Henry Ford Hospital Head and Neck Oncology Fellowship
|Number of Fellowships: 1
Duration (in years): 1 year, clinical
Steve Chang MD, FACS
Tamer Ghanem MD, PhD, FACS
Suhael Momin MD
Farzan Siddiqui MD, PhD
Jawad Sheqwara MD
Samantha Tam MD, MPH
Vivian Wu MD, MPHAdditional providers
Benjamin Barbetta DMD, MD
John Craig MD
Glendon Gardner MD
Ross Mayerhoff MD
Michael Singer MD
Overview: The Henry Ford Health System is an integrated health system with a 1300-person medical group and multiple affiliated hospitals in and around Detroit, Michigan. The head and neck cancer program is a quaternary care referral center for other systems in the greater Detroit area, throughout the state of Michigan, as well as northern Ohio and Canada. We see approximately 300-500 new head and neck patients annually.
The Henry Ford Hospital Head and Neck Fellow will be an integral member of our multidisciplinary team of providers caring for head and neck cancer patients. The fellow will work predominantly with our 5 fellowship-trained head and neck surgeons but will have ample opportunity to train with our endocrine surgeon, skull base rhinology team and laryngology team.
Our robust multidisciplinary team includes radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, neuroradiologists, head and neck pathologists, oral surgeons, nurse navigators, head and neck-specific speech pathologists, a cancer dietician, clinical trials nurse, and a dedicated head and neck oncology psychologist (Henry Ford is one of two programs in the country that has this position). All patients are evaluated by the cancer dietician, speech and language
pathologist and oncology psychologist prior to treatment, weekly during treatment and post-treatment.
We supplement our weekly multidisciplinary head and neck tumor board with a head and neck research meeting to discuss new clinical trials, current projects, future studies. There is a monthly thyroid tumor board, twice-monthly melanoma tumor board and monthly skull base conference. A molecular tumor board meets monthly. These all contribute to the rich and collaborative learning environment offered at Henry Ford.
Objectives: Graduate with expertise in the multidisciplinary management of the head and neck cancer patient. This includes both surgical, non-surgical and adjunct care. Specific objectives for surgical management include:
- Ablative surgery for head and neck tumors – mucosal, cutaneous, salivary
- Microvascular free tissue reconstruction and local regional flap reconstruction
- Transoral robotic resection
- Endocrine surgery – Thyroid/Parathyroid surgery
- Transoral laser surgery in conjunction with laryngology team
- Skull base surgery in conjunction with skull base rhinology team
- High volume, multidisciplinary care of the head and neck cancer patient
- Ample and varied opportunities for research and departmental support for AHNS meetings and educational
- Fellow is embedded in a seamless multidisciplinary head and neck cancer team.
Eligibility: Candidates must be board eligible/ board certified; Otolaryngology residency training preferred
Fellow’s Duties/Responsibilities: The Head and Neck Fellow will learn all of aspects of multidisciplinary clinical care of head and neck cancer patients. The fellow will be involved with inpatient rounding as junior faculty working directly with residents, advanced practice providers and other supporting staff (nursing, speech pathology, nutrition) on the care of head and neck inpatients. They will be involved in extirpative as well as microvascular cases as primary surgeon, teaching surgeon or an assistant as determined by faculty. As a teaching surgeon, he/she will be expected to take a resident through a case and delegate level-appropriate responsibility. The fellow will participate in faculty clinics as well as run his/her own clinic. The fellow will attend weekly care coordination meetings to discuss plans of upcoming surgeries with residents and staff. The fellow will also be part of the tumor board team and will be part of the discussion of multidisciplinary clinical management.
Research Opportunities: Historically, Henry Ford Hospital is renowned for its robust clinical programming and this has naturally evolved into an equally vigorous translational research program. We offer several research opportunities in Head and Neck Oncology at Henry Ford including translational biology within our tumor biology laboratory, patient-reported outcomes, health economics and health services research, health disparities research, quality of life research within the Cancer Research and the Public Health, Population and Healthcare Research Groups. Our faculty serve PIs on both national and institutional clinical trials offering the most up to date treatments for our patients. In addition, as faculty at Wayne State University and the University of Detroit Dental School, we have access to the bevy of resources these institutions have to offer.
Supervision, Teaching and Call: The fellow will be working closely with all the head and neck surgeons on advanced cancer resection, transoral robotic surgery, and microvascular reconstructive surgery. The fellow will also be involved with resident/medical student teaching in didactic lectures as well as the operating room. Fellows will be taking call as junior faculty for the Otolaryngology Department.
2021 – Uthman Alamoudi, MD (current fellow)
2020 – Mohamed Shama MD, Asst. Professor of Surgery, Tulane University Medical School