Craniofacial Orthodontics Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles craniofacial orthodontics fellowship is one of the few programs in the United States to be awarded full accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. This designation recognizes hospitals that provide highly specialized care for children with craniofacial anomalies.

The Craniofacial Team at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles follows more than 3,000 patients per year. During the course of the fellowship rotation, fellows can expect to provide care for hundreds of children. Fellows work with specialists in some of the following areas:

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Our fellows have the opportunity to participate in research studies on the following topics:

  • Craniofacial orthodontics
  • Orthodontic and surgical techniques, such as maxillary expansion and contraction
  • Quality of life
  • Oral health
  • Craniofacial Molecular Biology

Learn more about current research projects.

How to Apply

Application Requirements

  • Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Dental school transcripts
  • Copy of National Dental Board scores, if applicable
  • Copy of diploma and dental license, if applicable
  • TOEFL score, if available
  • Letter of funding support from sponsoring institution or country
  • Visa: Due to recent changes in U.S. visa laws, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles cannot apply for a J-1 visa for international dental fellows. Foreign-trained orthodontists can only apply for the orthodontic fellowship if the orthodontist graduated from a U.S. or Canadian orthodontic residency on a F1 visa and will be attending the fellowship on an Optional Practical Training for one year.

To Apply

Please complete and submit the application packet.

Usually, our start date is August 1; however, this date may change depending on when the visa and paperwork for the fellows are complete for the fellow to start. These changes could alter the start date.

Application Packet

Please email all application information to

Program Fast Facts

ADA-Coda Accreditation: Yes
Fellows per year: 1

Duration: 12 months
Postgraduate Orthodontic training: Yes
U.S. Citizenship: No
Salary Minimums:  
Post Graduate Year 4: $71,550 minimum
Post Graduate Year 5: $73,150 minimum
Post Graduate Year 6: $74,900 minimum
Post Graduate Year 7+: Compensation will be at the discretion of each division
Benefits Include: Health and dental insurance, 14 days paid vacation+ 6 protected sick days, yearly educational stipend, monthly meal stipend, and 401(k) matching up to 3%