Oregon Health and Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd, PV-01
Portland, OR 97239
|Number of Fellowships: 1
Duration (in years) / Type: 1 year / 1 yr Clinical
Paul Flint, MD
Peter Andersen, MD (Vice Chair and Chief, Division of Head and Neck Surgery)
Ryan Li, MD MBA (Director, Head and Neck Fellowship and Robotic Head and Neck Surgery Program)
Alessa Colaianni, MD
Daniel Clayburgh, MD (Surgeon In Chief, VA Health System)
Maisie Shindo, MD (Director, Thyroid and Parathyroid Center)
Mark Wax, MD (Director, Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery)
Sarah Yang, MD
Joshua Schindler, MD (Director, Voice Center)
Paul Flint, MD (Chair, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery)
Bronwyn Hamilton, MD (Neuroradiology)
Mat Geltzeiler, MD (Rhinology, Endoscopic and Open Skull Base Surgery)
Timur Mitin, MD (Radiation Oncology)
Jeremy Cetnar, MD (Medical Oncology)
Andrew Palmer, PhD (Speech, Language, Pathology)
Rachel Bolognone, MS, CCC-SLP (Speech, Language, Pathology)
Donna Graville, PhD (Speech, Language, Pathology)
Overview: The fellow will be a key member of the head and neck service, with both extensive training in advanced head and neck surgical oncology, and opportunities to develop clinical independence. Our service is a cohesive multidisciplinary team comprised of our core faculty, a world-class speech and language pathology program, an inpatient physician assistant, and our colleagues from neuroradiology, pathology, radiation oncology, and medical oncology. In addition there are typically three otolaryngology residents rotating on the head and neck surgery service at all times.
The fellow has full attending privileges, and obtains a rich experience becoming an educator, while intensively refining surgical technique and decision-making.
Our fellowship offers a broad experience in all aspects of head and neck surgery with over 800 new patients seen per year. The fellow will develop expertise within: complex thyroid and parathyroid diseases, with training in neck ultrasonography; endoscopic and open skull base surgery; transoral robotic surgery, with certification and robotics credentialing obtained; surgery for benign and malignant upper aerodigestive tract and salivary gland neoplasms; and microvascular reconstruction the head and neck.
The fellow will lead our multidisciplinary head and neck conferences. A weekly journal club between fellow and faculty develops literacy in seminal head and neck research.
Objectives: The program is designed to provide advanced clinical training in head and neck surgical oncology and reconstruction, and thyroid and parathyroid surgery. Fellows can choose to train in microvascular reconstructive surgery, or pursue a purely ablative surgery training path. The program offers rich research opportunities and support for candidates pursuing an academic career.
We are dedicated to developing the fellow’s vision for his or her academic and clinical practice before, during, and after completion of our fellowship.
Strengths: OHSU is the sole medical school in the state of Oregon, with a large catchment area through surrounding states. Our program has a proud commitment to provide compassionate, technically excellent, and comprehensive care to our patients, recognizing our responsibility to deliver the highest standard of care currently available. We are proud to work alongside our fellow each year, providing mentorship from experienced faculty, and introducing them to a rich network of colleagues worldwide.
Eligibility: Surgeons that have completed, or are anticipated to complete ACGME accredited Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency programs, and are currently board eligible in these specialties.
Fellows’ Duties/Responsibilities: The fellow is committed to training for one year at the Oregon Health & Science University, and is involved in all aspects of head and neck patient care. The fellow will be appointed to the rank of Clinical Instructor. He or she will participate in evaluation and treatment planning, surgical management, and tumor surveillance for our cancer patients. The fellow enriches the resident experience via didactics and surgical supervision. The fellow also has a weekly independent head and neck surgery clinic for one half-day, running parallel to a faculty clinic. This provides autonomy with expert guidance immediately available.
Research Opportunities: Research and other academic contributions are an important component in the fellow’s education. The fellow will publish at least two manuscripts during the year, with the guidance of the head and neck faculty. Faculty will provide access to technical research training, institutional and nationwide clinical databases, and collaborative opportunities with scientists at OHSU and other institutions. We are supportive of fellows who may wish to explore service or academic opportunities outside of traditional research.
Attendance and presentations at national meetings is strongly encouraged and facilitated, with funding available.
Supervision, Teaching & Call: The fellow will supervise the head and neck surgery residents, functioning as an attending. The fellow will provide didactic sessions to residents several times during the year, present at grand rounds, and directly supervise residents in level-appropriate surgical procedures.
The fellow is not included within the faculty call rotation
CURRENT & PAST FELLOWS
2023-2024 Ryan Hellums, DO – Current Fellow
2022-2023 Adam Howard, MD – West Virginia University
2021-2022 Garren Low, MD – Allegheny General Hospital
2020-2021 Suparna Shah, MD – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
2019-2020 Jennifer Moy, MD – Medical College of Wisconsin
2018-2019 David Kim, MD – Torrance Memorial Medical Center
2017-2018 Jenn Christenson, DO – Head and Neck Surgery, Coos Bay, Oregon
2016-2017 Jay Ferrell, MD – University of Texas, San Antonio
2015-2016 Virginie Achim, MD – Columbia Surgical Specialists, Spokane, WA
2014-2015 Scott Troob, MD – Columbia University
2013-2014 Daniel S. Brickman, MD – Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A.