Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery Match Program Information Sheet

207 West Gore Street, Suite 302
Orlando, Florida 32806

Program: Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children/Orlando Health, Pediatric Craniomaxillofacial Surgery Fellowship Training Program

Areas of Focus:
Cleft lip and palate repair.  Craniofacial surgery for congenital and acquired conditions.  Orthognathic surgery.   Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  

Program Director:  Ramon L. Ruiz, DMD, MD (Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery)
Program Co-Director: Greg Olavarria, MD (Pediatric Neurosurgery)

Contacts: and 


Phone: 407 839-8407

Accreditation Status: Non-accredited.  Application in progress. 

Enrollment: One fellow per year

Duration of Fellowship: 12 months 

Required Application Materials: 

  1. Current Curriculum Vitae

  2. A letter describing your interest in fellowship training and future plans following completion of advanced training.  Preference will be given to applicants that have secured a faculty, military, or institutional (e.g. children’s hospital) position following the fellowship training program. 

  3. Two letters of recommendation.  One letter must be from your residency chair or program director and the second letter from a colleague or mentor.  

  4. Interview with program faculty. 

Eligibility Requirements: 

  1. Graduation from an accredited dental school.  

  2. Completion of accredited US or Canadian Residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 

Summary of Program:
The Divisions of Pediatric Craniomaxillofacial Surgery and Pediatric Neurological Surgery  at the Arnold Palmer Medical Center co-sponsor a one-year fellowship training program focusing on cleft surgery, craniofacial surgery, orthognathic surgery, and a broad scope of pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery.  Clinical activities are overseen by four, fellowship-trained, surgeons;  Ramon L Ruiz, DMD, MD, FACS, Brent A Golden, DDS, MD, FACS, Suzanne Martin, ARNP,  Greg Olavarria, MD, and Samer K Elbabaa, MD, FAANS, FAAP, FACS.  The fellow will participate in all aspects of patient care including diagnosis, treatment planning, intraoperative, and postoperative management.  The practice covers all pediatric facial injuries for the Children’s Level I Trauma Center.   I addition, fellows participate in all outpatient clinical activities including interdisciplinary Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Disorders Team, Plagiocephaly Clinic, and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Program.  Opportunities for participation in ongoing research in conjunction with the faculty are available.  Goals of the training program include preparing the fellow to serve as the clinical lead on an interdisciplinary cleft/craniofacial team and advancing the practice of pediatric craniofacial surgery by providing advanced fellowship-level training to young surgeons.  Strong preferential consideration will be given to applications from individuals who have a documented academic or institutional position pending completion of the fellowship program.