Fellowship in Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery

Our Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery/Cranial Base Surgery, under the directorship of Erin L. McKean, M.D., provides a hands-on experience as first assistant or surgeon in a variety of craniomaxillofacial surgical cases. This includes maxillofacial and cranial base trauma, anterior and antero-lateral skull base tumor cases (excluding temporal bone surgery), post traumatic reconstruction, Mohs reconstruction and operative exposure to cosmetic surgery. 

Dr. Erin McKean


Clinical Care

The fellow will have the opportunity to operate with all members in the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery/Cranial Base Surgery. The fellow also has four clinics per month in which personal cases are generated. The fellow will act as a primary surgeon on facial plastic cases at the Ann Arbor V.A. Hospital. Call responsibilities are shared with other faculty members in the department.

This fellowship is intended for individuals actively seeking a career in academic facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. The emphasis of the fellowship is craniomaxillofacial and anterior cranial base surgery. The fellow will also spend one day per week in the O.R. with Shan R. Baker, M.D. This is intended to provide exposure to cosmetic surgery and give the fellow a broader training in facial cosmetic and MOH's reconstructive surgery. The fellow can also spend time with the oculoplastic surgeons. The University of Michigan Health System is a Level 1-trauma center receiving pediatric and adult trauma patients. The fellow is the attending at the Ann Arbor V.A. Mohs clinic on Thursday afternoons. The fellow will also participate in the cranial base program clinic, which meets weekly and is attended by neurosurgery. Through interdisciplinary exam and planning sessions, the fellow will gain a working knowledge not only of basic neurosurgical principles but also of the design and implementation of the various cranial base osteotomies.


The fellow will be actively involved in resident teaching, including clinical, surgical and didactics. The fellow will also act as lab instructor in courses taught by the director.


The fellow may participate in any of the clinical or basic science research projects in the department or may pursue independent research. Sufficient time will be allotted for research in order for the fellow to complete a project as required by all AAFPRS fellowships.