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Education & Training

Consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the nation, Stanford Medicine pioneers medical advances, patient care, and research, relying on highly-qualified healthcare specialists. With that in mind, professionals from all over the world come to Stanford to achieve their continuing education goals and to experience the medical field.

Stanford Sleep Surgery offers a variety of programs for different purposes and academic levels.

Fellowship / Clinical Instructorship (non-ACGME)

Details affiliated with the program

  • Expected Duties: 70% clinical, 25% research, 5% teaching.
  • Mean number of procedures each year:
    Drug-induced Sleep endoscopy (DISE): 150
    Nasal Procedures: 90
    Palatopharyngoplasty: 70
    Maxillomandibular advancement (MMA): 60
    Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation: 50
    Genioglossus/genioplasty: 55
    Distraction osteogenesis maxillary expansion (DOME): 30
    Facial trauma and skeletal surgery: 45
  • Typical weekly fellow schedule:(general idea/varies per week)
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
OR / Clinic OR(pm)/
Clinic/ Academic
Clinic /
OR / Academic
Fellow's Clinic(am)/
Clinic / Academic 


Sleep Surgery Clinic

450 Broadway Street, Pavilion B, 2 Floor 
Redwood City, CA 94063

Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery

801 Welch Road, 2 Floor
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Ambulatory Surgery Center (Lane Surgery)

875 Blake Wilbur Drive, 3 Floor
Palo Alto, CA 94304


Open to medical doctors who have completed a residency in Otolaryngology or in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery  and who are interested in pursuing an academic career in sleep surgery. Documentation and interviews are required.

Application:  Please email the following required documentation to Olga Komin:

  • CV
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • USMLE, if available
  • Case Log
  • Cover letter
  • Professional headshot

Duration: 1 - 2 years

Badr Ibrahim, MD

Visiting Scholarship

There are several types of visiting researcher appointments possibly available to those who wish to visit Stanford from an outside institution in order to do research with our faculty on a full time, unpaid basis. These appointments are available to recognized experts with MDs of PhDs; medical students or graduate students; postdoctoral students or medical residents; or appointed faculty at other institutions. Appointments are usually for one year and may be renewed for a second year. Visiting researchers must provide evidence of having adequate funds to support themselves equal to $64,268 per year. The purpose of visiting researcher appointments is to advance a collaborative research mission Excellent academic credentials are required to develop meaningful research.

The primary goal is to develop scholarly work. Potential candidates must clearly demonstrate their relevant research experience, education, skills and motivation.

  • A track record of academic interest and a strong foundation in research (capacity to independently perform study design, data collection, data analysis and writing a manuscript) is required. Preference is given to scholars with advanced projects.
  • English proficiency at a professional level is required.  This means being able to use English fluently and accurately on all levels pertinent to professional communication.
  • Minimum period of time: 1 year.

If you are interested, please send your CV and a statement about why you are interested to Olga Komin, Administrative Associate for the Division of Sleep Surgery.

Duration: 1 - 2 years


Currently, Stanford Hospital and Clinics are NOT allowing any visiting observers. When they are allowed again, we will update this page.

Sleep Surgery Division accepts medical doctors for observation periods of two to four weeks. The goal of observation of patient care in clinics and in the operating room is for the observer to gain insight into our clinical techniques and our operating room procedures and methods in regards to sleep surgery. The main requirement for doctors who want to observe is strong interest in the field of sleep surgery and significant knowledge regarding sleep apnea management. Visiting observers are allowed to participate in departmental educational activities while they are observing.

Visiting observers must complete an extensive medical clearance process before coming to Stanford which typically takes about a month to complete. It is also necessary to find a time that works with the host faculty member’s schedule. We do not obtain visas for visiting observers. If you are not US citizens, you will need a business or tourist visa.

If you are interested, please send your CV and a statement about why you are interested to Olga Komin, Administrative Associate for the Division of Sleep Surgery.

Duration: 2 - 4 weeks