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The Head and Neck Service of the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center offers a one year clinical or a two-and-one-half-year clinical and research senior fellowship in head and neck oncologic surgery. The American Head and Neck Society-sponsored Advanced Training Council gives approval for the fellowship.

The program is designed to offer the candidate a comprehensive training program in clinical head and neck oncology and basic research in order to prepare the individual for an academic career in this field. The clinical rotation is 12 months for both fellowships, and the research rotation includes 18 months in a laboratory setting. In addition to the clinical rotation in surgery, each 2.5 year candidate may dedicate time to the Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, and Pathology Services during an elective period of up to three months to gain additional experience with multidisciplinary management.

Fellows are responsible for preoperative and postoperative patient care, and they will be involved in surgical operations under the attending surgeon’s direction. Fellows are also asked to help supervise and instruct residents on the Head and Neck Service, as well as participate in outpatient clinics, rounds, lectures, seminars, Journal Club, and research conferences.

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Deadlines for receipt of matching applications and interview dates are determined annually.


Applicants must have completed their residency training either in general surgery, otolaryngology, or plastic surgery, as well as have attained qualification to sit for the examination of the American Board of Surgery, Otolaryngology or Plastic Surgery. Foreign medical graduates with equivalent qualifications are also eligible to apply and have passed USMLE examinations (Step 1, Step 2 CS, and Step 2 CK), must hold a valid ECFMG certificate, and be visa-eligible. Selected candidates must qualify for and obtain a limited permit to practice medicine from the New York State Education Department, in accordance with its requirements.

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How to Apply

Eligible candidates should apply for the fellowship match in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology through the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS). To download an application and match information, visit www.ahns.info.

Foreign candidates are encouraged to apply directly to the program by emailing the following items to surfellowships@mskcc.org:

  • Memorial Hospital Graduate Staff Application form
  • ECFMG full certification: Applicants must have completed USMLE Steps 1, 2CK, and 2CS prior to submitting an application to our program
  • Current CV
  • Copy of MD diploma (with translation, if necessary)
  • Personal statement: This should include a description of the candidate’s personal qualifications and motivation for applying to the program, as well as a detailed professional plan to return to his or her home country upon completion of training
  • Three letters of recommendation addressed to Dr. Luc G. T. Morris: One of these letters must be from the department chairman

If any of these requirements are not met or are incomplete upon submission, the application will not be processed.


Luc G. T. Morris, MD, MSc, FACS
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
New York, NY 10065

Rasha Jadalhack, MPA
Education Program Manager
Surgical Education Office
Department of Surgery
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
Box 435
New York, NY 10065
Email: surfellowships@mskcc.org
Phone: 212-639-7537