Advanced Oncologic Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship
The University of Pittsburgh, Department of Otolaryngology offers fellowship training in advanced oncologic head and neck surgery as a one to two-year commitment. We currently have eight full-time faculty committed to this program. This results in a high volume of head and neck cases and includes patients undergoing cranial base surgery, major head and neck surgery, and those involved in chemoradiation protocols. The fellow will be appointed as an instructor in otolaryngology, a faculty position. Applicants must be Board Certified or eligible for certification in otolaryngology. All applicants must be eligible for licensure to practice medicine in the State of Pennsylvania.This fellowship program is designed to prepare an individual for an academic career in oncologic head and neck surgery.
An extensive surgical program is merged with principles of modern radiation and medical oncology. All candidates will be expected to identify and pursue some clinical and/or basic research activity, sometimes designing a two-year training program. The University of Pittsburgh is currently funded by the National Cancer Institute through the Head and Neck Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE), one of only 5 in the US, and also is a recipient of an NIH T32 training grant in head and neck oncology. Thus, abundant opportunities for basic and translational research are available.
Fellowship training in advanced oncologic head and neck surgery was begun at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Otolaryngology in 1984.Active participation in weekly tumor boards and patient planning conference, as well as all aspects of patient care, is anticipated. Training in advanced oncologic head and neck surgery includes: teaching head and neck surgery, participating in advanced oncologic head and neck procedures including surgery of the cranial base, and didactic training in the disciplines of radiation oncology and medical oncology.
The successful applicant must be able to function effectively in a high volume surgical program with an emphasis on resident training and research. A multitude of opportunities for personal growth are available.
Robert L. Ferris, MD., PhD
UPMC Endowed Professor of Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery
Vice-Chair for Clinical Operations
Chief, Division of Head and Neck Surgery
Associate Director for Translational Research
Co-Leader, Cancer Immunology Program
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute