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Johns Hopkins Sinus Center
Fellowship in Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery
Dept of Otolaryngology-HNS
Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
6th floor
601 N. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21287-0910
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fellowship director
Andrew P. Lane, MD
Dept of Otolaryngology-HNS
Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
6th floor
601 N. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21287-0910

fellowship co-director
Murray Ramanathan, MD
departmental mission statement
The Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery offers specialized care in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the head and neck region. Our faculty, residents, and staff devote their professional lives to delivering outstanding patient care to our patients and to bringing scientific advances to the benefit of our patients.

There are four key components to our mission:
  • To advance knowledge of the diseases and physiological systems that are a part of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery
  • To deliver outstanding patient care in all aspects of the discipline
  • To train the future leaders of the specialty
  • To promote the mission of Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine through collaborative programs and interactions
overview of fellowship
The Johns Hopkins rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery fellowship is a 1-year program designed to provide a comprehensive training experience to prepare participants for a career in academic rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery. Our center has grown to encompass 5 rhinologic and skull base surgeons, an NIH funded rhinology research program, and a busy otolaryngic allergy center.

Fellows will participate in a busy tertiary rhinology practice that is supported by a strong institutional network of regional, national, and international referrals. Johns Hopkins Sinus Center clinical activities include the breadth of medical rhinology, including otolaryngic allergy and office-based procedures. Fellows will receive operative training in primary and revision endoscopic sinus surgery, advanced frontal sinus procedures, endoscopic approaches to orbital disease processes, and removal of benign and malignant tumors. A major emphasis will be placed on endoscopic skull base surgery through collaborations with neurosurgical colleagues at the Johns Hopkins Minimally Invasive Brain and Skull Base Surgery Center. In addition, fellows will assume graduated responsibility for an independent clinic and surgical caseload. It is expected that fellows will participate in resident teaching and lead rhinology case conferences, as well as make educational presentations within the department.
fellowship description
Clinical Rotations: The fellow will spend time in the clinics and ORs of Dr. Andrew Lane as well as additional Johns Hopkins Sinus Center faculty involved with fellowship training:
  • Dr. Murray Ramanathan, Jr.
  • Dr. Masaru Ishii
  • Dr. Sandra Lin
Depending on the interests of the fellow, additional training in otolaryngic allergy is available with Dr. Sandra Lin.
Weekly Schedule: Fellows will typically spend 2 days a week in clinic (including a half day of their own clinic) and 2 days a week in the OR. One academic day a week is provided for research and writing.
Research Responsibilities: Our research group is actively investigating the causes of chronic rhinosinusitis and other nasal disorders and diseases. Fellows will have an opportunity to take part in a robust clinical and basic science research experience through their work with the fellowship directors and affiliated faculty. Dr. Lane’s and Dr. Ramanathan’s NIH-funded laboratory focuses on clinically-oriented bench research into the underlying mechanisms of chronic rhinosinusitis and inflammatory olfactory loss, as well as the role of the environment and aeroallergens in propagating sinonasal inflammation. Dr. Ishii studies sinonasal and skull base outcomes and is involved with innovative collaborative clinical research with the neurosurgery, pulmonary medicine, and biomedical engineering departments. In addition, clinical research is being conducted in partnership with industry, and fellows have the opportunity to lead these projects and further develop new corporate relationships. Involvement in research is highly encouraged and the fellowship offers mentorship for obtaining foundation and/or NIH grant support that can provide a springboard toward a career as a clinician-scientist.
Diversity of Cases: The fellow will participate in over 250 rhinologic, orbital, and skull base cases a year. Emphasis will be placed on revision endoscopic sinus surgery, including complicated management of frontal sinusitis, endoscopic management of orbital disease (dacrocystorhinostomy and orbital decompressions), endoscopic closure of CSF leaks, and resection of sinonasal tumors. A major focus of this fellowship will be placed on endoscopic skull base surgery performed in conjunction with the Department of Neurosurgery. Approximately 250 cases are performed yearly spanning recurrent pituitary adenomas, craniopharyngiomas, juvenile naso-angiofibromas, clival malignancies, meningiomas, and esthesioneuroblastomas.

Call Schedule: The fellow will take 3-4 weeks of faculty adult otolaryngology call (No pediatrics or trauma). In addition, the fellow will be expected to staff inpatient rhinologic consultations with resident housestaff.
Additional Information: Fellows will be appointed as an Instructor with full independent admitting and operating privileges at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Salary will be provided at the PGY-6 level (approximately $65,052 for 2016-2017). Fellows will be provided faculty benefits including health, dental, disability, and malpractice insurance. In addition fellows will be provided a discretionary account of $1050 a year to assist with travel expenses to national meetings.
current and past fellows
2017-2018: Andrew Victores
2016-2017: Luke Donatelli - Current position: Progressive ENT, Manhasset, NY
2015-2016: Ashleigh Halderman: Current Position: Assistant Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX.
2014-2015: Jill Mazza – Current Position: East Valley ENT, Burbank, CA
2013-2014: Joe Shargorodsky – Current Position: Coastal Ear, Nose, and Throat, Neptune, NJ.
2012-2013: Jonathan Liang – Current Position: Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, Oakland, CA
2011-2012: Thomas Higgins – Current Position: Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology, University of Louisville School of Medicine
2010-2011: Stella Lee- Current Position: Assistant Professor, Director, Division of Sino-nasal Disorders and Allergy, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
2009-2010: Murugappan Ramanathan, Jr.- Current Position: Assistant Professor, Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in Bethesda, Johns Hopkins University
2008-2009: Eugene A. Chu- Current Position: Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Rhinology fellowship co-director, Orange County Kaiser Permanente, CA

requirements for appointment
Applicants must be board eligible/board certified and satisfy the requirements for Maryland medical licensure.

application information
The application process is managed through the SF match. All applications should be submitted online through Please feel free to contact the fellowship program directors with questions. Applications are reviewed in the winter and selected candidates will be offered interview dates at the Johns Hopkins Sinus Center in late February through the early May.
application deadline
February 1
contact information
Andrew P. Lane, M.D.
Professor, Department of Otolaryngology
601 N. Caroline St, JHOC 6th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: 410-955-7808