Fellowship Programs: Sleep Medicine and Surgery

Program Directors: Indira Gurubhagavatula, MD (sleep medicine)

Raj Dedhia, MD (sleep surgery)

Program Faculty: Penn Sleep Medicine Faculty, Alan Schwartz, MD, Marianna Evans, DMD
Program description The Penn Sleep Center of the Department of Medicine offers a one-year, post-doctoral Sleep Medicine Fellowship. The ACGME-approved program, directed by Dr. Indira Gurubhagavatula, teaches the appropriate technical skills and ability to interpret polysomnography and other diagnostic tools used in sleep medicine.

The sleep surgery portion of the sleep medicine fellowship is led by Dr. Dedhia, and covers advanced sleep surgery techniques, including drug-induced sedated endoscopy, functional septorhinoplasty, expansion sphincter pharyngoplasty, hypoglossal nerve stimulation, and skeletal surgery.

Otolaryngology fellows accepted into the sleep fellowship (adult track) will spend 30% of their time (1/2 day clinic, 1 day OR) learning sleep surgery. Training locations include Dr. Dedhia’s CPAP Alternatives Clinic, the operating room, sleep study reading sessions and airway orthodontic practice exposure. In addition, ½ day per week of time with the Sleep Surgery Research team will be provided.

For more information about the sleep medicine fellowship, please visit the Penn Sleep Center.

Accreditation Yes (ACGME)
Start Date: July 1
Duration: 1 year
Fellows per year: 1-2
Salary: Appropriate for PGY level
Licensing Requirements: Pennsylvania licensure required
Appointment Level: Fellow
Operating Privileges: Staffing required
Resident Supervision: Yes
Operative Experience and case load: 1 OR day per week (mix of nasal, soft tissue, skeletal and neurostimulatory procedures), 1 DISE day per month
Clinic Responsibilities: ½ day per week in CPAP Alternatives Clinic
Research: ½ day per week of Sleep Surgery Research Lab Meeting, including expectation of 1 abstract submission in January
Call Responsibilities: Availability by phone and/or EPIC to address sleep surgery patient concerns
Benefits: Medical and Dental
Program coordinator: Lauren Reeve
PC Telephone: 215-615-0980
PC Email: lauren.reeve@pennmedicine.upenn.edu
How to apply The University of Pennsylvania Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Applications will ONLY be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please check the ERAS and NRMP websites for additional information including specific instructions and timelines for applications and match dates, respectively.
Fellows Current fellows

2018-2019 Fellow: Jason Yu, MD (Assistant Professor at Emory University)

2020-2021 Fellows: Michael Hutz, MD (Assistant Professor at Rush University); Rachel Whelan, MD (Assistant Professor at University of Pittsburgh)