Rhinology Fellowship



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

Departmental Mission Statement

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

Overview of Fellowship

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, 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.

Important Update:  We have received provisional recognition as a Neurorhinology-Advanced Rhinology Fellowship from the American Rhinologic Society.

Fellowship Description

Clinical Rotations

The fellow works closely with all 3 attending rhinologists  in the clinic and operating room. There are no set clinical rotations; however, set assignments assure that the fellow’s time is shared among all 3 rhinologists. The fellow assignments are prioritized for participation in more complex revision 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. The  remainder of the time 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 resident and a junior resident are 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

Fellowship YearFellowCurrent Position
2022-2023Ali Jafar, MDFacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (Houston, TX)
2021-2022Andy Chua, MDAssistant Professor, Sengkang General Hospital, SingHealth (Singapore)
2020-2021J. Paul Radabaugh, MDPrivate practice (Jacksonville, FL)
2019-2020Isaac Schmale, MDAssistant Professor, University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)
2018-2019Jason Talmadge, MDAssistant Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (Houston, TX)
2017-2018Alok Saini, MDAssistant professor, University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
2016-2017Michael Marino, MDMayo Clinic (Phoenix, AZ)
2015-2016Kent Lam, MDAssistant professor, Eastern Virginia Medical School (Norfolk,VA)
2014-2015Abib Agbetoba, MDPrivate practice (Houston, TX)
2013-2014Drew Plonk, MDAssistant professor, Wake Forest Baptist Health (Winston-Salem, NC)
2012-2013Michael Chater, MDPrivate practice (Canton, NY)
2011-2012Paul Lee, MDPrivate practice (Panorama City, CA)
2010-2011Li Man, MDAssociate professor, University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)
2009-2010Seth Isaacs, MDPrivate practice (Cincinnati, OH)

Dr. Citardi’s prior fellows at Cleveland Clinic include:

Fellowship YearFellowCurrent Position
2007-2008Amber Luong, MD, PhDProfessor & Vice Chair, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (Houston, TX)
2006-2007Seth Kanowitz, MDPrivate practice (Morristown, NJ
2004-2005Jernlin Leong, MDPrivate practice (Singapore)
2003-2004Samer Fakhri, MDProfessor & Chair, American University in Beirut (Beirut, Lebanon)
2002-2003Pete S. Batra, MDProfessor & Chair, Rush University (Chicago, IL)
2001-2002Ryan Gallivan, MDPrivate practice (Bend, OR)

Requirements for Appointment
Texas medical license, DEA, Texas DPS registration

Salary & Benefits

Fellows are paid a salary set at the PGY-6 level set by the university.

Fellows will also receive 3 weeks paid vacation and 1 week of educational leave.  Health insurance, dental insurance, etc., are also available at little or no cost to the fellow.  Benefits details may be viewed at https://med.uth.edu/gme/trainee-resources/faq/.

Application Information
All applications must be submitted through the SF Match; the program participates in the rhinology fellowship match hosted by SF Match under ARS auspices.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The on-site interview is structured to give the applicant a broad introduction to all aspects of the program.

Application Deadline
February 1

Contact Information
Martin J. Citardi, MD