Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

Overall Goals and Objectives

In accordance with the goals of the Education and Research Foundation of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS Foundation), the ASTP fellowship will provide the training foundation for those individuals dedicated to careers in facial plastic surgery through training in the areas of both cosmetic surgery, reconstructive surgery and research. This additional expertise emphasizes scholarship, critical analysis of clinical problems and development of additional skills in the performance of techniques required for the practice of the subspecialty, including consultation skills, treatment planning, with emphasis on scholarship and knowledge or experience in basic and clinical research methodologies. This training will include the evaluation, treatment planning, surgical management, and post-operative decision-making that is needed to manage complex facial plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery patients.  Fellows will receive training in all aspects of surgical care including initial consultation, pre-operative evaluation, surgical treatment, reconstructive surgery, and long-term care of cosmetic and reconstructive patients.

Educational Goals


A scholarly project culminating in a formal manuscript that is suitable for publication and/or presentation at a national meeting is required as per AAFPRS guidelines. The project may be within our department, or the fellow may collaborate with another department at Northwestern University if desired. There is access to a cadaver laboratory for research.

Teaching Responsibilities

The fellow is expected to play an active role in resident education. There are board reviews and journal clubs tailored to facial plastics spaced throughout the year that the fellow will help to coordinate. Additionally, teaching will be done in the clinic and operating room.

Case Load

Each week, the fellow will spend approximately two days with the director, Dr. Sidle, and two days with the co-director, Dr. Thomas. The fellow will have approximately one full day each week comprised of his/her own clinic patients and operating room cases. The experience is designed to optimize continuity of care, with the fellow participating in preoperative assessment, surgery, and postoperative care. The fellow will assist with Dr. Sidle and Dr. Thomas’ cases with increasing autonomy throughout the course of the year as deemed appropriate. The fellow will be primary surgeon on any cases booked for patients seen in his/her clinic. In total, the fellow will assist and/or perform a total of 300-400 surgical procedures over the course of the year.

Call Responsibilities

The fellow will participate in the attending call pool. Call is variable but is generally one week every six to eight weeks, with trauma cases preferentially distributed to the fellow. Additionally, the fellow is expected to be available for any emergencies related to the director and co-director’s patients.

Operative Experience

The fellow will have a broad exposure to both functional (50%) and cosmetic (50%) facial plastics. Specifically, operative training includes: repair of Mohs defects with local and regional flaps, tissue expansion, autografting, alloplastic implantation, otoplasty, maxillofacial trauma, dermabrasian, laser resurfacing, liposuction, lip and malar augmentation, mentoplasty, rhytidectomy, oculoplastics, brow lift, and primary and revision rhinoplasty. The fellow will have a steady increase in autonomy throughout the year and will have the opportunity to book his/her own cases from patients seen in the fellow’s clinic.


The Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Northwestern University is seeking to recruit one Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year. Applicants to the Fellowship Program must be physicians who are in or have completed an otolaryngology or plastic surgery residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), board-certified in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery or plastic surgery, and able to obtain a permanent Illinois license. Applications are due and will be reviewed December 1-31, 2018.  In order to ensure full consideration, please submit your completed application in one email to and include a copy of a current curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation (those used for AAFPRS fellowship application will suffice). This program does not accept international medical graduates for training.

Fellowship Co-Directors

Dr. Douglas Sidle

Dr. J. Regan Thomas

Contact Us

For information about the Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, please contact our office at 312-695-3222.

Meet Our Fellows

Meet our current and past Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellows.

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