Fellowship | Neurotology

Program Director:      


Jacques A. Herzog, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine

Program Coordinator:

Kristin Vierling
Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Ave., Campus Box 8115
St. Louis, MO  63110
Phone: (314) 273-1589

Program E-mail:


Program Duration:

Application Deadline:


Interview Date:

Match Day:

This is a two-year program starting July 1, 2019

June 15, 2018

Neurotology Application

September 8 and September 21, 2018

October 9, 2018

Prerequisite Training/Selection Criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • A medical degree from an accredited institution
  • Good standing with an ACGME-accredited otolaryngology residency program
  • Participation in the centralized San Francisco Neurotology Match Program (sfmatch.org)
  • Completion of the Washington University Neurotology Application
  • On-site interview in St. Louis

Prior to starting on July 1, 2019, the matched applicant must also obtain:

  • A trainee physician’s license from the Missouri State Board of Healing Arts
  • Registration with the Missouri Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Graduation from an ACGME-accredited otolaryngology residency program

Goals and Objectives for Training

The Neurotology Training Program at Washington University in St. Louis provides a comprehensive experience in the field of Neurotology. This ACGME-accredited program fosters a collegial, high-volume fellowship experience with auxiliary research opportunities unique to Washington University and its Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.  

The educational mission of the Neurotology training program at Washington University in St. Louis is to prepare its fellows to become competent and highly-skilled neurotologists with excellent training in clinical and surgical patient care, mastery of existing knowledge, excellence in teaching, and development of modern research skills. Through mentorship and hands-on experience, the fellow should be well equipped to handle the rigors of a busy otology/neurotology practice and strive to be a leader in our specialty.  Semiannual evaluations measure the fellow’s development through the Neurotology milestones as set forth by the ACGME (https://www.acgme.org/Portals/0/PDFs/Milestones/NeurotologyMilestones.pdf)

Neurotology Faculty

Craig A. Buchman, MD, FACS  – Lindburg Professor and Chair

  • Dr. Buchman is the Lindburg Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University.  Dr. Buchman has authored more than 200 scientific publications, book chapters and editorials. Dr. Buchman‘s clinical interests include all of otology, neurotology, and skull base surgery. Beyond cochlear implants, stapes surgery, chronic ear surgery and conventional skull base surgery, Dr. Buchman has extensive experience with middle cranial fossa acoustic tumor surgery, extended and combined middle fossa non-acoustic tumor surgery, and auditory brainstem implantation in both adults and young children. Dr. Buchman has trained Neurotology fellows from around the world for more than 20 years and is widely recognized for his research and experience in cochlear implantation and auditory electrophysiology.  He is the Chair of the William House Cochlear Implant Study Group, past Chairman of the Board of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance, current Education Director of the American Neurotology Society, and an advisor for the 3 cochlear implant manufacturers that sell devices in the US.  He completed his residency training at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1996 and his otology/neurotology fellowship at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles in 1997. 


Jacques A. Herzog, MD – Associate Professor, Program Director, and Chief of Otology/Neurotology

  • Dr. Herzog’s primary clinical focus is evaluation and management of diseases of the ear and related structures in children and adults.  He is a nationally recognized cochlear implant surgeon and has led advancements in cochlear implantation in the areas of hybrid devices with hearing preservation, treatment of early deafened adults, single sided deafness and expansion of indications.  He has been instrumental in recognizing the association of hearing loss with cognitive decline.  His work in cochlear implantation in the elderly has suggested a relationship between improved hearing and delay of progression of dementia.  He has developed unique surgical techniques for the management of superior semicircular canal dehiscence that has resulted in consistent outcomes with reduced risk. Dr. Herzog has extensive experience in management of acoustic neuroma.  He has a balanced approach utilizing surgery, stereotactic radiation and observation when considering treatment of these tumors.  Dr. Herzog was one of the early advocates of small fenestra techniques for management of otosclerosis.  He has a particular interest in the treatment of chronic otitis media and cholesteatoma in adults and children.  Dr. Herzog has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on topics related to otology and neurotology.  He serves on the advisory boards of Cochlear and Grace medical, as well as a consultant with Medtronic and Stryker/Leibinger.  Dr Herzog did his Otolaryngology training at Baylor College of Medicine and completed his fellowship in Neurotology and Skull Base surgery training at University of Zurich with Professor Ugo Fisch in 1986.


