Head & Neck Surgical Associates / Legacy Emanuel Hospital / Providence Portland Cancer Center

Program Director:  Eric J. Dierks, MD, DMD, FACS
Contact:  eric.dierks@gmail.com
Website:  http://www.head-neck.com/
Required Application Materials:

  1. A copy of your current Curriculum Vitae.
  2. A letter describing your interests and your future plans after completion of your training. We are particularly interested in  how you plan to utilize the experience the fellowship would offer you.
  3. Two letters of reference:  one  from your residency chairman or program director, and one from another  colleague or mentor.

Eligibility Requirements:  

  1. Graduation from an accredited dental school. A medical  degree is recommended. Foreign applicants must have both medical and dental degrees.
  2. Completion of residency training in an accredited  program in oral & maxillofacial surgery.
  3. Completion of at least one year of general surgery, preferably including one month of ICU experience, or its equivalent.
  4. Foreign education and training equivalent to items 1, 2  and 3 above.
  5. Eligibility for either an institutional permit or regular licensure in medicine and/or dentistry in the state of Oregon.

Program DescriptionSince its inception in 1992, the Portland fellowship has seen its alumni go on to careers in academic and other major surgical positions at institutions in the US, Canada, Australia and western Europe. The program is based within the Head and Neck Surgical Associates (HNSA) of Portland, Oregon, which is a patient care and educational entity in Portland Oregon. Patient care activities take place at Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Portland Providence Hospital Cancer Center, and at the HNSA.

The first year encompasses the full scope of head and neck oncologic and related surgery, from tracheal resection to skull base, with an emphasis on oral and salivary gland cancer. The fellow is also involved in transoral robotic surgery (TORS). The second year focuses on microvascular free flap and other reconstructive surgery. Rotations on medical and radiation oncology and involvement in the Providence Hospital’s Earle Chiles Research Institute involving cancer immunotherapy  complement the fellow's surgical experience. The fellowship is intended for those planning an academic or other major surgical career and its alumni include many notable leaders of the specialty. Please email for a complete and current description of the fellowship, including a list of former fellows, any of whom would welcome a call or an email to discuss their experience.

John Peter Smith Hospital

Program Director:  Fayette C. Williams, DDS, MD, FACS
Contact:  fayettewilliams@gmail.com
Websitewww.texasmors.com
Required Application Materials:

  1. Letter of intent
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. A letter of recommendation from the residency chairman or program director.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Graduate of an accredited Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency in the United States
  2. Both Dental and Medical degrees are recommended. 
  3. The applicant must be eligible for a dental and/or medical license in Texas. 

Program Description:  The fellowship is intended to provide surgeons with the ability to enter either an academic or private practice setting with a focus on maxillofacial oncology and reconstructive surgery.  An intensive exposure to the management of the maxillofacial oncology patient is provided through a hybrid academic/private practice setting.  Particular emphasis is placed on managing a hospital-based maxillofacial surgery practice.  The Fellow will be expected to participate in the education of interns and residents rotating from the UT Southwestern / Parkland residency program.   There are 6 full-time House Officers in our department at all times.  The Fellow will present a monthly didactic lecture for the residents relevant to maxillofacial oncology and/or reconstructive surgery.  A yearly flap course with cadaver dissection takes place where the Fellow will assist in teaching residents in the harvest of regional and distant flaps.  Outside rotations include exposure to maxillofacial prosthodontics, radiation oncology, surgical pathology and palliative care.  Specific attention is given to the intricacies of coding/billing in our changing healthcare landscape.  The Fellow will be required to complete a research project suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.  Presentations at national meetings are encouraged.

Louisiana State University

Program Director:  David Kim, DMD, MD, FACS
Contact:  dkim1@lsuhsc.edu
Website: http://centralpoint.lsuhscshreveport.edu/OralandMaxillofacial/OMFSHeadNeckOverview.aspx
Required Application Materials:

  1. Letter of intent
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Two letters of recommendation

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Graduation from an accredited dental school. A medical degree is recommended. Foreign applicants must have both medical and dental degrees.
  2. Completion of residency training in an accredited program in oral & maxillofacial surgery.
  3. Eligibility for either an institutional permit or regular licensure in medicine and/or dentistry in Louisiana.

