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Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Director: Kofi Boahene, M.D.
Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
601 N. Caroline Street, 6th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21287

Phone: (410) 955-4985
Fax: (410) 614-8610

Accreditation Status: The faculty fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery is approved by the Graduate Medical Education Committee of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. It is accredited by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).

Licensing Requirement: Maryland state medical license

Appointment Level:
Instructor – University Academic appointment
Full-time medical staff – hospital appointment

Operating Privileges: Hospital full time staff privileges

Operative Experience: The fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is designed to prepare the surgeon for an academic career in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. The Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is comprised of three full-time and three clinical faculty members. There are also opportunities to train under oculoplastics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, cosmetic dermatology, and MOH’s surgeons. Comprehensive training in all aspects of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery is provided. This includes: in-depth training in facial cosmetic surgery (facelifts, blepharoplasty, browlift, rhinoplasty, facial augmentation, etc.), as well as minimally-invasive techniques and office-based procedures (injectables and laser treatments), primary and revision rhinoplasty, facial reanimation, MOH’s reconstruction, microsurgical techniques including free tissue transfer, trauma, congenital facial reconstruction, and anterior skull base surgery.

The fellowship primarily incorporates integrated settings: a university-based reconstructive practice, an off-site academic cosmetic practice, and private practice facial plastic surgicenter. These locations are all within Baltimore and the immediate surrounding areas, within 15-20 minutes of each other.

  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center – The fellow functions as an integral member of a busy reconstructive practice, acting as primary surgeon on the majority of the cases. Rhinoplasty, trauma, anterior skull base, facial reanimation, microvascular & pedicled flap reconstruction, cosmetic, and a large volume of MOH’s reconstruction cases are performed in a “hands on” manner by the fellow with attendings - Dr. Desai and Dr. Kofi Boahene. Fellows interested in gaining expertise in microsurgical techniques are offered training opportunities in the microsurgical lab and ultimately perform as primary surgeon on microvascular free-flap reconstruction cases as interest and skills dictate.
  • The Johns Hopkins Center for Facial Plastic Surgery at Green Spring Station – This is a multidisciplinary cosmetic center and outpatient surgery center in a mixed medical/retail space in a Baltimore suburb. The fellow will see patients and perform cases weekly with Dr. Boahene, as well as receive training with several cosmetic dermatologists. This includes a host of onsite laser and other skin rejuvenation procedures.
  • The Facial Plastic Surgicenter – The fellow will spend one to three days per week seeing patients and first assisting on cases at this facility in Owings Mills under the direction of Drs. Papel and Kontis. A large volume of primary and secondary rhinoplasty, facial cosmetic surgery, and skin cancer reconstruction are performed at the surgicenter.
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center – Drs. Boahene and Capone serve as co-medical directors of the Cleft Lip and Palate Team at GBMC, on of the busiest labor and delivery hospitals in the state. The fellow attends the team clinic meetings and scrubs on the cases. The fellow is encouraged to participate in one of the overseas mission trips that the faculty members volunteer on annually.

Research: A research project producing a manuscript suitable for publication and presentation at a national meeting is required. Johns Hopkins offers innumerable opportunities for collaborative research, both clinical and basic science.

Teaching Responsibilities: The fellow is an instructor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and is expected to participate in regular teaching conferences as well as supervising residents during reconstructive cases. The fellow will be assigned occasional lectures to give at resident teaching conferences, and one grand rounds to be presented to the department. In addition the fellow will be invited to participate in the Facial Plastic Surgery journal club and lecture series.

Case Load: Dictation – The fellow will dictate the cases for which he/she is primary surgeon. The case volumes reported to the AAFPRS by recent fellows total 650-700 cases per year, half as primary surgeon and half as first assistant. These include: Rhinoplasty/septorhinoplasty >110, aging face > 50, facial reanimation 30-40, congenital 30 – 40, trauma 40, Mohs repairs 100, free flaps 40.

Call Responsibilities: The fellow covers attending level home call for facial plastic trauma approximately 2 out of 5 weeks.


  • Health: Full health coverage, dental, life, disability
  • Stipend: $53,128
  • Malpractice: Unlimited aggregate - $6 million per claim
  • Tail Coverage: Yes - unlimited
  • Other: Two-weeks vacation per year; access to professional photography suite; lab coats provided; and office space with computer.

Additional Information: If applicants desire additional information, please contact the fellowship director. Previous fellows of the Johns Hopkins fellowship program are available to discuss their experience.


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