Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship

About the Program

The University of Washington Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship is based on a large clinical referral base spanning five states. The non-ACGME fellowship program has graduated more than 22 craniofacial surgeons currently practicing in academic and private practice environments. The fellowship educational experience is intrinsically linked to the Seattle Children’s Hospital Craniofacial Center, a 40 member interdisciplinary team with coordinated clinical and academic activities. Facial trauma experience is gained at the Harborview Regional Level 1 Trauma Center.

Throughout their training, fellows gain experience in:

  • Cleft lip and palate care and repair
  • Pediatric craniofacial surgery
  • Craniomaxillofacial trauma of all ages
  • Pediatric plastic surgery
  • Pediatric and adult acute trauma and secondary trauma reconstruction
  • Facial reanimation procedures
  • Craniofacial microsurgery
  • Gender Reassignment surgery
  • Distraction osteogenesis and orthognathic surgery
  • Clinical research


Program Leadership

Dr. Craig Birgfeld

Craig B. Birgfeld, MD, FACS
Director, Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship, University of Washington and Seattle Children’s

Associate Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Washington
Attending Surgeon, Division of Craniofacial and Plastic Surgery, Seattle Children’s