South Carolina Sarah Cannon
9228 Medical Plaza Drive
Charleston, South Carolina, 29406
|Number of Fellowships: 1
Duration (in years) : 1 year clinical
Terry Day, MD, FACS-Assistant Program Director, National Director-Sarah Cannon Head and Neck
Jeffrey Houlton, MD, FACS-Director-Quality and Outcomes for Head and Neck Oncology
Eric Lentsch, MD, FACS-Director-South Atlantic Endocrine Surgery
Joshua Hornig, MD, FRCS-Director-South Atlantic Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery
Peter Horwich, MD, FRCS-Medical Director-HN Inpatient Care Services
Anand Sharma, MBBS-Director Head and Neck Radiation Oncology
Betsy Davis, DMD-Director, Maxillofacial Prosthodontics-Sarah Cannon
Michelle Ruse, DDS-Maxillofacial Prosthodontics and Dental Oncology
Brad Neville, DDS-Director Oral Pathology
Hannah Cornett, CCC-SLP, Director HN Specialists Speech Pathology
Joseph Matthews, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU, CCD Endocrinology
Charles S. Holladay, MD, Medical Oncology
Matthew Beldner, MD Medical Oncology
Michael Tyler, MD Neurosurgery
James Benner, MD Cardiothoracic Surgery
The South Carolina site for Sarah Cannon Head and Neck Specialists is a free-standing multidisciplinary program. Based in Charleston, South Carolina, this head and neck center of excellence is among the highest-volume programs in the Southeast, serving patients from not only South Carolina but across the southeast and beyond. With this broad geographical catchment, over 2,000 patients are evaluated annually with over 700 patients treated surgically each year. The team is centered around the patient with six head and neck AHNS fellowship trained attending surgeons and comprehensive dental, speech, nurse navigation and access to the Sarah Cannon clinical trials network.
This advanced training is focused on complex head and neck extirpative oncologic surgery, advanced microvascular reconstructive surgery, skull base surgery, endocrine and salivary surgery, advanced cutaneous malignancy surgery, transoral robotic surgery, two maxillofacial prosthodontists, in-house oral/head and neck pathology, speech and swallowing therapy. This is an intensive comprehensive inpatient, operative and outpatient training experience that allows the fellow to function independently in a high-volume center and provide optimal care to head and neck cancer patients from diagnosis through survivorship.
The Sarah Cannon Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery Fellowship is a one-year program with an emphasis on the multidisciplinary and comprehensive care of the head and neck cancer patient. This advanced training is focused on complex head and neck ablative oncologic surgery, skull base surgery, endocrine and salivary surgery, advanced cutaneous surgery, transoral robotic surgery, along microvascular free flap reconstruction and complicated local and regional reconstructions. This is an intensive comprehensive inpatient, operative and outpatient training experience that allows the fellow to function independently in a high-volume center and provide optimal care to head and neck cancer patients from diagnosis through survivorship. The goal is to provide the most well rounded, broad-based and comprehensive training to develop the highest quality head and neck surgical oncologist and microvascular surgeon.
This Fellowship Program provides the comprehensive multidisciplinary training in all aspects of head and neck oncology. The fellowship combines the experience of six fellowship trained head and neck and reconstructive surgeons who combined have trained over 30 fellows of which 25 were accredited by the Advanced Training Council of the American Head and Neck Society.
