Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery


The Division of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles offers a comprehensive one-year craniofacial fellowship registered with SFMatch.org. 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
  • William Magee, III, MD, DDS
  • Andre Panossian, MD
  • Mort Rizvi, MD

The fellows operate at several hospitals with the following distribution:

  • Childrens Hospital Los Angeles 90%
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 10%

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 multi-segment advancement/distraction
  • Box osteotomies
  • 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
Mark M. Urata, MD, DDS

Program Coordinator
Dalia Rosales
Phone: 323.361.4544
Email: drosales@chla.usc.edu

Mailing Address
Craniofacial Fellowship
C/O Dalia Rosales
Division of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgeons
4650 Sunset Boulevard MS#96
Los Angeles, CA 90027


  • Registered with Craniofacial Fellowship Match at SFMatch.org
  • Completion of an ACGME accredited residency in Plastic Surgery
  • Eligible for medical licensure in the State of California

One year from August 1 to July 30

Application Process
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 SFMatch.org
  • 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 are typically conducted over two days, a Thursday and Friday.