Department of Otolaryngology

Rhinology and Cranial Base Surgery

Operative Experience:

This one year Fellowship in Rhinology and Cranial Base Surgery provides comprehensive instruction and supervised operating room and office-based training in all aspects of medical and surgical treatment of rhinosinusitis and allergic rhinitis. One day a month is devoted to office-based procedures. Flat screen video monitors allow recording and visual documentation of all office-based endoscopies and procedures. Attendance at the skull base courses and endoscopic sinus surgery courses is encouraged and rotations with other members of the Division of Sino-nasal Disorders and Allergy are available as long as they do not interfere with primary responsibilities. Fellows will have graduated responsibility with the opportunity for increasing independence throughout the year. A typical week includes one to two operating room days.

Clinic Responsibilities:

Fellows will spend one full day per week in clinic with Dr. Ferguson and have an additional half day to full day clinic of their own, after approximately a six-week introductory period. Hands-on training in the allergy clinic of at least 20 hours is expected.


The Fellow is expected to participate as a co-investigator in industry and academically sponsored research trials. 80% percent of the time is devoted to clinical endeavors with approximately 20% of the fellowship devoted to teaching and research responsibilities. The Fellow will be expected to assist on current research projects and to write several scholarly papers.

Case Load:

There is a large office-based procedural load. Complex cases involving revision and primary hyperplastic eosinophilic chronic rhinosinusitis and adult cystic fibrosis patients and septoplasty/turbinate reduction, comprise the majority of outpatient operative cases. Additional exposure to skull base procedures and routine sino-nasal surgery is available.

Call Responsibilities:

Participate in the general call schedule, approximately seven weeks a year.


Full University of Pittsburgh/University of Pittsburgh Medical Center benefits plus travel/continuing medical education meeting allowance. Program Duration: One Year Licensing/Admission Requirements: Candidates should apply only if they are eligible for an unrestricted Pennsylvania Medical License, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Certificate, Medicare provider number, and US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) authorization for employment (work visa). Candidates should have completed a residency in Otolaryngology.

Appointment Level: Visiting Instructor
Operating Privileges: Yes
Resident Supervision: Yes
Accreditation: No
Fellows Per Year: One

Fellowship Director:

Stella Lee, MD

For more information or to apply, please contact:

Nancy Szablewski
Division of Sino-Nasal Disorders and Allergy
UPMC Mercy
Building B – Suite 11500
1400 Locust Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
T: 412-232-8989
F: 412-232-8525

Application Deadline: February 2nd
Start Date: July 1st