Craniofacial and Special Care Orthodontic Fellowship :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Craniofacial and Special Care Orthodontic Fellowship

Richard E. Kirschner, MD, FAAP, FACS

Fellowship Associate Program Director

Jill Wilhelm CAP 
Program Coordinator
Phone: (614) 722-3872
Fax: (614) 722-6518

Fellowship Overview

Quality, professional education is one of the fundamental services that support the mission of Nationwide Children’s Hospital to be a world leader in pediatric health care, one that is committed to training future leaders in pediatric subspecialty care. The Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers fellowship training to those who intend to pursue a career in orthodontics with particular inclusion of children affected by craniofacial anomalies and those with special needs. It is the goal of our fellowship program to train the future leaders in the discipline of craniofacial and special care orthodontics, leaders devoted to excellence in patient care, research, and education.

The Fellowship Program in Craniofacial and Special Care Orthodontics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a 12-month post orthodontic residency fellowship in the Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The fellowship program will begin on July 1, 2014. The program is designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills for the orthodontic management of patients with craniofacial anomalies and deformities, as well as those patients who require special care. This patient population may have clefts of the lip, alveolus and/or palate, or other craniofacial congenital anomalies or post natal deformities and may require special care due to physical and psychological conditions. The focus is on the family-centered, interdisciplinary team approach to managing these conditions. Protected time will provide the opportunity to design and complete a clinical research project. Our faculty strives for excellence in clinical care, research, and teaching, and is committed to advancing the evolving knowledge in the discipline.

Clinical Training

During the 12-month program, fellows will gain experience in a variety of interdisciplinary centers and programs within the Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery:

  • Orthodontic Treatment Clinic
  • Cleft Lip and Palate Center
  • Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders
  • 22q Center

They will have training in the following clinical areas:

  • Pre- and post-surgical orthopedics for infants born with cleft lip and palate.
  • Orthodontic management of patients with cleft or craniofacial anomalies from primary through permanent dentition and attainment of post-pubertal craniofacial maturity.
  • Surgical/orthodontic management, including pre- and post-surgical orthodontic treatment, surgical splint design and construction, and insertion of splints in the operating room.
  • 3D image analysis and computer-based surgical planning.
  • Vector planning, splint design and construction for distraction osteogenesis.

Didactic and Research Education

In addition to hands-on clinical training, fellows will have didactic and research education at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, including clinical didactic and research seminars, core competency lectures, and health care leadership training. Each fellow will design and complete a clinical research project with faculty providing mentorship and guidance. It is expected that the research will be presented at a national or international professional meeting and submitted for publication.

Program Application Requirements

Eligible orthodontists will have completed an ADA-accredited orthodontic residency program and will have been certified board-eligible by the American Board of Orthodontics.

Read qualifications and complete an application.

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