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Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship


The Head and Neck Fellowship is a comprehensive one-year fellowship, encompassing a full spectrum of Head and Neck Oncology, Multidisciplinary management of head and neck cancer patients, with clinical research involvement.

Clinical Focus

  • Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery
  • Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery
  • Skull Base Surgery (anterior & lateral), including endoscopic approaches to the skull base
  • Minimally Invasive Endocrine Surgery
  • Transoral Laser Surgery of Larynx and Oropharynx
  • Transoral Da Vinci Robotic Surgery of Larynx and Oropharynx
  • Management of skin cancers, including melanoma, and sentinel lymph node biopsy

Training Duties and Responsibilities

The Head and Neck Fellow will be appointed as a Clinical Instructor at the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. The Fellow is expected to be involved as a primary or assisting surgeon in all microvascular reconstructive cases as well as skull base cases. On each particular rotation, the Fellow will follow the pre-operative as well as post-operative course of the head and neck cancer patients. The patients will be discussed with the attending physician in a manner to maximize a teaching experience for the Fellow, while encouraging increasing autonomy and responsibility.

The Fellow will also have didactic teaching responsibilities including resident/medical student lectures and two presentations at Grand Rounds. He/she will be expected to act as a teaching physician to a resident during the more straightforward part of a complex head and neck resection, or routine cases such as uncomplicated neck dissections, thyroidectomies or parotidectomies.The Head and Neck Fellow will attend the "Introduction to Clinical Research" course at the School of Medicine. The Fellow is expected to complete a research project to be presented at a national meeting as well as submitted for publication. Travel support is available for the Fellow to present his/her research.


Admission to the fellowship is contingent upon completion of one of the ACGME-approved residencies in Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery or General Surgery and eligibility to sit for board examination in applicant's respective specialty. All applicants must be eligible for a medical license in the state of Kansas.

Application Information

Interested applicants should apply via the AHNS Match (link is external).


Lisa Shnayder, MD Lisa Shnayder, MD
Associate Professor
Director, H&N Fellowship 
Kakarala Kiran Kakarala, MD
Assistant Professor
Douglas Girod, MD, FACS
Executive Vice Chancellor 
Tsue Terance Tsue, MD, FACS
Douglas A. Girod Professor in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology
Co-Vice Chair of Otolaryngology-HNS
Physician-in-Chief, KU Cancer Center
Sykes Kevin Sykes, PhD, MPH
Director, Clinical Research
Sufi Thomas Sufi Thomas, PhD
Associate Professor
Last modified: Aug 22, 2016
Current Fellow

Thomas O’Toole

Thomas O'Toole

Contact Us

Lisa Shnayder, MD, FACS

Samantha Hall

Department of Otolaryngology–
Head & Neck Surgery
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 3010
Kansas City, KS 66160
P: 913-588-6739
F: 913-945-7415