Vanderbilt University Medical Center
1215 21st Avenue South, Suite 7209
Medical Center East – South Tower
Nashville, TN 37232-8605
James Netterville, MD – Fellowship Director
Joanne Merriam – Coordinator
|Number of Fellowships: 2|
Duration (in years) / Type: 1 year / Clinical
Faculty: Young J. Kim, MD, PhD, FACS
Overview: The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Fellowship in Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery provides advanced clinical training in head and neck oncology, microvascular construction, skull base surgery, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and transoral robotic surgery (TORS).
Objectives: Our fellowship/instructorship is a one year program designed to accomplish these major factors:
- Increase proficiency in thyroid and parathyroid surgery and treatment.
- Increase proficiency in cranial base surgery.
- Increase proficiency in microvascular reconstructive surgery.
- Increase proficiency in robotic surgery.
- Increase proficiency in multimodality care of the head and neck oncologic patient.
- Prepare the physician for an academic career in head and neck oncologic surgery.
Strengths: Vanderbilt serves as the premier referral center for advanced head and neck cancer patients in the Southeast. Fellows gain extensive experience in the management of such patients. Our collaborative team-based approach gives the fellow the opportunity for close interaction with leaders in medical and radiation oncology, speech and swallow therapy, neurosurgery, and thoracic surgery. Fellows also gain experience handling the unique needs of the veteran population through our collaboration with the Veteran’s Administration Hospital.
Finally, two medical mission trips to Africa (usually Uganda and Kenya) occur each year and each fellow participates in at least one of those trips.
Eligibility: Candidate must complete residency in Otolaryngology, and be board certified or board eligible. Additionally, fellows must be able to:
(1) obtain an unrestricted Tennessee Medical License. At least one year of training in an AMA accredited program in the United States is required for International MD licensure in the state of Tennessee. Requirements for Tennessee Full Medical Licensure are available at http://health.state.tn.us/boards/Me/applications.htm
(2) obtain a Tennessee DEA. Information on requirements for DEA registration can be found at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drugreg/reg_apps/index.html
and (3) provide proof of citizenship or Visa status (if applicable). Visa information (if applicable) should be provided with the application. Please note all of the requirements and be advised that we do not sponsor visas for fellows. The visa you would need to independently acquire must permit you to work and may not be a student visa as this position requires teaching. For Visa information, please consult the US State Department website.
Fellows’ Duties/Responsibilities: Each fellow is expected to become proficient in all areas of head and neck extirpative and reconstructive surgery. The two fellows alternate their clinical responsibilities every two months. One rotation involves working primarily with Dr. Netterville and participating in all aspects of the care of his patients. This comprises a wide variety of malignant and non-malignant neoplasms of the upper aerodigestive tract, skull base, salivary glands, endocrine glands and neurovascular structures of the head and neck.
During the alternate rotation, the fellow works with Drs. Sinard, Rohde, and Mannion with a partial emphasis on microvascular reconstruction. On average the head and neck team performs 100-120 free tissue transfers yearly, which are split between the fellows. During the rest of the week the fellow on this rotation participates in a similar variety of head and neck cases with each of these three faculty members.
All fellows have appointments as Instructor within the medical center, which allows them to schedule their own cases and take call as an attending. While emergent cases may be staffed by the fellows, the standard that we have set is for this to be rare, so the fellow can focus on learning from the faculty.
Basic science research opportunities are available if requested by the Instructor/Fellow, including the possibility of extending the fellowship to two years.
Our standard one-year fellowship includes a weekly time allotment primarily for clinical research, of retrospective and prospective research, all of which is required to achieve IRB approval, and with the expectation that a publishable manuscript will result. Additionally, many opportunities for contributing to the literature in the form of book chapters, etc. are provided.
Our two-year fellowship comprises one year of clinical fellowship with the same expectations for productive clinical research as with the one-year fellowship, and a second year that is four-fifths basic science research in a dedicated laboratory and one-fifth clinical duties.
