Program Description

The division of plastic and maxillofacial surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles offers a comprehensive, one-year craniofacial fellowship registered with As one of the largest craniofacial centers in the nation, our fellows gain comprehensive experience in the full scope of craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery.

Moreover, with the incorporation of oral and maxillofacial surgery within our division, this is one of the only fellowships that provide comprehensive orthognathic training. This clinically demanding fellowship is designed for those destined for a career in academic craniofacial surgery. The fellow benefits from time with each of the following faculty members:

  • Mark Urata, MD, DDS
  • Jeffrey Hammoudeh, MD, DDS
  • Jessica A. Lee, MD
  • William Magee, III, MD, DDS

The fellow may choose to focus on his or her particular areas of interest from a broad scope of surgical procedures, including:

  • Monobloc advancement/distraction
  • LeFort III advancement/distraction
  • LeFort I single and multisegment advancement/distraction
  • Box osteotomy
  • Bilateral sagittal split osteotomy
  • Mandibular distraction
  • Neonatal mandibular distraction
  • Surgical rapid palatal expansion
  • Orthognathic splint fabrication
  • Extraction of teeth
  • Placement of dental implants
  • Eyelid ptosis reconstruction
  • Dacrocystorhinostomy
  • Medial canthopexy
  • Lateral canthopexy
  • Cleft lip repair
  • Palatoplasty
  • Alveolar bone grafting
  • Cleft lip nasal revision
  • Cleft rhinoplasty
  • Medpor ear reconstruction
  • Otoplasty
  • Free gracilis transfer for facial reanimation
  • Mustarde cheek advancement
  • ALT flap for soft tissue coverage
  • Excision of lesions
  • Tissue expansion
  • Fat injection for soft tissue defects
  • Open reduction craniomaxillofacial trauma
  • Closed reduction craniomaxillomandibular fixation
  • Program director


Please send the following documents to the above mailing address by October 31 of each year:

  • A copy of the certificate of registration showing your match number from
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A one-page personal statement describing your career goals following fellowship
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from the chairperson of your plastic surgery residency
  • Interviews

Interviews are typically conducted over two days, a Thursday and Friday.

Our requirements for application include:

  • Registered with Craniofacial Fellowship Match at
  • Completion of an ACGME accredited residency in plastic surgery
  • Eligible for medical licensure in the state of California

Contact Information

Priscilla M. Espinoza
Program Coordinator
Phone: (323) 361-4544

Mark M. Urata, MD, DDS
Program Director

Mailing Address:
Craniofacial Fellowship
C/O Priscilla M. Espinoza
Division of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgeons
4650 Sunset Blvd., MS#96
Los Angeles, CA 90027