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.

Outstanding Faculty

Program Overview

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.

Application Process

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 equivalent that has provided a knowledge base in the normal anatomy and physiology of voice, airway and swallowing.
    • 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.

Fellowship Director:

C. Gaelyn Garrett, MD, MMHC

Fellowship Physician Faculty:

  • C. Gaelyn Garrett, MD, MMHC
  • Alexander Gelbard, MD
  • Kimberly N. Vinson, MD
  • Kenneth Charles Fletcher, MD
  • Robert H. Ossoff, DMD, MD (Emeritus)
  • Thomas F. Cleveland, PhD (Emeritus)

Program Coordinator:

Cheryl Schaefer

Our Fellows

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:

  • Mark Courey, MD
  • Francoise Chagnon, MD
  • Glendon Gardner, MD
  • Arick Forrest, MD
  • Michael Koriwchak, MD
  • C. Gaelyn Garrett, MD, MMHC
  • C. Black Simpson, MD
  • Gregory Postma, MD
  • J. David Garnett, MD
  • Michael Goldrich, MD
  • Albert Merati, MD
  • Robert Andrews, MD
  • John Schweinfurth, MD
  • Kenneth Altman, MD
  • Robert Buckmire, MD
  • Yvette Vinson-Leslie, MD
  • Steven Sims, MD
  • Andrew McWhorter, MD
  • John Sinacori, MD
  • Jonathan Workman, MD
  • Felicia Johnson, MD
  • Michael Johns III, MD
  • Damon Silverman, MD
  • Michael Pitman, MD
  • Leopold Yin, MD
  • Joshua Schindler, MD
  • J. Pieter Noordzij, MD
  • Seth Cohen, MD
  • S. Brett Heavner, MD
  • Scott Kaszuba, MD
  • Dale Ekbom, MD
  • Theodore Mau, MD
  • Jonathan Brock, MD
  • Kimberly Vinson, MD
  • K. Charles Fletcher, MD
  • David Francis, MD
  • Stephanie Misono, MD
  • Lindsey Arviso, MD
  • Richard McHugh, MD
  • Meredith Montero Brandt, MD
  • Neda Ahmadi, MD
  • James Daniero, MD
  • Alexander Gelbard, MD
  • Megan Wood, MD
  • Amy Nguyen, MD
  • G. Todd Schneider, MD
  • Matthew Mori, MD
  • Bridgett Hopwell, MD
  • Candace Hrlec, MD
  • Mark Gilbert, MD
  • Robert Morrison, MD
  • Alan Tate, MD
  • Jennifer Rodney, MD
  • Emily Ambrose, MD
  • Ashley O'Connell Ferster, MD