Emory Endocrine Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship
550 Peachtree St
|Number of Fellowships: 1
Duration (in years) / Type: 1 Year / Clinical
Douglas E. Mattox, MD
Amy Y. Chen, MD: Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Merry Sebelik, MD: Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Sol Jacobs, MD: Endocrinology
Erin Grady, MD: Nuclear Medicine
Dan Lubin, MD: Pathology
Ashley Aiken, MD: Radiology
Nabil Saba, MD: Medical Oncology
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 Institute is the only NCI Comprehensive Designated Cancer Center in Georgia. The Head and Neck Surgery Division 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 10 surgeons, four outpatient advanced practice providers, two inpatient APPs, five H&N specialist speech language pathologists, and a dedicated social worker.
The Division of Endocrine Head and Neck Surgery (Chen and Sebelik) treats over 4700 patients per year with over 600 surgical cases. In clinic ultrasound, US guided biopsies, and radio frequency ablation (arriving in Spring 2022) are performed.
Objectives: The one year fellowship is designed to provide a comprehensive program in clinical endocrine head and neck ablative surgery. In addition, the fellow will spend time in endocrinology, pathology, radiology and medical oncology.
Strengths: Referral patterns for endocrine surgical cases arise from Emory-based general practitioners, endocrinologists, otolaryngologists and general surgeons as well as from a similar mix of specialties practicing in a large catchment area outside Emory.
The Endocrinology department at Emory is large and collaborative, with a history of working closely with Endocrine HNS. A small number of Endocrinologists perform their own ultrasounds, both Emory Endocrine HNS perform their own, but not all General Surgery Endocrine surgeons perform their own. Radiology-based ultrasound is readily available along with interventional services. Nuclear medicine physicians collaborate closely as well as Medical and Radiation Oncologists.
A robust Emory-based thyroid multidisciplinary tumor conference has been in place since 2007 and is attended by surgeons, endocrinologists, radiologists, pathologists, medical oncologist and trainees. The affiliated Atlanta VAMC holds a quarterly multidisciplinary Endocrine teaching conference attended by surgeons and endocrinologists.
Eligibility: Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Board Eligible or Board Certified.
Able to secure Georgia Medical License.
Duties and Responsibilities of Fellows: The fellow will have an instructor position and will be expected to teach residents and medical students both in the classroom and also in the clinical setting.
The fellow will have outpatient clinic time and surgical time. In addition, the fellow will spend time in endocrinology clinic, neuroradiology, pathology, and ultrasound. The fellow will be expected to lead residents through surgical cases. In addition, the fellow will participate in didactics: both as a teacher and as a learner. As a teacher, the fellow will provide lectures to the residents and give at least one grand rounds. As a learner, the fellow will participate in thyroid tumor conference, grand rounds, and journal club.
A unique feature of this fellowship will be that of international outreach. Dr. Merry Sebelik actively engages in the Emory Global Surgery program and with her vast experience with global surgery, she would be an excellent mentor for the fellow to participate in global surgery activities. The Endocrine HNS fellow will have the option to participate in international teaching and collaboration with peers in low-resource settings, if interest and time permit.
Time will be allocated for the fellow to spend in endocrinology, pathology, cytology and radiology.
Research Opportunities: Clinical research will be the primary research focus for the one year endocrine HN surgery fellow. This is secondary to time limitations. It will be expected that the fellow write a peer-reviewed paper and/ or present at a regional or national meeting.
Supervision, Teaching and Call: The fellow will have an instructor position and will be expected to teach residents and medical students both in the classroom and also in the clinical setting. The fellow will be rotating in the faculty on call schedule.
The fellow will lead residents through cases if they are involved in the case. Because of the high surgical case volume for Emory otolaryngology residents, only 2/3 endocrine surgery cases are covered by residents. The Endocrine HNS fellow and the laryngology fellow may have some overlap if there is a tracheal resection case; however, the laryngology fellow may not be available or be in the case either since they have several attendings to cover.