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Department of

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Curriculum/Schedule

Fellowship training in Head and Neck Oncology, accredited by the Advanced Training Council for Approval of Training in Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery, is sponsored by the American Head & Neck Society.

The program, in existence since 1969, has achieved national and international prominence with almost all graduates being placed in academic medical programs.

The one year program, under the direction of Keith Wilson, M.D., Associate Professor, emphasizes five specific areas within the field of head and neck surgery:

  • The fellows will be familiarized with the surgical and non-surgical therapy of head and neck tumors. Emphasis will be placed on ablative head and neck oncologic surgery, including organ preservation laryngeal surgery.

  • With the development of the anterior endoscopic skull base surgery program, in collaboration with the Department of Neurosurgery, the fellow will be integrated into the clinical and research activities and be expected to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in these surgical techniques.

  • Surgical management of thyroid and parathyroid disease will be emphasized during the fellowship as well as office based ultrasonography and minimally invasive surgical approaches.

  • Microvascular reconstruction of the head and neck allows for better cosmetic and functional results. Our fellow is expected to become skillful in free flap reconstruction as well as pediculed flap reconstruction.

  • Our adult airway reconstruction program is a one of a kind program and an expansion of our internationally renowned pediatric airway program. Our fellow should be capable of performing airway evaluation and complex reconstructive procedures and understand when to intervene.

Clinical Responsibilities

Clinical responsibilities include the overseeing of care of all head and neck surgery patients at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the VA Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital and the Christ Hospital. The fellow serves a role as leader of the oncology team, overseeing the care of all the patients.

Clinical responsibilities of the fellow in the operating room include participation in the majority of the head and neck oncology cases, overseeing of senior residents in a supervisory capacity and active participation as primary surgeon on more complicated oncologic cases.

Further clinical responsibilities of the fellow include supervision of the head and neck oncology clinic at the Barrett Cancer Center. This clinic is the direct responsibility of the fellow and is staffed by residents. The fellow serves in a supervisory role. Faculty members are available for consultation.

The fellow also is responsible for organizing the head and neck tumor board. This is a multidisciplinary conference that allows for interaction with the radiation therapists, medical oncologists, pathologists and radiologists.

Fellowship Caseload

Our program is fortunate to be one of the few that can boast having two surgeons that specialize in free flap reconstruction surgery. The 2013-2014 Head and Neck Fellow performed more than 200 cases, of which over 65 were major procedures. The following is a partial list of cases performed:

Radical forearm free flap
Omental free flap
Anterolateral Thigh free flap
Lastissimus free flap
Scapular free flap
Rectus free flap
Fibula free flap
Pedicle fee flap
Maxillectomy
Oral cavity & pharyngeal ablative procedure
Robotic Surgery
Salivary gland surgery
Parapharyngeal space
Craniofacial resection
Endoscopic skull base
Partial laryngeal surgery
Thyroid surgery

Research

The fellow is encouraged to devote a significant period of time to basic and clinical research. It is expected that all fellows will be involved in clinical research projects and participate in the presentation/publication of the results. Dedicated time is available for laboratory research.

The Department collaborates with the departments of pathology and molecular genetics, biochemistry & microbiology. Their facilities are available to the fellow for ongoing research projects. Laboratory animal medicine is on the lower level of the College and has fully licensed animal facilities.

How to Apply

Application and appointment for the fellowship is processed through a Centralized Matching Program. Interested candidates should contact the American Head and Neck Society for additional information at the following link: American Head and Neck Society Fellowship Information . The AHNS fellowship application can be found at the following link: AHNS 2017 Head & Neck Oncologic Surgery Fellowship Application. Questions regarding the AHNS process or fellowship match should be directed to: JJ Jackman, Associate Executive Director.

Fellowship Program Director

More Information

For more information regarding the Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery Fellowship Program, please contact:

Emily Crocker
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Medical Sciences Building Room 6503
231 Albert Sabin Way
PO Box 670528
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0528

Phone: 513-558-4196
Fax: 513-558-8597

emily.crocker@uc.edu