Research Opportunities: Fellows work closely with all faculty and other involved head and neck staff to design and execute one or more research projects. A bi-weekly research meeting encourages joint work, and ad hoc meetings are scheduled as needed with team members. Opportunities are provided to collaborate with other members of the Otolaryngology, with all members of the multidisciplinary head and neck cancer team, and with members of Engineering through the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering. The final benchmark for this curriculum area is presentation at a national meeting and publication of peer-reviewed articles.
Supervision, Teaching & Call: At any given time, the head and neck rotation includes a chief resident (PGY-5), two senior residents (PGY-4), one other resident (PGY-2) and one intern. Our head and neck fellows are integrated into this team to optimizing training for all involved. As soon as the surgical and clinical skills of the fellows are established with the faculty, they are expected to act in a supervisory role in the operating room to educate and guide residents (with the exception of free tissue transfer, where the fellow is expected to be the primary surgeon throughout the year). Clinical education of residents and medical students outside of the OR is a continual expectation of the fellows in the clinic, wards, and conferences and is stressed by all four faculty. All fellows are also required to deliver grand rounds once during their fellowship.
One day per week, the fellow is in charge of the head and neck service at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital. On this rotation, the fellow is the primary educator and supervising surgeon.
Each fellow is on call one out of every six weekends on average, and serves as the attending on call during these periods.
|John Coniglio, MD||Clinical Associate Professor in Surgery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.||1990–1991|
|Frank Civantos, MD||Professor and Director of Head & Neck Surgery, University of Miami, Miami, FL.||1991–1992|
|John Wanamaker, MD||Washington DC VA Medical Center, Washington, DC.||1992–1993|
|Bill Armstrong, MD||Chairman, Professor, Director of Head and Neck Surgery, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA.||1993–1994|
|Bob Sinard, MD||Associate Professor & Residency Director, Head & Neck Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.||1994–1995|
|Don Weed, MD||Professor, Director of Head & Neck Research, University of Miami, Miami, FL.||1995–1996|
|Ted Teknos, MD||Professor, Case Western Reserve University & Deputy Director for University Hospitals, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Cleveland, OH.||1996–1997|
|Frank Miller, MD||Professor and Chairman; Thomas Walthall Folbre, M.D. Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology; Director, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Texas at San Antonio, TX.||1997–1998|
|Chris Sullivan, MD||Associate Professor, Head & Neck Surgery, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC.||1998–1999|
|Joe Sniezek, MD||Medical Director of Endocrine Surgery, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA.||1999–2000|
|Alain Sabri, MD||Chairman, Head and Neck Surgery, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon.||1999–2000|
|Mumtaz Khan, MD||Professor and Chairman Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, Aga Khan Medical Center, Karachi, Pakistan.||2000–2001|
|Garth Olson, MD||Associate Professor, Director of Head & Neck Surgery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.||2000–2001|
|Peter Hunt, MD||Private Practice, Associates in ENT; Director, Head and Neck/Melanoma Center of Excellence, Memorial Cancer Institute; Chattanooga, TN.||2001–2002|
|Terry Johnson, MD||Chairman, Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA.||2001–2002|
|Bill Magdytz, MD||Director of Head & Neck Surgery, Portsmith Naval Medical Center, Portsmith, VA.||2001–2002|
|Rob Lorenz, MD||Surgeon, Head and Neck Surgery Section, Head & Neck Institute; Medical Director of Payment Reform, Risk & Contracting, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH.||2002–2003|
|Paul Van der Sloot, MD||Associate Professor, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.||2002–2003|
|Derrick Lin, MD||Associate Professor; Director, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical Center, Boston, MA.||2003–2004|
|George Coppit, MD||Director of Head and Neck Surgery, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.||2003–2004|
