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About the Fellowship

The post-residency clinical fellowship is comprised of a one-year subspecialty training program provided by three laryngeal surgeons and four PhD staff scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital. Fellows participate in the clinical and research efforts as a member of a multidisciplinary team (voice scientists and speech pathologists) and receive training using state-of-the-art voice clinic and surgical-engineering laboratory facilities. The trainees will be provided with a comprehensive experience so that they can develop and lead other academic centers of excellence. Three candidates are accepted per year.

Requirements & Curriculum

Candidates must have completed a residency in Otolaryngology—head and neck surgery—by the time of their matriculation as a clinical fellow. If residency training was completed in a foreign country, the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) steps 1 – 3 must be successfully completed prior to applying for the fellowship.

The curriculum includes training in:

  • Botulium toxin injections for spasmodic dysphonia
  • Laryngeal framework surgery
  • Novel operating-room and office-based laser treatments (pulsed-KTP & Thulium lasers)
  • Phonomicrosurgery

There will also be the opportunity for clinical collaboration with the Mass General Division of Thoracic Surgery.

Fellows' Experience

Fellows will gain a breadth of experience in both the clinical and the research realms.

Clinical Experience

Clinical Fellows will have exposure to a wide range of benign and malignant laryngeal pathologies including:

  • Airway stenosis
  • Cancer
  • Laryngeal trauma
  • Papillomatosis
  • Polyps, cysts and nodules
  • Precancerous dysplasia
  • Vascular lesions
  • Vocal cord paralysis
Research Experience

The emphasis of the year will be on clinical experience, but clinical fellows will be given opportunity to participate in additional clinical or basic-science laboratory research projects of their choosing. A separate, dedicated Research Fellowship in Laryngeal Surgery is also available.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae and three (3) letters of recommendation to:

Steven M. Zeitels, MD
Mass General Voice Center
One Bowdoin Square, 11th Floor
Boston, MA 02114