Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Phillips Ambulatory Care Center
10 Union Square East, Suite 5B
New York, NY 10003
|Number of Fellowships: 1
Duration (in years) / Type: 1 year / clinical
Faculty: Daniel Buchbinder, DMD, MD
Raymond Chai, MD
Bruce Culliney, MD
Maria Brito, MD
Hugh Chen, MD
Michael Starc, MD
Azita Khorsandi, MD
Cindy Ganz, MS
Saadi Ghatan, MD
Nazir Khan, MD
Devin Okay, DDS
Mike Turner, MD
Mark L. Urken, MD, FACS
Michael Via, MD
Terry Davies, MD
Margaret Brandwein Weber, MD
Jerry Liu, MD
Robert Stewart, MD
Overview: The fellow plays an integral role on both our oncologic and reconstructive surgery teams. With a team of three residents, and two full-time PAs the fellow is able to take the lead role in managing head and neck oncology and reconstruction patients as well as thyroid and parathyroid surgical patients. Over 80 free flaps are performed annually with the fellow acting as first surgeon on all reconstructive cases. The experience advances throughout the year from assistant to taking the lead on harvesting, insetting, and performing the microvascular anastomosis. Additionally, the fellow plays a key role in our weekly multidisciplinary head and neck tumor board where we discuss upcoming cases and determine the treatment plan and a monthly reconstruction conference in which difficult cases are presented and relevant journal articles are reviewed. Monthly thyroid journal club meetings and thyroid tumor boards provide a venue for an in-depth multidisciplinary discussion of challenging thyroid cancer patients and contemporary thyroid cancer topics.
Objectives: The program is designed to provide advanced clinical training in head and neck oncologic and microvascular reconstructive surgery as well as thyroid and parathyroid surgery. The fellowship also includes training in TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS) under the supervision of Raymond Chai, MD. The program offers extensive research opportunities in the areas of head and neck and thyroid cancer which will support the development of those candidates planning an academic career.
Strengths: The Institute for Head, Neck and Thyroid Cancer is composed of a team of world-renowned specialists who have integrated their respective expertise into a multidisciplinary team to approach cancers of the head and neck. The group of more than 20 doctors and healthcare professionals is composed of Otolaryngologists, Head and Neck Radiologists, Oral-Maxillofacial Surgeons, Maxillofacial Prosthodontists, General Surgeons, Thoracic Surgeons, Neurosurgeons, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Endocrinologists, Oculoplastic Surgeons, Dentists, Head and Neck Pathologists, Psychiatrists, Nutritionists, Pain Management Professionals and Speech Language Pathologists.
The group meets weekly for multidisciplinary head and neck tumor board conference to discuss patients who present to Mount Sinai Downtown for management of a malignancy of the head and neck and the newly created thyroid center meets monthly for multidisciplinary management of thyroid cancer patients.
Eligibility: Graduates of US medical schools – or must have passed all parts of the USMLE.
Fellows’ Duties/Responsibilities: The fellow is committed for a full year at Mount Sinai Downtown/Mount Sinai West and is involved in all aspects of head and neck patient care. The participant evaluates patients preoperatively in the office and actively participates in the work-up and treatment plan. The fellow meets all patients on the day of surgery, and is actively involved in each major head and neck ablation and reconstruction. The participant manages all patients during the recovery period and evaluates them in the clinical setting during the post-operative period.
The Fellow enhances resident education by rounding daily with the team and performing informal didactics on resident rounds.
Research Opportunities: Research is encouraged and expected to be an important part of the fellow’s growth throughout the training period. The THNRC (Thyroid, Head and Neck Research Center) provides the fellow with a unique opportunity to investigate functional outcomes. Our in-house lab studies the impact of various treatments including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and prosthetic rehabilitation on patient’s function and quality of life. The research center will assess outcomes with statistical significance to guide the future of patient care in head and neck and thyroid cancer. The fellow will play an integral role in ongoing research. Attendance and presentations at national meetings are encouraged and funding is available.
Supervision, Teaching & Call: As previously indicated, the fellow is supervised by the fellowship program director and other faculty. As the year progresses experience is graduated – and fellow performs more surgery independently and takes the lead on many aspects of each ablative and reconstructive case – including the microsurgery portions. Fellow is expected to teach residents both in operating room as well as on rounds and during all interactions.
- Jonathan E. Aviv, MD (Fellow 1990-91) Adjunct Professor of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY.
- Juan F. Moscoso, MD (Fellow 1991-92) Attending in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery in Panorama City, California.
- Neal D. Futran, MD (Fellow 1992-93) Professor of Otolaryngology and Chairman, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
- Steven H. Sloan, MD (Fellow 1993-94) Attending in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, San Francisco, California.
- Keith Blackwell, MD (Fellow 1994-95) Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, University of California, Los Angeles.
- Uttam Sinha, MD (Fellow 1995-96) Vice Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California.
- Christopher Shaari, MD (Fellow 1996-97) Attending in Otolaryngology in Hackensack Hospital, New Jersey.
- Edgar Lueg, MD (Fellow 1997-98) Attending in Otolaryngology in Los Angeles, California.
- John Chaplin, MBBCh (Fellow 1997-98) Attending in Otolaryngology at Green Lane Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand.
- Eric Genden, MD (Fellow 1998-99) Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY.
- Andrew Bridger, MBBS, FRACS (Fellow 1999-2000) Attending, Sutherland Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia.
- Jeff Harris, MD (Fellow 2000-2001) Attending in Otolaryngology at University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
- Derrick Wallace, MD (Fellow 2001-2002) Attending in Otolaryngology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, NJ.
- Rod Rezaee, MD (Fellow 2001-2002) Assistant Professor in Otolaryngology at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.
- Kevin Higgins, MD (Fellow 2002-2003) Attending at Stony Brook Hosp, U of Toronto 2002-2003.
- Bryant Lee, MD (Fellow 2003-2005) Attending in Otolaryngology at the St Barnabas Hospital in New Jersey.
- Charles “Chuck” Stewart IV, MD (Fellow 2005-2006) Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California.
- Michael Most, MD (Fellow 2006-2007) Attending, Division of General Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York.
- Matthew Bak, MD (Fellow 2008-2009) Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, East Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia.
- Eran Alon, MD (Fellow 2009-2010) Attending Physician, Department of Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery, The Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel
- Jose Zevallos, MD, MPH, FACS (Fellow 2010-2011) Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, UNC School of Medicine.
- Sumeet Anand, MD (Fellow 2011-2012) Otolaryngologist–Head & Neck Surgeon, Private Practice Affiliated with Department of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, University of Toronto.
- Saral Mehra, MD (Fellow 2012-2013) Assistant Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology) – Head and Neck Cancer Reconstructive Surgery, Yale University, School of Medicine
- Jerry Castro, MD (Fellow 2013-2014) Attending at Guam Memorial Hospital, Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery.
- Ilya Likhterov, MD (Fellow 2014-2015), Attending in Otolaryngology and Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Mount Sinai Downtown.
- Sami Moubayed, MD (fellow 2015-2016) Assistant Professor of Surgery at Université de Montréal.
- Ansley Roche, MD (fellow 2016-2017) Assistant Professor, Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine, Attending at Staten Island University Hospital & Lenox Hill Hospital.
- Fred Baik, MD (fellow 2017-2018) Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery at Stanford University.
- John Sims, MD (fellow 2018-2019) Head & Neck Oncologic & Microvascular Reconstructive Surgeon, CARTI Cancer Center.
- Edward Ansari, MD (current fellow 2019-2020)
- Neil Mundi, MD (fellow for 2020-2021)