University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Department of Otolaryngology
Rhinology and Cranial Base Fellowship Program
1400 Locust Street
Building B - Suite 11500
Pittsburgh, PA 15219




Carl Snyderman, MD, FACS
The Eye & Ear Institute, Suite 500
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
[email protected]

Stella Lee, MD, FAAOA
UPMC Mercy
1400 Locust Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
[email protected]

Eric Wang, MD, FACS
The Eye & Ear Institute, Suite 500
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
[email protected]


The goal of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is to continue to be a center of excellence for otolaryngology by providing high quality, state-of-the-art patient care, education and research delivered in the most efficient and effective manner..


This one year fellowship will be jointly provided by the Center for Sinonasal Disorders and Allergy and the Center for Cranial Base Surgery to provide comprehensive training in the management of complex sinonasal disorders and skull base pathology in a tertiary care university setting. Both centers have a track record for innovation, leadership, and pioneering therapies in skull base surgery and inflammatory disorders. The fellowship is designed to provide advanced training in revision endoscopic sinus surgery, advanced frontal sinus surgery, the care of sinonasal disease in adult cystic fibrosis patients, approach to basic and complex skull base lesions, CSF leak repair, advanced reconstruction techniques, and management of orbital pathology. Utilizing a state-of-the-art allergy clinic within the Division, fellows will be instructed and participate in all aspects of diagnosis and management of otolaryngic allergy. Additionally fellows are funded to attend an AAOA Instruction Course during the year. The fellow will also serve as an integral member of the skull base team and participate as a clinical instructor in the Endoscopic Endonasal Skull Base Course with the opportunity to interface with leaders in the field of rhinology and skull base surgery.


Weekly Schedule:

To provide the greatest educational benefit, the fellow will participate in the operating room and clinical office of each of the faculty. As the year progresses, flexibility in the schedule is designed to tailor the fellowship to the needs of the fellow.

Research Responsibilities:

Clinical research is expected and mentored in order to allow the fellow to formulate independent research study. The availability of a large prospective clinical database allows for a diversity of research projects. The fellow is also expected to produce a published review paper or chapter. Instruction in clinical trial design and participation is facilitated by ongoing multi-institutional clinical trials within the Division.

Diversity of Cases:

Fellows are expected to become proficient in all aspects of frontal sinus/revision surgery, skull base surgery, repair of CSF leaks, orbital decompression, dacryocystorhinostomy, and management of patients with chronic rhinosinusitis and cystic fibrosis. The fellowship experience will also include immunologic evaluation of the patients with refractory inflammatory disease and comprehensive treatment of allergic rhinitis with subcutaneous and sublingual immunotherapy.

Call Schedule:

Participate in the general call schedule approximately three weeks a year and be available to cover postoperative sinus and skull base cases.

Additional Information:

The fellow is expected to participate in two Pittsburgh expanded endoscopic skull base surgery courses and one endoscopic sinus course, give two grand rounds and participate in PGY2 resident instruction. After a 3 to 6 month supervisory period, fellows will conduct one clinic a week independently.


2015-2015 Thomas Willson, MD
2014-2015 Brian Lee, DO
2013-2014 Alissa Kanaan, MD
2012-2013 Jorge Contreras, MD
2011-2012 Nimish Patel, MD
2010-2011 Kristin Woodbury, DO
2009-2010 Jeevan B. Ramakrishnan, MD
2008-2009 Harshita Pant, MD, PhD
2007-2009 Bradley A. Otto, MD (spanned 2 years)


Applicants must be board eligible/board certified and satisfy requirements for Pennsylvania medical licensure.


Please submit an application through the SFMatch. Interviews will be conducted in Winter-Spring in accordance with the rhinology match.


February 1


Nancy Szablewski
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Otolaryngology
UPMC Mercy
1400 Locust Street, Building B - Suite 11500
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
[email protected]
412-232-8989 (T)
412-232-8525 (F)