UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

INSTITUTION & ADDRESS

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Department of Otolaryngology
Rhinology and Cranial Base Fellowship Program
200 Lothrop Street
The Eye & Ear Institute, Suite 500
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

SF MATCH PROGRAM ID#

2879

FELLOWSHIP DIRECTOR

Eric Wang, MD, FARS
Professor
UPMC Department of Otolaryngology
The Eye & Ear Institute, Suite 500
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
[email protected]

Carl Snyderman, MD, MBA
Professor
UPMC Department of Otolaryngology
The Eye & Ear Institute, Suite 500
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
[email protected]

DEPARTMENTAL MISSION STATEMENT

The goal of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is to continue to be a center of excellence for otolaryngology by providing high quality, state-of-the-art patient care, education, and research.

OVERVIEW OF FELLOWSHIP

The Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center offers a one-year fellowship program in advanced rhinology and skull base surgery. This training provides a comprehensive experience in the management of complex sinonasal disorders, sinonasal malignancy, and skull base/orbital pathology. The faculty at our high-volume center routinely perform more than 650 surgical cases per year. The surgical experience during this year focuses on revision endoscopic sinus surgery including cystic fibrosis, nasal airway surgery, and advanced endoscopic and open frontal sinus surgery, CSF leak repair, endoscopic sinonasal tumor resections, endoscopic endonasal skull base surgery for basic and complex skull base lesions, advanced reconstruction techniques, and management of orbital pathology. This fellowship program is designed to prepare an individual for an academic career in rhinology and cranial base surgery.

As an Instructor in Otolaryngology, the fellow will be actively involved in the educational rhinology curriculum. Teaching opportunities include didactic lectures, resident training, and mentoring other trainees on research projects. The fellow will also benefit from a structured curriculum including weekly Skull Base Film Conference, monthly Interesting Case Conference, and quarterly Journal Club. The fellow will also serve as an integral member of the skull base team by participating as a lab instructor in the Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery of the Skull Base CME Course which provides the fellow with an opportunity to interface with leaders in the field of rhinology and skull base surgery.

The fellowship benefits from multidisciplinary collaborations with neurosurgery, oculoplastics, neuroradiology, and head and neck oncology.

FELLOWSHIP DESCRIPTION

Weekly Schedule:

  • 1 protected academic day (every other week)
  • 1 day of clinic
  • 3-4 operating room days

Research Responsibilities:

Clinical research is expected and mentored to allow the fellow to formulate independent research study. The availability of several prospective clinical databases allows for 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. There is a full-time research manager dedicated to rhinology and cranial base that helps facilitate research productivity during the year.

Diversity of Cases:

The faculty at our high-volume center routinely perform more than 650 surgical cases per year including 200-250 endoscopic skull base cases. The fellow’s surgical experience is geared towards more challenging endoscopic cases, such as revision and frontal sinus surgery and skull base, orbital, and intracranial pathology. Ablation of both benign and malignant sinonasal neoplasms is also a robust area of the fellow’s surgical experience.

If the fellow has interest, they can become proficient in advanced nasal airway surgery including open septorhinoplasty and open approaches to the paranasal sinuses and neck.

Call Schedule:

The fellow will participate in the department’s general and maxillofacial trauma call schedule approximately five weeks a year and be available to cover for postoperative sinus and skull base patients if needed.

Additional Information:

The fellow is funded to attend the annual meetings of the North American Skull Base Society and/or the American Rhinologic Society.

CURRENT AND PAST FELLOWS

2020-Present
Vijay Patel, MD
Uma Ramaswamy, MD

2019-2020
Joel Franco, MD, Anderson Medical Group, Carbon, IL
Nadeem Kolia, MD, Assistant Professor, Cooper University

2018-2019
Omar Ahmed, MD, Assistant Professor, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

2017-2019
Philippe Lavigne, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Montreal

2017-2018
Daniel Faden, MD, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

2016-2017
Mathew Geltzeiler, MD, Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Sciences University
Andrea Hebert, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland
Meghan Turner, MD, Assistant Professor, West Virginia University

2015-2016
Aron Pollack, MD, Assistant Professor, Hofstra/Northwell
Thomas Willson, MD, Brooke Army Medical Center

2014-2015
Brian Lee, DO, Private Practice, Concord, NH
Chirag Patel, MD, Assistant Professor, Loyola University
Amanda Stapleton, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh

2013-2014
Timothy DeKlotz, MD, Associate Professor, Georgetown University
J. Kenneth Byrd, MD, Associate Professor, Medical College of Georgia Augusta University

2012-2013
John de Almeida, MD, MSc, Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Shirley Su, MBBS, Associate Professor, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

2010-2012
Carlos Pinheiro-Neto, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Mayo Clinic

2010
Alec Vaezi, MD, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor, New York University

2009-2010
Steve C. Lee, MD, PhD, Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Loma Linda University
Yew Kwang Ong, MBBCh, Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore

2009
C. Arturo Solares, MD, Professor, Emory University

2008-2009
Amol Bhatki, MD, Chief, Division of Otolaryngology, Baylor University Medical Center
Emiro Caicedo Granados, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
Harshita Pant, BMBS, Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide

2007-2008
Adam Zanation, MD, Harold C. Pillsbury Distinguished Professor and Executive Vice Chair, University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill

2006-2007
Allan Vescan, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

2004-2005
Lee Zimmer, MD, PhD, Director of Otolaryngology, Mercy Health, Cincinnati, OH

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPOINTMENT

Applicants must be Board eligible/Board certified and satisfy requirements for appointment to the active medical staff which requires completion of an ACGME-approved residency training program (https://apps.acgme.org/ads/Public/Programs/Search).

APPLICATION INFORMATION

We offer 2 fellowship positions. To apply, please visit the Rhinology Match program at: www.SFmatch.org.  Interviews will be conducted in the Spring in accordance with the Rhinology Match.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Applications are processed through SFMatch. Deadlines are available on their website here.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Mary Jo Tutchko
UPMC Department of Otolaryngology
200 Lothrop Street
The Eye & Ear Institute, Suite 500
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
[email protected]
412-647-8186 (T)
412-647-2080 (F)