University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Department of Otolaryngology
1120 NW 14th Street, 5th Floor
Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: (305) 243-4756
FAX: (305) 243-2009




Roy R.Casiano, M.D., F.A.C.S
Professor and Vice Chairman
1120 NW 14th Street, 5th Floor
Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: (305) 243-4756
FAX: (305) 243-2009
[email protected]


To educate and nurture medical students, residents and fellows, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world.


The University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Fellowship is a 12 month training program. It is designed for otololaryngologists that have completed their residency and desire to advance their fund of knowledge and surgical skills in the otolaryngology subspecialty area of rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery.


Fellowship Duration

1 Year

Fellowship Term

July 1 through June 31 each year

Goals and Objectives for Training:

  • To further develop the fellow’s surgical skills, required for the performance of advanced endoscopic surgical procedures in the nose and adjacent paranasal sinuses, orbit, and skull base, in a multidisciplinary approach.
  • To develop the fellow’s expertise in the multidisciplinary treatment of common ailments afflicting the upper and lower respiratory system (asthma, chronic rhinosinusitis, allergies, and other common airway disorders), with an emphasis on neoplastic and chronic inflammatory diseases of the nose and paranasal sinuses.
  • To develop the fellow’s expertise in the diagnosis and management of allergies and immunologic disorders affecting the upper airway.
  • To enhance the fellow understands about the appropriate workup, indications and potential adverse side-affects of pharmacotherapy versus immunotherapy, for patients with allergies.


Dr. Roy R. Casiano (rhinologist with special interest in advanced sinonasal procedures and endoscopic skull base surgery)
Dr. Corinna Levine (rhinologist with special interest in advanced sinonasal procedures and endoscopic skull base surgery)
Dr. Zoukaa Sargi (Head and Neck Surgery/microvascular reconstruction, endoscopic skull base surgery)
Dr. Jacques J. Morcos (neurosurgeon with special interest in endoscopic skull base surgery)
Dr Ricardo J. Komotar (neurosurgeon with special interest in endoscopic skull base surgery)
Dr Michael E. Ivan (neurosurgeon with special interest in endoscopic skull base surgery)

Hospital and Clinic Facilities:

Clinical Research Building (CRB): main outpatient clinic facility for UM rhinology, neurosurgery, on the medical center campus
University of Miami Hospital and Clinics/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMHC/SCCC)
UHealth Tower (UHT; University Hospital)
Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH)
UHealth Plantation Outpatient Facility, Plantation Florida
Lennar Outpatient Facility in Coral Gables, Florida

Clinical/Surgical Rotations:

Rotations in the operating room are primarily with Dr’s Casiano, Levine, Sargi, Komatar, Morcos, and Ivan (see weekly schedule). Clinic rotations are primarily with Dr ‘s Casiano and Levine (at CRB, UHealth Plantation, and Lennar).

Our UHealth facility in Plantation, Florida, is in Broward County, approximately 30 minutes north from the main medical campus by downtown Miami. The Lennar facility is in Coral Gables is approximately 20 minutes south of Downtown Miami and connected to the medical center by train (Metrorail).

Weekly Schedule:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery (Sargi/Komotar)


Research time


SCCC/JMH OR (Levine)


Research time

(Casiano or Levine)


Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery (Sargi/Komotar)

Endoscopic Skull Base Cases
(Drs Casiano/ Morcos, or Levine/Ivan)
Lennar Clinic (Levine every other week)


Research time

Plantation Satellite Clinic



Residents' Virtual Rhinology Conference
6-7 PM (2nd and 4th)

SCCC/JMH OR (Levine)


Research time

Weekly Endoscopic Skull Base Virtual Conference
5:00-7:00 PM (every week)

(Casiano or Levine)


Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery (Sargi/Komotar)

UHT Endoscopic Skull Base Cases
(Casiano/ Morcos, or Levine/Ivan)


H&N Tumor Virtual Conference
5-7 PM (every week)

Lennar Clinic (Levine every other week)


Research time


Research Responsibilities:

Research projects, appropriate for presentation at one of several national otolaryngologic meetings and suitable for publication in peer reviewed journals, are mandated. A variety of anatomic, clinical, and basic science research projects are available under faculty supervision. There will be a yearly travel stipend to meetings, where the fellow is presenting. Historically, the fellow has completed a minimum of 2 clinical research project during his/her 12-month rotation, suitable for publication in one of the Otolaryngology peer review journals. Opportunities for publication of book chapters, monographs, and other forms of media, will also be available.

