward contributions in research and participation in regional and national professional meetings. Monetary support for academic
meetings and research pursuits will be provided.

Research

Dr. Buchman started the Craniofacial Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan where he has built a research program that has been recognized nationally and internationally. Dr. Buchman's research interests revolve around gaining a better understanding of the behavior of bone in the craniofacial skeleton in the hope of translating new discoveries he learns at the laboratory bench to the practice of better medicine at the patient's bedside.

Research in the craniofacial laboratory has focused around four main areas:

  • Analysis of the relationship of biomechanical environment on bone graft behavior
  • Analysis of the etiology of craniosynostosis and cranial suture morphogenesis as they relate to the bones of the skull
  • Studies of the molecular mechanisms of distraction osteogenesis as they relate to the bones of the craniofacial skeleton
  • Optimization of distraction osteogenesis in the radiated mandible to increase efficacy in post oncologic reconstruction.

Conferences


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday


Combined Pediatric Neurosurgery-Pediatric Surgery Clinic
Mott OR
Pediatric/Cleft/Cranio-facial cases

Multidisciplinary Craniofacial Clinic

5:00PM Craniofacial Conf

6:30AM PS Conference
7:00AM Grand Rounds
8-8:30AM CF Preoperative Management Conf


Mott CF/Pediatric Plastic Surgery Clinic and Nasometry/Nasoendoscopy

Mott OR
Pediatric/Cleft/Cranio-facial cases


Main or Adult
Craniofacial cases
Mott OR
Pediatric/Cleft/Cranio-facial cases

Mott OR: Cranial Vault cases with Neurosurgery (Multidisciplinary Cleft Clinic/Conference if no Cranial Vault case)

5:00PM CF Didactic Conf

6:30AM PS Conference
8-8:30AM CF Preoperative Management Conf


Mott CF/Pediatric Plastic Surgery Clinic and Nasometry/Nasoendoscopy
Mott OR
Pediatric/Cleft/Cranio-facial cases


Academic Day
Mott OR
Pediatric/Cleft/Cranio-facial cases

Mott OR: Cranial Vault cases with Neurosurgery (Mott Pediatric Plastic Surgery Clinic if no Cranial Vault case)

5:00PM CF Didactic Conf

6:30AM PS Conference
(M&M on even months)

8-8:30AM CF Preoperative Management Conf

Mott CF/Pediatric Plastic Surgery Clinic and Nasometry/Nasoendoscopy
Mott OR
Pediatric/Cleft/Cranio-facial cases


Combined Pediatric Neurosurgery-Pediatric Surgery Clinic
Mott OR
Pediatric/Cleft/Cranio-facial cases

Mott OR: Cranial Vault cases with Neurosurgery (Multidisciplinary Cleft Clinic/Conference if no Cranial Vault case)

5:00PM CF Didactic Conf

6:30AM PS Conference
8-8:30AM CF Preoperative Management Conf


Mott CF/Pediatric Plastic Surgery Clinic and Nasometry/Nasoendoscopy

6:30PM: Journal Club
(date may vary)
Mott OR
Pediatric/Cleft/Cranio-facial cases


Combined Pediatric Neurosurgery-Pediatric Surgery Clinic
Mott OR
Pediatric/Cleft/Cranio-facial cases

Multidisciplinary Craniofacial Clinic/Conference or
Mott OR: Cranial Vault cases with Neurosurgery

5:00PM CF Didactic Conf

6:30AM PS Conference
8-8:30AM CF Preoperative Management Conf


Mott Pediatric Plastic Surgery Clinic and Nasometry/Nasoendoscopy
Mott OR
Pediatric/Cleft/Cranio-facial cases

Didactic Conference Schedule


Conference type (Basic Science, Journal Club, Pathology, etc.) R or O (Required or Optional) Frequency Individual(s) or Department Responsible for Conducting Conference
Craniofacial Didactic R Weekly Various CF Faculty
Indications Conference R Weekly Dr. Buchman
Morbidity and Mortality R Monthly Dr. Haase
Departmental Grand Rounds R Monthly Various Faculty
Journal Club R Monthly Various Faculty
Craniofacial Team Conference R Monthly Dr. Buchman/Vercler
Cleft Team Conference R Twice Monthly Dr. Kasten/Vercler
Orthodontic Cephalometric Course R Yearly Dr. Kelly

Requirements for Acceptance to Fellowship:

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

Application Process

The University of Michigan Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship is an ACGME accredited program. The fellowship position will be filled through the SF Match for 2018-2019 academic year.

Applicants will be required to register with the San Francisco Match. Information about the match can be obtained from the San Francisco Match.

Craniofacial Fellowship Application Form (pdf)

SF Match
655 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
415.447.0350

Length of Training Program:

Appointments are for 12 months from July 1st through June 30th.

Applications for the Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship to begin July 1, 2018. Please submit the following in your application packet:

  • Completed Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship Application (pdf)
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Medical school transcript
  • Copy of USMLE Steps I, II, and III scores
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from your Program Director
  • E-mail address and contact phone number

Mail your completed application to:
Steven R. Buchman, MD
M. Haskell Newman Professor in Plastic Surgery
Chief, Pediatric Plastic Surgery
University of Michigan
C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
1540 E. Hospital Dr., 4-730
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-4215