Advanced Surgical Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction Fellowship

The Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery has opened an Advanced Surgical Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction Fellowship starting July 1, 2015. Director of the fellowship, 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 areas of Head and Neck Oncology. This includes ablative aerodigestive tumor surgery, transoral laser and robotic surgery, endocrine surgery, skull base oncology, facial reconstructive surgery and microvascular surgery.

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, Assistant Professor, Fellowship Co-Director.
    • MD: University of Pittsburgh. Residency: University of Pittsburgh. Fellowship: Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
    • Fellowship trained in Transoral Laser Microscopy (TLM) and microvascular reconstructive surgery, specialization in endocrine surgery, head and neck oncology, open skull base surgery.
  • Adam M. Zanation, MD, Associate Professor, Director, Head and Neck Robotics Program
    • MD: UNC-Chapel Hill. Residency: UNC-Chapel Hill. Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh.
    • Fellowship trained in open and endoscopic skull base surgery, specialization in sinonasal tumors, CSF rhinorrhea, parotid tumors, frontal sinus
  • Mark C. Weissler, MD, Professor, Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Oncology
    • MD: Boston University. Residency: Harvard University. Fellowship: University of Cincinnati.
    • Fellowship trained in laser ablation in head and neck surgery, specialization in voice disorders, laryngeal and tracheal stenosis, and skull base cancer.
  • William W. Shockley, MD, Professor, Chief of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    • MD: Indiana University. Residency: University of Cincinnati. Fellowship: Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.
    • Fellowship trained in head and neck oncology, specialization in all types of facial reconstruction and cosmetic surgery.
  • Samip Patel, MD, Associate Professor Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Surgery
    • University of Toronto Fellowship, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
  • Jose P. Zevallos, MD, Assistant Professor Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction, Director of Oncologic Research
    • MD: Rutgers University. Residency: Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals. Fellowship: Beth Israel Medical Center.
    • Fellowship trained in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery

Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Surgery of the Hand:

  • Eric G. Halvorson, MD, Assistant Professor
  • Kamil Erfanian, MD, Assistant Professor


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.

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, 2017 through June 30, 2018 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 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 at an attending level within the Department.


At present, this fellowship is not accredited through The American Head & Neck Society.

Fellowship Objectives

  • Advanced head and neck oncologic surgery
  • Open and endoscopic skull base surgery
  • Robotic surgery (TORS)
  • Transoral laser microsurgery (TLM) of the aerodigestive tract
  • Microvascular and regional reconstructive techniques
  • Endocrine surgery including in-office ultrasonography
  • Robust multidisciplinary Head and Neck Tumor board

Requirements for Appointment

  • Board eligible/Board certified Otolaryngologist
  • Valid North Carolina state medical license
  • Ability to begin July 1st

Research Fellowship Training: Protected Time

  • 10+ year Head and Neck Cancer database available for retrospective reviews
  • Large head and neck clinical trials group
  • Active translational research program with >30 publications in the past year


  • 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


  • Accepting applications for July 2017 year
  • Interview schedule is flexible

Please send CV to

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)

Or via email to: and please CC

Fellowship coordinator: Donna Woodard: 919.843.3628 | Fax: 919.966.7941