Fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology

Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School

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Christopher Hartnick, M.D., M.S. Epi.

Application Deadline:

January 1

Start Date:

July 1

Duration of Training:

One year, with an optional second year.

Number of Positions:

The program has approval from the ACGME to match one pediatric otolaryngology fellow per year.


The fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology provides advanced training in diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment of congenital and acquired anomalies affecting children, including — but not limited to — complex airway and aerodigestive problems, chronic ear disease, deafness, head and neck masses, sleep disorders and sinus disease. In addition, fellows are given the opportunity to perform clinical and/or basic science research in the field of pediatric otolaryngology.


Candidates must be graduates of an ACGME-accredited otolaryngology–head and neck surgery residency training program.


The pediatric otolaryngology fellowship has been accredited by the ACGME since it began in 2005.


All clinical work is performed under the supervision of one of five preceptors. Clinical duties include running the pediatric otolaryngology inpatient and consult services (including Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Massachusetts General Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children), participating in at least one half-day of clinic per week and participating in all advanced level pediatric otolaryngology surgical cases. There are no formal call responsibilities; however, the fellow will be invited to participate in the care of any complex and/or interesting patients who present at night or over the weekends. The fellow will also round on weekends when complex patients are being cared for on the service.

Educational responsibilities include overseeing and teaching junior residents how to manage and treat otolaryngologic diseases of the pediatric patient, both medically and surgically. In addition, the fellow attends grand rounds, leads didactic sessions related to pediatric otolaryngology and attends a monthly pediatric hearing loss conference and bi-weekly pediatric head and neck tumor board at MGH.

Although the first year of fellowship is primarily clinical, several fellows have had the opportunity to present and publish their work at meetings and in various journals. Two have recently won awards at the annual ASPO research competition. If a fellow opts for a second year, this will be primarily devoted to research. Alternatively, a fellow may choose to obtain an advanced degree during the second year.

Recent Fellow Select Surgical Case Log (one year):

Open Airway (LTR.CTR/TRR/ Slide tracheoplasty): 17
Open Airway (Tracheopexy/Tracheoplasty): 15
Endoscopy Airway with Intervention: 113
Endoscopic Ear Surgery: 30
Mastoidectomy: 15
Cochlear Implant: 10
Congenital Anomalies: 26
Major Pediatric H&N Cases: 15
Rhinology: 48
Facial Plastics (including VPI surgery): 25

Funded Clinical Trials:

Randomized Controlled Trial of Voice Therapy on Children with Vocal Nodules

A Pilot Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of the Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator in Adolescents with Down Syndrome and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Previous Fellows and Current Employment:

Mark Boseley, M.D., Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Madigan Army base, Tacoma, Washington
J. Andrew Sipp, M.D., Pediatric Otolaryngologist, Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia
Matthew T. Brigger, M.D., MPH, Associate Professor of Surgery, University of California San Diego, and Director of Pediatric Surgical Airway Team, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
Stephen Maturo, M.D., Pediatric Otolaryngologist, San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium; Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas; Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam, Houston, Texas 
Thomas Q. Gallagher, D.O., Pediatric Otolaryngologist, Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virginia 
Jennifer Setlur, M.D., Pediatric Otolaryngologist, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Concord location and Instructor at Harvard Medical School
Derek J. Rogers, M.D., Pediatric Otolaryngologist, Madigan Army base, Tacoma, Washington
Nikhila Raol, M.D., MPH, Pediatric Otolaryngologist, Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children and Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
Gillian R. Diercks, M.D., Pediatric Otolaryngologist, Massachusetts Ear and Ear, Newton-Wellesley location and Instructor at Harvard Medical School
Carissa Wentland, D.O., Assistant Professor, UH Case Medical Center, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio

How to Apply:

Applicants should register and apply for fellowship positions through the SF Match program. Applications are due on January 1st. Interviews are held in March.

Selection Criteria:

The fellow’s performance as a resident, letters of recommendation, the quality of the applicant’s interview, academic achievement, and additional evidence of an interest in an academic pediatric otolaryngology career that would be enriched by a fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear are all considered.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary and benefits are commensurate with years of training and with that of the other Mass. Eye and Ear fellowships. Pediatric Otolaryngology faculty will cover the fellow’s malpractice insurance. The faculty will also support travel to a conference at which the fellow is presenting his or her research.