Plastic Surgery Fellowship
The Fellowship Program in Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a 12-month, non-ACGME-accredited program, with an optional second year of training.
The Fellowship is designed to prepare trainees to care for patients across the spectrum of pediatric reconstructive surgery. The focus of the program is on learning a family-centered, multi-disciplinary team approach to various disorders including cleft lip and palate, resonance disorders, craniofacial anomalies, hemangiomas/vascular malformations, and pediatric upper extremity disorders.
Protected time allows for the pursuit of interests in clinical research, quality improvement and global health.
We strive for excellence in clinical care, research, and education, and our team of clinician scientists is committed to best outcomes and to the discovery of new knowledge in the discipline.
What You Need to Know
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 healthcare, one that is committed to training future leaders in academic pediatric subspecialty care. The Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers fellowship training for those who intend to pursue a career in plastic surgery devoted to the care of children. It is the goal of our fellowship training program to train the future leaders in the discipline of pediatric plastic surgery, leaders devoted to excellence in pediatric care, research, and education.
Training & Experience
During the 12-month experience, fellows will be exposed to clinical management and operative techniques in general pediatric plastic surgery as well as those related to the interdisciplinary centers and programs within the Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery:
- Cleft Lip and Palate Center
- Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders
- 22q Center
- Hand, Microsurgery, and Brachial Plexus Program
- Hemangioma/Vascular Malformation Program
- Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Program
Fellows will have the opportunity to travel with the Nationwide Children’s/Casa Azul America team to provide cleft and craniofacial care abroad, providing an invaluable educational experience in both surgical care and international outreach. An international travel grant program provides fellows with additional opportunities for international experience during their training.
Research and QI
Fellows will participate in the design and execution of departmental research projects in collaboration with faculty and staff.
They will also facilitate quality improvement projects to support best clinical practices and outcomes for patients treated within the Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
In addition to hands-on clinical training, fellows will be provided with extensive didactic opportunities at Nationwide Children’s, including clinical research seminars, core competency lectures, and medical leadership training.
Additionally, fellows will attend the weekly educational conferences of The Ohio State University Department of Plastic Surgery.
Application & Selection
Eligible candidates should have completed an ACGME-accredited plastic surgery residency program and should be certified board-eligible by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Register for the San Francisco Match at https://www.sfmatch.org. Applicant registration begins in January. Please note that although registration is open up until the match deadline, applicants are encouraged to register as early as possible to allow time for application and interviews.
Complete application through the American Society of Craniofacial Surgeons at http://ascfs.org/fellowships.cgi.
Both SF Match and ASCFS applications must be completed in their entirety before candidate will be considered for interview.
Richard E. Kirschner, M.D.
Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery & Program Director
Gregory D. Pearson, M.D.
Associate Program Director
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205
The Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery provides comprehensive management for all pediatric reconstructive needs including congenital and traumatic craniofacial and hand anomalies, velopharyngeal dysfunction, hemangiomas and vascular anomalies, pigmented birthmarks, reconstruction after burn injury, ear anomalies and breast deformities.Learn More