Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Department of Otolaryngology
Rhinology and Skull Base Fellowship
1215 21st Avenue, South, Suite 7209
Medical Center East--South Tower
Nashville, TN 37232-8605




Rakesh (Rick) Chandra, MD


Naweed I. Chowdhury, MD
Paul T. Russell, MD
Justin H. Turner, MD, PhD


The Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences inhabits a comprehensive, state-of-the art facility in Nashville, Tennessee. Over 300+ full-time professionals serve the world of human communication. The Center educates approximately 170 graduate students, residents and fellows annually in highly competitive training programs. The Departments of Otolaryngology and Hearing & Speech consistently receive top national rankings.


The fellowship is an intensive one-year program that combines clinical and surgical duties at a busy tertiary medical center. The goal of the fellowship is to equip each fellow with the skill set to be a leader in rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery. A comprehensive experience is emphasized with a focus on clinical care, research, and teaching. Surgical cases include primary and revision sinus surgery, skull base and orbital pathology, and treatment of CSF leaks and encephaloceles. The fellowship includes a broad anterior skull base and pituitary experience, including the use of extended endoscopic approaches and complex reconstruction techniques. Endoscopic approaches to orbital pathology are also emphasized as part of a close collaborative effort with ophthalmology. Moreover, the fellow will gain experience in performing office-based rhinology procedures. The fellow is credentialed as an Instructor with general ENT privileges. The program is accredited under the American Rhinologic Society.


Clinical Rotations:

The fellow will spend time with each faculty member throughout the 12-month experience.

Weekly Schedule:

On average, the fellow will spend three days a week in the OR and two days a week in the clinic. The schedule is adjusted on a weekly basis in order to assure experience with higher acuity and more challenging cases.

Research Responsibilities:

The rhinology fellow is encouraged to participate in a host of basic science, translational, and clinical research projects. A devoted rhinology laboratory is available for any basic science pursuits. Additional projects in robotics and surgical outcomes are also available. The fellowship is designed to provide adequate time for academic pursuits, and fellows are strongly encouraged to present at national meetings.

Diversity of Cases:

The clinical practice and fellowship benefit from an over 300-mile catchment area around Nashville, TN and a well-established referral pattern for complex cases. Approximately 600 surgical cases are performed yearly with an emphasis on revision sinus surgery, benign and malignant sinonasal tumors, cerebrospinal fluid leaks, and pituitary tumors. The fellowship includes a comprehensive experience in anterior skull base and orbital pathology. Approximately 150 skull base and pituitary cases and 40-50 orbital cases are performed yearly. An adjacent allergy center completes the experience.

2021-2022 Fellow's Case Log

Call Schedule:

Call is approximately one every six weekends.

Additional Information:

Fellows are expected to take an active role in resident teaching in both the operating room and clinics, and will take part in regularly scheduled didactic activities. The rhinology fellow is expected to help supervise a resident clinic for one half-day every three to four weeks. Fellows will be appointed as clinical instructors with attending and admitting privileges. Salary will be provided at the PGY-6 level with a comprehensive benefits package and malpractice insurance.


Charles K. Oh M.D.; Paul T. Russell, M.D.; Jeffrey L. Cutler, M.D.; Marina Boruk, M.D.; Samuel S. Becker, M.D.; Leslie A. Nurse, M.D.; Esther Kim, M.D.; Liat Shama M.D.; Alfredo S. Archilla M.D.; Matthew Clavenna, M.D.; Benjamin Hull, M.D.; Leah Hauser, M.D.; Todd Wannemuehler, M.D.; Eric Succar, M.D.; Ashley Bauer, M.D.; Laura van de Laar, M.D.; Alex Labby, M.D.; Kolin Rubel, M.D


Applicants must be eligible for both the US Boards and a Tennessee medical license. See the details below:

  1. Eligibility for the ABO-HNS certification exam requires that one have completed their post-graduate residency training in an ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) approved program.
  2. Qualification for a full Tennessee Medical License requires graduation from a medical school that is accredited by the LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education) and successful completion of a one year US training program approved by the ACGME. US or Canadian citizenship (or proof of legal entitlement to live and work in the US) is also required.

Vanderbilt is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.


Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. 


Rick Chandra, MD
Vanderbilt Department of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery
1215 21st Avenue, South, Suite 7209
Medical Center East--South Tower
Nashville, TN 37232-8605