University of North Carolina

Institution & address
University of North Carolina
Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7070

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fellowship director
Charles S. Ebert, Jr. MD, MPH

fellowship co-directors
Adam M. Zanation, MD
Brent A. Senior, MD
departmental mission statement
"The mission of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the University of North Carolina is to improve health care by enhancing the field of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery and by advancing its clinical application. To fulfill this mission, our objectives are the following:
  1. To provide excellent otolaryngologic/head and neck surgical patient care that can serve as a national model.
  2. To provide outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate education that disseminates otolaryngology/head and neck surgery knowledge and facilitates more contributions to the knowledge base.
  3. To carry out basic science, clinical, and health services research that advance the field of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery.
overview of fellowship
This one-year fellowship program provides comprehensive training in the medical and surgical management of sinonasal inflammatory disease, anterior and central skull base lesions (utilizing both endoscopic and/or open management), allergic disease, and orbital pathology. Emphasis is also placed on research that ranges from basic science translational work to clinical trials. Our goal is to provide the highest-quality, broad-based training that will impart fellows with the knowledge and expertise to develop a successful tertiary Rhinology/skull base surgery practice.
fellowship description
Clinical Rotations: Fellows rotate with each of the three faculty members in an apprenticeship model. Elective time is also provided to allow fellows to focus on specific skills or areas of interest.
Weekly Schedule: Varies with each faculty member. However, the fellows will have their own clinic one half day per week as well as time to schedule cases from their clinic.

Research Responsibilities: Fellows are expected to participate in research during the fellowship. There are numerous opportunities in basic science, translational, and clinical research. Fellows are provided administrative time as well as elective time to complete their research goals. Fellows are expected to produce at least 2 manuscripts during their training. Travel expenses are also provided for presentations at national meetings.
Diversity of Cases: The fellow will actively participate in a wide array of surgical procedures. Between the three faculty members, a total of approximately 550 OR cases are performed per year. The last fellow participated in 245 cases over the past 12 months. The operative experience includes primary and revision endoscopic sinus surgery, endoscopic and open frontal sinus surgery, endoscopic septoplasty, orbital decompression, as well as endoscopic CSF leak and encephalocele repair. The fellow also will participate in expanded endoscopic cases of midline and the anterior skull base, including surgery of the pituitary, suprasellar cistern, olfactory groove, clivus and infratemporal fossa. The fellow will also have an opportunity to perform open approaches for tumor pathology of the skull base.

Call Schedule: 3 days per month as faculty member
Additional Information: 
  • Position of Clinical Fellow
  • Salary commensurate with PGY-7 level
  • Standard medical, disability, and malpractice
  • 3 weeks of vacation
  • Availability and support to present research at national meetings
  • Educational fund
current and past fellows
1. Mitchell R. Gore, MD, PhD. 2011-2012. Private Practice. Greensboro, NC.
2. Kenneth Rodriguez, MD 2012-2013. Assistant Professor, Chief of Rhiology & Anterior Skull Base Surgery - Case-Western Reserve. Clevelan, OH.
3. Stan W. McClurg, MD 2013-2014. Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery - St. Luke's Health System. Kansas City, MO.
4. Anthony Del Signore, MD 2014-2015. Assistant Professor, Mt Sinai Health System. New York, NY.
5. Brian D. Thorp, MD 2014-2015. Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina-Chapel HIll. Chapel Hill, NC.
Current Fellows:
  • Patrick Colley, MD 2015-2016. Residency: New York Eye and Ear infirmary of Mount Sinai. New York, NY.
  • Kibwei McKinney, MD 2015-2016. Residency: University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC.
requirements for appointment
  • Applicants must be American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery eligible/certified.
  • Valid North Carolina State Medical License
  • Ability to begin July 1st.
application information
Applications are reviewed during first 2 weeks of February and interviews are typically offered by the end of February Two interview dates will be available.
application deadline
February 1st
contact information
CB# 7070 Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Division of Rhinology, Allergy, and Sinus Surgery
University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7070
919-966-3342 (office)
919-966-7941 (fax)
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Revised 03/23/2015