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Clinical Research Fellowship

This is a one-year, paid position focused on clinical research in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, KS.  Clinical Research Fellows work closely with the Director of Clinical Research to develop and execute clinical research projects within the Department including prospective clinical trials, retrospective studies, large database analyses, and systematic reviews. Research fellows are involved in developing new projects and assisting with ongoing projects. The position includes close mentorship from the Department Chair and Otolaryngology faculty engaged in clinical research.

Highlights of the fellowship include:

  • Broad clinical portfolio with robust opportunities in all otolaryngology subspecialties
  • Multiple clinical and research faculty with active grant support on diverse topics
    • Nutritional management for head and neck oncology surgical patients
    • Impact of social determinants of health
    • Validation and application of a novel olfaction test
    • Multi-modal pain management and assessment for surgical patients
    • Leadership and professional development in otolaryngology
  • Research opportunities in novel and emerging "hot topics" in medicine
    • Health care delivery innovation
    • Interactive simulations to enhance medical education
    • Machine learning and its application in otolaryngology
    • Dissemination and implementation (D&I) to accelerate advancement in medicine
  • Focused scholarship, which can lead to multiple publications from the fellowship year.


Required qualifications:

  • M.D. degree (or anticipated) from an accredited institution
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, flexibility, ability to activate and complete projects, strong verbal and written communication
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with multidisciplinary teams, including physicians and administrative staff with varying levels of education and knowledge of health care practices
  • High quality professionalism, empathy, and respectfulness necessary for working with patients and caregivers

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with electronic medical records
  • Data management experience with Microsoft Excel, REDCap, Access, or other electronic data capture systems
  • Experience with statistical analysis software 


Clinical Research Fellows work closely with the Director of Clinical Research to execute clinical research projects; recruit and enroll patients and caregivers in clinical research registries and trials; develop and maintain project-specific databases; lead data collection efforts with responsibilities including creating data collection tools, developing data collection workflow plans, and entering data; assist residents, surgical fellows, and faculty with data analysis and manuscript development; actively participate in weekly research meetings to develop solutions for problems with existing research methodology and brainstorm ideas for new projects; and provide weekly progress and status updates to the Director of Clinical Research.

Fellow time is allocated as follows:

40% - Patient enrollment, data collection, and database management
30% - Data analysis and manuscript development
20% - Meetings with clinical research leaders and department faculty, residents, and surgical fellows to discuss new and ongoing projects
10% - Planning for and initiating new clinical research projects including IRB application development and management

Interested applicants should email a current CV, cover letter, and 2 letters of reference to our Senior Coordinator for Residency and Fellowships Toni Holthaus at  ERAS letters of reference are acceptable.


Kevin Sykes, PhD, MPH Alexander Chiu, MD
Kevin Sykes, PhD, MPH
Director of Clinical Research
Fellowship Program Director
Alexander Chiu, MD
Russell E. Bridwell, MD
Endowed Chair & Professor

Last modified: Mar 18, 2020
2020-2021 Fellows

Emily Cummings MD
Emily Cummings, MD

Scott Fassas MD
Scott Fassas, MD

Contact Us

Kevin Sykes, PhD, MPH
(913) 588-7154

Toni Holthaus
(913) 588-6739

Department of Otolaryngology-
Head & Neck Surgery
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 3010
Kansas City, KS 66160
P: 913-588-6701
F: 913-945-7415