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Under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Howell, our newly formed Laryngology Fellowship will work in collaboration with our world-renowned laryngology team.

The one year program, under the direction of Rebecca Howell, MD Associate Professor, will demonstrate and achieving the following goals and objectives

  • Goal: upon completion the fellow will have sufficient background and experience to establish an independent laryngology program at an academic institution. 
  • Objectives: Techniques in diagnosis and management of patients with voice, swallowing and airway disorders through direct mentorship by the fellowship faculty, didactic learning, or attendance at formal coursework.  Hands-on experience is expected.  Fellows are expected to participate in periodic laryngology rounds to discuss comprehensive clinical issues, research issues and morbidity and mortality.

Clinical Responsibilities

Laryngology as a sub-specialty of otolaryngology focusing on voice, swallowing and airway disorders is a multi-disciplinary field.  As such, the fellow will be expected to be present and actively participate in multidisciplinary clinics with Program Director, Rebecca Howell and speech language pathologists 1.5 days weekly and 1 day weekly in the operating room.  One-half day will be reserved for scholarly work, the remaining 2 days will be spent with my faculty and colleagues. Over the course of one year, the fellow will gradually gain independence and participate in attending call as a non-standard program no more than 4 weeks total.  During primary call, fellow will always have second attending back-up.

  • Airway Conference is 2 hours Monday 6-8pm every two months.
  • Stroboscopy Rounds for otolaryngology residents given by speech language pathology and laryngology faculty is 90minutes Wednesday 8-9:30 am quarterly
  • Laryngology Division meetings twice monthly
  • Laryngology Research meetings once monthly
  • Laryngology Business Meeting (review and audit billing and compliance issues) every two months
  • Otolaryngology Morbidity and Mortality once monthly

Research: include research methodology, participate in development in new knowledge, learn to evaluate research findings, and develop habits of inquiry as continuing professional responsibility.

Procedural Caseload

Diagnostic training-Indications, Techniques and Interpretation

  • In office laryngoscopy: rigid transoral and flexible techniques
  • Laryngeal videostroboscopy and other imaging techniques
  • Transnasal esophagoscopy
  • Laryngeal electromyography
  • Functional endoscopic evaluations of swallowing
  • Vocal function testing
  • Correlation of histopathology specimens with the clinical presentations
  • Imaging studies of the larynx, trachea, and esophagus

Interventional/surgical training-Indications and techniques

  • Phonosurgery for non-neoplastic vocal fold lesions of the lamina propria
  • Injection laryngoplasty
  • Medialization laryngoplasty via open approaches
  • Botox and surgical treatment for spasmodic dysphonia
  • Surgical management of neoplastic laryngeal disease
  • Laser technology for laryngeal and airway disease
  • Surgical management (open and endoscopic approaches) for airway disorders
  • Surgical management (open and endoscopic approaches) for swallowing disorders


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

Fellowship training in Laryngology is a non-accredited program.

Applicants must have completed an Otolaryngology residency in the United States, passed all three stages of the USMLE and be eligible for an Ohio State Medical License. THIS PROGRAM DOES NOT ACCEPT INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES FOR TRAINING. 

The position has been filled for the 2023-2024 academic year. 

Interview Dates for the July 2025 - June 2026 Training Year
January 9 & 10, 2024 (virtual only; 1-5pm EST)

Questions regarding the fellowship program at the University of Cincinnati may be directed to Dr. Rebecca Howell and Laura Hebert @ or

Laura Hebert
Laryngology Fellowship Program Administrator
Phone:  513-558-5143
Fax: 513-558-7171

Rebecca Howell, MD
Laryngology Fellowship Program Director
Phone:  513-558-5143
Fax: 513-558-7171

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