Clinical Instructorship/Fellowship Programs
To provide advanced training, Stanford Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery offers seven clinical instructorships and two ACGME-accredited fellowship programs. The principal goal of these programs is to prepare academically-inclined residency graduates for their first faculty appointments. Clinical instructors not only undertake training in their sub-specialty of interest, but also serve as junior faculty members with a major role in resident education.
Also see general information relating to Fellowships in the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Sub-Specialty Fellowship Search.
Faculty: Lisa Orloff, MD (Clinical Instructorship Director)
Duration: 1-year program
Emphasis: The fellowship provides one year of advanced training in the management of thyroid and pararthyroid pathology. Our referral basis allows for a wide breadth of clinical and operative experience, and education will focus on thoughtful care of the full range of disease, from primary to recurrent, complex, and invasive. Emphasis is placed on learning and incorporating comprehensive thyroid and neck ultrasound into clinical practice and surgical planning. The fellow will be exposed to and able to perform ultrasound guided procedures, including fine needle aspiration, ethanol ablation, and minimally invasive therapies. Dedicated time to work with Endocrinology, Medical Oncology, Nuclear Medicine, and Pathology is provided. Part of the year will also be spent on the head and neck service with training in the full spectrum of ablative surgery and Transoral Robotic Surgery.
The fellow will participate in multidisciplinary tumor boards in thyroid/parathyroid and head and neck oncology. He or she will serve as a clinical instructor able to conduct independent clinics and cases commensurate with experience.
Application and deadlines: via AHNS website
Head & Neck Surgery
Faculty: Vasu Divi MD (Clinical Instructorship Director)
Duration: 1-year program
Emphasis: The clinical instructorship offers the full spectrum of training in head and neck surgery, both ablative and reconstructive. Ablative procedures include major head and neck resections, transoral robotic surgery, open anterior skull base surgery, advanced endocrine surgery, and cutaneous oncology. Reconstructive surgery includes local and regional reconstructive techniques, and, based on trainee interest, can also include microvascular reconstruction.
Separate tumor boards in head and neck, thyroid/parathyroid, skull base, and melanoma expose trainees to a number of focused multidisciplinary learning environments and mentored experiences in head and neck surgical oncology.
Clinical instructors have the opportunity to train with Drs. Baik, Divi, Holsinger, Kaplan, Noel, Orloff, Rosenthal, Sirjani, and Sunwoo, each of whom has unique clinical interests and experience.
Application: via American Head and Neck Society
Faculty: Edward J. Damrose, MD (Clinical Instructorship Director)
Duration: 1-year program
Emphasis: Advanced training in the care and treatment of voice and swallowing disorders; airway reconstruction; conservation surgery for laryngeal cancer; microlaryngeal surgery for benign disorders; rehabilitation of the paralyzed vocal fold, including reinnervation and laryngeal framework surgery; medical and surgical treatment of spasmodic dysphonia.
The instructor will play an active role in ongoing research, including the role of high speed MRI in evaluating swallowing disorders, high speed imaging of the vocal folds in normal and pathological states, the application of Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) to surgery of the upper aerodigestive tract, and the biochemical signature of malignant and premalignant lesions of the upper aerodigestive tract using Raman spectroscopy. Educational opportunities include a monthly laryngology conference with the resident staff and opportunities to present research at local, regional, and national meetings. The fellow serves as a member of the faculty in the role of clinical instructor, with commensurate admission and operating privileges.
Email Maureen Baran
Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery
ACGME Accredited Fellowship Program
Faculty: Nikolas Blevins, MD (Fellowship Director)
Duration: 2-year and 3-year program
A 2-year fellowship position is offered every other year, with the next open position starting July 1, 2020.
A second 3-year fellowship position (T-32) is also available, which includes 1 year of research (to start July 1, 2020), followed by 2 years of fellowship (to start July 1, 2021).
Application: Please register for the match at www.sfmatch.org with the following documentation:
- 2 letters of recommendation
- USMLE scores, if available
- Cover letter
These materials can be submitted electronically via e-mail to Carolyn Taylor, Fellowship Program Administrator.
