University of Washington
Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery
1959 NE Pacific Street, Box 356515
Seattle, WA 98195
Brittany Barber MD, MSc, FRCSC– Fellowship Director
Neal Futran, MD — Fellowship Co-director
Vanncy Crookes– Coordinator
|Number of Fellowships: 1
Duration: 1 year
Neal Futran DMD
Neal D. Futran, M.D.
Brittany Barber, M.D.
Emily Marchiano, M.D.
Zain Rizvi, MD
Amit Bhrany, M.D.
Cristina Rodriguez, M.D.
Rafael Santana-Davila, M.D.
Keith Eaton, M.D.
Upendra Parvathenini, M.D.
Jay Liao, M.D.
George Laramore, M.D.
Roberta Dalley, M.D.Kris Moe, M.D.
Overview: The head and neck fellowship is divided into major areas, including surgical oncology and microvascular reconstruction, TORS, endocrine surgery, skull base surgery, radiation oncology, and medical oncology. The fellow will be exposed to surgical pathology, maxillofacial prosthetics, and speech rehabilitation.
Objectives: The head and neck fellow will gain experience in complex head and neck ablation and reconstruction, advanced endocrine surgery, transoral robotic surgery, and advanced cutaneous and salivary cancers. The fellow will gain experience in surgical and clinical teaching, cancer surveillance, and practice management. Ultimately, the fellow will learn both short- and long-term management of complex head and neck cancer patients.
Strengths: The fellowship is based at UW Medical Center where the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery performs 400+ major head and neck resections per year, including over 130 microvascular reconstructions, 50-70 transoral robotic cases, 100-120 advanced thyroid and parathyroid surgeries, and 50-60 advanced cutaneous surgeries requiring regional or free tissue transfer. We offer a robust experience in bony reconstruction including fibulas, scapulas, and osteocutaneous radial forearms. The fellowship is well-rounded, providing an opportunity to hone skills in all areas of ablation and reconstruction, exposure to complex pathologies from the 5-state region, and quaternary care revision cases. The fellow is an integral part of the Head & Neck surgical team and is mentored closely by the team throughout the year as our only mentee.
In conjunction with Radiation and Medical Oncology, the fellow will be exposed to a variety of chemo-radiation protocols and accruing clinical trials. We have the only neutron and proton centers in the Pacific Northwest. With the formation of the Fred Hutch Cancer Center (University of Washington Medical Center and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Seattle Children’s Hospital) the UW Head & Neck Oncology program is continuing to grow at both a regional and at a national level.
Eligible candidates will be on course to graduate from an otolaryngology residency.
Duties and Responsibilities of Trainees: During clinical rotations, the fellow will work directly with faculty members in the care of each patient. The fellow will be responsible for overseeing the initial evaluation and work-up of tumor patients, coordination of multidisciplinary care, and inpatient and outpatient follow-up. The fellow will function as either operating surgeon or first assistant under the supervision of the appropriate attending physician. One of the goals of the fellowship is to foster the growth of surgical teaching skills by having the fellow guide the residents in head and neck procedures. The fellow plays a major teaching role in taking residents through many of the standard procedures (parotidectomy, thyroidectomy, neck dissections and the like) as well as intense surgical experience in advanced cases. Participation in microvascular reconstruction is a major component of the clinical experience.
Research Opportunities: This training program is intended to foster the fellow’s evolution as a clinician investigator. As such, clinical research for this year is a major focus. There is an extensive array of potential research mentors in both basic science and health services research. The fellow may seek a mentor in any appropriate department at the University. The fellow will complete one basic research project during their year with the help of numerous residents and students. We currently have a fresh tumor tissue pipeline that allows for translational research in the areas of tumor microbiology, functional genetics, and tumor immunology. For more intensive research training, there is an option for a 2-year fellowship with a T32 supported year of research combined with the clinical training year.
Supervision, Teaching and Call: Fellows are expected to teach and supervise actively in the operating room with a hands-on approach. No formal didactic teaching is expected from the fellow, but they will participate in biweekly teaching sessions administered by the head and neck attending surgeons. The fellow has attending and admitting privileges. He/she will have one half-day independent clinic per week focusing on basic head and neck surgery. Surgical cases derived from this clinic will be performed independently by the fellow. The fellow will also oversee the head and neck service, participate in the weekly head and neck multidisciplinary tumor board, and take part in the attending on call rotation. This equates to approximately two 4-day weeks of call and 6 weekends per year.
Emily Marchiano, M.D., Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
John Pang, M.D., Assistant Professor, Ochsner LSU Health, Shreveport, Louisiana
Michael Kinzinger, M.D., Tucson ENT, Orange Country, California
Marianne Abouyared, M.D., Assistant Professor, University of California Davis, Sacremento, California
Azeem Kaka, M.D., Assistant Professor, Emory School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
Richard B. Cannon, M.D., Assistant Professor, Huntsman Cancer Hospital, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Scott Bevans, M.D., Chief of Facial Trauma Surgery, Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas
Shannon Poti, M.D., Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento Medical Center, California
Nicole Fowler, M.D., Associate Program Director and Director of Quality and Patient Safety of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio
Chan (Richard) Park, M.D., Associate Professor, UMDNJ/Rutgers
Eric D. LaMarre, M.D., Associate Professor, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Thomas J. Gernon, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor, City of Hope, Los Angeles, CA
Daniel O’Connell, M.D., Director and Fellowship Director, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
Davud Sirjani, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Head and Neck Surgical Oncologist, Stanford University; Director of the Salivary Program, Stanford Health Care; Chief of Otolaryngology, Palo Alto CA
Michael G. Moore, M.D., Arilla Spence DeVault Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Director of Head and Neck Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
Mark W. El-Deiry, M.D., Associate Professor, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Chief and Director, Head and Neck Oncology Surgery Center, Emory University
Eduardo Méndez, M.D., previously Associate Professor, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Washington
Marita S. Teng, M.D., Associate Professor, Residency Program Director, Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, Otolaryngology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Mark Izzard, M.D., Director, Skin Institute & Auckland Head & Neck Specialists, Cancer and Reconstructive surgeon, Facial Plastic Surgeon
Thomas J. Gal, M.D., Professor, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Kentucky
Trad Wadsworth, M.D., Senior Member and Vice Chair, Department of Head and Neck – Endocrine Oncology; Chief of Head and Neck Surgical Services, Head and Neck Surgical Fellowship Director, Moffitt Cancer Center
Douglas B. Villaret, M.D., Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon, Charlotte ENT Associates, SC.
Brendan Stack, M.D., Professor and Chair, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and SIU Medicine
Shawn D. Newlands, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, and Professor, Department of Neuroscience (joint), University of Rochester
Marc Coltrera, M.D., Professor Emeritus, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Washington