Indiana University School of Medicine
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
1130 W. Michigan Street, Suite 400
Indianapolis, IN 46202




Jonathan Ting MD, MS, MBA, FACS, FARS


Elisa A. Illing, MD, FARS


Vijay Ramakrishnan, MD, FARS
Satyan Sreenath, MD


At Indiana University’s Department of Otolaryngology, our vision is to be international leaders of Otolaryngology, and our mission is to improve lives through patient-centered care, transformative research, and the education of leaders in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.  Our values are centered on compassion, professionalism, collaboration, education, innovation, and service.


The major goals of the one-year fellowship are to focus on developing skills in assessment, treatment strategies, and surgical techniques utilized in the management of complex rhinologic and neuro-rhinologic conditions. The main goal will be to provide an experience that will prepare the trainee to enter into a career in academic rhinology. Outside of clinical duties, a strong emphasis will be placed on the fellow’s role as a future educator. This part of the experience will come through interactions with residents and medical students and will culminate at the end of the year where the fellow will participate in the Annual IU Head and Neck Anatomy and Histopathology Cadaver Course. The fellow will be involved in all advanced rhinology and neuro-rhinology cases and have the opportunity to participate in all open approaches to anterior skull base malignancy. The fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in functional rhinoplasty including nasal valve repair and open rhinoplasty approaches, and spend time in clinic with our allergy/immunology partners. Each week, they will have their own outpatient clinic for one half-day, where they will see patients with general otolaryngologic and rhinologic disorders, and they will be provided one half-day per week to schedule their own operative procedures from this practice. During the course of the year, the fellow will be required to generate and complete 2 clinical research projects worthy of submission for publication and presentation at a national or international meeting.


Clinical Rotations:

The fellowship allows mentorship with two fellowship-trained rhinologists, at multiple clinical sites including Methodist Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children, Eskenazi Hospital, and outpatient surgery centers.  The fellowship is not comprised of set rotations; however, weekly assignments will be made in order to prioritize exposure to advanced rhinology and skull base cases.  The fellowship also affords flexibility to allow the fellows to develop skills in specific areas of interest, including in functional rhinoplasty and open anterior skull base oncologic surgery. 

Weekly Schedule:

The fellow will spend 2-3 days in the OR and 1-2 days in the clinic per week.  One day will be protected for research and administrative responsibilities weekly.  The fellow is expected to run independent clinic half day a week and will be allotted a half-day block time per week to complete these cases.

Research Responsibilities:

The Division of Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery has an active clinical research program with current interests including spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leaks, patient education of rhinologic conditions, and classification of non-rhinologic facial pain and pressure.  Opportunities for clinical basic science collaboration also exist with  researchers from the Wells Center for Pediatric Research, the Microbiology & Immunology, the biofilm research group within the Oral Health Research Group at the School of Dentistry, and the Biomedical Engineering Department at Purdue University, as well as outcomes research with the Regenstrief Institute.  Our department also maintains close collaboration with our Pulmonary colleagues studying cystic fibrosis and primary ciliary dyskinesia.  Fellows will be required to participate in at least 2 clinical research projects per year, worthy of publication and presentation at national or international meetings.

Educational Responsibilities:

The fellow will be intimately involved in training of residents and medical students during the fellowship experience. This education will be in the form of didactic teaching in the departmental lecture series (approximately 1 lecture every 3 months). They will be given additional opportunities to provide supervised and unsupervised (when appropriate) instruction in the clinic, operating room, and on the wards of the hospital. The fellow will also be asked to organize and run the team’s presentation at the weekly tumor board discussion. At completion of the academic year, the fellow will be given the opportunity to teach a portion of the rhinologic section of the annual IU Basic Science and Cadaver Dissection course.

Diversity of Cases:

The attending rhinologists perform over 350 cases annually, including primary and revision sinus surgery, complex frontal disease, orbital surgery, CSF leak and encephalocele repair, and endoscopic and open approaches to the paranasal sinuses and skull base for resection of benign and malignant sinonasal neoplasms. On average, we currently collaborate with the neurosurgical service on 2 cases per week.  In the last twelve months, we performed  over 100 surgeries for pituitary and skull base tumors including approximately 40 skull base reconstructions for CSF leaks/encephaloceles and neurorhinologic tumor reconstruction, as well as over 40 advanced rhinologic cases including osteoplastic flaps, extended frontal approaches, and endoscopic orbital decompressions.

Additional Fellowship Collaborators:
Aaron Cohen-Gadol, MD, MS, MBA
Professor of Neurological Surgery

Mitesh Shah, MD
Professor of Neurological Surgery

Hui Bae Harold Lee, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Opthalmology-Oculoplastic Surgery

Taha Shipchandler, MD
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Avinash Mantravadi, MD
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Cancer Program

Dr. Jay Jin, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Allergy/Immunology

Call Schedule:

The fellow participates in the attending call schedule and is expected to take call for approximately 4 weeks over the course of the year.

Additional Information:

Fellows are paid salary set at the PGY-6 level and benefits set by Indiana University School of Medicine. 


Applicants must BE/BC Otolaryngologist and also be eligible for an Indiana medical license.


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


For additional information, please contact by email:

Fellowship Director:
Jonathan Ting, MD, MS, MBA, FACS, FARS
Department Chair & Richard T. Miyamoto Scholar
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Indiana University School of Medicine
1130 W. Michigan Street, Suite 400 Indianapolis, IN 46202
Office: 317-278-1219
Email: [email protected]

Fellowship Co-Director:
Elisa A. Illing, MD
Assistant Professor, Associate Residency Program Director
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Indiana University School of Medicine
1130 W. Michigan Street, Suite 400 Indianapolis, IN 46202
Office: 317-278-1219
Email: [email protected]