Job Description

Job Title: Fellow
Job ID: 58153343
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Various shifts as needed by department
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Children's Hospital of Pgh
Department: Medical Director Admin
Location: 4401 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15224


Thank you for your interest in the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh fellowship training program in cleft, craniofacial and special care orthodontics.  The program is located within the Cleft-Craniofacial Center at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and has an academic affiliation with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Plastic Surgery.  The orthodontic division provides team-based, birth-adulthood clinical care for patients affected by cleft-craniofacial conditions.  The scope of care includes: pre-surgical infant orthopedics and NAM for the cleft patient, phase I orthodontic treatment and preparation for alveolar bone grafting, comprehensive orthodontic treatment, including orthognathic surgical planning and preparation, and infant ear molding for neonatal auricular deformities. Weekly team meetings, didactic and case-based conference, literature review, dedicated research time and teaching are integral to the fellowship.


Fellowship highlights:


  • Immersive, co-located cleft team experience in one of the largest cleft centers in the United States (over 6,200 patients evaluated annually); with co-located pediatric dentistry residency
  • Nationally recognized pediatric hospital (Top 10 Pediatric Hospital, 2019 US News and World Report)
  • Eligible for benefits package for full-time staff, including health insurance, paid time off, malpractice and disability insurance, laptop computer
  • Funding to attend the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial annual meeting
  • Nationally recognized faculty
  • Strong research and publication presence at national and international society meetings and recognized journals
  • Technology: 3D-based patient records and treatment planning (3D camera, CBCT, intraoral scanner)
  • Weekly team clinic, full-time orthodontic clinical care (4 orthodontic treatment suites), protected research time
  • Orthodontic auxiliary support: dedicated chair side assistants and practice manager
  • University of Pittsburgh Department of Plastic Surgery – #3 national ranking (Doximity) based on reputation; nationally, amongst the largest plastic surgery departments and pediatric plastic surgery divisions. 
  • Pittsburgh attributes include: world class museums, arts and theatre, professional sports, dynamic culinary scene, historical architecture, more than 29 colleges and universities including University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, and over 2000 acres of city parks.  Accolades:
      • “Cool cities to visit,” “culinary scene is a reason to visit” (National Geographic Traveler)
      • “Lawrenceville neighborhood: one of the coolest in the US,” location of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (TripAdvisor)
      • “Number one city for the most affordable rent.” (Zillow)
      • “30 of the Best Cities in the United States based on unconventional metrics believed to lead to happiness, including: green spaces, galleries, coffee shops, breweries, music venues, "Instagrammable" moments, and more.  (National Geographic)
      • “Top 15 cities in America where you can live like royalty on a $60,000 salary “(CNBC)
      • Best City for Taking a Hike: 18 hiking trails per hundred thousand residents (RewardExpert)
      • On a list of different countries, states and cities, Pittsburgh was named America’s Most Underrated City, and was ranked number 4 out of the 17 best places to travel in 2017 by Harper’s Bazaar
      • Pittsburgh International Airport is ranked 8th out of the 10 best airports in the U.S. by Conde Nast Travelers: Readers' Choice Awards.



The Cleft-Craniofacial Orthodontic Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh will work in collaboration with Cleft-Craniofacial, Orthodontic, and Dental teams to provide care to patients with craniofacial birth defects and other anomalies. There is integral involvement with a large interdisciplinary cleft-craniofacial team, with formal exposure to team members and their respective roles. Partnership with the dental team includes teaching in the Pediatric Dental Residency program. The goal of the fellowship is to prepare the fellow for the orthodontic responsibilities in a cleft-craniofacial team.


  • Examine, diagnose, treat dental and skeletal malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies associated with cleft-craniofacial orthodontics.
  • Prepare and study diagnostic records such as medical/dental histories, plaster and digital dental models, photos of a patient's face and teeth, and X-rays in order to develop patient treatment plans. Provide patients with proposed treatment plans.
  • Design, fabricate, and deliver orthodontic appliances. Participate in pre-surgical orthopedic therapy for infants with cleft-lip and palate, including nasoalveolar molding (NAM). Participate in pre-surgical work-up, surgical planning, splint fabrication and model surgery for craniofacial surgical procedures.
  • Adjust orthodontic appliances periodically in order to produce and maintain normal occlusal function.
  • Coordinate orthodontic services with other dental and medical services.
  • Work collaboratively with attending physicians to provide consultative services.
  • Serve as an instructor for hospital in-service orthodontic education programs and for hospital sponsored Continuing Medical Education programs. Serve as an instructor in the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program.
  • Instruct pediatric dental residents and technical assistants in orthodontic procedures and techniques.





  • Graduation from an accredited dental school and orthodontic residency program.
  • Eligibility for a PA dental license.
  • Ability to work in a confidential environment.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple deadlines.
  • Certificate in Orthodontics, or a letter from the program director confirming anticipated date of graduation.
  • CV/Resume.
  • Personal Statement:  Please include information about your interest in cleft-craniofacial care and future career goals.
  • Two letters of recommendations.
  • Dental school transcript (PDF emailed copy with certified transcript mailed from the school prior to acceptance).
  • Orthodontic residency transcript (PDF emailed copy with certified transcript mailed from the school prior to acceptance).

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

·  Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting

·  Act 33 with renewal

·  Act 34 with renewal

·  Act 73 FBI Clearance
UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities




Salary Range: $0 / hour

Union Position: No

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