Fellowship in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction

The University of Michigan Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction Fellowship provides multidisciplinary, specialized training in all facets of head and neck oncologic care and surgery, with a program designed to support the fellow’s progressive advancement to independence during the training process.

Our Mission

The University of Michigan Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction Fellowship, under the directorship of Kelly M. Malloy, M.D., FACS, is designed to provide intensive training in all facets of oncologic care of the head and neck cancer patient. Our goal is to train future leaders in the field of comprehensive head and neck cancer care and related research, and to provide the platform from which a successful academic career is launched. 

Our Vision

It is our intention to develop the next generation of head and neck surgeon-leaders, launching each fellow’s career via in-depth training and preparation, as well as cultivating their long-term career goals through life-long mentorship.  As the major center for head and neck surgery in Michigan, our multidisciplinary team treats numerous head and neck cancer patients each year, and our fellows are integral participants in caring for these patients. We perform well over 250 free tissue transplants yearly, harvesting from the full breadth of donor sites. Additionally, we have the largest melanoma and Merkel cell carcinoma programs in the United States. In addition to extensive training in head and neck mucosal extirpative surgery, both open and transoral, the fellows are trained in the following specialized areas: microvascular reconstructive surgery, advanced cutaneous malignancy surgery, including sentinel node biopsy, skull base surgery and reconstruction, and salivary and endocrine surgery. Dedicated time is allotted to rotate with our entire multidisciplinary team, including radiation and medical oncology, radiology, pathology, and speech language pathology, as well as any other specialists the fellow may wish to work with. Beyond the clinical experience, we pride ourselves on providing life-long mentorship to our fellow graduates, and our dedicated Fellow Alumni group provides additional networking and mentorship opportunities.

Our Values

  • Career-long mentorship and sponsorship
  • Large, varied surgical case volume, including the entire free tissue armamentarium
  • Diverse training and backgrounds of faculty
  • Rich research portfolio in a wide array of scholarly disciplines
  • Accomplished fellowship alumni

PAST FELLOWS

  • Douglas B. Chepeha, MD, MScPH, FRCSC, Professor, University of Toronto
  • Mark E. P. Prince, MD, FRCSC, Professor and Chair, University of Michigan
  • Larry Myers, MD, Associate Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Brian Nussenbaum, MD, FACS, Executive Director, American Board of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery
  • Steven Wang, MD, FACS, Professor and Chair, University of Arizona
  • Kevin Fung, MD, FRCSC, FACS, Professor and Chair, Western University, London, Ontario
  • Jeffrey S. Moyer, MD, FACS, Professor, University of Michigan
  • Christopher D. Lansford, MD, Private Practice, Peoria, IL
  • Lance E. Oxford, MD, Private Practice, Dallas, TX
  • Amy Anne Lassig, MD, FACS, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
  • Kevin Emerick, MD, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
  • Kelly M. Malloy, MD, FACS, Associate Professor, University of Michigan
  • Samir Khariwala, MD, Professor and Acting Chair, University of Minnesota
  • Keith Casper, MD, Associate Professor, University of Michigan
  • Shamir Chandarana, MD, MSc, FRCSC, Associate Professor, University of Calgary
  • Naweed Raza, MD, FRCSC, Associate Professor, Wayne State University
  • Vivian Wu, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Henry Ford Health System
  • Matthew Spector, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
  • Chaz Stucken, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
  • Jesse Ryan, MD, Assistant Professor, SUNY Upstate
  • Danielle Gainor, MD, Private Practice, Lansing, MI
  • Brittny Tillman, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Tiffany Glazer, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin
  • Jayne Stevens, MD, Assistant Professor, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Major, U.S. Army Medical Corps, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI
  • Andrew Rosko, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
  • Marisa Buchakjian, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Iowa
  • Jumin Sunde, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas
  • Rosh Sethi, MD, MPH, Clinical Lecturer, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Michelle Chen, MD, MHS, Clinical Lecturer, University of Michigan

Research Opportunities and Teaching

The Head and Neck Oncology Program of the University of Michigan is one of the most prolific head and neck cancer research groups in the world. We maintain tumor biology research laboratories both at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. Basic science research opportunities are available in the molecular biology of tumors, predictive biomarkers, stem cell research, genomics and proteomics. We are also national leaders in clinical trials development, outcomes and quality of life research and health services research. Finally, we have burgeoning research programs in quality of head and neck surgical care and in simulation education research that may appeal to fellows with interests in quality improvement/patient safety or graduate medical education/surgical education. Any and all of these research opportunities are available for the head and neck fellows.

Fellows are well supported by highly available, permanent faculty corps. The fellows see patients with basic neck mass and “general” head and neck complaints in their clinics; when such a patient is diagnosed with cancer, they are co-managed by the fellow and a head and neck faculty member. In this fashion, the fellow has a graduated experience managing their head and neck patient with direct support from the faculty, and the patient is assured a safe and continuity-of-care-focused experience at our institution.

How to Apply

The application process is completed through the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS).  Eligibility requirements and the application process can be found listed on the AHNS website, as well as information regarding any associated fees, interview timeline, ranking process, and the Centralized Matching Program. 

Please contact Education-Oto@med.umich.edu with any questions.