About Our Fellowship Program

The Advanced Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Microvascular Reconstructive Fellowship offers an opportunity to acquire advanced head and neck surgical and microvascular skills.

The fellowship is designed to offer an exposure to a broad range of head and neck tumor and skullbase surgical procedures including squamous cell cancer, meningioma, sinus cancers, oral and oropharyngeal cancers, olfactory neuroblastomas and free tissue transplant reconstruction. A DaVinci robot is available and provides further opportunity to learn cutting edge transoral head and neck surgical resection techniques.

Educational Goals

The principal educational objective is to increase the individual's overall exposure to clinical adult head and neck surgical oncology and skullbase surgery with a particular focus on those head and neck problems that constitute a referral practice and require microvascular reconstruction. The latter would include those defects that require such surgical interventions ranging from local reconstruction to vascularized free tissue transplantation. The fellow will play an active role in the consult service provided to BIDMC related to issues of head and neck surgical oncology and skullbase surgery.


Outpatient clinic exposure includes those specialty/multidisciplinary clinics in which the head and neck surgical oncology and reconstructive faculty participate, including:

  • Head and neck clinic
  • Voice clinic
  • Rhinology clinic
  • Neurootology clinic
  • Endocrine clinic

The fellowship is closely aligned with neurosurgery, radiation oncology, and medical oncology. Fellows are offered the opportunity to rotate to these services at the end of the academic year.

This one-year fellowship will be primarily clinical; however, there is protected research time. During this time, the fellow will be encouraged to develop a research project with the guidance of the faculty and publication of a clinical research project will be needed for graduation from fellowship.

Program Leadership

Scharukh M. Jalisi, MD, MA, FACS

Scharukh M. Jalisi, MD, MA, FACS

Program Director; Chief, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

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Qualified candidates will have completed an ACGME-approved residency and be board-certified or board-eligible by the American Board of Otolaryngology, American Board of Surgery or American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dual degree board-certified or eligible oral maxillofacial surgery candidates are also eligible.

How To Apply

For more information, please contact Minerva Pantoja, Fellowship Coordinator, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, at mpantoja@bidmc.harvard.edu or 617-632-7500.