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Head & Neck Oncologic Surgery and Microvascular Reconstruction Fellowship

The one-year Emory Head & Neck Oncologic Surgery and Microvascular Reconstruction Fellowship, accredited by the the Advanced Training Council of the American Head and Neck Society, involves all aspects of current, state-of-the-art head and neck surgical care.

Fellows are encouraged to align their experience with their specific interests. The year will include exposure to both complex ablative and reconstruction cases, the performance of approximately 120 free tissue transfers using a wide variety of free flaps and techniques, and the opportunity to participate in such robust clinical programs as a transoral robotic surgery (TORS) service and a head and neck endocrine surgery practice.

The fellowship faculty are Dr. Michael Baddour, Jr., Dr. Amy Chen, Dr. Mark El-Deiry, Dr. Danielle L. Gainor, and Dr. Mihir Patel. They provide a multifaceted, comprehensive, and diverse educational experience grounded in a strong culture of teamwork, and are motivated to achieve excellence in both training and clinical outcomes.

Specific Objectives

Upon completing the program, graduating fellows should:


Residents who have completed an ACGME accredited otolaryngology residency and are ABO board eligible or certified. A Georgia medical license is required.

Clinical Responsibilities

Fellows are appointed clinical instructors, perform with the clinical and call responsibilities of an attending physician, and participate in level-appropriate cases in all aspects of head and neck surgery. Our team currently sees approximately 1000 new cancer patients per year, and the fellow has their own clinic for one half day. The remainder of the days are operative. Fellows present their patients at the weekly multidisciplinary Head & Neck Tumor Board. Opportunities exist for autonomy on the more complicated cases found at both the Atlanta VA Medical Center and Grady Memorial Hospital.


Participation in clinical research is expected during the fellowship year, and support for presentations at national meetings will be provided. Accommodations for basic science research can be arranged based on interest.

Resident Education

Direct supervision of PGY1-through-5 residents will be a part of daily clinical activities. Fellows also participate in leading resident didactic sessions. Regular collaborative conferences are held with the neuroradiology and pathology departments and are used as forums to discuss difficult or interesting cases. Fellows are expected to provide teaching and guidance to the resident teams during surgical cases that are level appropriate.

Recent Testimonials

Pardis Javadi, MD, Head and Neck Fellow Graduate, June 2015
Assistant Professor
Southern Illinois University
Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

"Upon completing my fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology and microvascular reconstruction at Emory, I assumed the position of assistant professor at Southern Illinois University, where I plan to initiate a head and neck reconstruction program. I am very grateful for the excellent training I received at Emory and for the wonderful mentorship of Dr. El-Deiry. In addition to teaching the technical aspects of the complex surgical interventions involved in the treatment of head and neck cancer patients, he instilled the importance of building multidisciplinary teams to provide the best possible care. I plan on implementing everything I learned at Emory in my practice."

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