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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 fellowship program provides intensive hands-on surgical training in complex ablative head and neck oncologic surgery and minimally invasive techniques. This includes composite resection of tumors of the oral cavity and oropharynx, craniofacial resection of sinonasal tumors, excision of advanced skin cancers, salivary gland tumors, early and advanced laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancers, parapharyngeal space tumors, advanced thyroid cancers, Trans Oral Robotic Surgery (TORS), Transoral Laser Microsurgery (TLM), and endoscopic skull base surgery including trans-nasal approach to pituitary and other skull base tumors.

In recent years, the major components of our fellows’ operative volume have been: 25% thyroid, 15% oral cavity, 15% neck dissection, 10% endoscopic/robotic, 10% complex cutaneous, 5-10% salivary, and 5-10% skull base. Local, regional and myocutaneous flaps and reconstruction are done by the head and neck service while microvascular free flap reconstruction is performed by the plastic surgery service.

The clinical rotation consists of a 12-month period wherein fellows are responsible for preoperative and postoperative patient care, and are involved in surgical operations under the direction of the attending surgeons. Each fellow performs 350-400 procedures during the year of clinical rotation. Fellows work with a multidisciplinary team of physicians and other professionals specializing in head and neck oncology to ensure the optimal treatment for each patient. Our integrated disease management team (DMT) consists of head and neck surgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, neurosurgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, maxillofacial prosthodontists, pathologists, radiologists, basic scientists, speech and voice therapists and dedicated nursing staff. Fellows have 3 weeks of vacation time annually. There is full-time NP coverage for inpatients (3 NP’s), 4 PA’s assist in the OR, clinic, and with floor work, and fellows assist in the instruction of a full team of rotating residents from 4 local residency programs.

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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

Foreign candidates are encouraged to apply directly to the program by emailing the following items to

  • 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

Zachary Almer, MPA
Education Program Manager
Surgical Education Office
Department of Surgery
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
Box 435
New York, NY 10065
Phone: 212-639-7537