Richard A. Chole, MD, PhD – Professor of Otolaryngology

  • Dr. Richard Chole is a Lindburg Professor and prior Department Chair of Otolaryngology at Washington University from 1998-2015. Dr. Chole has authored more than 200 scientific publications, book chapters and editorials.  Dr. Chole’s interests include reconstruction of the middle ear, otosclerosis, cholesteatoma, Meniere's disease, and cochlear implants. His research interests include the role of bacterial biofilms in otologic disease and bone remodeling in cholesteatoma. His research had long-standing NIH funding and he also served as an NIH grant reviewer. Dr. Chole completed a general surgery fellowship in 1973 and an otolaryngology fellowship in 1977, both at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. He also received his Ph.D in Otolaryngology, Anatomy, Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1977.


Joel Goebel, MD – Professor of Otolaryngology

  • Dr. Joel Goebel is a professor and the Director of the Dizziness and Balance Center at Washington University, which is dedicated to comprehensive, state-of-the-art evaluation of dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance. Dr. Goebel’s interests include dizziness, balance disorders, Meniere's disease, vertigo, vestibular disorders, and tinnitus. Dr. Goebel completed his residency at Barnes Hospital in 1985.


Jonathan McJunkin, MD – Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology

  •  Dr. Jonathan McJunkin is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University.  Dr. McJunkin’s clinical interests are the full spectrum of otology and neurotology. He is actively involved in resident education and training. His research interests include augmented reality development for application in otologic surgery and cochlear implant outcomes. Dr. McJunkin completed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis in 2010 and completed his otology/neurotology fellowship at the Ear Institute of Chicago with Dr. Richard Wiet in 2011.


Cameron C. Wick MD – Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology

  • Dr. Cameron Wick is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University.  Dr. Wick's clinical interests include minimally invasive endoscopic ear surgery for adults and children, cochlear implants, lateral skull base tumors, CSF leaks, and management of chronic ear disease.  His research interests include cochlear implant outcomes, the link between hearing loss and cognitive decline, and defining the role for minimally invasive transcanal endoscopic ear surgery. He is also interested in resident and fellow education, including video editing for surgical trainees. Dr. Wick completed his residency training at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in 2015 and his otology/neurotology fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2017.


  • Adult Audiology Director – Michael Valente, PhD
  • Adult Cochlear Implant Audiology Director – Jill B. Firszt, PhD
  • Pediatric Audiology Director – Jamie Cadieux, AuD
  • Vestibular Lab – Belinda C. Sinks, AuD


  • Ralph G. Dacey Jr., MD (Chair)
  • Michael R. Chicoine, MD
  • Albert H. Kim, MD
  • Keith M. Rich, MD
  • Gregory J. Zipfel, MD

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Facial Nerve Management

  • Gregory Branham, MD (Chief)
  • John Chi, MD

Head and Neck Cancer

  • Jose Zevallos, MD, FACS (Division Chief)
  • Ryan S. Jackson, MD
  • Randal Paniello, MD, PhD
  • Patrik Pipkorn, MD
  • Jason T. Rich, MD

Radiation Oncology

  • Central Nervous System – Christina Tsien, MD
  • Head and Neck Cancer – Wade Thorstad, MD
  • Pediatrics – Stephanie Perkins, MD


  • Gregory Van Stavern, MD


  • Franz Wippold, MD (Division Chief)
  • Twelve additional neuroradiology faculty members


Training occurs at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and St. Luke’s Hospital.