Program Description:  Fellowship training in this program is under Dr. G. E. Ghali and Dr. D. David Kim. Drs. Ghali and Kim are two well-respected and accomplished fellowship-trained head and neck surgeons with expertise in all aspects of head and neck surgery and microvascular reconstruction. Training is conducted at both the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport and the various Willis-Knighton Health System facilities. Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport is a tertiary hospital with approximately 430 beds, and the Willis-Knighton Health System is a tertiary health care system with multiple hospital locations.
The patient accruement area includes all of northwest Louisiana, southwest Arkansas and east Texas. Approximately 700 head and neck oncology patient visits are recorded each year. All patients are presented prospectively and retrospectively at the multidisciplinary Head and Neck Oncology Tumor Board to obtain a consensus opinion on treatment.
On completion of their fellowship training, the fellows will have developed a comprehensive understanding of the diagnosis and management of patients with malignant and benign lesions involving the head and neck region. Another focus of the program is in the understanding of the various appropriate methods of reconstruction and rehabilitation used in the management of these patients that include local and regional flaps as well as distant microvascular free tissue transfer. In order to fulfill these goals, fellowship training is clinically focused. Fellows are expected to be involved not only in the surgical treatment of these patients but also in the daily and long-term management of these patients.

North Memorial Hospital and Hubert Humphrey Cancer Center

Program Director:   Deepak Kademani, DMD, MD, FACS
Contact:  kadem001@umn.edu
Required Application Materials:

  1. A copy of your current Curriculum Vitae, if not already received.
  2. A letter describing your interests and your future plans after completion of your training. We are particularly interested in how you plan to utilize the experience the fellowship would offer you.
  3. Two letters of reference.  One from your residency chairman or program director, and another from a colleague or mentor.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Graduation from an accredited dental school. A medical degree is desirable.

  2. Completion of residency training in an accredited program in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

  3. Foreign education and training equivalent to above.

  4. Eligibility for either an institutional permit or regular license in medicine and/or dentistry in the State of Minnesota.

Program Description:  Our 12-24 month fellowship program is primarily clinical in nature and is affiliated with the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of North Memorial Hospital and the Hubert Humphrey Cancer Center and with an affiliation with the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of the University of Minnesota. The program is based at North Memorial Medical Center (NMMC) and Hospital in Minneapolis, MN, USA. NMMC is a 381-bed hospital that serves as one of three Level I trauma center for the state and as a tertiary care referral center for a variety of head and neck and other disorders.

The clinical experience is derived from working primarily with an academically orientated board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr Deepak Kademani DMD, MD, FACS. Clinical experience is also derived from working with Dr Ketan Patel DDS, PHD (Fellowship trained OMS), David Hamlar DDS, MD (board certified Otorhinolaryngoloy) and Jonathon McCue MD (board certified plastic and reconstructive surgery). The caseload focuses on surgical oncology of the head and neck and associated reconstruction including microvascular transfer. Other non-oncologic cases include full spectrum of maxillofacial trauma and reconstruction, orthognathic and temporomandibular joint surgery. Based on the case logs of previous fellows, it would be reasonable to expect to be involved in about 200 surgical cases; these include neck dissections, microvascular free flaps, a variety of maxillary and mandibular resections, parotidectomy, maxillofacial trauma, orthognathic and TMJ surgery.  Clinical experience is provided in the area of microvascular flap reconstructive surgery under the direction of Dr David Hamlar.

The fellow will spend one month each on the medical oncology, radiation oncology, plastic surgery, otorhinolaryngology and surgical pathology services, during which time they will continue to scrub on major head & neck cases but will spend non-surgical time on each service.

The fellow works interactively with rotating residents, and medical and dental students. The service is supported by an OMS nurse practitioner to facilitate with the daily clinical operations of the department. The head and neck fellow's primary responsibility is to run the OMS service including the head and neck surgery patients. As the service is busy, the fellow will need to have organization and develop leadership skills and be an effective communicator and team leader. The fellow will be responsible for the presentation of all cases at Head and Neck Tumor Board.

Both basic science and clinical research opportunities are available and the fellow will be expected to complete at least one clinical research project suitable for publication, in addition to various case reports and book chapters. The fellow will also conduct a self-directed reading program throughout the fellowship to advance his fund of knowledge. Due to the time restraints of the busy schedule, no other outside academic endeavors from other institutions are allowed during the fellowship year.

The fellowship was established in 2012 at the University of Minnesota and transitioned to NMMC in 2014. The annual stipend is at the appropriate PGY level with a benefit package of health, dental and malpractice coverage. There will be some limited opportunities for travel and overseas surgical experiences.

The fellow will be expected to have acquired these items prior to commencement of the fellowship:  Surgical loupes, a clinical digital camera, and an IBM-compatible computer or MAC, capable of handling current software such as MS Word for Windows, PowerPoint and Microsoft Access

It is our intent, that individuals who have completed our fellowship program go on to advance and disseminate the knowledge and experience gained during the fellowship by entering an academic position upon completion of the program. Strong preferential consideration will be given to those applicants who are committed to an academic career and who have documented an academic position awaiting their completion of the fellowship. 

