Head and Neck Surgery and Reconstruction Fellowship

The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in conjunction with University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and the Seidman Cancer Center is proud to provide a one-year Head & Neck Surgery and Reconstruction Fellowship beginning July 2018. The head and neck surgical team includes Drs. Pierre Lavertu, Theodoros Teknos, Rod Rezaee, Nicole Fowler, and Jason Thuener.


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For more information please contact the Fellowship Director, Dr. Rod Rezaee.


Program Overview

This one-year AHNS-accredited fellowship offers advanced training in:

  • Microvascular free tissue transfer
  • Sential node mapping for head and neck melanoma
  • Minimally invasive head and neck surgery
  • Transoral laser and transoral robotic surgery
  • Endoscopic and open skull base surgery opportunities

The goal of this one-year fellowship is to provide comprehensive exposure to the multidisciplinary care of the head and neck cancer patient. University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center is a large tertiary referral base for head and neck oncology in the northeastern Ohio region. The fellow has the opportunity to work with faculty members who have trained at many well-known fellowships around the country. Fellows will learn to perform and supervise a wide spectrum of ablative procedures, and will have the chance to participate in over 140 free tissue transfers.


Program Objectives

  • Provide otolaryngology clinicians with an opportunity to expand their knowledge and level of expertise in the field.
  • Develop and complete one clinical research project, which will result in a presentation and/or publication.
  • Plan and perform microvascular reconstruction on the appropriate patient to include flap harvest and flap insetting using a wide variety of flaps, including: fibula, anterolateral thigh, radial forearm, serratus, scapula, rectus, and latissimus flaps.
  • Understand the extent to which the medical system impacts and is impacted by the treatment of head and neck tumor patients, and the education and research surrounding head and neck patient care.


Fellowship Requirements and Opportunities

Duties and responsibilities of fellows include:

  • Clinical duties
  • Teaching residents and medical students
  • 1-11 call
  • Clinical or basic science research
  • Participation in weekly tumor boards with optional monthly skull base and weekly cutaneous oncology
  • Involvement in the inter-institutional tumor board between Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals
  • At least one presentation to the department on topic of fellow's choosing at Grand Rounds
  • Travel and presentation at national meetings
  • Participation in Annual Head and Neck Microvascular Bootcamp


Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants must display the following:

  • Successful completion of ACGME-approved Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Training Program
  • ABO Board eligible or Board Certified
  • Ohio Medical License eligible

Fellowship Faculty

Surgical Faculty:

  • Rod Rezaee, MD
  • Nicole Fowler, MD
  • Pierre Lavertu, MD
  • Theodoros N. Teknos, MD
  • Kenneth Rodriguez, MD
  • Maroun Semaan, MD
  • Sarah Mowry, MD
  • Jason E. Thuener, MD

Non-Surgical Faculty:

  • Jay Wasman, MD (Head and Neck Pathologist)
  • Charles Lanzeri, MD (Neuroradiologist)
  • Min Yao, MD, PhD (Radiation Oncologist)
  • JoAnn Laurent (Fellowship Coordinator)
  • Bridget Patrick, MS, CCRC (Clinical Research Manager)


Prior Fellows

Evan Greenbaum, MD (2014-2015): Assistant Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Department of Otolaryngology, Chicago, Illinois.

Sami Melki, MD (2015-2016): Assistant Professor, Lebanese American University Rizk Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon.

Akshay Patel, DO (2016-2017): Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Connecticut, Otolaryngology-Hartford Hospital

Jason E. Thuener, MD (2017- 2018): Assistant Professorr, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Cleveland, Ohio.

Rohan Joshi, MD (2018 - 2019)