Two fellowship opportunities are available each year in Laryngology. The UCLA Laryngology Fellowship is a comprehensive program designed to cover the entire breadth of experience in voice, swallowing, and airway disorders as outlined below:
Voice Disorders: assessment techniques (in-office flexible and rigid laryngoscopy, laryngo-video-stroboscopy, acoustic analysis, aerodynamic analysis, laryngeal electromyography, laryngeal imaging); office-based procedures (lafryngeal biopsy, laryngeal injection, pulse-dye-laser therapy); treatment of non-neoplastic diseases (microlaryngeal surgery, phonosurgery, endoscopic and open surgery); neoplastic diseases of the larynx (endoscopic laser laryngeal surgery, open partial laryngeal surgery, subtotal and total laryngectomy); neurolaryngology (injection laryngoplasty, framework surgery including thyroplasties and arytenoid adduction, laryngeal reinnervation for unilateral and bilateral vocal fold paralysis, Botox® therapy, selective adductor denervation reinnervation surgery for spasmodic dysphonia); management of the post-laryngectomy voice; and care of the professional voice patient.
Swallowing Disorders: assessment techniques (fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing, trans-nasal esophagoscopy, video fluoroscopy, pharyngeal and esophageal imaging); medical and surgical treatment of swallowing disorders (swallow therapy, laser and open treatment of cricopharyngeal dysfunction and Zenker's diverticulum, hypopharyngoplasty, management of esophageal strictures, esophageal biopsy and injection); in-office procedures (esophageal dilation, injection laryngoplasty); and swallow rehabilitation.
Airway Disorders: assessment techniques (office bronchoscopy, tracheal imaging); treatment of airway stenosis (endoscopic laser and dilation, fiber-based laser techniques, tracheal resection, cricotracheal resection, laryngotracheoplasty, and tracheal stents).
The fellow in Laryngology is expected to develop comprehensive experience and superb skills in all clinical areas in laryngology via direct involvement in patient evaluation and management in the clinics and the operating room. A fully equipped videostroboscopic suite is provided to the fellow to gain experience in patient assessment techniques. A computer-equipped working area is also provided for self-directed learning. The fellow will work alongside fellowship directors, voice scientists, speech pathologists, and other related subspecialists, and play an active role in the team management of patients with voice, airway, and swallowing disorders. The fellow functions at the level of a clinical instructor and will assume the role of supervising surgeon to the otolaryngology residents. There are also ample opportunities for interactions with researchers in the laryngeal laboratories (Laryngeal Physiology Laboratory, Laryngeal Dynamics Laboratory, and the Voice Perception Laboratory), to develop an in-depth understanding of laryngeal physiology, to guide the fellow's futures clinical and research endeavors, and to develop clinical and basic science research projects.
Applicants must be physicians who have completed an accredited otolaryngology - head and neck surgery residency in the United States. A two-year fellowship is recommended to master all aspects of laryngology for those on track to become an academic laryngologist, but one-year fellowships are also accommodated. Applications should be submitted at least 1 year prior to the July 1st start date; however, due to the highly competitive nature of the fellowship, interested applicants should initiate contact at least 2 years prior to the start date. A California medical license is required.
Please send curriculum vitae and letter of interest to:
Gerald S. Berke, MD
Professor and Chair
UCLA Department of Head and Neck Surgery
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
10833 Le Conte Avenue, CHS 62-132
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Telephone: (310) 825-5179