Fellowship Programs: Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship

Program Director:

Mark D. Rizzi M.D.

Program Faculty:

Karen Zur, MD

Ryan Borek, MD

Adva Buzi, MD

Kavita Dedhia, MD

Conor Devine, MD

Brian Dunham, MD

Lisa Elden, MD

John Germiller, MD PhD

Steven Handler, MD

Ian Jacobs, MD

Luv Javia, MD

Ken Kazahaya, MD

Robert O’Reilly, MD

Mark Rizzi, MD

Ryan Ruiz, MD

Program description

The Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Training Program of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia provides fellows with complete education in the field of pediatric otolaryngology. The educational program combines basic science knowledge of otolaryngology and the communication sciences in conjunction with clinical aspects of diagnosis and the medical and surgical treatment of diseases of the head and neck in children. Inherent in the training program is exposure to children of all ages ranging from the newborn to adolescence and increasing familiarity with genetic and non-genetic dysmorphic children. As part of the on-going training, the fellow is expected to review the complex anatomy, embryology and physiology of the head and neck and be familiar with the epidemiology, pathology and microbiology of disorders of the head and neck in children.

This is a two-year program with the first year accredited by the ACGME. The second year offers a graduated junior attending experience (no call or weekends) and clinical enhancement rotations (either at CHOP or external institutions) in areas of specific clinical interest to the candidate (i.e. vascular malformations, skull-base, etc.).  Leadership and business of medicine training are also offered in the second year.


Yes (ACGME 1st year only)

Start Date:

July 1


2 years

Fellows per year:



Appropriate for PGY level

Licensing Requirements:

Pennsylvania licensure required

Program Requirements: Completion of an approved Otolaryngology residency program in either the United States or Canada

Appointment Level:


Operating Privileges:

Staffing required

Resident Supervision:


Operative Experience and case load:

Extensive exposure to all aspects of pediatric otolaryngological surgery with emphasis upon otology, ​cochlear implantation, endoscopic sinus surgery, bronchoesophagology, laryngeal reconstruction ​and head and neck surgery. Total departmental cases include ​>7000 operative cases and >30,000 outpatient office visits per year.

Clinic Responsibilities:

Approximately once/week during the first year. Dedicated fellow clinic during the second year ​


Opportunities are available to participate in clinical and basic science research projects.

Call Responsibilities:

Yes (​first year)


Medical and dental insurance

Program coordinator:

Beth McCullough

PC Telephone:


PC Email:

mcullough@chop.edu (preferred contact method)

How to apply

Apply via SF Match using the CAS application


Upload the following with your SF Match application:

– CV

– Three reference letters

– MD license copy, if applicable

– Board score copies (USLME Steps I-III, FLEX Parts I-III, NBME Parts I-III or ECFMG equivalent)

– Photo (optional but very helpful)


Current fellows

Past fellows: contact PC for list of past fellows


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