Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship

Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship

The Vanderbilt Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship is a one-year clinical experience for physicians interested in specialized pediatric otolaryngology-head and neck surgical procedures. The Vanderbilt Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and is offered through the San Francisco (SF) Match Program.

This fellowship has additional research and degree opportunities at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Fellows participate in research through the Vanderbilt Surgical Outcomes Center for Kids (SOCKs), which focuses on developing and improving clinical outcomes in Pediatric Surgical Sciences. Vanderbilt Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery fellows also have global outreach opportunities throughout the program.


  • The Vanderbilt Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Fellowship covers all aspects of pediatric clinical care, including:

    • Cleft lip/palate
    • Vascular anomalies
    • Velopharyngeal Insufficiency surgery
    • Airway reconstruction and laryngeal reinnervation
    • Laser therapies
    • Congenital and chronic ear disease including cochlear implantation
    • Sinus surgery
    • Thyroid and head and neck masses
    • Anterior skull base surgeries (Cerebrospinal Fluid leaks, encephaloceles, angiofibromas)
    • Refractory Obstructive Sleep Apnea interventions, including hypoglossal nerve stimulation

    In addition, fellows are also exposed to complex airway reconstruction in adults through Dr. Wootten's appointment in the Complex Airway Reconstruction Program.

    This advanced training program allows fellows to customize their experiences to meet personal goals. The first year of the fellowship is clinical, with an optional second year encouraged. In this second year, fellows may elect one of four options:

    • Master of Public Health (MPH)
    • Master of Science-Clinical Investigation (MSCI)
    • International mission work
    • Basic science research (clinical second year would take place in the second year)

    The appointment level would be that of fellow (PGY-6) with operative privileges.

    The operative experience is vast and unrivaled in its breadth. Cases include cleft lip/palate repair and VPI surgery, microtia and aural atresia repair, vascular malformations, open and endoscopic airway reconstructions, chronic ear disease, cochlear implantation, sinus surgery and benign or malignant masses of the head and neck. Opportunities to participate in international mission work are available as well.

    Responsibilities in the OR and clinic include:

    • supervision of residents
    • management of inpatient consultations
    • participation in the call schedule
    • involvement in a number of multidisciplinary conferences (complex aerodigestive and sleep disorders, vascular malformations, VPI/clefts, cochlear implant).

    It is expected that the fellow will complete at least one publication-quality project in each fellowship year.

  • Applicants interested in the Vanderbilt Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship must meet the following requirements:

    • Physician currently in or has completed an OtolaryngologyHead and Neck Surgery residency program.
      • Program must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
      • If in Canada, the applicant must have successfully completed an Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency program accredited by the RCPSC (Pediatric Otolaryngology Program Requirements III.A.).
      • ECFMG certification is required for International Medical Graduates who come to Vanderbilt for clinical training. ECFMG is an authorized agency to sponsor a J-1 visa. For the purpose of residency/fellowship training, Vanderbilt accepts J-1 visas only.
    • A valid full (not training) Tennessee medical license is required at the start of the fellowship.

    Applications must be submitted through SF Match Residency and Fellowship Matching Services. We also require three letters of recommendation and your current CV.

  • Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt opened in 2004. U.S. News and World Report has repeatedly ranked Children's Hospital in 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties. The Pediatric Otolaryngology clinic within the hospital opened in December 2009.

    Ancillary services are world-class. The Department of Speech & Hearing and its Division of Audiology are among the top in the nation. Radiology, Pathology and Anesthesia services work closely with OtolaryngologyHead and Neck Surgery to ensure optimal patient care. There is a very congenial atmosphere within the department as well as between disciplines.

  • Vanderbilt Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery fellows become leaders in the field, both in academic and clinical settings. Current and past fellows include:

    • Beth Williamson, MD
    • Siva Chinnadurai, MD, MPH
    • Noel Jabbour, MD, MS
    • David Crockett, MD
    • Lourdes Quintanilla-Dieck, MD
    • Adrienne Childers, MB, MBA
    • Alexis Korostoff Rieber, MD
    • Alycia Spinner, MD
    • Ryan Belcher, MD
    • Peter Karampelis, MD
    • Heather Koehn, MD