|Cecelia Schmalbach, MD||The David Myers, MD Professor and Chair, Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University; Director, Temple Head & Neck Institute, Philadelphia, PA.||2004–2005|
|Scharukh Jalisi, MD||Chief of Otolaryngology, Beth Israel Medical Center, Boston, MA.||2004–2005|
|Jason Hunt, MD||Clinical Director, Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, Huntsman Cancer Hospital; University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.||2005–2006|
|Becky Massey, MD||Associate Professor, Head and Neck Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.||2005–2006|
|Chad Zender, MD||Associate Professor; Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Translational Research; Ears, Nose, and Throat Institute, Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, OH.||2006–2007|
|Francis Ruggiero, MD||Director of Head and Neck Surgery, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA.||2006–2007|
|Kyle Mannion, MD||Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.||2007–2008|
|Nadir Ahmad, MD||Head, Division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery; Director, Head and Neck Cancer Program; Cooper University Health Care, Camden, NJ.||2007–2008|
|Freedom Johnson, MD||Director, Head and Neck Oncologic, Reconstructive and Cranial Base Surgery, MetroHealth Medical Center, & Assistant Professor, Case Western Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Cleveland, OH.||2008–2009|
|Matthew Old, MD||Associate Professor; Director, Head and Neck Surgery, Ohio State Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Columbus, OH.||2008–2009|
|Sarah Rohde, MD||Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Nashville, TN.||2009–2010|
|Ronald Walker, MD||Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, St. Louis University Health Sciences Center, St. Louis, MO.||2009–2010|
|Kelly Cunningham, MD||Physician, Head and Neck Surgery, Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL.||2010–2011|
|Alexander Langerman, MD||Associate Professor, Head and Neck Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.||2010–2011|
|Christian Hasney, MD||Assistant Professor, Head and Neck Surgery, Ochsner Clinic, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.||2011–2012|
|Clinton “Casey” Kuwada, MD||Assistant Professor, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT.||2011–2012|
|Benjamin Johnston, MD||Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt Medical Group Franklin – Ear Nose and Throat, Franklin, TN.||2012–2013|
|Adam Luginbuhl, MD||Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Philadelphia, PA.||2012–2013|
|Eric Wirtz, MD (Smith Family Fellow in Head and Neck Surgery)||Chief, Head and Neck Surgery, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI.||2012–2014|
|Christopher Fundakowski, MD (Caridad Bolivar Bacardi Fellow)||Associate Professor, Head and Neck Surgery, Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA.||2013–2014|
|Kelly Groom, MD|
(Smith Family Fellow in Head and Neck Surgery)
|Physician, Head and Neck Surgery, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA.||2013–2015|
|John Heaphy, MD (Caridad Bolivar Bacardi Fellow)||Physician, Head and Neck Surgery, Ryad, Saudi Arabia.||2014–2015|
|Sunshine Dwojak, MD (Smith Family Fellow in Head and Neck Surgery)||Head and Neck Oncology & Microvascular Reconstructive Surgeon, Northwest Pearmanente, Portland, OR.||2015–2016|
|Michael Sim, MD (Caridad Bolivar Bacardi Fellow)||Assistant Professor, Head and Neck Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN.||2015–2016|
|Shethal Bearelly, MD (Smith Family Fellow in Head and Neck Surgery)||Assistant Professor, Head and Neck Surgery, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.||2016–2017|
|Alice Tang, MD (Caridad Bolivar Bacardi Fellow)||Assistant Professor, Head and Neck & Endocrine Surgery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.||2016–2017|
|Jo-lawrence Bigcas, MD (Smith Family Fellow in Head and Neck Surgery)||Assistant Professor, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV.||2017–2018|
|Justin Bond, MD (Caridad Bolivar Bacardi Fellow)||Assistant Professor, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS.||2017–2018|
|Brian P. Cervenka (Caridad Bolivar Bacardi Fellow)||Still in the fellowship program.||2018-2019|
|Nolan Seim (Smith Family Fellow in Head and Neck Surgery)||Still in the fellowship program. Will be Assistant Professor of Head and Neck Surgery, Ohio State, starting July 2019.||2018-2019|