The Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery program is a non-ACGME head and neck fellowship within the Department of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery at LSU Health Shreveport, a health sciences center. The program is two years in duration. For candidates to be accepted into our training program, they must have successfully completed an Otolaryngology program. The program fosters a humanistic approach to medicine and expects its graduates to be of the highest ethical standards. In addition, the program prepares graduates for a career in academic medicine if they should so desire.
The program has a minimum of twelve months of clinical training. A maximum of twelve months of research may also be taken during the training, at the discretion of the program director. Training includes management of all head and neck disorders and neoplasms. Fellows are exposed to a broad range of diseases of benign and malignant head and neck tumors. The scope of training encompasses ablation as well as reconstructive surgery including microvascular flaps and pedicled flaps. Fellows will complete at least 40 microvascular reconstructions independently at the end of 12 months. The fellow will also take part in a formal training program through the Microvascular Training Laboratory. Fellows will get trained in transoral robotic surgery (TORS) with at least 30 independent cases at the end of 12 months. Rotations include radiation oncology, medical oncology, radiology, especially thyroid ultrasounds for comprehensive management of the disease.
Progression of responsibilities:During the two-year training program the first twelve months of training are very clinically oriented with little time assigned to research. Research is optional and is geared for the last 12 months of training. During the first twelve months the fellows are expected to become competent in the total management of the head and neck patients including reconstruction. During this time, they supervise residents and medical students assigned to the rotations. Fellows are completely supervised by an attending physician, per procedural requirements. Fellows must become adept in performing all head and neck procedures.
Dauren Adilbay, MD
The goals and objectives of training in our program are to prepare the individual for a career in head and neck surgery and reconstruction. It is our desire to graduate well-trained clinicians who can take excellent care of patients with head and neck neoplasms.
Program Director : Cherie-Ann Nathan, MD, FACS / Associate Program Director : Ameya Asarkar, MD
Sanford Katz, MD
C. Jake Wang, MD
The surgical skills laboratory serves as a teaching tool for medical students, residents, faculty, and practicing surgeons of all subspecialty fields. The lab provides a setting in which learners of all levels may practice and hone their surgical skills. Using cadaveric specimens allow participants a relaxed setting to strengthen their anatomic knowledge without putting actual patients at risk.