Craniofacial Fellowship Program

Program Information

The Yale Craniofacial Surgery fellowship is a multi-disciplinary program covering the full acumen for a career as a facial plastic and craniofacial surgeon. Priority on technical training and surgical decision-making, with an emphasis on the pre- and post-operative care of patients is the cornerstone of the craniofacial fellowship. The educational syllabus is designed to allow the fellow to gain graduated responsibility, develop comfort with management of complex treatment paradigms, and hone their clinical acumen for a career as a craniofacial surgeon.

Program highlights include:

  • Adult and Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Orthognathic Surgery
  • Cleft Surgery
  • Acute and Secondary Trauma Reconstruction
  • Craniofacial Microsurgery
  • Virtual surgical planning
  • Distraction Osteogenesis
  • Pediatric Plastic Surgery
  • Vascular Anomalies
  • Facial Plastic Surgery

Length of Training Program

The Yale Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship offers one (1) position for a one-year, non-ACGME accredited fellowship to applicants who have completed their residency in plastic surgery.

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

Stipend Available

  • Current PGY-7 salary at YNHH.

Responsibilities of Fellows:

The craniofacial fellow is primarily responsible for developing their technical skills and clinical acumen through surgical case coverage, multi-disciplinary pre- and post-operative clinics, and pre-operative planning of complex cases. Fellows are also expected to teach plastic surgery residents, participate in didactic instruction on craniomaxillofacial facial topics, and act as consultants with plastic surgery residents covering facial trauma call.

The fellow is also expected to partake in and publish research during their year.

Fellows may also take attending craniofacial trauma call with faculty backup and proctoring.

Clinic Responsibilities:

  • Weekly multi-disciplinary Pediatric Craniofacial Clinic
  • Monthly multi-disciplinary Orthognathic Surgery Conference
  • Bi-Monthly multi-disciplinary Craniofacial Trauma Conference

Research Activities and Conferences:

  • Fellows are required to undertake clinical or laboratory research.
  • Fellows are supported to present their research at craniofacial surgery research meetings with accepted lecture presentations.
  • Fellows are supported to attend one major craniofacial surgery meeting as an educational activity.
  • Fellows are funded and supported to attend the ASCFS/ASMS Craniofacial Fellow Bootcamp

Other Related Activities:

  • Fellows are encouraged to attend all local educational conferences.
  • Fellows will have the opportunity to be intimately involved with the preoperative workup, virtual surgical planning, creation of occlusal splints, and perform model surgery for orthognathic cases. Close collaboration with orthodontists and oral maxillofacial surgery residents is encouraged.

Application Timeline and Deadlines:

Applications will be accepted beginning July 1st through September 5th, the year prior to the start of the fellowship. Selected applicants will be invited to meet and interview with the Yale Craniofacial Surgery Team in September.

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.
  • Able to hold a full medical license in Connecticut

Applicants will be required to register with the San Francisco Match. Information on the registration process can be found online at https://www.sfmatch.org/

San Francisco Match
P.O. Box 7999,
San Francisco, CA 94120-7999
(415) 447-0350
https://www.sfmatch.org/

Interested applicants should submit:

  • Curriculum Vitae with a photograph
  • A Personal Statement
  • Three (3) letters of reference (one must be from your plastic surgery residency program director or chairman)

For any questions, please contact Ms. Erica Gilbert at telephone (203) 737-2049, or Erica.gilbert@yale.edu

Insurance and Licensure Requirements:

  • Malpractice Requirements:
    • Fellows are covered for malpractice and are eligible for group life insurance, medical insurance, and disability
  • State Licensure Requirements:
    • Candidates must be eligible for Connecticut Physician Licensure, and attain licensure once accepted into the program. Foreign graduates must have an ECFMG Certificate.
All application materials should be addressed to:

Yale Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship
Attn: Patricia Bussen
333 Cedar Street
Boardman Bldg – 3rd Floor
New Haven, CT 06511

Contact Information Phone:
(203) 737-2049
Fax: (203) 785-5714

For any questions, please contact Ms. Erica Gilbert at telephone (203) 737-2049, or Erica.gilbert@yale.edu

Chief of Plastic Surgery

John A Persing, MD

Irving and Silik Polayes Professor of Surgery (Plastic)

Craniofacial Fellowship Director

Derek Matthew Steinbacher, DMD, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery (Plastic)

Fellowship Faculty

Michael Alperovich, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic)

Craniofacial Staff

Patricia Bussen, APRN, FNP (BC)

Sandra Lee Whalen

Current Craniofacial Fellows

  • Anamika Veeramani, MD
  • Sarika Madari, MD
  • Himank Gupta, MD
  • Haydn Kankam, MD