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Clinical Research Fellowship

These positions have been filled for the 2022-2023 term.

Research fellows are involved in developing new projects and assisting with ongoing projects. The clinical research fellowship includes close mentorship from the Department Chair and Otolaryngology faculty engaged in clinical research.

Fellowship Highlights 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.


  • 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.

Allocation of Fellow's Time:

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 two letters of reference to our Senior Coordinator for Residency and Fellowships, Toni Holthaus at ERAS letters of reference are acceptable.


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

Senior Coordinator
Toni Holthaus, MBA
(913) 588-6739


Kevin Sykes, PhD, MPH
Director, Clinical Research Fellowship
Director, Clinical Research
Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Alexander Chiu, MD
Russell E. Bridwell, MD Endowed Chair
Professor, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Jennifer Villwock, MD, FAAOA
Associate Professor, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Chief of Otolaryngology, Kansas City Veterans Affairs Hospital

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Otolaryngology–
Head & Neck Surgery
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 3010
Kansas City, KS 66160