Emory University School of Medicine
1365 A Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
|Number of Fellowships: 1
Duration (in years) / Type: 1 year / Clinical
Faculty: Primary Surgical Faculty involved with Fellowship:
H. Michael Baddour, MD
Amy Y. Chen, MD, MPH
Mark W. El-Deiry, MD
Danielle Gainor, MD
Mihir Patel, MD
Merry Sebelik, MD
C. Arturo Solares, MD
|Non-surgical faculty involved with Fellowship:
Patricia Hudgins, MD (Neuroradiology)
Overview: The Emory Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery is a vibrant department in Atlanta, Georgia. Its residency program is only one of two programs in the state of Georgia with 4 residents per year. Its Winship Cancer Center is the only NCI Comprehensive Designated Cancer Center in Georgia. The Head and Neck Surgery Division (HMB, AYC, MWE, DG, MP, MS, CAS) cares for nearly 2000 new patients, performs approximately 4000 surgical procedures, and sees over 7500 outpatient visits annually in a state-of-the-art surgical and clinical facility. The division represents the primary referral center in the region and consists of seven surgeons, four advanced practice providers, one inpatient advanced practice providers, three H&N specialist speech pathologists, and a dedicated social worker.
The well-developed microvascular program consists of four microvascular reconstruction trained surgeons (HMB, MWE, DG, CAS), and performs over 210 microvascular cases per year consisting of the full breadth of donor sites. The endocrine program has two surgeons specializing in endocrine surgery (AC, MS), performing complex endocrine procedures (>300 annually) and outpatient ultrasound and biopsies. Our TORS program is one of the busiest in the Southeast performing 40+ cases per year under the direction of a high volume TORS surgeon (MP). The open and endoscopic skullbase program (CAS) shared with rhinology (approximately 40+ per year). The HN program is also actively involved with both institutional and cooperative group clinical trials.
The Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Tumor Board is a robust, collaborative program that includes surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, speech pathologists, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, oral surgeons, and neuroradiologists. The HN Tumor Conference meets weekly to discuss head and neck patients, presenting usually 15-20 patients per week. The Thyroid Tumor conference is equally robust consisting of surgeons, endocrinologists, nuclear medicine physicians, ultrasound radiologists, pathologists and clinical staff and meets monthly.
Objectives: The one year fellowship is designed to provide a comprehensive program in clinical head and neck ablative surgery, microvascular reconstruction, Transoral Robotic surgery (TORS), skull base surgery, and thyroid/parathyroid surgery.
- high volume endocrine surgery with in clinic ultrasound and ultrasound guided biopsy procedures.
- high volume microvascular surgery with a wide variety of donor sites and defects
- high volume extirpative surgery
- high volume TORS surgery
Eligibility: To be considered for the position, the candidate for the head and neck fellowship must have completed an ACGME accredited residency in Otolaryngology and must be qualified to sit for the American Board of Otolaryngology written and oral exams. The candidate must be able to secure a Georgia Medical License. Salary is commensurate with PGY level.
Fellows’ Duties/Responsibilities: The Head and Neck Surgery Fellow will be appointed Instructor in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. The Fellow is expected to be a Primary or Teaching surgeon in head and neck surgery ablative cases and microvascular reconstruction cases. It is estimated that the Fellow will be primary surgeon or teaching surgeon on at least 500 cases and at least 100 free flap cases. The Fellow will care for the patients postoperatively with the HN Team and be expected to discuss management with the Attending Physician in order to maximize educational opportunities. In addition, the Fellow will be in the Call Pool for Attending Faculty in the Department and will have an independent outpatient clinical and surgical experience. There are also opportunities for autonomous free flap cases commensurate with experience and skill. Teaching opportunities include staffing head and neck surgery cases at Grady Memorial Hospital and Veterans Affairs Medical Center, resident lectures, journal clubs, and a Grand Rounds presentation. The Fellow is expected to produce at least one abstract for a national meeting and/or a manuscript during the year, but ample opportunity for more research is provided.
Research Opportunities: The Department of Otolaryngology has ERGO (Emory Research Group in Otolaryngology) with expertise in clinical research. In addition, Winship Cancer Institute, the NCI-CCC, has core resources in research. Several faculty also collaborate with many departments both within Emory and with other institutions.
Supervision, Teaching & Call: The Fellow will be in the Call Pool for Attending Faculty in the Department and will have an independent outpatient clinical and surgical experience. There are also opportunities for autonomous free flap cases commensurate with experience and skill. Teaching opportunities include staffing head and neck surgery cases at Grady Memorial Hospital and Veterans Affairs Medical Center, resident lectures, journal clubs, and a Grand Rounds presentation.
2012-2013 Ajani Nugent, MD, Plastic Surgery Fellowship, University of Miami
2013-2014 Sung Cho, MD, DMD, Private Practice, New York City, NY
2014-2015 Pardis Javadi, MD, Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University
2015-2016 H. Michael Baddour, MD, Assistant Professor, Emory University
2016-2017 Andres Bur, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Kansas
2017-2018 Natasha Cohen, MD