Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship
Fellowship training in this program is under Dr. G. E. Ghali, Dr. Jennifer Woerner, and Dr. Stavan Patel, all of whom are well-respected and accomplished Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons with expertise in all aspects of cleft & craniofacial surgery. Training is conducted at both the Academic Medical Center at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport, Shriner's Hospital for Children in Shreveport, and the various Willis-Knighton Health System facilities. The Academic Medical Center is a tertiary hospital with approximately 430 beds, and the Willis-Knighton Health System is a tertiary health care system with multiple hospital locations. Both locations are equipped with 24-hour staffed pediatric intensive care units, as well as trained pediatric anesthesia staff. With the newly established partnership with Shriner's Hospital for Children, the patient accruement area includes all of Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, and Oklahoma. Approximately 350 cleft and craniofacial-related patient visits are recorded each year. All patients are presented prospectively and retrospectively at the monthly multidisciplinary cleft team meetings to obtain a consensus opinion on treatment.
On completion of their fellowship training, the fellows will have developed a comprehensive understanding of the diagnosis and management of patients with the full spectrum of cleft and craniofacial abnormalities. The fellows will be an integral part of the Ark-La-Tex Craniofacial & Cleft Center, being involved in the care of all patients treated at the center. Fellows are expected to be involved not only in the surgical treatment of these patients, but in their daily and long-term management as well.
This Fellowship is a fully-accredited CODA comprehensive two-year fellowship encompassing a full spectrum of Cleft & Craniofacial Surgery with interdisciplinary comprehensive work-up, treatment planning, and post-operative care.
Clinical focus includes:
- Cleft Lip & Palate Repair
- Craniofacial Syndrome Management
- Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Repair
- Vascular Tumor/Malformation Surgery
- Craniosynostosis Repair
- Management of the Pediatric Airway
Admission to the Fellowship is contingent upon completion of a CODA-accredited residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
All prospective candidates must submit the following documents to be considered for the fellowship program:
- A letter of intent
- Curriculum Vitae
- Two letters of recommendation
A personal interview with the chairman and fellowship director will be extended to all qualified candidates, a requirement for consideration. Individual interviews will take place over two days.
Fellows are required to obtain a medical and dental license in the state of Louisiana. The fellowship participates in AACMFS-MORS match.
The surgical skills laboratory serves as a teaching tool for medical students, residents, faculty, and practicing surgeons of all subspecialty fields. The lab provides a setting in which learners of all levels may practice and hone their surgical skills. Using cadaveric specimens allow participants a relaxed setting to strengthen their anatomic knowledge without putting actual patients at risk.