Fellowship in Laryngology

The University of Michigan Laryngology Fellowship provides multidisciplinary, specialized training in all facets of laryngology, with a program designed to support the fellow’s progressive clinical independence and nurture future leadership skills in laryngology and otolaryngology-head & neck surgery.

Our Mission

The University of Michigan Laryngology Fellowship, under the directorship of Robbi A. Kupfer, M.D. and in collaboration with the Division of Laryngology, is a one-year clinical and research experience designed to provide comprehensive training in evaluation and management of voice, airway and swallowing disorders. Our goal is to train future leaders in the field of laryngology and to provide the platform from which a successful academic career is launched. 

Our Vision

Our intention is to train excellent clinical laryngologists, educators and leaders within the fields of laryngology and otolaryngology-head & neck surgery. The University of Michigan Laryngology Fellowship provides trainees immersive, broad exposure to all aspects of clinical laryngology. The laryngology fellow works with three fellowship-trained core faculty, each with a unique training background and each recognized for their excellence in teaching and education. Our faculty provide a high-volume, rich experience with extensive exposure to:

  • Clinical evaluation and decision-making in laryngology
  • Phenomenological assessment of voice disorders
  • Phonomicrosurgery
  • Endoscopic and open reconstructive airway surgery (including innovative and complex airway reconstructive procedures)
  • Laryngeal framework surgery
  • Endoscopic and open dysphagia surgery
  • Endoscopic and open laryngeal preservation surgery for laryngeal cancer
  • Neurolaryngology and laryngeal botox treatment
  • Awake in-office laryngeal and esophageal interventions
  • Non-interventional management of laryngeal disorders

There are opportunities to join other otolaryngology faculty for additional experience in pediatric and adult airway reconstruction and advanced laryngeal cancer, as well as opportunities to work with and learn from other related disciplines including interventional pulmonology, thoracic surgery, gastroenterology, rheumatology, head and neck anesthesiology, vocal pedagogy, medical ethics and neurology. Fellows will work directly with subspecialty-trained (and dual-trained) speech language pathologists during the laryngology clinic experience within several different multidisciplinary models to deepen their skills in clinical assessment of voice, swallowing and breathing disorders.

Our Strengths

  • Large, varied clinical and surgical volume representing the breadth of clinical laryngology
  • Diverse training, backgrounds, tenure, and practice models of faculty
  • Emphasis on intentional education with progressive independent practice under mentorship of fellowship faculty
  • Rich career development opportunities to develop education, research, and leadership skills
  • Career-long mentorship and sponsorship

Fellowship Year

The University of Michigan Laryngology Fellowship is a one-year clinical fellowship. Day-to-day clinical laryngology coverage is generally divided among core laryngology faculty in both clinic and the operating room. The schedule is flexible and allows for maximization of the fellow’s learning opportunities. Clinics have a broad array of experiences representing the breadth of laryngeal pathology, including benign vocal fold lesions, airway stenosis and other abnormalities, occupational and professional voice, dysphagia, autoimmune laryngeal disease, neoplasms of the laryngotracheal complex and neurologic laryngeal disease. There is extensive opportunity for multidisciplinary evaluation of laryngeal diseases and disorders.

The laryngology fellow has an independent clinic approximately two days per month. This clinic includes tertiary laryngologic referrals to allow the fellow to blossom as an independent laryngologist under the support of fellowship faculty and includes opportunities for the fellow to see patients in a multi-disciplinary model with a speech language pathologist. The fellow provides coverage for in-patient laryngologic consults including vocal fold checks, dysphonia, dysphagia and airway disorders. Many of the consults generate excellent educational opportunities for awake procedures and/or operative experiences for the fellow, as well as opportunities to teach residents. Core laryngology faculty ensure the fellow is available to provide this service throughout the day and assist with coverage when the fellow seeks off-site educational opportunities.

Past Fellows

  • Andrew P. Stein, M.D., assistant professor of otolaryngology, Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University
  • Lawrence Kashat, M.D., assistant professor of otolaryngology, Wayne State School of Medicine, Wayne State University

Research Opportunities and Teaching

The laryngology fellow is expected to engage in academic development during the fellowship year. There are a diverse range of institutional opportunities to provide professional development in education, leadership, clinical trial design, statistics and others. Opportunities are provided to perform clinical research, quality improvement, or collaborate with existing basic science infrastructure. 

The laryngology fellow helps to run our monthly laryngology teaching conference and is an essential member in providing instruction to our residents in foundational laryngology topics. The fellow is deeply integrated into the educational environment and mission of the division, including instruction of resident trainees in the clinic and the OR. Our goal is to not only train excellent clinical laryngologists, but also excellent educators of the next generation of laryngologists.

Program Faculty

Core Laryngology Faculty

Core Speech Language Pathology and Vocal Pedagogy

Affiliated Otolaryngology Faculty

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send their CV, three letters of reference, and a letter of interest to the education administrator at Education-Oto@med.umich.edu for consideration. The match process for the laryngology fellowship follows the American Laryngological Association match guidelines through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The interview period typically begins in January and are scheduled through March, with ranking decisions due to NRMP in April.

Additional Resources

Fellowship Director

Dr. Robbi Kupfer

Robbi A. Kupfer, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Director, Residency Program
Fellowship Director, Laryngology
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director