New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell & Columbia

Institution & address
Weill Cornell Medical College
1305 York Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10021

Columbia University Medical College
180 Harkness Pavilion, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10032
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fellowship co-directors
Abtin Tabaee, MD
Ashutosh Kacker, MD

other fellowship-trained rhinology faculty
David Gudis, MD
Aaron Pearlman, MD

departmental mission statement
The New York-Presbyterian Hospital is a world leading medical center with two main Academic medical Center campuses: one affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College and the other with Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. This Departments of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at both campuses provide advanced clinical care, education and research. Each site has several expert faculty representing the various sub-specialty disciplines of otolaryngology and serving a large local, regional and international catchment area. The full breadth of tertiary otolaryngology care is provided encompassing the latest advances in medical and surgical care. Education is integral to the mission of the Departments at both the medical student and resident level. The combined bi-campus residency program trains four house officers per year with dedicated rotations at Weill Cornell, Columbia, Memorial Sloan Kettering and other teaching hospitals including a public hospital and the Bronx VA. Medical students from both medical schools as well as outside institutions actively participate in educational rotations. The research activities of the faculty produce numerous manuscripts yearly, drawing from scholarly activities that integrate the robust clinical, basic science, and translational collaborations available at both campuses. Many faculty serve as national leaders in otolaryngology – society presidents, Board members, journal editors, visiting professors, and other academic leadership activities.

overview of fellowship
The recently launched one-year Rhinology fellowship at the New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell and Columbia University Medical Colleges combines the clinical, surgical and research expertise of the fellowship directors and outstanding rhinology faculty at both campuses to provide a comprehensive educational experience for the rhinology fellow. In addition to the four fellowship trained rhinologists, several other key faculty contribute to the fellowship experience including surgical care and overall education. The core goals of the fellowship program include:
  • Maturation of surgical skills by active participation in a high volume of surgical procedures encompassing the full spectrum of rhinologic and endoscopic skull base surgery. A comprehensive experience with multiple faculty preceptors will provide the fellow a platform for mastering perioperative care, surgical principles, and techniques.
  • Development of expertise in the medical care of rhinologic disorders. This will be facilitated by collaborating with the fellowship faculty in the outpatient office setting. In addition to assessment and medical treatment, the fellow will be exposed to the office procedures commonly performed in rhinology. Finally, dedicated time will be spent developing a foundation in the care of allergy patients under the direction of otolaryngologic allergy faculty.
  • Active participation in research including clinical projects, scholarly activities, and collaborative initiatives across the medical center.
  • Didactic educational experience drawing from the primary literature, attendance at local and national educational meetings and dynamic exchange with the faculty.
  • Faculty mentorship and career development in rhinology including acquisition of practice management skills.
  • Opportunity to teach and collaborate with residents in the OR, hospital and outpatient clinic settings.
fellowship description
Clinical Rotations & Weekly Schedule: The fellow will be directly immersed in the operating rooms and outpatient office practices of the program faculty throughout the year. While there are no distinct block rotations, the fellow will have a weekly schedule as outlined below that involves directly working with the different faculty members at both campuses to achieve a comprehensive educational experience. The weekly schedule of the fellow will include 3-4 days of rhinologic surgery performed at both campuses and 1-2 days of outpatient clinic/office, including participation in the faculty practice, supervision of the resident clinic and participation in the otolaryngologic allergy clinic.
Research Responsibilities: The fellow actively participates in research activities mentored by the program faculty. The majority of the experience targets clinical research, but collaborative opportunities exist for basic science and translational research throughout both campuses.

Diversity of Cases: A comprehensive and high volume surgical experience with expert faculty preceptors is the foundation of the fellowship.
  • Routine endoscopic sinus surgery
  • Surgery for nasal obstruction
  • Advanced endoscopic surgery for inflammatory sinusitis (revision surgery, endoscopic frontal sinus surgery)
  • Endoscopic skull base and intracranial surgery for sinonasal and intracranial neoplasms, CSF leak, meningoencephalocele 
  • Endoscopic surgery of the orbit (DCR, orbital decompression)
  • Open approaches to the paranasal sinuses
Call Schedule: Hospital call is managed by the otolaryngology residents and departmental faculty members. The fellow will not provide primary call for the hospital or faculty practices. However, the fellow is expected to assist with the care of emergency rhinology cases supervised by the fellowship faculty.

Additional Information:
  • Fellow receives a faculty appointment at the Instructor level.
  • The fellow’s salary is commensurate with a PGY-6 level.
  • Standard medical insurance, disability and malpractice benefits provided.
  • 3 weeks of vacation weeks provided.
  • Reimbursement for the cost of attendance to national meetings where the fellow is presenting is provided.
requirements for appointment
  • Board eligible/board certified in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
  • Valid New York State License
  • Able to begin July 1
application information
Applications are received through the Rhinology Match at Interviews will be conducted in winter-spring. Please call or email with additional questions.
application deadline
February 1
contact information
Abtin Tabaee, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
1305 York Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10021
Office telephone: 646-962-2221
Office fax: 646-962-0100

Revised: 11/09/2015