University of Cincinnati Medical Center
University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
P.O. Box 670528
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0528
|Number of Fellowships: 1
Duration (in years) / Type: 1 year / ClinicalFaculty:
Yash J. Patil, MD;
Chad Zender, MD
David L. Steward, MD
Alice Tang, MD
Brian Cervenka, MD
Overview: Fellowship training in Head and Neck Oncology, accredited by the Advanced Training Council for Approval of Training in Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery, is sponsored by the American Head & Neck Society.
The program, in existence since 1969, has achieved national and international prominence with almost all graduates being placed in academic medical programs.
Objectives: The one year program, under the direction of Yash Patil, MD, FACS, Associate Professor, emphasizes five specific areas within the field of head and neck surgery:
- The fellows will be familiarized with the surgical and non-surgical therapy of head and neck tumors. Emphasis will be placed on ablative head and neck oncologic surgery, including organ preservation laryngeal surgery.
- With the development of the anterior endoscopic skull base surgery program, in collaboration with the Department of Neurosurgery, the fellow will be integrated into the clinical and research activities and be expected to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in these surgical techniques.
- Surgical management of thyroid and parathyroid disease will be emphasized during the fellowship as well as office-based ultrasonography and minimally invasive surgical approaches.
- Microvascular reconstruction of the head and neck allows for better cosmetic and functional results. Our fellow is expected to become skillful in free flap reconstruction as well as pediculed flap reconstruction.
- Our adult airway reconstruction program is a one of a kind program and an expansion of our internationally renowned pediatric airway program. Our fellow should be capable of performing airway evaluation and complex reconstructive procedures and understand when to intervene.
Strengths: Diversity of Cases: Our program is fortunate to have surgeons that specialize in free flap reconstruction surgery. Our recent graduated fellow was able to perform 411 cases, of which 117 were free flap. Partial list of performed cases:
- Radial forearm
- Osteocutaneous Forearm
- Anterolateral Thigh
- Lastissimus Dorsi
- Chimeric latissimus/scapula
- Scapula (osteocutaneous)
- Rectus abdominus
- Fibula (osteocutaneous)
- Greater omental
Our program focuses on our fellow being competent with the surgical and non-surgical therapies for head and neck tumors with an emphasis on ablative head and neck oncologic surgery which includes organ preservation laryngeal surgery.
Our program works in collaboration with the Department of Neurosurgery and development of the anterior endoscopic skull base program.
Surgical management of thyroid and parathyroid disease including office-based ultrasonography and minimally invasive surgical approaches
Eligibility: AHNS Advanced Training Council fellowships are available to all candidates who have completed ACGME accredited Otolaryngology, General Surgery or Plastic Surgery residency programs and whom are currently board eligible in those specialties. The applications and appointments for fellowship are processed through a central matching program.
Fellows’ Duties/Responsibilities: Clinical responsibilities include the overseeing of care of all head and neck surgery patients at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the Cincinnati VA Medical Center and serving as a leader to the oncology teams overseeing care of all patients both inpatient and outpatient. The fellow is required to participate in the operating room with a majority of the head and neck oncology cases, providing oversight to the senior residents in a supervisory capacity and active participation as primary surgeon on more complicated oncologic surgical cases.
In the outpatient setting, the fellow provides supervision of our head and neck oncology clinic. This clinic is the direct responsibility of the fellow and is staffed by the residents. Our faculty members are available for consultation
The fellow is responsible for the organization of our head and neck tumor board conference. This is a multidisciplinary conference that involves radiation therapists, medical oncologists, pathologist and radiologists for both adults and pediatrics.
Research Opportunities: 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.
Supervision, Teaching & Call: Fellows take an active role in resident education. The fellowship is not considered “observational” as fellows must possess the appropriate surgical skills and judgment to function as the primary surgeon under the supervision of fellowship faculty. With a large and diverse patient population, the department offers in-depth exposure to the full range of otolaryngologic disorders and surgical procedures.
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