Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship

The Fellowship in Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery is a one-year program providing comprehensive exposure to all areas of pediatric plastic surgery. While there is an emphasis on the full spectrum of treatments for craniosynostosis and cleft lip/palate, the complete breadth of pediatric plastic surgery is covered, including management of Robin sequence, hemifacial microsomia, rare facial clefts,  autologous ear reconstruction, nasal reconstruction, congenital and traumatic hand surgery, vascular anomalies, adolescent breast, brachial plexus, and orthognathic surgery. Six weeks are dedicated for international experiences of the fellow’s choosing, including medical missions and externships.  Clinical and basic science research opportunities are plentiful, and participation is highly encouraged.

Fellows must have completed an accredited plastic surgery residency program. Salary and benefits are commensurate with postgraduate level of training, with opportunities for supplemental income, including attending privileges and an appointment as Adjunct Clinical Instructor at the George Washington University.  Teaching opportunities are provided through interaction with residents from the Georgetown University Integrated Plastic Surgery program during their PGY4 pediatric rotation.

Fellows benefit from the combined experience of over 50 years of clinical practice of Gary Rogers, MD, Albert Oh, MD, and Michael Boyajian, MD, the three dedicated full-time teaching faculty in the Division of Plastic Surgery.  Additionally, the fellow interacts frequently with members of other departments within the Children’s National Health System who collaborate through the Cleft and Craniofacial Multidisciplinary Team, Vascular Anomalies Clinic, Congenital Hand Program, and the Fetal Medicine Institute.

About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National’s hospital is Magnet® designated, and is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Home to the Children’s Research Institute, the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Children’s National is one of the nation’s top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. With a community-based pediatric network, eight regional outpatient centers, an ambulatory surgery center, two emergency rooms, an acute care hospital, and collaborations throughout the region, Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as an advocate for all children.


If you have any questions, please contact:

Albert K. Oh, M.D.
Fellowship Director, Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Assistant Professor, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Pediatrics
Children's National Medical Center
George Washington University Health Sciences
Phone: 202-476-2157



The fellow is encouraged to pursue academic endeavors, and many clinical and basic science opportunities exist to this end through collaboration with the Children’s Research Institute, the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute

A list of our division's recent peer-reviewed publications and regional, national, and international meeting presentations from the Children’s National Division of Plastic Surgery is available here.



The Plastic Surgery fellowship at Children’s National provides the fellow with the opportunity to further develop his or her knowledge base through a wide breadth of clinical cases comprising the full spectrum of craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery:

  • Adolescent Breast
  • Brachial Plexus
  • Burn & Complex Wound reconstruction
  • Chest & Abdominal Wall reconstruction
  • Cleft Lip & Palate
  • Congenital Hand
  • Congenital Nevus
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Distraction Osteogenesis
  • Ear reconstruction
  • Facial Trauma
  • Hand Trauma
  • Head & Neck reconstruction
  • Nasal reconstruction
  • Orthognathic surgery
  • Vascular Anomalies
  • Velopharyngeal Incompetence

Global Reach

This vast clinical experience may be further supplemented through six weeks of international rotations during the second half of the fellowship year. Opportunities are designed according to the fellow’s specific areas of interest, and may include work in a medical mission setting and/or externships at internationally-renowned institutions.As such, the global outreach has been performed in numerous locations and formats:

  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (Plastic Surgery Unit).  London, England.  (May 2014)
  • Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades (Craniofacial Center). Paris, France. (May 2014)
  • Korean American Medical Society.  North Korea.  (May 2014)
  • Operation Smile (Regan Fellowship), Guwahati Comprehensive Cleft Care Center.  Guwahati, Assam, India.  (February 2014)
  • CRUDEM.  Milot, Haiti.  (October 2013)
  • ReSurge.  Qui Nhon, Vietnam.  (April 2013)
  • Operation Smile (Stryker Fellowship).  Amman, Jordan.  (June 2012)
  • CRUDEM Foundation.  Milot, Haiti.  (May 2012)
  • Mercy Ships.  Lome, Togo.  (February 2012)


The fellowship prides itself on a robust schedule of protected time for research and education, including lectures, division conferences, and hospital-wide conferences. Rotating weekly division conferences include Surgical Indications, Morbidity and Mortality Conference, Journal Club, and Faculty or Visiting Professor lectures.

