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Division of Head & Neck Surgery Head & Neck Oncology—Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

Head & Neck Oncology—Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

The Division of Head and Neck Surgery at NYU Langone offers a one-year American Head & Neck Society (AHNS)–accredited fellowship in head and neck oncology—reconstructive surgery to train subspecialty surgeons in this continually evolving field. Our program, one of a few in the country, offers dual training in oncologic and reconstructive surgery for managing complex head and neck malignancies. Completion of this fellowship provides the skills necessary to pursue head and neck oncology and microvascular surgery at an academic institution.

Fellows receive advanced training with an experienced team of plastic surgeons and oral maxillofacial surgeons at NYU Langone’s Head and Neck Center, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, and the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System. Fellows perform 300 to 400 complex surgical procedures, and the majority are oncologic ablative surgeries. At Bellevue, fellows perform complex surgical and reconstructive procedures as primary attending physicians with faculty mentorship. There are also opportunities to perform ablative and reconstructive procedures at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island and NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn.

Each fellow works alongside the Division of Head and Neck Surgery faculty, gaining intensive experience in a variety of complex head and neck surgical procedures, including minimally invasive transoral laser microsurgery, transoral robotic surgery (TORS), and endoscopic procedures. Fellows learn to perform innovative reconstructive techniques using virtual surgical planning and 3D modeling to reconstruct both bony and soft tissue defects with microvascular free tissue transfer, also called flap surgery. Fellows perform more than 100 flap surgeries each year and gain experience in facial reanimation procedures using local and regional nerve transfer and gracilis free flaps. Fellowship surgical training also includes the use of a wide variety of recipient vessels including inferior mesenteric artery (IMA), inferior mesenteric vein (IMV), and cephalic vein grafts.

Collaborative opportunities are available with other departments, including sleep therapy, swallow therapy, medical oncology, radiation oncology, neurosurgery, thoracic surgery, plastic surgery, and oral and maxillofacial surgery.

During training, fellows share call responsibilities with department faculty members, participate in resident training, and attend weekly head and neck oncology conferences, tumor boards, and grand rounds. Monthly events include journal club, thyroid conference, and facial nerve conference. For clinical research, fellows work with division faculty to publish scholarly articles during training. You are encouraged to attend national fellow-level courses on advanced reconstructive technique and TORS including:

  • Annual Head and Neck Microvascular Fellow Boot Camp, Dayton, Ohio
  • AHNS Transoral Robotic Training Hands on Courses for Fellows, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Columbia University Microsurgery Training and Research Laboratory, New York, New York

Fellowship Faculty

Adam S. Jacobson, MD
Jamie P. Levine MD
Lindsey E. Moses, MD
Mark S. Persky, MD
Michael J. Persky, MD
Theresa Tran, MD
Alec E. Vaezi, MD, PhD

How to Apply

Please submit your Head and Neck Oncology—Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship application through the AHNS Fellowship portal.

For more information about the program, please contact Adam S. Jacobson, MD, fellowship director, at adam.jacobson@nyulangone.org and Monica Caraballo, program manager, at monica.caraballo@nyulangone.org.

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