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Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship Program

Program Director: Francisco J. Civantos, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Address: 1120 NW 14th Street, 6th floor, Miami, FL 33136
Phone: 243-6466

Chairman of Department: Fred F. Telischi, MEE, MD, FACS

Program Contact: Jenine M. Dunn at 305-243-6466 or

Faculty Involved with the Fellowship:

  • Francisco J. Civantos, M.D., F.A.C.S.
  • David J. Arnold, M.D., F.A.C.S.
  • Roy Casiano, M.D.
  • Elizabeth Franzmann, M.D.
  • W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., F.A.C.S.
  • Brian Jewett, M.D.
  • Donna Lundy, Ph.D.
  • Arnold Markoe, M.D.
  • Khaled Tolba, M.D.
  • Giovana Thomas, M.D.
  • Donald Weed, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Total Number of Positions Available per Year: Two (2) one-year positions. Two-year positions are available by special arrangement either for a specific clinical concentration or research.


Overview: The University of Miami (UM) School of Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital
and the University of Miami Hospitals and Clinics, offers two Head and Neck Fellowships, which blend an educational program with the responsibilities of a senior staff physician. Our institutions are dedicated to patient care, research, and education. Jackson Memorial Hospital is an accredited, non-profit, tertiary care hospital, serving not only the population of Miami Dade

County (approximately five million), but also a hub for South and Central America making us one of the busiest hospitals in the nation. Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center handles more than 1,300 inpatient admissions annually, performs 3,000 surgical procedures, and treats 3,000 new cancer patients. In addition, UM/Sylvester physicians and scientists are engaged in 150 clinical trials and receive more than $30 million annually in research grants.

Objectives: The Head and Neck Fellowship is a one-year program focused on head and neck oncologic surgery. Two positions are available. Fellows will develop expertise in head and neck ablative surgery and reconstruction. High volumes of skull base surgery and microvascular reconstructive surgery are available, and fellows will be well trained in both of these areas. There is also opportunity for subspecialty focus on either of these areas. A second year for increased subspecialization or laboratory research is optional. The fellows will be involved in the microvascular rat lab and will complete the microvascular animal training course. It is expected that, over the course of the fellowship, the fellow will develop the ability to perform microvascular cases independently. Our goal is to train surgeons who will subsequently take positions at referral centers as tertiary head and neck surgeons. This is a hands-on surgical experience with opportunity to function independently and a high surgical volume.

Duties and Responsibilities of Trainees: Our fellowships are designed to be a hands-on learning experience in the multidisciplinary management of patients with Head and Neck Cancer. Fellows should take an academic approach to patient care, discussing cases with the attending, performing literature review on unusual cases, and in the teaching of residents and fellows.

At least one case should be presented weekly at our Tumor Board. For two index cases a year,
The fellow should be involved in radiation planning and/or chemotherapeutic dosing and become familiarized with the approach of our colleagues in radiation oncology and medical oncology. During the rotations on both these services, a special focus on these disciplines should occur. Fellows are to attend all didactic sessions pertinent to Head and Neck Surgery including Grand Rounds, Core Curriculum, Tumor Conference, Thyroid Conference, and Journal Club. A research project is designed and an annual presentation is required.

Careers of Recent Former Fellows:

  • Tareck Ayad- University of Montreal
  • Deepak Gurushanthaiah- Head & Neck Microvascular Surgeon, Kaiser Permanente San
  • Francisco
  • Sandeep Samant- Director of Head & Neck Surgery, University of Tennessee
  • Lisa Shnayder- Head & Neck Microvascular Surgeon, University of Kansas
  • Gina Jefferson- University of Mississippi
  • Miriam O‚ÄôLeary- Tufts University
  • Joseph Curry- Faculty, Jefferson University
  • Chetan Nayak- Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Joshua Rosenberg- Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York
  • Zoukaa Sargi- Faculty at University of Miami
  • Jason Leibowitz, Faculty at University of Miami
  • Roger Farmer, Faculty at University of West Virginia
  • Avinash Mantravadi, Faculty at Indiana University
  • Keith Richardson, Faculty at McGill University
  • Nick Purdy, Private Practice, PA
  • Katherine Fedder, Faculty at University of Virginia
  • Anthony Anfuso, Private Practice, Fort Myers, FL
  • Seo Moon, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA
  • Stefan Mlot, Faculty at SUNY Downstate

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