This Charleston, South Carolina based fellowship will be based at Head and Neck Specialists of Charleston
• Broad exposure to all aspects of complex head and neck surgical oncology and microvascular reconstruction in a high-volume, state-of-the-art facility
• The fellow will participate in around 500-650 operations, including over 200 microvascular and/or complex regional flap cases as well as complex endocrine surgeries, endoscopic and open skull base surgery, transoral robotic surgery, transoral laser microsurgery, and advanced experience integrating 3D printed in-house prosthetics of the face, eye, ear, nose and intra-oral prepared implants
• Comprehensive exposure to Virtual Surgical Planning (VSP) and 3D printed models and implants with virtual 3D printing software in clinic
• Extensive training in head and neck ultrasonography as well as sialendoscopy
• Weekly multidisciplinary tumor board conferences, including dedicated endocrine and cutaneous malignancy conferences. Participation in bi-monthly nationwide Sarah Cannon Head and Neck National Tumor Board
• Weekly academic teaching sessions following AHNS curriculum conducted by the attending faculty
• Monthly M&M, Journal Club, and H&N Practice Management sessions
• Opportunities to spend dedicated time with collaborative specialties, including radiation oncology, medical oncology, dental oncology, oral pathology, speech and swallowing, and prosthodontics, etc
• Covered attendance for advanced head and neck training courses as well as academic conferences and annual meeting
• Participation in Annual Charleston Head and Neck Symposium at Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms, South Carolina
• Training of residents and students along with daily Multidisciplinary HN Rounds
• Access to a dedicated physician’s lounge with complimentary meals and snacks
• Opt-in health benefits provided
• Salary commensurate with PGY level with paid vacation days allotted
• No expectation for revenue or salary generation; no general otolaryngology/ pediatric otolaryngology/ trauma call; the fellow’s time is protected to allow dedicated pursuit of advanced training in head and neck surgical oncology, academics, research, teaching and clinical trials
• Emphasis on developing life-long mentorship relationships with leaders in the Head and Neck field
• Opportunity to train in Charleston, a charming southern community voted the best small city in the US by Conde Nast for the 9th year in row.
This Fellowship Program participated in the AHNS match and provides the comprehensive multidisciplinary training in all aspects of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction. Candidates must have completed a residency training in Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery and/or General Surgery and be eligible for or have obtained board certification. The candidate must also be able to secure licensure in the State of South Carolina.
The fellowship consists of a 12-month immersive clinical experience with an emphasis on the multidisciplinary and comprehensive care of the head and the cancer patient. The fellow will spend 1 day per week rotating in each faculty clinic with the remainder of week dedicated to the operating room. The fellow will become the attending physician for an independent weekly clinic seeing and evaluating new head and neck cancer patients. Additionally, time will be allocated for research and rotations with collaborative specilities in the mutlidisplinary team. The fellow is expected to lead daily rounds and to participate in weekly and monthly academic conferences, including tumor board, journal club, and M&M. There is not a requirement to cover trauma, general otolaryngology call, or outlying clinics.
The fellow will participate in biweekly Head and Neck Sarah Cannon clinical trials meetings with significant exposure to IRB, priority diagram, regulatory, budgetary, and clinical trials implementation and development. Throughout the 12 months of training, each fellow will be required to complete at a minimum one review article/chapter and one clinical research project. Fellows must follow the established project timeline: 1) select a topic for their project by August 1st, 2) submit to Sarah Cannon Institutional Review Board (IRB) by September 1st, 3) collect data by January 1st, and 4) submit to the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAOHNS), American Head and Neck Society (AHNS), or Intl Head and Neck. Throughout this process, fellows will be assigned a faculty mentor who will assist and guide the fellow from project inception to conference presentation or publication. The Program Director will continuously track the fellow’s progress to ensure the established project timeline is met.
Supervision, Teaching & Call:
Fellows will be responsible for leading, role-modeling, educating, and evaluating surgical residents on their service. Fellows will have surgical residents and medical students rotating on their services. Fellows will delegate and assign tasks to residents based on their level of training and ability, as well as the patient’s acuity, complexity, and severity of illness. Fellow with participate in the equally divided faculty head and neck oncology call schedule. This includes covering the head and neck inpatient service but does not include general ENT or Emergecy room call coverage.
Shanmugappiriya Sivarajah, Richmond University Medical Center, New York, New York
Joshua Horton (Current Fellow)
Blake Hollowoa (Current Fellow)