Head and Neck Oncology - Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

The Head and Neck Oncology-Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Program at The Mount Sinai Hospital offers a 12-month comprehensive experience in the management of patients undergoing head and neck surgery for malignant and advanced benign disease. This concentrated experience covers all aspects of surgical care including diagnosis, treatment planning, ablative and reconstructive surgery and post-operative surveillance. 

A Separate Program

This program is separate from facial plastic, plastic and reconstructive, and other related fellowship programs, with different patient populations, faculty mentorships, and clinical/surgical experiences. Patients treated for head and neck malignancy are managed by the Head and Neck Service at Mount Sinai for the surgical/reconstructive aspects of their care. The clinical/surgical responsibilities of the fellows and residents are shared experiences at the discretion of the Head and Neck faculty. Major ablative head and neck surgery and microvascular reconstruction cases are performed by attending staff, the head and neck fellow, and the residents in a graded, experience-based approach.

Clinical Responsibilities

The Head and Neck Fellow will:

  • Participate in all major head and neck operative cases, including microvascular reconstruction
  • Select the case most appropriate to his training goals if multiple major head and neck cases are occurring simultaneously. Select cases of interest that occur at our affiliated sites
  • Participate in Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Oncology Clinic (See Weekly Schedule)
  • Take call at faculty level in rotation with the faculty of the Head and Neck Service. The fellow is supervised by the faculty while on call for the Head and Neck Service. Weekend call is approximately every four weeks. Weekday evening call is one in every four to five weeks

Surgical training experience includes:

  • Full scope ablative head and neck oncology experience including, mucosal, paranasal/skullbase, salivary, and cutaneous disease
  • Reconstructive experience including local, regional, and free tissue transfer for ablative defects of the head and neck
  • Transoral robotic and laser surgery for head and neck malignancies including oropharyngeal, tongue, larynx
  • Extensive endocrine experience including management of thyroid and parathyroid malignancies
  • Management of advanced benign lesions of the head and neck including salivary, schwannoma, paraganglioma, etc.
  • Comprehensive surgical management of the head and neck oncology patient including ancillary procedures such as airway reconstruction, voice restoration, and facial nerve re-animation

Weekly Schedule:

The weekly schedule is as follows:
Monday: OR Mount Sinai
Tuesday: AM Tumor Board, MDHN Clinic, PM Academic
Wednesday: AM Grand Rounds, OR Mount Sinai
Thursday: MDHN Clinic, PM Journal Club/Research Meetings
Friday: OR VA Medical Center/OR Mount Sinai