Fellowship Program

Florida Craniofacial Institute sponsors a fellowship program to educate surgeons interested in advancing their skills in the management of Cleft and Craniofacial anomalies.  Surgeons spend one year with Dr. Ricalde in a busy, established, private practice environment with research opportunities.

Learn more about our current Fellow, Dr. Imran Ahson.

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Meet the Doctors

We are a team of dedicated medical professionals that specialize in oral and maxiofacial surgical care.

Dr. Pat Ricalde

Dr. Pat Ricalde

MD, DDS, FACS

Pat Ricalde, MD, DDS, FACS is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, specializing in maxillofacial reconstruction. In addition to Board Certification, she is the only Fellowship Certified Pediatric Craniofacial Surgeon in the entire Tampa Bay region. Her area of expertise is pediatrics, and she offers patients office sedation as well as hospital-based care.

Dr. Mark Tucker

Dr. Mark Tucker

DDS, FACD, FICD

W. Mark Tucker, DDS, FACD, FICD is a seasoned, well-known oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Tampa Bay. His specialities include teeth extractions, cancer screenings, implants, and the removal of oral lesions. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a Diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Victoria Palermo

Dr. Victoria Palermo

MD, DMD

Victoria Palermo, MD, DDS completed her Fellowship in 2016, under the tutelage of Dr. Pat Ricalde, and joined the surgical team of Florida Craniofacial Institute in early 2017. She graduated from dental school at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and completed her residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Imran Ashan

Dr. Imran Ashan

MD, DMD

Imran Ahson, MD, DMD was born and raised in Fort Myers, FL. He attended the University of Florida, completing his undergraduate studies in Biomedical Engineering. He then went on to complete his Doctorates in Dentistry and Medicine at UF, and finished Oral and Maxillofacial residency in Jacksonville, FL. He has been to Bangladesh, Ecuador, Thailand, and Greece to help underserved populations.