Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Clinical Research Fellowship

The Clinical Research Fellowship in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is a 12-month fellowship dedicated to pediatric plastic surgery outcomes research. The fellowship, conceived in 2012, offers two positions per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).  Research fellows are generally medical students, foreign medical graduates, or surgery residents who desire a U.S. residency position in plastic surgery.

Research expectations and opportunities

The Clinical Research Fellows’ broad responsibilities include developing hypotheses, writing grant proposals and IRB protocols, gathering data, and writing manuscripts for publication. It also includes the prospective and retrospective management, and statistical analysis of several large databases, including one of the largest craniofacial databases in the field.

Although no formal bio-statistical or clinical research training is funded through the fellowship, the Clinical Research Fellows gain on-the-job training from residents and previous fellows who are accomplished academic researchers in plastic surgery. The fast-paced environment and abundance of practical training leaves Clinical Research Fellows with a robust knowledge of the current state of academic literature in pediatric craniofacial and cleft surgery, as well as an ability to effectively analyze data in the literature, develop new ideas, learn bio-statistical analysis, utilize image processing software for 3D design and modeling, and analyze institutional and national datasets to answer novel hypotheses.

Throughout the year, the Clinical Research Fellow will be working with Dr. Scott Bartlett, Dr. Jordan Swanson, and Dr. Jesse Taylor, on clinical research projects, many of which will be submitted to high-impact plastic surgery and craniofacial journals. A primary goal of the fellowship is to learn to create reproducible and scientifically valid data in a collaborative environment, thereby setting the foundation for many of the skills needed throughout an academic career.

How to apply

Applications for the July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023, are currently being accepted. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2021. 

To apply for the Clinical Research Fellowship, submit a one-page personal statement along with your CV to

Please refer to the below questions if you need some guidance for your personal statement, but do not limit yourself to answering just these questions. Please keep personal statements to one page.

  • What do you hope to get out of this fellowship?
  • What experience do you think has prepared you for this?
  • What skills do you possess?
  • Why are you a stronger candidate than others?
  • What are your career goals?

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Current Research Fellows


Past Research Fellows


  • Christopher Kalmar
  • Mychajlo Kosyk
  • Zachary Zapatero









Tobacco-free hiring policy

To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014 will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine