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Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship

We are proud to offer a Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship, affiliated with Vanderbilt University and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).”

See full information about the fellowship on the Department of Otolaryngology website.

Applications must be submitted through SF Match Residency and Fellowship Matching Services. We also require three letters of recommendation and your current CV.

This advanced training program allows fellows to customize their experiences to meet personal goals. The first year of the fellowship is clinical, with an optional second year encouraged. In this second year, fellows may elect one of four options:

  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Master of Science-Clinical Investigation (MSCI)
  • International mission work
  • Basic science research (clinical second year would take place in the second year)

Candidates to this fellowship program must have completed a residency program in Otolaryngology that is accredited by either the ACGME or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and be board-eligible for the American Board of Otolaryngology Certifying Examination. ECFMG certification is required for International Medical Graduates who come to Vanderbilt for clinical training. ECFMG is an authorized agency to sponsor a J-1 visa. For the purpose of residency/fellowship training, Vanderbilt accepts J-1 visas only.

The operative experience is vast and unrivaled in its breadth. Cases include cleft lip/palate repair and VPI surgery, microtia and aural atresia repair, vascular malformations, open and endoscopic airway reconstructions, chronic ear disease, cochlear implantation, sinus surgery and benign or malignant masses of the head and neck. Opportunities to participate in international mission work are available as well.

Responsibilities in the OR and clinic include:

  • supervision of residents
  • management of inpatient consultations
  • participation in the call schedule
  • involvement in a number of multidisciplinary conferences (complex aerodigestive and sleep disorders, vascular malformations, VPI/clefts, cochlear implant).

It is expected that the fellow will complete at least one publication-quality project in each fellowship year.


Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt opened in 2004. U.S. News and World Report has repeatedly ranked Children's Hospital in 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties. The Pediatric Otolaryngology clinic within the hospital opened in December 2009.

Ancillary services are world-class. The Department of Speech & Hearing and its Division of Audiology are among the top in the nation. Radiology, Pathology and Anesthesia services work closely with Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery to ensure optimal patient care. There is a very congenial atmosphere within the department as well as between disciplines.

Contact us

Program Manager
Candace Wright
Phone: (615) 343-6972

Fellowship Director
Christopher T. Wootten, M.D., MMHC

Assistant Fellowship Director
Ryan H. Belcher, M.D.