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Rhinology & Skull Base Surgery Fellowship

Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery fellows learn medical management of sinonasal disease and otolaryngic allergy practice via experience in outpatient clinics.

A major focus of the division is in clinical research. The fellow will be expected to play an important role on our research team. This team includes the department director of clinical research, Kevin Sykes, PhD, MPH, the coordinator of clinical research, and a post-doctorate research fellow.

Our research team meets weekly and on average has 6-10 projects going at one time, including multi-institutional clinical trials, prospective, database, health informatics, and leadership and education studies.

Fellows will be expected to present and publish at national meetings in preparation for a career in academic medicine. As time permits, the rhinology fellow will also have working exposure to the maxillofacial trauma, which will enable the fellow to learn and/or perfect open approaches to the frontal and maxillary sinus.

Clinical Rotations

The fellow will work with Drs. Chiu, Villwock and Beahm in the operating room and clinics at both the main hospital for the University of Kansas (KU) as well as at other satellite outpatient surgery centers. Fellows will learn the practice of allergy by exposure to the otolaryngic allergy practice at KU under the guidance of Jennifer Villwock, MD.

Weekly Schedule

While the weekly schedule may fluctuate depending on the clinical opportunities available, in general the fellow will spend 2-3 days in the operating room and 1-2 days in the clinic. In addition there will be one day a week of protected time for research/paper writing or lab dissection experience. The fellow will be expected to function as a clinical instructor and help teach our Otolaryngology Residents.

Call Responsibilities

The fellow is appointed as a clinical instructor and will take faculty call. The department has over 20 clinical faculty and call responsibilities are on average 3 weeks a year.

Requirements for Appointment

Eligible applicants must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency training program, are expected to be American Board certified/eligible and must be able to obtain a Kansas and Missouri medical license.

Application information

Interested applicants should apply via SF Match.


Senior Coordinator
Toni Holthaus, MBA
P: 913-588-6739
F: 913-945-7415


Alexander Chiu, MD
Co-Director, Rhinology & Skull Base Fellowship
Russell E. Bridwell, MD Endowed Chair
Professor, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

David Beahm, MD
Co-Director, Rhinology & Skull Base Fellowship
Associate Professor, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Kevin Sykes, PhD, MPH
Director, Clinical Research
Assistant 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