Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Reconstruction Fellowship

The two-year Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Reconstruction Fellowship program, offered jointly by the Departments of Head and Neck Surgery and Plastic Surgery, provides one year of advanced training in head and neck surgical oncology followed by a second year in plastic surgery and head and neck reconstruction, with an emphasis on microvascular free tissue transfer. During the second year, fellows are fully integrated into the plastic surgery fellowship, performing multiple types of reconstruction.

Under the umbrella of the advanced surgical oncology fellowship, the Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Reconstruction Fellowship highlights a two-team approach to the treatment of patients with head and neck cancer. In step with the multidisciplinary approach that is a hallmark of cancer care at MD Anderson, the fellowship brings together experts from the different specialties of surgical oncology and plastic surgery to provide unique comprehensive training in the management of head and neck cancer.

Participants learn the indications and application of advanced reconstructive techniques for the repair of complex defects and acquire the technical skills necessary for flap harvest, inset and microvascular anastomosis.

Each fellow receives formal microvascular training in a laboratory setting, commensurate with his or her experience and skill level. Fellows are immersed in and responsible for all components of patient care, including preoperative assessment, operative planning, intraoperative execution, postoperative evaluation, and long-term follow-up. A high volume of cases generated by thirteen full-time plastic surgery faculty offers the fellows exposure to a host of difficult reconstructive solutions.

Fellows are expected to participate in 50 to 100 microvascular reconstructions, with an equal number of non-microvascular cases. The trainees also conduct at least one peer-reviewed publication-quality study, either clinical or basic science, and participate in a rigorous didactic program of conferences and mentorship opportunities.

Selection Process

To be considered for the Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Reconstruction Fellowship, candidates must be completing or have completed Alliance for CME–accredited training programs in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, general surgery or plastic and reconstructive surgery. In addition, applicants must have met the requirements for the Fellowship Program in Advanced Head and Neck Surgical Oncology.

Curricula vitae and requests for applications should be sent to:

Amy C. Hessel, M.D.
Director, Fellowship Program
Department of Head and Neck Surgery
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Unit 1445
Houston, TX 77030-4009
E-mail: headandnecksurgery@mdanderson.org