Diversity of Cases:

Advanced endoscopic rhinologic and orbital/skull base cases are the focus of this fellowship. This includes, but is not limited to, the care of complicated rhinologic cases and performing advanced endoscopic sinus procedures. The latter includes: extended sinusotomies (frontal, sphenoid, or maxillary), sphenopalatine and internal maxillary artery cauterizations/ligations for the control of epistaxis, orbital and/or optic nerve decompression, meningoencephalocele resection and/or CSF leak repair, resection of sellar and suprasellar lesions (craniopharyngiomas, adenomas, rathke’s cysts, etc.), resection of benign and malignant sinonasal neoplasms of the skull base (clival chordomas, petrous apex cholesterol granulomas, anterior skull base resection),  and other endoscopic skull base procedures. The fellow is also actively involved in resident supervision and teaching. He/she helps the faculty in assisting the residents on a number of common general otolaryngologic procedures. This helps maintain the fellow’s surgical skills or proficiency in these commonly performed procedures over the course of the year. 

Surgical Case Load:

Every year the fellow is expected to perform as surgeon of record a minimum of 200-250 patients (400-500 sinonasal surgical procedures). Approximately 60% of these are advanced revision cases, and 20% are sinonasal and/or skull base neoplasms (excluding pituitaries). 

Supervisory and Patient Care Responsibilities:

The degree of faculty supervision is dependent on the fellow’s previous surgical experience as a resident.  It is expected that the fellow has completed the minimal requirements for practicing Otolaryngology in the U.S. This includes having a fundamental grasp of basic endoscopic surgical skills to perform uncomplicated endoscopic ethmoidectomies, maxillary, sphenoid, and frontal sinusotomies.  To this end, the fellow is required to assist the faculty in the training of residents on basic sinus cases. He/she will attend for the resident rhinology cases twice monthly at JMH. Patient care is restricted to the hospitals and outpatient clinics listed above.  As part of the rhinology and skull base team, the fellow will assist the rhinology and neurosurgery faculty on their private rhinology, endoscopic skull base, as well as pituitary cases. 

Didactics and Teaching Responsibilities:

The fellow will actively participate with the residents and faculty in the department’s weekly departmental grand rounds and pertinent monthly journal clubs. He/she participates as faculty in our annual University of Miami International Endoscopic Sinonasal and Skull Base Anatomy Course (meeting held in South Florida in the winter), as well as our annual endoscopic surgical anatomy course for the residents and fellows in the summer (All-Florida Residents/Fellows Endoscopic Surgical Anatomy Course).  Also, the fellow will be responsible for presentation of future surgical skull base cases at our weekly Tuesday skull base multidisciplinary skull base conference for discussion of the best surgical and/or nonsurgical treatment strategies.  In addition, he/she practices advanced procedures, and helps teach our international “minifellows”, in our state-of-the-art endoscopic sinus surgery lab at the medical examiner’s office on campus. The fellow also has access to the latest endoscopic skull base equipment in our C.A.N.E.S Lab at the medical school (Cranial Access, Neuroanatomy, and ENT Surgical Laboratory) on the 8th floor of the Medical School on campus. The fellow also has access to the latest endoscopic skull base equipment in our C.A.N.E.S microsurgical lab at the medical school on campus to practice advanced endoscopic skull base surgical techniques on cadaveric specimens. It is here where the fellows practices his/her skull base drilling technique for middle cranial fossa/clival/infratemporal fossa resections on formalin-fixed specimens, further refining their understanding of the complex skull base anatomy.

