Associate Professor of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery;
Chief, Division of Otology/Neurotology
Castle Connolly Top Doctor
|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) 273-6317
This is a two-year program starting July 1, 2023
June 15, 2022
August 26 and 27, 2022
October 18, 2022
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.
Training occurs at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and St. Luke’s Hospital.
- 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.