Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship

Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship

The Vanderbilt Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship is a one-year experience. One position is offered annually. The Vanderbilt Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship is offered through the San Francisco (SF) Match Program and the American Rhinologic Society.

The fellowship offers a unique opportunity to build strong collegial relationships across multiple Vanderbilt specialties, including allergy, immunology, and ophthalmology. The Vanderbilt Rhinology and Skull Base program also provides fellows with a diversity of cases, with more than 20% of the patient population coming to Vanderbilt from out of state.

Outstanding Faculty

Program Overview

The Vanderbilt Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship curriculum provides extensive training in the medical-surgical management of sinonasal disorders and a comprehensive skull base experience. The program also works closely with the Vanderbilt Sinus and Allergy Program (VASAP) to offer a unified airway approach to chronic rhinosinusitis and the Vanderbilt Smell and Taste Center further enriches the clinical and academic experience..

In addition, fellows are 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 Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship must meet the following requirements:

  • Physician currently in or has completed an Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency program.
    • Program must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or be board-certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
  • Physicians must be 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:

Rakesh K. Chandra, MD

Fellowship Faculty:

  • Rakesh K. Chandra, MD
  • Naweed Chowdhury, MD
  • James A. Duncavage, MD (Emeritus)
  • David T. Kent, MD
  • Paul T. Russell III, MD
  • Justin Turner, MD, PhD

Program Coordinator:

Meghan Franklin

Our Fellows

Vanderbilt Rhinology and Skull Base fellows become leaders in the field, both in academic and clinical settings. Current and past fellows include:

  • Charles Oh, MD
  • Paul Russell III, MD
  • Jeffrey Cutler, MD
  • Marina Boruk, MD
  • Samuel Becker, MD
  • Leslie Nurse, MD
  • Esther Hurtt, MD
  • Liat Shama, MD
  • Alfredo Archilla, MD
  • John Schneider, MD
  • Matthew Clavenna, MD
  • Benjamin Hull, MD
  • Leah Hauser, MD
  • Todd Wannemuehler, MD
  • Eric Succar, MD
  • Ashley Bauer, MD