Education Fellowship Residency

Chief residents secure top fellowships

Four of the chief residents in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University have been selected for some of the most prestigious fellowship programs in the country. They are pursuing careers in otolaryngology surgical sub-specialties of neurotology and head and neck cancer.

Almost 80 percent of WashU’s recent ENT graduates pursue fellowship training, compared to the national average that has ranged from 40 to 60 percent. According to Residency Program Director Judith Lieu, MD, this is a strong indication of the program’s focus on preparing residents for careers in academic medicine.

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Stephanie Chen, MD

Fellowship: Head and neck oncologic surgery and microvascular reconstruction
Location: Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

“I’m very excited for the opportunities available at Emory; I am really looking forward to a fantastic year!”

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Pawina Jiramongkolchai, MD, MSCI

Fellowship: Neurotology and skull base surgery
Location: University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

“The WashU faculty have been extremely supportive and have provided invaluable mentorship during my residency and throughout the fellowship application process. I am thrilled to have matched in neurotology at UCSD.”

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Andrew Skillington, MD, MSCI

Fellowship: Head and neck oncology
Location: Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI

“The match process was long and stressful but overall very rewarding. I had the unique opportunity to meet and get to know many faculty in the head and neck community via the virtual interviews.”

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Carla Valenzuela, MD, MSCI

Fellowship: Otology, neurotology and skull base surgery
Location: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

“I am so happy and excited to have matched at the University of Michigan! It is the perfect fit for me, and I cannot wait to begin my training in neurotology!”