Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

McGovern Medical School

Rhinology Fellowship

Faculty

Martin J. Citardi, MD
Amber Luong, MD, PhD
William Yao, MD

Departmental Statement

UTHealth Otorhinolaryngology will deliver world-class, patient-centered otorhinolaryngology-head & neck surgery care in a clinically-integrated academic medical center

Overview

Our goal is to offer the highest quality 1-year rhinology training program. Through our fellowship training, we will help establish leaders who will provide state-of-the-art clinical care, improve patient care standards, educate others, and perform research. The fellowship provides an intensive rhinologic experience in a tertiary-care academic environment. Emphasis is placed upon management of paranasal sinus inflammatory disorders, allergic fungal rhinosinusitis, revision sinus surgery, inhalant allergy, complex frontal sinus disease, revision sinus surgery, cerebrospinal fluid leaks, encephaloceles, and minimally invasive approaches to the paranasal sinuses and skull base for resection of benign and malignant sinonasal neoplasms. The fellowship features a robust clinical experience (3 attending rhinologists) and research experiences (translational science program, postdoc and research coordinator). In addition, fellowship directors will provide mentorship to help define and achieve career goals.

Fellowship Description

Clinical Rotations:  The fellow works closely with all 3 rhinologists in the department in the clinic and operating room. There are no set clinical rotations; however, set assignments assure that the fellow’s time is shared among working with all 3 attending rhinologists. The fellow assignments are prioritized for participation in more complex revision cases and skull base cases. Moreover, the assignments will be dynamic to allow fulfillment of the fellow’s clinical interests.

Weekly Schedule:  The weekly schedule mirrors the schedule of the attending rhinologists. On average, there are 1.5-2.5 days of OR and approximately 2.0 days of clinic and the remainder is devoted to administration and research.

Research Responsibilities:  The fellow participates in the monthly rhinology administrative meeting. In that meeting, research projects, and other administrative issues are actively managed. It is expected that the fellow will develop at least one clinical project and complete most of the work during the course of the fellowship year. Prior fellows have typically developed multiple projects, some which are completed after the fellowship year concludes. Opportunities for bench-top research are present, but the short fellowship precludes active participation at the benchtop.

Diversity of Cases:  The fellowship is based in a clinically-integrated academic medical center, and as such, the case complexity is mostly at the tertiary-quaternary level (revision sinus surgery, frontal sinus surgery, allergic fungal rhinosinusitis, CSF leak, benign and malignant tumors). The patients are primarily from the greater Houston area and southeast Texas; patients from other states and countries also seek treatment at TSI/TSBP. Exposure to general ENT and primary/secondary level rhinology is relatively limited.

Call Schedule:  The fellow participates in the faculty call schedule; currently, the call requirement is approximately 3 days per month. A senior and junior resident is always on call as well. The faculty covers call at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital.

Administrative Responsibilities:  The fellow is an active participant in the monthly rhinology planning meeting, which coordinates efforts of the faculty members, the fellow and residents in research and educational endeavors as well as practice administration (including reimbursement, marketing, reimbursement, et al.).

Additional Information:  The fellow participates in the routine academic activities of the department, including grand rounds, teaching conferences, CME courses, etc.) All department members attend grand rounds; participation in the other activities is more selective.

Past Fellows

2016-2017:  Michael Marino, MD (Mayo Clinic; Phoenix, AZ)

2015-2016:  Kent Lam, MD (Assistant Professor, Eastern Virginia Medical School; Norfolk, VA)

2014-2015:  Abib Agbetoba (private practice; Houston, TX)

2013-2014:  Drew Plonk, MD  (Assistant Professor, Wake Forest Baptist Health; Winston-Salem, NC)

2012-2013:  Michael Chater, MD (private practice; Canton, NY)

2011-2012:  Paul Lee, MD (private practice; Panorma City, CA)

2010-2011:  Li Man, MD (Assistant Professor and Program Director, University of Rochester; Rochester, NY)

2009-2010:  Seth Isaacs, MD (private practice; Cincinnati, OH)

Dr. Citardi’s prior fellows at Cleveland Clinic

2007-2008:  Amber Luong, MD, PhD (Associate Professor  and Research Director, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; Houston, TX)

2006-2007:  Seth Kanowitz, MD (private practice;  Morristown, NJ)

2004-2005:  Jernlin Leong, MD (private practice, Singapore)

2003-2004:  Samer Fakhri, MD (Professor & Chair, American University of Beirut; Beirut, Lebanon)

2002-2003:  Pete Batra, MD (Professor & Chair; Rush University; Chicago, IL)

2001-2002:  Ryan Galivan, MD (private practice; Bend, OR)

Applications

The Fellowship participates in the Rhinology Match, which is conducted by SF Match, under the auspices of the American Rhinologic Society. All applications must be through SF Match.

For More Information

Please feel free to contact us:
Martin J. Citardi, MD
Amber Luong, MD, PhD
William Yao, MD