Laryngology and Professional Voice Fellowship

Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice Fellowship

The Vanderbilt Fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice is a nationally prominent, one-year clinical and research experience. There are two positions available per year, beginning in July. This fellowship is offered through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

The Vanderbilt Fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice is one of the longest-running laryngology fellowships in the nation. Fellows will work closely with experts at the Vanderbilt Voice Center, utilizing a multidisciplinary approach for the diagnosis and management of voice, airway and swallowing disorders. Additional clinical and basic science research opportunities are also available to fellows.

Applications to the Laryngology & Care of the Professional Voice Fellowship are due December 15.

  • The Vanderbilt Fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice curriculum includes all aspects of laryngology, including:

    • Endoscopic microsurgery for a variety of laryngeal pathologies
    • Laryngeal framework surgery
    • Open and endoscopic surgical treatment of complex airway disorders
    • Diagnosis and treatment of spasmodic dysphonia and other neurologic voice disorders
    • Dysphagia
    • In-office procedures

    In addition, fellows are appointed as clinical instructors at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, giving them experience and leadership in the academic setting. Fellows are also given surgical privileges at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and the VA Hospital.

  • Applicants interested in the Vanderbilt Fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice must meet the following requirements:

    • Physicians have completed a residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery or fulfillment of the requirements necessary to sit for the certification examination of the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
      • Program must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
      • Applicant must be either US board certified or US board eligible.
    • A valid full (not training) Tennessee medical license is required at the start of the fellowship.
  • Vanderbilt Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice fellows become leaders in the field, both in academic and clinical settings. Current and past fellows include:

    • 1992-1993: Mark Courey , MD
    • 1992-1993: Francoise Chagnon, MD
    • 1993-1994: Glendon Gardner, MD
    • 1993-1994: Arick Forrest, MD
    • 1994-1995: Michael Koriwchak, MD
    • 1994-1995: C. Gaelyn Garrett, MD  
    • 1995-1996: C. Blake Simpson, MD
    • 1995-1996: Gregory Postma, MD  
    • 1996-1997: J. David Garnett, MD
    • 1996-1997: Michael Goldrich, MD  
    • 1997-1998: Albert Merati, MD
    • 1997-1998: Robert Andrews, MD
    • 1998-1999: John Schweinfurth, MD
    • 1998-1999: Kenneth Altman, MD
    • 1999-2000: Robert Buckmire, MD
    • 1999-2000: Yvette Vinson-Leslie, MD
    • 2000-2001: Steven Sims, MD
    • 2000-2001: Andrew McWhorter, MD  
    • 2001-2002: John Sinacori, MD
    • 2001-2002: Jonathan Workman, MD  
    • 2002-2003: Felicia Johnson, MD
    • 2002-2003: Michael Johns III. MD  
    • 2003-2004: Michael Pittman, MD
    • 2003-2004: Damon Silverman, MD
    • 2004-2005: Josh Schindler, MD
    • 2004-2005: Leo Yin, MD
    • 2005-2006: Pieter Noordzij, MD
    • 2005-2006: Seth Cohen, MD, MPH
    • 2006-2007: Scott Kaszuba, MD
    • 2006-2007: Brett Heavner, MD
    • 2007-2008: Theodore Mau, MD, PhD
    • 2007-2008: Dale Ekbom, MD
    • 2008-2009: Jonathan Bock, MD
    • 2008-2009: Kimberly Vinson, MD  
    • 2009-2010: Kenneth C. Fletcher, MD  
    • 2010-2011: David Francis, MD, MS
    • 2010-2011: Stephanie Misono, MD, MPH
    • 2011-2012: Richard McHugh, MD
    • 2011-2012: Lindsey Arviso, MD
    • 2012-2013: Meredith Montero, MD
    • 2012-2013: Neda Ahmadi, MD
    • 2013-2014: James Daniero, MD, MPH
    • 2013-2014: Alexander Gelbard, MD
    • 2014-2015: Amy Nguyen, MD
    • 2014-2015: Megan Wood, MD
    • 2015-2016: Matthew Mori, MD
    • 2015-2016: Glenn Todd Schneider, MD
    • 2016-2017: Bridget Hopewell, MD
    • 2016-2017: Candace Hrelec, MD
    • 2017-2018: Mark Gilbert, MD
    • 2017-2018: Robert Morrison, MD
    • 2018-2019: Jennifer Rodney, MD
    • 2018-2019: Alan Tate, MD
    • 2019-2020: Emily Ambrose, MD
    • 2019-2020: Ashley Ferster O'Connell, MD
    • 2020-2021: Alyssa Bolduan, MD
    • 2020-2021: Kevin Motz, MD
    • 2021-2022: Matthew Rohlfing, MD
    • 2021-2022: William Tierney, MD
    • 2022-2023: Ruth Davis, MD
    • 2022-2023: Cindy Moore, MD

Fellowship Co-Directors:

C. Gaelyn Garrett, MD, MMHC
Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Guy M. Maness Chair, Laryngology and Voice
Senior Executive Medical Director, Vanderbilt Voice Center
Service Chief, Laryngology and the Professional Voice

K. Charles Fletcher, MD
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery


Fellowship Physician Faculty:

Program Coordinator:

Cheryl Schaefer