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Head & Neck Surgery Fellowship

Objectives

The Head and Neck Fellowship encompasses 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 is appointed as a Clinical Instructor in the KU 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 also has didactic teaching responsibilities including resident/medical student lectures and two presentations at Grand Rounds.

S/He is expected to act as a teaching physician to residents 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.

Requirements

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 the applicant's respective specialty. All applicants must be eligible for a medical license in the state of Kansas.

Application Information

Interested applicants apply via AHNS March.

Contacts

Program Co-Directors
Lisa Shnayder, MD, FACS
yshnayder@kumc.edu

Kiran Kakarala, MD, FACS
kkakarala@kumc.edu

Senior Coordinator
Toni Holthaus, MBA
aholthaus@kumc.edu
P: 913-588-6739
F: 913-945-7415

Faculty

Lisa Shnayder, MD, FACS
Professor, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Executive Vice Chair, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Douglas Girod, MD, FACS
Professor, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Chancellor, University of Kansas System

Andrés M. Bur, MD
Co-Director, Head & Neck Fellowship
Associate Professor, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Director, Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery

Kiran Kakarala, MD, FACS
Co-Director, Head & Neck Fellowship
Associate Professor, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Erin Buczek, MD, FACS
Associate Professor, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Director, Residency Program

Sufi Thomas, PhD
Associate Professor, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Co-Leaders, Cancer Biology Program, University of Kansas Cancer Center

Omar Karadaghy, MD
Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Otolaryngology–
Head & Neck Surgery
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 3010
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-574-0181