Program directors

Gregory H. Branham, MD, FACS

Gregory H. Branham, MD, FACS

Professor of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery

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Dr. Branham’s clinical interests include rhinoplasty, forehead lifts, eyelid surgery, brow lifts, facelift surgery, facial implants, Mohs reconstructive surgery, scar revision, skin cancer surgery, laser facial surgery, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, botox and collagen therapy, lip augmentation, liposuction, chemical peels, dermabrasion and reconstruction for facial defects and injuries.

John Chi, MD, MPHS

John Chi, MD, MPHS

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Division Chief, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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Dr. John Chi is a facial plastic surgeon with a practice focused only on the aesthetics and function of the face, head and neck. Dr. Chi’s clinical interests include facial cosmetic procedures (Botox, fillers, peels, lasers) and surgery (rhinoplasty, facelift, browlift, blepharoplasty), rhinoplasty, skin cancer reconstruction, facial trauma and facial nerve.


Mailing address:Gregory H. Branham, MD,
Facial Plastic Surgery Center
1020 N. Mason Rd. Suite 205
St. Louis, MO 63141
Program address:1020 N. Mason Rd. Suite 205
St. Louis, MO 63141
Phone: (314) 996-3880
Fax: (314) 996-8610
Duration of the program:This is a one-year program, July 1 to June 30.

Prerequisite Training/Selection Criteria

The following are required for applicants to be eligible to start full duties on July 1:

  • A medical degree from an accredited institution
  • A physician’s license from the Missouri State Board of Healing Arts, BNDD, and DEA.
  • Attain hospital privileges at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, John Cochran VA Medial Center, and St. Louis Eye and Laser Center.
  • Attain Medicare and Medicaid provider numbers.
  • Graduation from a US ACGME-accredited otolaryngology residency program or plastic surgery residency training program,
  • Three letters of reference — at least two from faculty members of the training program of origin, one of whom is the program chair — provided to the preceptors of the fellowship
  • A visit to the program site, and interview.
  • Participation in the AAFPRS centralized application process and match.

Training Goals and Objectives 

The broad educational purpose of this fellowship program is to graduate Facial Plastic surgeons who have superior proficiency in facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.


  • Learn the nuances of the cosmetic and reconstructive patient evaluation
  • Assist in office-based procedures
  • Learn the standard patient photographs in facial plastic surgery
  • Learn the pre-operative software based image modification and pre-operative discussion

Operating Room

  • Manage the perioperative preparation and care for surgical patients
  • Assist in the pre-operative patient preparation, intra-operative care and post-operative assessment
  • Contact the patients after surgery to ensure continuity of care

Teaching staff

Gregory H. Branham, MD, Professor and Chief of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

John J. Chi, MD, Associate Professor

Emily A. Spataro, MD, Assistant Professor


  • Facial Plastic Surgery Center
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
  • John Cochran VA Medical Center
  • St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Educational Program/Basic Curriculum/Clinical and Research Components

The fellowship is accredited by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with Dr. Gregory Branham as the Program Director and Dr. John Chi as the Co-Director.  Dr. Gregory Branham is the chief of the division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Washington University.  Dr. John Chi is associate professor of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive  Surgery.  You will also have the opportunity to work with Dr. Emily Spataro, assistant professor of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  The fellow should find this experience an  enjoyable one and leave this program with the confidence and knowledge to build a quality and ethical facial plastic and reconstructive surgery practice in any setting.

Didactic Components

The fellow will be responsible for one Grand Rounds presentation during the year and will share responsibility for presentation at trauma conferences, M&M, and Facial Plastic Surgery conferences. The fellow will be responsible for clinical teaching as they staff cases with the Otolaryngology residents. The fellow will also be involved with multiple cosmetic surgery cadaver courses at the practical anatomy skills lab.


Fellows are evaluated every three months and at the completion of the fellowship.