Fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology

This ACGME-accredited 1-year program is a destination for aspiring pediatric otolaryngologists. Fellows receive comprehensive clinical training in a high-volume academic medical center that also supports and excels in a wide range of basic science, translational and clinic outcomes research programs.

The University of Michigan Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship provides hands-on experience caring for the full breadth of pediatric otolaryngology cases. Surgical experience is abundant for open airway reconstruction, airway endoscopy, cochlear implantation, bone conduction devices, chronic ear surgery, head and neck tumors, sleep surgery, microtia reconstruction surgical treatment of velopharyngeal insufficiency and rhinology. The fellowship, directed by Aaron L. Thatcher, M.D., was established in 2008 and matches one fellow per year. The program is accredited by the ACGME, with the first year of accreditation in 2013-2014.

Additional program faculty include: 
  • Lauren A Bohm, M.D.; Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Glenn E. Green, M.D.; Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Erin M. Kirkham, M.D., MPH; Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 
  • Marci M. Lesperance, M.D., MS; Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery; Associate Chief Clinical Officer, Children’s Specialty and Women’s Services 
  • Marc C. Thorne, M.D., MPH; Division Chief, Pediatric Otolaryngology; Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery; Director, Otolaryngology Residency Program; Medical Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology Ambulatory Care Unit
  • David A. Zopf, M.D.; Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery; Affiliate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

All rotations are at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, which boasts a 12-story inpatient wing and a 9-story outpatient wing for a total of 1.1 million square feet. The hospital houses 348 beds, including 50 private maternity rooms and 46 private NICU rooms. We also have access to 16 state-of-the-art operating rooms and two interventional radiology rooms. From October through June, the fellow has an independent clinic one-half day per week, seeing uncomplicated patients and developing critical ambulatory skills. The fellow has the opportunity to work with all members in the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology. They participate in multidisciplinary clinics, including the Aerodigestive Clinic, Voice and Speech ClinicMultidisciplinary Sleep Clinic, Pediatric Tracheobronchomalacia Clinic and the Craniofacial Anomalies Program. The fellow is never assigned on-call or home call, but may participate in overnight clinical activity of relevance to their training.


The fellow spends a one-month rotation in September focused on pediatric and neonatal critical care, which establishes an early collaboration between the fellow, PICU and NICU faculty, fellows and staff. 

The fellow participates in weekly pediatric otolaryngology conferences, weekly grand rounds, monthly morbidity and mortality conferences, monthly vascular anomalies conference, quarterly pediatric head and neck pathology conferences (with Jonathan B. McHugh, M.D.). The fellow directs the semiannual Multidisciplinary Pediatric Airway Conference under faculty supervision and direction. 


The fellow carries out a clinical or basic science research project mentored by the pediatric otolaryngology faculty or other department faculty. A separate research fellowship funded by a T32 training grant is available through our Advanced Research Training in Otolaryngology Program, which provides 12 months of training in clinical or basic science. Eligible candidates (US Citizens or permanent residents) may apply to carry out research either before or after a clinical fellowship. 

The University of Michigan offers highly competitive salaries and tremendous benefits to our residents/fellows. An overview of salary, benefits and employment eligibility is available on the GME Office website, under “Prospective Residents/Fellows”.

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How to Apply

The Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Program at the University of Michigan is an ACGME-accredited program. One fellow is accepted each year. For the 2022-23 academic year, the position will be filled through the SF Match. Applicants must register with the SF Match.

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