department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery

Fellowship in Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery

In 2003, a fellowship in head and neck oncologic and reconstructive surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina was established. The fellow will be given the appointment of Clinical Instructor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and will be exposed to multiple preceptors in a busy, multidisciplinary, tertiary care, academic health care facility and the NCI-Designated Hollings Cancer Center.

We have had several changes to our fellowship from prior years and want you to be aware.  Through Dr. Joshua Hornig, Boyd Gillespie, David Neskey and Terry Day, we have expanded our transoral robotic surgery team to include four surgeons who are certified  allowing  the fellow participate in this arena.  In addition, we now have a salivary endoscopy clinic and training course directed by Dr. Boyd Gillespie with a growing number of national referrals for this area.  Through the work of Dr. Krishna Patel and Dr. Judith Skoner, we have in place a facial reanimation clinic and with Dr. Brad Neville, an oral premalignancy clinic.  We also are proud to welcome David Neskey, MD, PhD, who will direct our head and neck translational research team.  From a microvascular surgery perspective, we have four microvascular trained surgeons in Josh Hornig, Judith Skoner, Terry Day and the new recruit, Andrew Huang who is completing the combined fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Finally, we have started construction on the new MUSC Head and Neck Tumor Center which will be our centralized clinical space allowing for interdisciplinary dedicated outpatient care, procedures, speech and swallowing therapy, prosthodontics, radiation and integrated real time educational and clinical live feeds via the web.
We currently have two approved Advanced Training Council fellowship opportunities which are equivalent in training and exposure to six head and neck surgeons covering every aspect of head and neck ablative, robotic, microvascular  and skull base procedures.
Our team prides itself upon providing the most state-of-the-art multidisciplinary care for head and neck oncology.  We see over 500 new tumor patients per year with over 800 tumor board presentations annually.   Our referral base includes 90% of cases from the US Southeast region with the remaining being national and international referrals.  Our program includes over 100 clinical specialists including head and neck surgeons, skull base surgeons, microvascular reconstructive surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, among others, but ranging to include maxillofacial prosthodontics, speech and swallowing pathologists, survivor support team, and tobacco cessation counselors.  The research program includes over 10 NIH funded basic, clinical and translational researchers from a variety of fields and backgrounds.  Current emphasis is on immune based mechanisms of head and neck cancers and targets, ceramidase compounds in oral cancer, and prevention and control opportunities in head and neck cancers.
Our team offers the latest in clinical treatments including transoral robotic and laser surgery, endoscopic skull base and laryngeal surgery, minimally invasive and endoscopic thyroid and parathyroid surgery,  advanced microvascular reconstruction, customized implantable 3D reconstructed implants, customized prosthetic ears/eyes/nose/palate design, tomotherapy and intensity modulated radiation therapy, targeted molecular and chemotherapy.
In addition, we have over $4,000,000 in annual funding in head and neck oncology including six R01 funded researchers in Steve Rosenzweig, Rita Young, Besim Ogretmen, Keith Kirkwood, Visu Palanisamy and Bonnie Martin-Harris.  Fellows have the option of spending up to one day per week in translational research.
Our fellowships are designed to provide the foundation for future leaders in head and neck oncologic and reconstructive surgery and for them to emerge with a comfort level in treating all neoplasms of the head and neck procedures.

The applicant should have significant experience in surgery of the head and neck and be BC/BE in Otolaryngology, General Surgery, or Plastic Surgery. A South Carolina medical license should be obtained prior to the fellowship year.

For information on the fellowship, please call 843-792-8363 or email

For print version of application click here:  MUSC HN Fellowship Application

Where are they now? 

Joshua Hornig, M.D.  (2004-2005), Assistant Professor, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Allen Mitchell, M.D.  (2005-2006) Department Chairman-Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virginia

Oleg Militsakh, M.D. (2006-2007) Assistant Professor-University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska

Luke Buchmann, M.D. (2007-2008 Assistant Professor-University of Utah HealthCare, Salt Lake City, Utah

Nadia Mohyuddin, M.D. (2008-2009) Assistant Professor-Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Tanya Fancy, M.D. (2009-2010) Assistant Professor, Western Virginia University Health Sciences Center, Morgantown, West Virginia

Wayne Cardoni, D.O. (2010-2011) National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland

Trinitia Cannon, M.D. (2010-2011) Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Akash Anand, M.D. (2011-2012) Private Practice, New Orleans, LA

Barry Malin, M.D. (2011-2012) Assistant Professor, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Arnaud Bewley, M.D. (2012-2013) Assistant Professor, University of California-Davis, Davis, CA

Mayuri Rajapurkar, M.D. (2011-2013) Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital, Bombay, India

Paul A. Tennant, M.D. (2013-2014) University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Jeffery J. Houlton, M.D. (2013-2014) University of Washington, Seattle, WA