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 areas of Head and Neck Oncology, including traditional ablative aerodigestive tumor surgery, transoral 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 Re-construction Fellowship is contingent upon completion of an ACGME-accredited residency pro-gram 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, Otolaryngol-ogy, 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 cre-dentialing 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 Re-sources 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 including attendance at lab meeting

Head and Neck Cancer database available for retrospective analysis

Large head and neck clinical trials group

Active translational research program with

Mentorship under D. 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.

Fellowship Match Application

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