Additional Educational Materials

The Fellows Core Curriculum is a monthly lunch conference during which you will have the opportunity to meet with fellows from other specialties throughout the hospital. This well-rounded curriculum includes didactic sessions in biostatistics, manuscript preparation, grant writing, medical education, quality improvement, the business of medicine, and job search.

This conference is not required for Plastic Surgery fellows, but provides the opportunity to acquire additional exposure to pertinent material.

Topics include:

  • Basics of Biostatistics
  • Design of Health Studies
  • Healthcare Finance
  • Dealing with Learners in Difficulty
  • Navigating the IRB
  • Writing an Abstract
  • Poster and Oral Presentations for Scientific Meetings
  • Health Advocacy
  • Developing a Career Plan
  • Manuscript Preparation
  • CV Building
  • Adult Learning Principles
  • Grant Writing
  • Quality Improvement Workshops
  • Leading a Team
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Negotiating a Contract
How to Apply

How to Apply

The Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Children’s National Medical Centers participates in the SF Match, and accepts one fellow to begin in July of each academic year.

Interviews for select applicants occurred in September and October 2014. Register for the Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship Match via the SF Match website.

The following required documents should be submitted to Dr. Albert Oh:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • Personal statement
  • A recent photo of the applicant

Application Timeline:  2014 - 2015



Applicant Registration Begins

June 2, 2014

Interview Period

Sept - Oct 2014

Rank List Deadline

November 5, 2014

Match Results Available

November 12, 2014

Fellowship Begins

July 2015

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the salary?

A: The 2014-2015 salary scale for fellows at Children’s National is as follows:


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Q: What are the benefits?

A: Benefits for all Children’s National employees include health, dental and vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, sick leave, disability insurance, and back-up dependent child and elder care.  A detailed summary of all benefits can be found in the Children’s National Benefits Guide are reimbursed for expenses related to application for medical licensure in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. All registration and travel expenses are reimbursed for meetings and conferences at which the fellow has a paper accepted for podium presentation. The fellow is reimbursed for all reasonable expenses incurred related to travel and accommodations during the six weeks of international rotations. Additionally, travel and hotel expenses are reimbursed for the fellow to attend the ASCFS/ASMS Boot Camp: Essential Training for Craniofacial Fellows.

Q: Who provides coverage for primary and attending level call?

A: All primary call is covered by the residents in Plastic Surgery, Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery, and Orthopedic Surgery. Upon successful acquisition of attending privileges at Children's National, the Plastic Surgery fellow provides coverage of attending level call for one weekend each month.

Q: How is the lifestyle?

A: Washington, DC, is a vibrant city that offers a multitude of attractions and activities. National monuments and memorials, museums, festivals and events, compliment the numerous opportunities for fine dining, theater and performing arts, and shopping. More information may be found in the Washington DC Official Visitors Guide.

Current Fellow and Recent Graduates

Current Fellow and Recent Graduates

Current Fellow

Christopher S. Zarella, MD
Residency (Plastic Surgery):  Oregon Health and Science University
Residency (General Surgery):  Wake Forest University
Medical School:  Wake Forest University

Recent Graduates


Benjamin C. Wood, MD
GW Medical Faculty Associates
George Washington University Health Sciences
Washington, DC


Keshav T. Magge, MD
Canton Plastic Surgeons
Aultman Hospital Center
Canton, OH


Tina M. Sauerhammer, MD
Prevea Health
St. Vincent Hospital
Green Bay, WI