Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

The Vanderbilt Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship is a one-year program designed for physicians interested in specialized training for facial plastic and reconstructive procedures. As a top-tier national program, the Vanderbilt Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship is accredited by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is offered through the San Francisco (SF) Match Program. The fellowship provides academic exposure, clinical and basic science research opportunities, and a robust surgical and private practice experience.

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Program Overview

The Vanderbilt Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship allows physicians to master the full range of cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic procedures, including surgical and non-surgical treatments. Examples of procedures that fellows perform include:

  • Rhinoplasty
  • Mohs reconstruction
  • Scar management
  • Facial reanimation
  • Microtia repair
  • Otoplasty
  • Laser
  • Injectables
  • Aging face
  • Maxillofacial trauma

In addition, fellows receive a faculty appointment as a Clinical Instructor in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, giving them experience and leadership in the academic setting. Fellows have patient care privileges at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, the VA Hospital, and Cool Springs Surgery Center. The fellow will also spend one day per week with Dr. Mark Clymer and his dedicated cosmetic surgery practice.

Application Process

Applicants interested in the Vanderbilt Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship must meet the following requirements:

  • Physician currently in or has completed an Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery or Plastic Surgery residency program.
    • Program must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or be board-certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, or Plastic Surgery.
  • Applicants with a DO degree will be considered if the physician is currently in an ACGME-accredited residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, or Plastic Surgery.
  • A valid full (not training) Tennessee medical license is required at the start of the fellowship.

Physicians interested in the Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship are required to submit a case list highlighting the number of cases, as well as the scope and diversity of the caseload. Applicants should also provide any research paper or scholarly presentation that applies to facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Fellowship Director:

Wm. Russell Ries, MD

Fellowship Faculty:

  • Wm. Russell Ries, MD
  • Scott J. Stephan, MD
  • Shiayin F. Yang, MD
  • Priyesh N. Patel, MD
  • Mark Clymer, MD

Program Coordinator:

Keisha Conway

Our Fellows

The Vanderbilt Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellows become leaders in the field, both in academic and clinical settings. Current and past fellows include:

  • Tara Ramachandra
  • Kevin Motamedi
  • Scott Owen
  • Daniella Burchhardt
  • Justin Sowder
  • Raj Dedhai
  • Karthik Shastri