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Q&A with Neurotology Fellow Matthew A. Shew

OR buddies, from left: Matthew Shew, MD, Kristin Vierling and Nedim Durakovic, MD.

Why did you pick Wash U for your fellowship?

After interviewing, I remember being immediately impressed by the scope and depth of the training, the leadership both locally and nationally, and the overall completeness of the program. While WashU was a new program, it was clearly evident to me that the training had some of the highest case volumes and autonomy in our field. 

Secondly, I was impressed with the extensive research opportunities and resources. I knew fellowship was not only an opportunity to master my craft as a surgeon and clinician, but also a steppingstone to start my academic career. The strength and mentorship behind all of these opportunities make the Wash U neurotology fellowship an exceptional program and I knew that I would be incredibly lucky to match with this program.  The “icing on the cake” moment was when Dr. Herzog started giving me a hard time during my interview; I knew then it would be a great fit!

What surprises have you had once you arrived at WashU and in St. Louis?

I have been completely blown away by the Neurotology and ENT family at WashU. All the faculty have been incredibly welcoming, supportive, and invested in me as a fellow and colleague. The residents are an incredible group. I’ve gotten to know them inside and outside of the hospital and am consistently impressed and inspired.  Overall, I think that the sense of family I’ve gained amongst the clinical staff and residents is superbly unique and a very pleasant surprise.

What are you working on that you’re most excited about?

Matt and Alex hike the Grand Tetons.

The skull base training has been incredible, and I am always excited by the complexity and intricate anatomy of these cases. However, seeing our research endeavors and collaboration come to fruition has been some of the most rewarding.

The mentorship and support within the fellowship alongside strong collaboration at WashU has allowed me to pursue my interest using machine learning and artificial intelligence to predict cochlear implant performance.  I am excited and inspired by the work we are generating, and I am looking forward to seeing where it takes us!

What else should we know about you or your background? Any interesting hobbies, life events?

Outside the hospital, I enjoy taking advantage of the outdoors and love hanging out with family and friends.  My college friends and I recently went on back country skiing hut trip in Colorado.  My girlfriend Alex and I love to travel. We recently went skiing in Whistler and hiking in Grand Teton National Park.  I have also reconnected with some old friends and play in some local soccer leagues.