This fully funded 11 month fellowship is specifically targeted toward plastic surgeons from developing nations who recognize the need for Cleft and Craniofacial care in their home country and desire further training to provide this care safely with high quality outcomes.

The ideal applicant will have completed training in Plastic surgery or Maxillofacial surgery and will have developed a keen interest in acquiring expertise in all the facets of cleft and craniofacial care – building a team, applying modern surgical methods, and maintaining records to allow for collaborative reporting of results. The individual’s application will be strengthened by documentation of a hospital-based opportunity to practice in the home country upon completion of this fellowship. Letters of support from established surgeons working in this field are desirable.

Our academic University-based program practices team care in a dedicated free standing children’s hospital. We have two full time cleft and craniofacial trained surgeons who practice a broad range of procedures necessary to address functional and aesthetic issues related to cleft and craniofacial surgery. In an average year, the fellow will participate in 50-60 primary cleft lip repairs, 80-100 primary palate repairs, 30-40 transcranial procedures for synostosis and trauma. In addition the fellow will participate in over a hundred procedures a year covering the broad spectrum of facial and hand reconstructive surgery, secondary pediatric burn reconstruction, giant melanocytic nevi, microtia, nasal reconstruction and secondary cleft procedures such as VPI surgery. The fellow will scrub and participate actively in all surgical procedures with surgical responsibility increasing progressively as proficiency is demonstrated.

As an endowment funded educational program, housing and a stipend for food and incidental expenses are provided. The fellowship does not rely on the fellow to generate income by covering call. This time is instead protected research time during which clinical research projects culminating in a minimum of two publications are expected. Attendance at the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association Annual Meeting is funded as well.

Inquiries should be made by mail to:

John H. Grant, III, M.D.
James C. Lee, III Chair in Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Director, UAB Cleft and Craniofacial Center
Professor of Surgery
Division of Plastic Surgery
University of Alabama, Birmingham
1600 7th Ave. S., Lowder 322
Birmingham, Al 35233