Last updated on May 8, 2024.

Case Western Reserve University

  • Ohio
  • Craniofacial Orthodontic Fellowship
Program Size
Program Length
12 months
Application Deadline
February 1
Program Start
July 1

Program Contact

Dr. Manish Valiathan DDS MSD Program Director
9501 Euclid Avenue, Office of Graduate Studies 439C, , Cleveland, Ohio, 44106
Janet Peck Program Coordinator
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Graduates of the program will be exposed to the diagnoses, treatment planning, and clinical execution of orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic services to a large clinical volume of pediatric, adolescent, and adult patients who have congenital and acquired craniofacial abnormalities. The goal of the Fellowship Program is to train the fellow to attain a level of competency that enables him or her to recognize, diagnose and treat patients with craniofacial anomalies and special needs in a hospital-based, team care setting.

Fellows participate in craniofacial and cleft conferences, review treatment plans and progress notes, and provide clinical care to patients under direct supervision. All complex treatments are discussed with the attending on a case-by-case basis. New patient exams are done on a regular basis and fellows work up cases (clinical exam, study models analysis, CBCT evaluations) and review the treatment plans with the faculty. The fellows will perform all surgical treatment plans, cephalometric prediction tracings, model surgery, and splint construction. The fellow will also scrub in and participate in the OR activities/surgical procedures.

Rotations with other services will form an integral part of the Fellowship Program. The principal rotations will be with the departments of plastic surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and pediatric dentistry. In addition, the fellow will be exposed to speech pathology, pediatric otolaryngology, genetics, and occupational therapy.

The format of the program allows for constant one-on-one supervision that will allow for subjective assessments of the fellow’s understanding of the subject matter, clinical skills, and patient management skills. This will be supplemented by weekly sessions with the faculty, where the fellow's understanding will be further tested. At the end of each semester, a written examination will form part of the assessment of the fellow’s progress.

Program Information

Program Type Craniofacial Orthodontic Fellowship
Program Code COF30
Degrees Offered Fellowship
Program Size 2
Program Length 12 months
Application Deadline February 1
Program Start Date July 1
Supplemental Application No
Supplemental Fee Yes
Stipend Offered Yes
Match Participating No
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Application Requirements

Required Standardized Tests


Supplemental Requirements

  • Requires supplemental fee

Transcript Evaluation and Instructions

Unofficial copies of all transcripts (undergraduate/dental/graduate) must be uploaded in PASS.  International graduates must submit evaluations of their transcripts by WES or an equivalent agency. Official copies of transcripts and degrees/diplomas required upon admission.

Other Requirement Instructions

Must be a licensed Orthodontist. 

International Student Eligibility

This program will consider applicants who graduated, or plan to graduate, from a non-CODA accredited dental school: Yes

Applicants are eligible to enroll if they are:

  • US Citizen
  • US Permanent Resident
  • Canadian Citizen
  • Canadian Permanent Resident
  • Non-US Citizen/Resident (applicant must obtain their own sponsorship)
  • Other - Contact the program
  • Only US Citizens and US Permanent Residents are eligible for stipend.

Additional Information

Two positions available each year. One starts January 1st and one begins July 1st.