Salary and Fringe Benefits:

The fellow’s salary and benefits commensurate with the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center PGY-6 level. They must obtain a Florida license and meet all requirements for hospital privileging and credentialing as an adjunct faculty member of the University of Miami Medical Group. Fellows are allowed 4 weeks of vacation per year. Housing and transportation are not provided.

Name Residency Fellowship Employer
Erin Reilly Thomas Jefferson University 2020-2021 Current Fellow (Domestic)
Samer Abou Rasik* American University of Beirut, Lebanon 2020-2021 Current Fellow (International)
Rodolfo Prestinary* University of Costa Rica 2019-2020 University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica
Jolie Crespo* University of Panama 2019-2020 University of Panama, Panama City, Panama
Saurin Sanghvi Rutgers New Jersey Medical School 2018-2019 Cooper's University, New Jersey
Elie Alam* American University of Beirut 2017-2018 Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Nivedita Sahu University of Pittsburgh 2017-2018 Rochester Regional Health, Rochestor, NY
Abdullah Albader* McGill University, Montreal Canada 2016-2017 Assistant Professor, Jaber Al-Ahmad Hospital, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Jarrett Walsh University of Iowa 2016-2017 Assistant Professor, University of Iowa, Department of Otolaryngology
Ghassan Alokby* Saudi Arabia 2015-2016 Assistant Professor, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center,, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Corinna Levine University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 2015-2016 Assistant Professor, University of Miami School of Medicine
Zeina Korban* American University, Beirut, Lebanon 2015-2016 Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut
Shawn Allen University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN 2014-2015 Allergy & ENT Associates, Houston, Texas
Arjuran Kuperan Rutgers University, Newark, NJ 2013-2014 Rhinology & Skull Base Surgery
Houston Plastic Craniofacial & Sinus Surgery, Houston, Texas
Seth M. Lieberman NYU 2012-2013 Assistant Professor, New York University
Mohammed Al-Bar* Saudi Arabia 2012-2014 Assistant Professor, Dammam University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Deya N. Jourdy Columbia-Cornell 2011-2012  Assistant Professor, Rhinology & Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, New York Medical College, ENT Faculty Practice, NY
Lori Lemonnier Temple University 2010-2011 Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, Michigan
Amy Anstead Univ Illinois 2009-2010 Puget Sound ENT, Seattle, Washington
Belachew Tessema NYEEI 2008-2009 ProHealth Physicians at the Connecticut Sinus Institute; Assistant Professor, Univ Conn; Connecticut Sinus Institute
Anderson Eloy Mt Sinai 2007-2008 Professor and Vice Chairman, Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
Adam Folbe Wayne State 2006-2007 Vice Chair, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck surgery
Director, Rhinology and skull base surgery
William Beaumont Hospital
Detroit, Michigan
Zoukaa Sargi St Joseph Univ, Lebanon 2005-2006 Associate Professor, Univ Miami
Carlos Duque* Univ Tontifidia Boliveriana, Colombia 2004-2005 Professor, Univ Antioquia, Department of Surgery, Medellin, Colombia
Wish Banhiran* Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol Univ 2003-2004 Professor, Bangkok Hospital, Department of Otolaryngology, Bangkok, Thailand
William Collins Univ Miami 2002-2003 Associate Professor, Univ Florida College of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology, Gainesville, FL

*International fellows on November 1st thru October 31st schedule


  • Board-eligible/Board-certified otolaryngologist
  • Valid Florida State medical license or be elibible to obtain one
  • Interest in rhinology and rhinologic research, as demonstrated by prior experience


All applications are coordinated through the San Francisco Match. Please refer to their website for online application instructions. Applications are reviewed in the winter/spring for a position beginning July 1 of the subsequent year. Selected applicants are invited to travel to Miami for an individual interview with the faculty, and spend time with our current fellow, observing his/her surgical skills, reviewing the fellow’s case log, and interactions with the faculty, staff, and residents. The interview is a 2-day commitment. There will be ample time to address all questions the applicant may have, one on one, with the fellow and faculty.


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


Fellowship Program Administrator
Jenine M. Dunn
[email protected]
Phone: (305) 243-6466
Fax: (305) 243-5291