Program Director

Richard Hopper, MD

Program Overview

The Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship is based on a broad clinical referral base spanning five states. Since 1993, the fellowship program has graduated 15 craniofacial surgeons currently practicing in academic and private practice environments. The fellowship educational experience is intrinsically linked to the Craniofacial Center, a 40-member interdisciplinary team with coordinated clinical and academic activities.

Graduates of the program have been exposed to diagnosis and perioperative care of a large clinical volume of both pediatric and adult congenital and acquired craniomaxillofacial abnormalities. The goal of the program is to train in all aspects of surgery of the craniofacial skeleton. The fellowship experience is approximately 80% pediatric and 20% adult.

The program is based at the Craniofacial Center at Seattle Children's, the pediatric tertiary care center for the Northwest. Fellows get experience treating adult craniomaxillofacial abnormalities, both acquired and congenital, at Harborview Medical Center, a nationally recognized Level I trauma center.

Clinical activity is on a supervised basis only. There is no independent patient responsibility, but active participation is expected in ongoing clinical outcome studies and case series analysis. Fellows are asked to present original clinical research at a national meeting.

This clinical position is available on an annual basis (July 1 to June 30) and includes the following:

  • Cleft lip and palate care
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Pediatric craniofacial surgery
  • Pediatric plastic surgery
  • Acute trauma and secondary trauma reconstruction
  • Orthognathic surgery and distraction osteogenesis
  • Clinical research

This fellowship is based at Seattle Children's Hospital and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. The salary for this position is commensurate with institutional guidelines relative to the educational level of the individual involved.

Board certification eligibility upon fellowship completion: None

Length of fellowship: 1 year

Number of fellowships available: 1 (through San Francisco Match)

Application Requirements

Application deadline

  • SF Match fellowship: August 31

Interview start and end dates

  • SF Match fellowship: onsite interviews held September through November

Prerequisites/post-medical school requirements:

San Francisco Match applicant:

  • U.S. medical school graduate
  • ACGME-approved plastic surgery residency;
  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or holder of a current H1B working visa.
  • Able to hold a full license in Washington state

    Materials to submit

    Please email Tiffany McCullough the below application materials. These materials act as your application. Once we have received all of your applicable materials, we will review your application and contact you if you are to be considered for an interview. The deadline for applications is August 31.

    SF Match applicants:

    1. An updated copy of your curriculum vitae.
    2. A cover letter addressed to Dr. Richard Hopper, c/o Tiffany McCullough, Seattle Children's Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, PO Box 5371, M/S OB.9.520, Seattle WA 98145-5005.
    3. A personal statement.
    4. Three letters of reference: one letter from the director of your plastic surgery program and two from other attending surgeons who are familiar with your performance.

      For More Information

      Tiffany McCullough, Fellowship Coordinator
      Craniofacial Center, Division of Plastic Surgery
      Seattle Children's Hospital
      PO Box 5371, M/S OB.9.520
      Seattle, WA 98145-5005

      Phone: 206-987-6504
      Fax: 206-987-3064
      Email communication preferred