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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 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.

Dr. Amy Y. Chen is the fellowship director. Members of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery serve as the fellowship faculty, and all are fellowship trained. They provide a multifaceted, comprehensive, and diverse educational experience grounded in a 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. Please see the American Head and Neck Society website for additional information regarding the fellowship application.

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 2,000 new cancer patients per year, and the fellow has their own clinic for one half day.

The remainder of the days are primarily operative. However, there are opportunities to learn from medical oncology, radiation oncology, neuroradiology, and pathology faculty.

Fellows present their patients at the weekly multidisciplinary Head & Neck Tumor Board. Opportunities exist for autonomy on the more complicated cases found at Grady Memorial Hospital.


Participation in clinical research is expected during the fellowship year, and one publication is required. 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.

Past Fellows' Careers

Ajani Nugent, MD: University of Miami, Department of Plastic Surgery

Sung Cho, DMD: Private practice

H. Michael Baddour, MD: Emory University, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

Pardis Javadi, MD: Southern Illinois University, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

Andres Bur, MD: University of Kansas, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

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