As one of the largest and most distinguished Otolaryngology programs in the nation, our team is immensely proud to create global leaders in the ENT field. Our prestigious training program and extensive Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery alumni network provide our residents with opportunities on both a national and global level.

Key alumni include Deans, Department Chairs, Service Chiefs, national organization presidents and board members and exceptionally capable otolaryngology leaders.

Past Residents

Recent graduates from the Vanderbilt University Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Residency Program have many diverse and fulfilling career opportunities. The majority of our residents continue to build their expertise by pursuing specialty training in fellowship. A minority of our residents join a private ENT practice, choosing to serve specific communities with their training and expertise.

Recent Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Residency Program graduates include:


  • Christopher Lord, MD - Private practice, Atlanta, GA
  • Justin Morse, MD - Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Ashley Nassiri, MD, MBA - Neurotology Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Justin Shinn, MD - Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Burton Wood, MD - Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • David Young, MD-  Laryngology Fellowship, Emory University, Atlanta, GA


  • Asitha Jayawardena, MD - Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship at Harvard/ Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary; Boston, MA
  • Charissa Kahue, MD - Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Fellowship at University of Kansas Medical Center; Kansas City, KS
  • Priyesh Patel, MD - Attending (Assistant Professor), Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
  • Rod Teasley, MD - General Practice, St. Francis Hospital; Tacoma, WA


  • Christen Lennon, MD - Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship at Harvard/Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary; Boston, MA
  • Nicolas-George Katsantonis, MD - Private Practice; Raleigh, NC
  • Maria Geraldine Zuniga Manrique, MD - Neurotology Fellowship; Germany
  • Madeleine Samuelson, MD, MPH - Private Practice; Houston, TX


  • Austin Adams, MD - Facial Plastics Fellowship, Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery; Birmingham, AL
  • Irving Basanez, MD - Attending, Veterans Administration Hospital; Nashville, TN
  • Meaghan Noud, MD - Facial Plastics Fellowship, University of California-Davis; Sacramento, CA
  • Robert Yawn, MD - Neurotology Fellowship, Vanderbilt University; Nashville, TN

Past Fellows

The Vanderbilt University Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Fellowship Program offers highly sought after fellowships for hands-on training with subspeciality experts at one of the premier Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery programs in the nation.

Past fellows are listed on the following subspeciality pages:

Get Involved

The Vanderbilt University Medical Alumni Association offers our medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty members a variety of opportunities. The VUMAA chairs events, hosts the Flexner Discovery Lecture Series, publishes the magazine Vanderbilt Medicine, and more. Get involved today to learn more about VUMAA alumni benefits.