Alternatively, they can be mailed to following address:
Stanford University Neurotology Fellowship Program
c/o Carolyn Taylor
801 Welch Rd., MC 5739
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1611
Questions: Email Carolyn Taylor, Fellowship Program Administrator
ACGME Accredited Fellowship Program
Faculty: Mai Thy Truong, MD (Fellowship Director)
Duration: 1-year program
Emphasis: Established in 2005, this one-year clinical fellowship aims to provide broad training for advanced care in pediatric otolaryngology. Fellows work with a team of residents and medical students and participate in multi-disciplinary clinics and teams including: aerodigestive, voice and swallow, velopharyngeal dysfunction, vascular anomalies, microtia and atresia, thyroid/parathyroid (endocrine), cleft and craniofacial, complex sleep, and cochlear implant. Learn more about our faculty and subspecialty clinics by visiting the Stanford Children’s Pediatric Otolaryngology website.
Fellows will train at Stanford Children’s Hospital and have the opportunity to participate in clinical research with support from our nine faculty and full-time research coordinators. Our goal is to foster and mentor each fellow to prepare him or her for a thriving career in pediatric otolaryngology. To see a listing of where our former fellows are now employed, please click here.
Deadline: Feb. 1
Application: via San Francisco Match Program
Rhinology and Advanced Sinus Surgery
Duration: 1-year program & 2-year program
1-year Track: The rhinology fellowship at Stanford University is a one-year program designed to prepare individuals for successful academic careers in rhinology. The Stanford Sinus Center offers a high-volume tertiary clinical experience covering all aspects of advanced medical and surgical rhinology. Fellows receive comprehensive surgical training in advanced techniques, including revision sinus surgery; frontal sinus surgery; and endoscopic skull base, orbit, and tumor surgery. Equally emphasized is personal academic mentorship to develop and refine skills in teaching, research, writing, and presentation.
Fellows receive a faculty appointment at the instructor level and are actively engaged in all aspects of the department’s teaching program, including medical student conferences, resident didactics, grand rounds, and teaching in the clinic and operating room. Fellows carry an independent clinic and surgical caseload in addition to other clinical duties. Opportunities for clinical and translational basic science research are plentiful. Protected academic time is provided.
2-year Track: The two-year Rhinology fellowship at Stanford University is an intensive training experience designed to prepare individuals for successful academic careers in rhinology. The fellowship offers a 50% clinical, 50% research experience, with dedicated research time integrated into the weekly schedule throughout the fellowship. The Stanford Sinus Center offers a high-volume tertiary clinical experience covering all aspects of advanced medical and surgical rhinology. Equally emphasized by the fellowship directors is personal academic mentorship to develop and refine skills in teaching, research, manuscript preparation, grant writing, and oral presentation.
The two-year fellowship is available every other year with starting dates of July 2015, 2017, etc. Fellows receive comprehensive surgical training in the full spectrum of advanced techniques, including revision sinus surgery, frontal sinus surgery, office-based surgical procedures, and endoscopic skull base and orbital surgery for benign and malignant disease. Over the course of two years, fellows receive the equivalent clinical training as that of the one-year fellows. Fellows typically finish with >350 cases over the course of their fellowship.
Fellows receive a faculty appointment at the instructor level and are actively engaged in all aspects of the Department’s comprehensive educational program, including medical student conferences, resident didactics, grand rounds, and teaching in the clinic and operating room. Fellows carry an independent clinic and surgical caseload, including tertiary sinus and skull base cases, in addition to other clinical duties. The schedules for the one-year and two-year tracks are complementary with no overlap between clinical duties of the two fellows to ensure individually enriching experiences.
Candidates for the two-year track are keenly interested in pursuing a path in academic rhinology and successfully balancing a research career along with a surgical practice. They typically pursue challenging basic science laboratory projects or clinical projects, both of which have translational applications. Half of each week is protected to advance research pursuits, with the remainder of the week devoted to clinical practice. At the completion of the fellowship, it is anticipated that the two-year fellow will have 1) learned how to design and complete a core body of research; 2) published several manuscripts; 3) presented their work at national and international forums; 4) positioned themselves to be competitive for grant funding as an academic rhinologist.
Application: via San Francisco Matching Program
Questions: Email Celina Raine
Sleep Medicine & Surgery
Can be designed as a 1 or 2-year program
The sleep surgery fellowship at Stanford University is a one or two-year program designed to prepare individuals for successful academic careers in Sleep Medicine and Surgery. The Stanford Sleep Surgery Center in combination with the Stanford Sleep Disorders Center offers a unique tertiary clinical experience covering all aspects of medical and surgical sleep medicine. The fellow will receive comprehensive clinical multidisciplinary exposure to sleep disorders, and will receive intensive training in diagnostic and surgical advanced techniques. It is emphasized that the fellow will receive personal academic mentorship and is expected to develop and refine skills in teaching, research, writing, and presentation.
Email Lori Abrahamsohn
Endocrine & Head & Neck