University of Florida College of Medicine - Jacksonville

Program Director:  Rui Fernandes, MD DMD, FACS
Contact:   peggy.hogan@jax.ufl.edu
Website: http://www.hscj.ufl.edu/oral-maxillofacial/fellowship-microvascular/

Required Application Materials:

  1. Letter of intent
  2. Two letters of recommendation (one letter must be from your program director or chairman)
  3. Interview with fellowship faculty

Eligibility Requirements:  

  1. Completion of an accredited Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program, Otolaryngology or equivalent surgical specialty.
  2. Eligibility for either an institutional training license or regular license in medicine in the State of Florida.

The Program Goals/Objectives are as follows:

  • To provide comprehensive clinical and didactic instruction in head and neck oncologic surgery as well as reconstructive surgery.
  • To operate as primary or first assist surgeon in microvascular surgical reconstruction procedures, which includes flap harvest, inset and microvascular anastomosis.
  • To operate as primary or first assist surgeon on the excision of benign/malignant tumors in the head and neck region.
  • To operate as primary or first assist surgeon on thyroid and parathyroid cases.
  • To participate in weekly meetings of the Head Neck Tumor Board.
  • To participate in monthly Thyroid tumor board.
  • To participate in departmental clinical research projects.

Program Description:  The fellow will participate in all microvascular surgical cases. On average, there will be four operating days each week. The degree of participation will be commensurate with the fellow’s experience and technical skills. The fellow can expect a surgical volume of over 350 head and neck/maxillofacial procedures annually, consisting of all aspects of maxillofacial and head and neck surgery, including oral cancer, severe facial trauma reconstruction, and microvascular surgery. In addition, Fellow's experience will include microvascular free flap training in both harvest and micro techniques. It is expected that the fellow will be able to raise flaps and perform the microvascular component by the third month of fellowship.  The fellow will be on-call for the cases operated by the fellow as well as head neck microvascular patients. While the fellow is covering call, he/she will be supervised and should report to the faculty.
Fellows attend clinic one-half day per week with the preceptor and will be involved in the pre-operative work-up, and operative and post-operative management of all patients seen on the service. The fellow will attend and present at the weekly multidisciplinary head and neck tumor board conference as well as the monthly Thyroid conference. These conferences familiarize the fellow with both surgical and non-surgical approaches to the management of head and neck cancer.
The fellow will be expected to participate in clinical reviews, clinical trials, and collaboration with basic science researchers.

University of Maryland

Program Director:  Joshua Lubek, DDS, MD, FACS
Contact:  jlubek@umaryland.edu
Website: http://www.dental.umaryland.edu/dentaldepts/oralMaxillofacialSurgery/fellowship.html
Required Application Materials:

  1. Letter of intent
  2. Two letters of recommendation (one letter must be from your program director or chairman)
  3. Interview with fellowship faculty

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Completion of an accredited Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program
  2. Eligibility for either an institutional training license or regular licensure in dentistry and/or medicine in the State of Maryland
  3. Candidates are encouraged to have completed both dental (DDS/DMD) and medical (MD) degrees, or its equivalency, including 1 year of post-graduate general surgery training
  4. Foreign graduates are eligible to apply for fellowship.

Program Description:  The Maxillofacial/Head & Neck Oncology/Microvascular Reconstructive fellowship at the University of Maryland is an accredited (CODA approved) comprehensive 2-year program dedicated to training surgeons in the diagnosis and management of patients with malignant and benign disease of the head & neck.  The fellow is responsible for the daily management of the oncology/microvascular service and will provide second-on-call for the service. Surgical training in all aspects of head & neck surgery (ablative & reconstructive techniques) are provided for via an extensive direct operative experience, fresh cadaveric tissue dissection, the minimally invasive training laboratory (trans-oral robotics) and the microvascular animal training laboratory at the University of Maryland. Off service rotations include radiation oncology and medical oncology. The fellow is expected to participate in research and publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

University of Miami

Program Director:  Dr. Robert E. Marx
Contact:

  1. Grace Charlton – Program Secretary: 305.585.5326, Charlto@jhsmiami.org
  2. Maria Ruiz 305.256.5293, mruiz3@med.miami.edu
  3. Robert E. Marx 308.389.3432, rmarx@med.miami.edu

Required Application Materials:  Candidates should request an application from Ms. Grace Charlton by calling 305.585.5326 or email her at gcharlto@jhsmiami.org.  Include in the application a brief essay addressing the following three questions:

  1. Why are you interested in pursuing a fellowship in tumor and reconstructive surgery?
  2. Why are you interested in the fellowship offered at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital?
  3. What are your plans to utilize this fellowship training in the future?

