Kaiser Permanente Orange County Rhinology Fellowship
6670 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92618
[email protected]




Rohit Garg, MD MBA


David Keschner, MD JD
Frederick Yoo, MD
Edward Kuan, MD – University of California, Irvine


The mission of the Department of Head and Neck Surgery is to provide excellence in service and quality in the care of our membership, using evidence-based medicine in an environment of high integrity, trust, and collegiality.


The Kaiser Permanente Orange County Rhinology Fellowship was developed to provide an education platform for graduates of an accredited Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Residency who desire a greater level of training in rhinology. The intent is to provide a broad-based exposure to both clinical rhinologic practice and basic and advanced rhinologic surgery. The Fellow will be primarily focused on Rhinology but the Fellow will also be given the opportunity to gain experience with clinicians in affiliated specialties, such as Skull base surgery, Allergy, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology and Rheumatology.

At the completion of the program, the Fellow will be expected to have competency in the medical and surgical care of basic and advanced nasal and sinus conditions, and should have the tools to develop more advanced skills after the Fellowship. Finally, the Fellow should have an appreciation for a patient-oriented practice that focuses on service and evidence-based medicine.


Clinical Rotations:

The Fellow will actively participate in the operating room and in the office. In the operating room, the Fellow will be exposed to the full range of endoscopic surgeries, including primary and revision surgeries for inflammatory disease, endoscopic removal of benign sinonasal tumors, image guided surgery, balloon dilation surgery and others. The Fellow will also participate in complex skull base cases with our skull base team. The Fellow will be given the opportunity to spend time at a nearby hospital and selected other local rhinologists to provide the greatest breadth of surgical experience and technique. Finally, the Fellow will be exposed to related orbital surgery through a collaborative relationship with our oculoplastic surgeons – including endoscopic DCR (approximately 20/year) and orbital decompressions. Endoscopic skull base surgery is done in cooperation with our Neurosurgery colleagues and as part of the skull base team. The Fellow will also be given supervised but independent OR time within which to schedule and perform sinus surgery. Conservatively, we expect the Fellow to be primary surgeon on 450-500 cases/year.

In the office, the Fellow will initially shadow Drs Keschner and Garg but will shortly be provided with independent but supervised clinic time, in which the Fellow will be expected to work up and manage those patients. This includes managing the patient non-operatively as well as scheduling appropriate cases in the Faculty’s OR time or in the Fellow’s own OR time. Over the course of the year, the Fellow will be given the opportunity to learn how to manage patients end-to-end, both routine basic and complex patients. This experience should prove invaluable to helping the Fellow appreciate the course of these chronically disease patients, many of whom are only partially improved with surgery and do require additional medical support. The Fellow will also rotate with our Clinical Allergy partners to gain exposure to that aspect of care. In addition, the Fellow will participate in the Multidisciplinary Skull Base conference which occurs monthly.

Weekly Schedule:

On an average week, the Fellow will be in the operating room 2-3 days. The remaining days are spent in the office. At the outset of the Fellowship, the Fellow will shadow the clinical faculty in the OR and the office. However, the Fellow will quickly be responsible for his/her own clinics and OR days, both under the supervision of Fellowship faculty, but with a high degree of independence as well.

Research Responsibilities:

Although primarily focused on clinical aspects, the Fellowship also strongly encourages clinical or outcomes-based research. At Kaiser Permanente, we are involved in clinical trials which will provide exposure to prospective fellows to aspects of clinical trial research. In addition, our association with Dr. Edward Kuan from the University of California Irvine will provide ample opportunity for collaborative clinical research projects. The Fellow will be expected to present at least once at a major meeting during the course of the year. The Fellow will also be provided time and funds to attend conferences or courses throughout the year.

Diversity of Cases:

Orange County Kaiser Permanente currently has almost 600,000 members in its catchment area. In addition, it serves as a referral center for skull base and advanced sinus disease for the 4.5+ million KP members in Southern California. Over the course of the 12-month program, the Fellow should have a significant exposure to basic and advanced sinus conditions, skull base disorders, orbital disease, and other related conditions. The Fellow will be exposed to up-to-date equipment and procedures in the OR and the office.

2021-2022 Fellow's Case Log

Call Schedule:

Fellow will be phased into faculty call, which includes typically 3-4 overnight calls/month and 1/15 weekends. One major holiday to be covered during the year. Additional call duties available at the discretion of the Fellow and Fellowship director.

Additional Information:

The Fellow will have the opportunity to work with HNS Residents through our affiliation with UC Irvine. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to work at other KP sites and with community rhinologists locally. The Fellow will be provided office space and other accoutrements necessary for a successful practice.


  • Christopher Pool, 2022-2023
  • Danielle Warner, 2020-2021
  • John Gerka, 2019-2020
  • Randy Loch, 2018-2019
  • Amelia Clarke, 2017-2018
  • Duc Tien, 2016-2017
  • Rickul Varshney, 2015-2016
  • Jack Liu, 2014-2015
  • Agnieszka Janisiewicz, 2013-2014
  • Joseph Brunworth, 2012-2013
  • Rohit Garg, 2011-2012


Applicants must:

  1. be BE/BC.
  2. obtain a California medical license.
  3. review ARS fellowship directory and become a member.
  4. apply through the ARS - SF match system - submitted through www.sfmatch.org.
  5. be available for possible on-site interviews in the spring months of match cycle
  6. Have all appropriate Visas/Work permits as applicable.


Applications are processed through the SF match, and should be submitted through www.sfmatch.org. Interviews will be conducted in winter-spring in accordance with match guidelines.


For additional information, please contact us by email or phone:

Rohit Garg, MD
(714) 644-2093
(714) 748-2751 (Fax)
[email protected]