Moffitt Cancer Center
12902 Magnolia Drive
Tampa, FL 33612
|Number of Fellowships: 1
Duration (in years) / Type: 1 year / 80% academic duties, 20% clinical duties
Faculty: Surgical Faculty involved with the fellowship:
Caitlin McMullen, MD
Kristen Otto, MD
Tapan A. Padhya, MD
Krupal Patel, MD
Kate Vorwald, MD, DDS
J. Trad Wadsworth, MD, MBA FACS
Overview: The Department of Head and Neck – Endocrine Oncology fellowship allows for highly technical surgical training combined with medical and clinical management, multidisciplinary team approach, ultrasound training and clinical/translational research. The Department has had explosive growth over the past two years since transitioning to a Moffitt Cancer Center leadership team in 2016. The program now includes five microvascular reconstruction trained surgeons as well as several surgeons specializing in endocrine surgery and a burgeoning volume of appropriate TORS cases. There are also three dedicated Head and Neck Medical Oncologists and five Head and Neck Endocrinologists in the Department. 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, and neuroradiologists. The Head and Neck Tumor Conference meets weekly to discuss head and neck patients, presenting usually 20-30 patients per week. The Endocrine Tumor Conference meets weekly as well, presenting usually 10-15 patients per week.
Objectives: The program is designed to give the participant comprehensive clinical expertise in head and neck oncologic surgery, head and neck microvascular reconstruction, endocrine surgery and TORS when appropriate. We emphasize educating our trainees on the collaborative approach to patient care. Clinical, translational and basic science research opportunities are available.
Strengths: Recently recognized by US News and World Report as the #6 cancer center in the United States, the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida is a nationally recognized, state of the art, full service cancer hospital that is the largest cancer center in the Southeast, and the only NCIdesignated comprehensive cancer center in the state of Florida. The Head and Neck Program at Moffitt sees approximately 1,300 new patients performs over 3,500 procedures and sees over 5,000 outpatient follow-up visits per year. The Department of Head and Neck – Endocrine Oncology is unique in that it incorporates multiple disciplines (Medical Oncology, Endocrinology, Head and Neck/Endocrine Surgery) within its structure to foster multidisciplinary treatment of patients as well as interdisciplinary collaboration. This disease specific and team-oriented approach affords our trainees experience with the comprehensive management of patients with diseases including benign salivary gland neoplasms, parathyroid disease, thyroid nodules, thyroid malignancies and head and neck malignancies as well as complex microvascular reconstruction. Rotations onto the medical oncology, radiation oncology and Head and Neck pathology services are considered part of the curriculum.
Eligibility: To be considered for the position, the candidate for the head and neck fellowship must have completed an ACGME accredited residency in Otolaryngology or General Surgery and must be qualified to sit for the American Board of Otolaryngology or American Board of Surgery written and oral exams. The candidate must be able to secure a Florida Medical License. Salary is commensurate with PGY level.
Fellows’ Duties/Responsibilities: 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 total cases and at least 100 microvascular cases. The Fellow will care for the patients postoperatively with the Head and Neck 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 Attending Call Pool in the Department, backing up the first call resident team. The Fellow will have the opportunity for an independent outpatient clinical and surgical experience one day per week. There are opportunities for autonomous free flap cases commensurate with experience and skill. Teaching opportunities include staffing head and neck surgery cases, resident lectures, journal clubs, lecture presentations and mentoring medical students from the University of South Florida College of Medicine.
Research Opportunities: The fellow will be encouraged to participate in the Head and Neck – Endocrine Oncology Research Committee for the development of collaborative projects within the department. The Fellow will be expected to become involved in one or more of the ongoing research protocols active within the department, and to present at one or more regional or national meetings. Translational science, basic science and clinical research opportunities are available. In addition, the Fellow will be expected to publish at least one research manuscript during the one-year program. The Fellow will be encouraged and supported to pursue additional projects as well.
Supervision, Teaching & Call: Fellows are expected to be involved with resident teaching and supervision throughout the fellowship, including operative teaching, overseeing clinical assessments, and participation in the resident didactic lecture series. Fellows are also expected to teach and mentor rotating medical students. Fellows are expected to be available for home call (serving as back-up to the first on-call resident) approximately 1 week/month.
Kate Vorwald, MD, DDS 7/1/2017 – 6/30/2018 Academic H&N / Moffitt Cancer Cente
Marc Mourad, MD 7/1/2016 – 12/31/2017 Academic H&N / American University, Lebano
Sarah Bailey, MD 7/1/2014 – 6/30/2015 Private Practice, Wisconsi
Robert Wong, MD 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2014 Academic H&N / SUNY Downstate
Jamie May, MD 7/1/2010 – 6/30/2011 Private Practice, Virginia
William Chad Spanos, MD 7/1/2008 – 6/30/2009 Academic H&N, South Dakota