Advanced Surgical Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction Fellowship

The UNC Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery offers an AHNS-accredited one-year clinical fellowship position in Advanced Surgical Head and Neck Oncology and Micro-vascular Reconstruction. Fellowship director, Dr. Trevor Hackman, is pleased to offer this unique one-year opportunity, which will provide the highest quality training in the medical and surgical management of all are-as of Head and Neck Oncology, including traditional ablative aerodigestive tumor surgery, tran-soral laser microsurgery (TLM), transoral robotic surgery (TORS), endocrine surgery, open and endoscopic skull base surgery, sialendoscopy and full complement of reconstructive surgery, including facial reconstruction, local flaps, regional and free tissue transfer

Fellowship Director:  Trevor G. Hackman, MD, FACS


Number of Positions:  One annually

Clinical Faculty

Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery:


Trevor G. Hackman, MD, Associate Professor, Fellowship Director.

        MD: University of Pittsburgh.

        Residency: University of Pittsburgh.

        Fellowship: Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Areas of specialty: Transoral Laser Microscopy (TLM), Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS),Reconstructive surgery, Sialendoscopy, Endocrine surgery, Skull base surgery.


Mark C. Weissler, MD, Professor, Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Oncology

        MD: Boston University.

        Residency: Harvard University.

        Fellowship: University of Cincinnati.

        Areas of Expertise: Laser ablation in head and neck surgery, Voice disorders, Laryngeal and tracheal stenosis, and skull base cancer.


Samip Patel, MD, Assistant Professor

        MD: Northeast Ohio Medical University Rootstown, OH.

        Residency: University of South Florida.

        Fellowship: University of Toronto Fellowship

        Areas of specialty: Head and Neck Oncology, Reconstructive surgery, Endocrine surgery


Adam M. Zanation, MD, Associate Professor

        MD: UNC-Chapel Hill.

        Residency: UNC-Chapel Hill.

        Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh.

        Areas of specialty: Open and endoscopic skull base surgery, sinonasal tumors, CSF rhinorrhea, frontal sinus


Brian D. Thorp, MD, Assistant Professor

        MD: Eastern Virgina Medical School

        Residency: UNC-Chapel Hill

        Fellowship: UNC-Chapel Hill

        Areas of specailty: Open and endoscopic skull base surgery, sinonasal tumors, CSF rhinorrhea, frontal sinus, advanced facial skin cancer


Jeff Blumberg, MD, Assistant Professor

        MD: UT Southwestern Medical School

        Residency: Yale University.

        Fellowship: University of Toronto Fellowship

        Areas of specialty: Head and Neck Oncology, Reconstructive surgery, Endocrine surgery      




Applicant eligibility for the Advanced Surgical Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction Fellowship is contingent upon completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program in Otolaryngology, General Surgery or Plastic Surgery or fulfillment of the requirements necessary to sit for the certification examination of the American Board of Surgery, Otolaryngology, or Plastic Surgery. 

Applications through the Advanced Training Council for the American Head & Neck Society.

This position is contingent upon having an unrestricted NC Medical License, UNC Hospitals credentialing as an Otolaryngologist, and DEA License prior to starting the fellowship. You will be assisted in obtaining these requirements by UNC Department of Otolaryngology Human Resources personnel.


Fellowship Description

The fellow will be appointed from July 1 through June 30 at the level of "Clinical Fellow" in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the University Of North Carolina School Of Medicine. This level of appointment allows for full credentialing at Attending level at UNC.


Financial, Call and Vacation Arrangements

Salary will be paid at PGY6 UNC Resident Level and standard benefits will be provided (healthcare, etc.) An academic fund for travel and research will be provided. Vacation will be three weeks per year with provisions for academic conferences, presentations and boards. Call will be within the department attending call pool with head and neck attending back up



Accredited through The American Head & Neck Society Advance Training Council


Fellowship Operative Experience

  Advanced head and neck oncologic surgery

            Skull base surgery - open and endoscopic

            Robotic surgery (TORS)

            Transoral laser microsurgery (TLM)


            Endocrine surgery including in-office ultrasonography         

            Microvascular and regional reconstructive techniques

    • Regional - submental, supraclavicular, paramedian forehead, pectoralis major,latissimus, temporalis, nasoseptal
    • Free Tissue - RFFF, lateral arm, ALT, latissimus, rectus, scapula tip, fibula

 Robust multidisciplinary Head and Neck Tumor board - - more than 750 new cases per year

            7 Surgeons, 2 Radiation Oncologists, 3 Medical Oncologists


Research Fellowship Training:

    Weekly protected research time

    Head and Neck Cancer database available for retrospective analysis

    Large head and neck clinical trials group

    Active translational research program with

    Mentorship under Dr. Trevor Hackman

                        2 first author publications expected upon completion of fellowship


Clinical Responsibility

    1/2 day fellow clinic with attending oversight


Requirements for Appointment

    Board eligible/Board certified Otolaryngologist

    Valid North Carolina state medical license

    Ability to begin July 1st



    Position of Clinical Faculty Fellow

    Salary commensurate with PGY-6 level

    Standard medical, disability, and malpractice

    3 weeks of vacation

    Availability and support to present research at national meetings

    Educational Fund



  All interested applicants are to apply through the American Head and Neck Society website.


    Interview schedule for 2018 fellowship position:  March 17, 2017 and April 21, 2017


Previous Fellows


Travis Newberry         2012-2013       University Health System San Antonio          2013 - present

David Ludlow              2013-2014       MetroHealth Case Western Reserve             2014 - present

Jeremiah Tracy          2014-2015       University of Massachusetts                          2015 - present

Brittany Howard          2015-2017       Mayo Clinic Scottsdale                                   2017 - present

Eugenie Du                 2016-2017       UNC MPH Program 2017-2018

Travis Schrank           2017-2018



Fellowship Director

Trevor G. Hackman, MD, FACS

Physicians Office Building/G190F

UNC-CH Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

170 Manning Drive, CB# 7070

Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7070

919-843-3628 (office)

919-966-7941 (fax)


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Fellowship coordinator: Donna Woodard: 919.843.3628 | Fax: 919.966.7941

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