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.

The Surgical Experience 

The Head and Neck Fellow participates in all major head and neck surgical cases, including head and neck ablative surgery, microvascular reconstruction, transoral oral robotic surgery, endocrine surgery, skull base surgery, and airway surgery.

Fellows are primarily based at The Mount Sinai Hospital; however, the fellow may participate in select cases of interest that occur at our affiliated sites. Fellows staff the Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Oncology Clinic one half day per week where they evaluate and manage head and neck oncology patients. Specific surgical scope includes:

  • Full scope ablative head and neck oncologic surgery including mucosal disease, paranasal-skull base surgery, salivary tumors, sialendoscopy, and cutaneous malignancies
  • Reconstructive surgery including local, regional, and free tissue transfer for complex ablative defects of the head and neck 
  • Transoral robotic and laser surgery for head and neck malignancies including oropharyngeal, tongue, and larynx 
  • Extensive endocrine experience including management of thyroid and parathyroid malignancies 
  • Management of advanced benign lesions of the head and neck including salivary and neurogenic tumors
  • Comprehensive surgical management for functional enhancement of the head and neck oncology patient, including airway reconstruction, voice restoration, and facial nerve reanimation 

The Educational Program

Fellows participate in and present at a variety of conferences including the multidisciplinary tumor board, Grand Rounds, educational rounds, and research conferences. They are also afforded opportunities to shadow in medical and radiation oncology, learning about the full multidisciplinary approaches to the care of patients.

The Service Contribution

Fellows staff a ½ day, weekly Head and Neck Surgery clinic. Operative cases generated from the clinic are performed with supervision from division faculty. Call responsibilities include 1 day per week of daytime consult coverage at Mount Sinai Hospital and 4-5 weeks of weekday evening and weekend call at Elmhurst Hospital Center per year

The Weekly Schedule

Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Surgery Weekly Schedule
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Educational Schedule

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Research Meetings

Tumor Board

Education Rounds

Grand Rounds

 

Clinical Schedule

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Research Block

Surgery

Surgery

Head and Neck Fellow Clinic

Surgery

pm

Medical/Radiation

Oncology

Surgery

Surgery

Head and Neck Practice Clinic

Surgery

 

Postgraduate Fellow Placement

Since the inception of the fellowship in 1990, fellows hold leadership positions at esteemed institutions including The University of Washington, The University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, University of California Irvine, University of California San Francisco, University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Case Western Reserve University, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and New York University Medical Center. Several fellows have become Chairpersons and/or lead the oncology division at their institution.