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Interested candidates are required to have completed residency training in oral and maxillofacial surgery or its equivalent if from outside the US.
  2. Applicants must either be a US citizen, possess a US work Permit (green card) or have a valid HB-1 visa.  Note a J-1 visa is not acceptable.

Program Description:  The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital offers a two year fellowship in tumor and reconstructive surgery.  A one year fellowship can be considered under certain circumstances.  Although the fellowship includes a rich experience in the planning, coordination, and surgery for malignancies (carcinomas and sarcomas) it also includes surgery for a variety of other pathologic conditions such as salivary gland tumors, osteoradionecrosis, bisphosphonate and other drug induced osteonecrosis, and osteomyelitis as well as a significant number of odontogenic cysts and tumors.
The reconstructive portion includes specific microvascular and microneural training with an emphasis on free microvascular flaps as well as pedicled and local flaps.  There is also a significant experience in tissue engineering translational applications utilizing stem cell harvesting, concentration and placement, recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein, platelet rich plasma and other growth factor utilizations as well as autogenous bone harvesting from all of the traditional sites.  Research projects are encouraged but not required.
The fellowship is under the direct supervision of Dr. Robert E. Marx, the program Chief, but also involves Dr. Jesus Gomez, Dr. Vishtasb Broumand and Dr. Ramzey Tursun who are also trained, experienced, and active in tumor and reconstructive surgery.
The fellowship will center about Jackson South Community Hospital in South Miami but will also include cases at the main Jackson Memorial Hospital and the University of Miami Hospital located in downtown Miami, 12 miles north of Jackson South Hospital.
Fellows are considered PGY-6 level residents with a commensurate salary including fringe benefits of malpractice insurance, healthcare for the individual and immediate family as well as meeting support for educational meetings.

University of Michigan

Program Director:  Brent Ward, DDS, MD, FACS
Contact:  bward@med.umich.edu
Website:  http://surgery.med.umich.edu/maxillofacial/education/oncology.shtml
Eligibility Requirements

  1. The fellowship is open US and Canadian dental school graduates who have completed a CODA approved residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, regardless of professional degree(s).
  2. Non-discriminatory policies are followed in selecting fellows.

Program Description:   The goal of the Oral & Maxillofacial Head and Neck Oncology Fellowship program is to train oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the diagnosis, treatment, and long-term management of patients with benign and malignant lesions of the head and neck.  In addition to learning techniques of ablation, reconstruction, and evaluation, the fellow will participate in a variety of educational and multidisciplinary conferences.  These experiences occur within the department and with other departments including, but not limited to, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Critical Care, Surgical Oncology, and Hospital Dentistry/Maxillofacial Prosthodontics.  Microsurgical training is provided by the University of Michigan Microsurgery Training Center, which is a part the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, as well as through operating room experience.  The program is one to two years in duration. The length of the program and requirements for off service rotations will be determined by the director of the fellowship program based on the background of the fellowship candidate prior to admission.

University of Tennessee

Program Director:  Eric Carlson, DMD, MD, FACS
Contact:  ecarlson@mc.utmck.edu
Website: http://gsm.utmck.edu/oral_surg/fellowship.cfm
Required Application Materials:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Three letters of recommendation to include the OMFS program director.

Eligibility Requirements:  

  1. US citizenship is preferred, but not essential.  
  2. The MD is preferred but not essential.  No license is required.
  3. The applicant must possess an MD and/or DDS/DMD degree and have completed a four- or six-year residency program in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Program Description:   The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery offers a one-year CODA accredited fellowship in oral/head and neck oncologic surgery focusing on the surgical management of benign and malignant tumors of this anatomic region.  During the program, the fellow gains significant experience in the preoperative workup and operative ablation of patients with oral/head and neck neoplasms, including squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity, sarcomas of the jaws, odontogenic tumors, facial skin cancer and salivary gland tumors.  Significant experience is gained in comprehensive and selective neck dissections, mandibular and maxillary resections, parotidectomy, and other ablative procedures.  Immediate and delayed reconstructive surgery techniques, including microvascular reconstruction and pedicled myocutaneous flaps, also comprise the fellow’s clinical experience.  Principles of radiation oncology, medical oncology, basic histopathologic interpretation, and critical care medicine are emphasized during the fellowship experience.  The fellow is expected to become involved in a research project during the year. Other activities include participation in head and neck tumor board meetings.  At the conclusion of the one-year experience, the fellow will be properly equipped to accept a teaching/clinical position in an academic medical center or private practice depending on his or her career interests.