Fellowship Programs: Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship

Program Director:Nithin Adappa, MD
Jennifer Douglas, MD
Program Faculty:James N. Palmer, MD

John V. Bosso, MD

Noam A. Cohen, MD, PhD

David W. Kennedy, MD

Michael Kohanski, MD, PhD
Program descriptionThe Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania has had a long storied tradition of producing leaders in our specialty. Originally started at Penn in 1992 under the leadership of David Kennedy, MD, the Division of Rhinology has grown to encompass four clinical rhinologists, two nurse practitioners, a clinical research nurse, an allergy center and a dedicated Rhinology research laboratory of over ten investigators.

Our goal is to provide the highest level of dedicated rhinologic and skull base subspecialty training available to qualified applicants. The training is aimed towards providing an extensive clinical subspecialty experience, as well as opportunities to participate in leading translational research, with the ultimate goal to produce future academic leaders within the specialty. The extensive national and international referral patterns for the rhinologic service at Penn ensure a wide spectrum and high volume of tertiary rhinologic and skull base cases.

Fellowship surgical experience benefits from the busy practices of four surgeons, and is geared primarily towards the more challenging skull base, orbital, intracranial and revision surgical management issues.

AccreditationNeuro Rhinology and Advanced Rhinology accreditation through American Rhinology Society
Start Date:July 1
Duration:1 year
Fellows per year:2
Salary:PGY-6 level
Licensing Requirements:Pennsylvania licensure required
Appointment Level:Instructor
Operating Privileges:Attending privileges
Resident Supervision:Yes
Operative Experience and case load:The Division of Rhinology performs greater than 600 endoscopic surgeries/year and 200 skull base cases/year, and case mix comprises mainly of complex frontal sinus surgery, revision FESS, benign and malignant sinonasal tumors, anterior skull base lesions, pituitary resections, CSF leaks and encephalocele repair.
Clinic Responsibilities:No fellow run clinic. Fellows will be participating in rhinology attending clinic in an educational role.
Research:The Rhinology Research Laboratory is headed by Noam Cohen, MD, PhD. Protected time is provided for research and extensive opportunities are available in this well-funded and supported laboratory. Current research projects involve the investigation of biofilm rhinosinusitis, ciliary physiology of the paranasal sinuses, and novel topical treatments for recalcitrant chronic rhinosinusitis. Additionally, there are research opportunities in sinonasal neoplasm outcomes as we participate in a multi-center prospective sinonasal outcomes work. Past fellows have also been involved with multiple clinical projects that have resulted in publications and national presentations, and have had many opportunities to collaborate in book chapters and review articlesThe fellowship encourages and provides the opportunity to present research work at national meetings. Funding is provided for oral presentations.
Call Responsibilities:Yes (attending level): 2-3 days per month, 1 week of facial trauma call per year
Benefits:Full participation in university benefits/insurance
Program coordinator:Judith Glass
PC Telephone:215-662-2360
PC Email:Judith.Glass@uphs.upenn.edu
How to applyDeadline February 1

Interviews offered in March and April


FellowsCurrent fellows

Past fellows: contact PC for list of past fellows