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The UCLA Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery


Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship

Program Director: Wayne Ozaki, MD, DDS, FACS

The UCLA Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship was started by Henry K. Kawamoto, MD, DDS more than 30 years ago.  During his nearly four decades in practice, Dr. Kawamoto has earned international respect from his peers - and the deep gratitude of thousands of patients and their parents.  In 1975, he joined UCLA's Craniofacial Clinic.  Dr. Kawamoto was the first Los Angeles plastic surgeon trained in craniomaxillofacial surgery by the famous Dr. Paul Tessier in Paris, France.  Dr. Kawamoto devoted his entire career to training Craniofacial Surgery Fellows from across the United States and around the world.  He headed the craniofacial surgery component of UCLA's Division of Plastic Surgery until he accepted an appointment as Professor Emeritus at the end of 2013. 

Dr. Kawamoto has created an enduring legacy including training three of the current full-time UCLA craniofacial surgery faculty.  The UCLA craniofacial faculty include:  Wayne Ozaki, MD, DDS, FACS (director), Reza Jarrahy, MD, Justine Lee, MD, PhD, Libby Wilson, MD, and Henry K. Kawamoto, MD, DDS (Professor Emeritus).

While Fellows spend the majority of their time operating out of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, they will also participate in cases at the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, Harbor-UCLA, Kaiser-Sunset Orthopedic Hospital and White Memorial Hospital.  The salary for this position is commensurate with institutional guidelines relative to the educational level of the individual involved.

The UCLA Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship is a one-year, non-ACGME accredited fellowship offered to applicants who have completed their residency in plastic surgery.

The Fellow plays an important role in the education of the plastic surgery residents.  Fellows participate in hospital and clinical rounds with the plastic surgery residents.  They provide didactic instruction on craniomaxillofacial facial topics, and act as consultants to the plastic surgery resident covering facial trauma call.  In addition, the Fellow is expected to participate in, present and publish clinical research.

This clinical position is available on an annual basis (July 1 to July 15 of the following year) and includes the following:

  • Cleft lip and palate care
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Pediatric craniofacial surgery
  • Pediatric plastic surgery, including microsurgery
  • Acute trauma and secondary trauma reconstruction
  • Orthognathic surgery (with traditional and virtual planning)
  • Distraction osteogenesis
  • UCLA's multidisciplinary Craniofacial Clinic


Application Process

All applicants are required to register with the San Francisco Match.  Information on the registration process can be found online at https://www.sfmatch.org/.  UCLA Plastic Surgery only trains one craniofacial fellow per year.

The SF Match application portal for the 2017-2018 fellowship position will open June 1, 2016. All applicants must submit application materials through the new ASCFS central application portal.

Application Deadline: August 5th, 2016
Interview Date: September 22nd, 2016

Application Requirements

  • U.S. medical school graduate
  • ACGME-approved plastic surgery residency;
  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or holder of a current H1B working visa.
  • Eligible for a California medical license

Interested applicants should submit materials to http://match.ascfs.org/

  • A copy of your CV
  • Fellowship application
  • 3 letters of recommendation (one from your plastics residency program director / chairman)
  • In-Service scores for all years of post graduate training
  • Current photograph

Please note: the UCLA Craniofacial Fellowship is unable to sponsor visas for international applicants, including applicants from Canada who do not possess a valid US Permanent Resident Card.

Contact Information

Phone: (310) 825-5582
Fax: (310) 825-7579

200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 465
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Email: mfuller@mednet.ucla.edu

Graduates of the UCLA Craniofacial Fellowship

Patricia Gowmuka, MD  1983
Walter Sullivan, MD  1984
Michael Cedars, MD  1984 
David Finkle, MD  1985
David Thomas, MD  1985
Seth Thaller, MD  1985
James Stuzin, MD  1987
Jeffrey Resnick, MD  1988
Fernando Burstein, MD  1989
Steven Cohen, MD  1990 
Diana Elias, MD   1991
Kristopher Shewmake, MD  1992
Steven Buchman, MD  1993
Pravin Patel, MD  1994
Michael Novia, MD  1994
George Orloff, MD  1995
Michael Longaker, MD  1996
Mitchell Stotland, MD  1997
David Staffenberg, MD  1998
Wayne Ozaki, MD   1999
James Bradley, MD  2000
Rashmi Taneja, MD  2001
Peter Taub, MD   2002
Mark Urata, MD   2003
Jose Garri, MD   2004 
Samuel Rhee, MD   2005
Jennifer Keagle, MD  2006
Reza Jarrahy, MD  2007
Anand Kumar, MD   2008
Alan Lim, MD   2009
Derrick Wan, MD   2010
Brian Andrews, MD  2011
Gregory Lakin, MD  2012
Justine Lee, MD   2013
Kristen Yee, MD   2014
Roop Gill, MD   2015
Rizal Lim, MD   2016
Brad Gandolfi, MD current fellow

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