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Welcome from the Program Director

Greetings from Kansas City! Whether you are an 4th year medical student navigating your path toward an Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery Residency position, or an M2 exploring ENT as a possible career choice, we are excited for you to get to know more about KU ENT.

The last year has been one of tremendous growth in the Department. Dr. Erin Buczek joined the Head and Neck Division as our lead Endocrine surgeon. A former Associate Program Director (APD) at her last appointment, she has quickly integrated into our residency leadership team as our new APD. Dr. Hannah Kavookjian returned to KU to join the Laryngology Division after completing her fellowship at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Kavookjian not only brings her passion for airway surgery to the program, but has stepped up to take over as the Clerkship Director for our MS3 and M4 rotators. Dr. John Flynn, also a KU ENT Alum, has returned to KU after completing his fellowship in FPRS, joins our Facial Plastics team.

Our residents and research fellows continue to make in impact on the national and international stage, with several of our residents presenting at COSM in Boston and AHNS in Montreal this past spring/summer. Dr. Frank Materia, whose expertise is in implementation science and community-based medicine has recently joined our Research Division. Earlier this year, Dr. Chiu and team spearheaded the Center for Health Innovation and Transformative Care, a groundbreaking institutional effort to leverage multidisciplinary expertise, behavioral insights, and digital technologies to enhance the patient experience and influence provider practice.

With so many exciting things happening at KU, it is a wonderful time to consider making KC a place to live and train to become a future leader in Otolaryngology. We are excited this fall to announce that we will be returning to in person interviews for our residency for the 2023-2024 application cycle! We cannot wait to host applicants for interviews this fall/winter and show off all the amazing opportunities that KC has to offer. Interview dates this year will be:

18 November (Saturday)

04 December (Monday)

15 December (Friday)

I look forward to the next academic year and cannot wait to see what challenges and successes are ahead for KU OTO-HNS. If you can't find the answers you seek or the information you are looking for on this website, drop us a line via the Request Residency Information form or send us an email. We are here to help.

Welcome to KU ENT!

Shannon M. Kraft, MD
Residency Program Director


The University of Kansas School of Medicine Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (OTOHNS) training program accepts four new residents each year through the National Resident Matching Program ( Applicants must graduate from a LCME-accredited medical school in the United States or Canada and be eligible to obtain Kansas and Missouri medical licenses. In the last three years we received between 350 and 425 submissions. Approximately fifty applicants are invited to interview. We will be returning to in person interviews for the 2023-2024 application cycle. The interview experience consists of round robin interviews with program faculty and residents, with opportunities to ask questions of residents in less formal group settings. Interviewees are ranked based on their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials and communication skills.

General Information

The OTOHNS program consists of five years of OTOHNS training under the direction of the Residency Program Director Shannon Kraft, MD and Associate Program Director Erin Buczek, MD.  The Department's research program is directed by the Resident Research Committee, chaired by one of our lead researchers, Dr. Jennifer Villwock, with the assistance of Frank Materia, PhD. Our Clinical Competency Committee helps to ensure successful learning outcomes in our robust training program. Senior Program Coordinator Toni Holthaus, MBA provides day-to-day coordination and support for the program leadership, current residents and fellows, and alumni.

The University of Kansas Residency Program has received favorable review with commendation by the ACGME OTOHNS Residency Review Committee and our Residency Program was awarded a ten-year cycle within the ACGME's accreditation system.


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

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