Curriculum Highlights

  • High-volume lateral skull base tumor practice with exposure to a variety of lateral skull base approaches including translabyrinthine, retrosigmoid, middle cranial fossa, and combined petrosal approaches.
  • Interdisciplinary monthly skull-base conference with Neurosurgery, Head and Neck Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, and Neuroradiology.
  • Hands-on experience with a variety of advanced otologic surgeries for pediatric pathologies, chronic ear disease, otosclerosis, and superior canal dehiscence.
  • Leaders in cochlear implantation trials, imaging, and innovation. Use of all 3 manufacturers’ devices.
  • Comprehensive vestibular experience with up-to-date diagnostic and management priniciples.  Our vestibular lab employs modern testing modalities with a multi-disciplinary approach to dizziness.
  • Dedicated mentorship and a flexible schedule to maximize surgical experience with completing and presenting research projects on a national stage.
  • Exposure to endoscopic ear surgery for chronic ear disease and select lateral skull base pathologies.
  • State-of-the-art simulation (temporal bone) lab with ample supply of bones. The curriculum includes labs dedicated to resident and fellow education, as well as coordinated dissections with our neurosurgical colleagues.
  • Monthly otology conference for in-depth discussions relevant to fellowship education.
  • Extensive departmental and university-based research support.
  • Weekly informal journal clubs.
  • Intraoperative experiences with and without otolaryngology residents.
  • No primary call.


Washington University in St. Louis has a strong history of basic science and clinical research. The Department of Otolaryngology remains one of the top funded otolaryngology departments in the country and much of the research efforts are dedicated to otology/neurotology. Fellows are encouraged to take advantage of the unique intradepartmental research support services as well as collaborate with any of the basic science labs. There is also potential to collaborate with other strong departments at Washington University, including but not limited to, neurosurgery, radiology, engineering, genetics, or the Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

The Neurotology fellow will on average have one day per week dedicated to research. There is no pre-determined research block, rather the research time will be coordinated with the clinical schedule and upcoming research deadlines. The expectation is to have multiple projects completed for publication and presentations at relevant national meetings. The fellowship staff will work closely with the fellow to offer mentorship and collaboration. 

Research Support

  • Jay F. Piccirillo, MD, FACS (Director of Clinical Outcomes Research Office)
  • Dorina Kallogjeri, MD, MPH (Biostatistician)
  • Sara Kukuljan, RN (Compliance and Clinical Trials Coordinator)
  • Donna Krekel (Research Administrator – Grant Coordinator)
  • Lauren Yaeger (Clinical Librarian – Systematic Review Specialist)

Otologic Research – Basic Science

  • Pablo Blazquez, PhD – vestibulo-cerebellum motor control
  • Richard Chole, MD, PhD – cholesteatoma and bacterial persisters in foreign body colonization
  • Keiko Hirose, MD – inner ear injury and inflammatory cascades
  • Jeffery Lichtenhan, PhD – cochlear physiology
  • Kevin K. Ohlemiller, PhD – genetics of age-related and noise-induced hearing loss
  • Jonathan E. Peele, PhD – functional imaging related to cognition and auditory processing
  • Mark A. Rutherford, PhD – inner ear synaptic transmission
  • Alec Salt, PhD – inner ear fluid dynamics and drug delivery
  • Lavinia Sheets, PhD – Zebrafish lab for hair cell investigations
  • Mark Warchol, PhD – hair cell regulation and afferent neuron growth

Otologic Research – Applied Science

  • Lisa Davidson, PhD – pediatric language development and cochlear implant outcomes
  • Jill B. Firszt, PhD – cochlear implant outcomes
  • Laura Holden, AuD – cochlear implant optimization
  • Nancy Tye-Murray, PhD – auditory training programs for hearing rehabilitation
  • Michael Valente, PhD – audiology database and hearing aid optimization