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About the fellowship

Program Overview

The otology/neurotology clinical fellowship at Vanderbilt is a two-year program, with two active fellows, one per year, at any given time. The fellows work closely with the faculty from The Otology Group at Vanderbilt in both clinic and operative room settings. Additionally, they develop excellent working relationships with our neurosurgical and other head and neck colleagues.

This two-year program is designed to acquire and establish diagnostic and technical expertise in the field of neurotology through a graduated experience in the diagnosis, treatment planning, medical, surgical, and rehabilitative issues in the field of otology/neurotology. The fellows must have completed an ACGME-accredited otolaryngology head and neck surgery residency and upon completion of their training will be board-eligible for neurotology.


Fellows will work closely with various faculty members in the department.  They include:

Additionally, they will work closely with our neurosurgical colleagues:

We also have close relationships with our head and neck surgery colleagues:

  • James Netterville, MD
  • Robert Sinard, MD
  • Kyle Mannion, MD
  • Sarah Rohde, MD


History of the Fellowship

The Otology Group Fellowship in Neurotology has a long and storied history of producing some of the finest neurotologic surgeons in the world. The Otology Group, in association with The EAR Foundation, took its first advanced study trainee, fellow, in 1975. A combination of the excellence of the program of study, the caseload available and the subsequent success of our high quality graduates very rapidly created a reputation for “The Otology Group fellowship.” The merger of the Otology Group with the Department of Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt created The Otology Group of Vanderbilt Fellowship in Neurotology in 2004. This ACGME-accredited fellowship program is well positioned to maintain its excellence in patient care, research and education training. It is particularly well positioned to produce well-trained graduates as high quality candidates for the certificate of added qualifications (CAQ) examination in neurotology administered by the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABO).

Since its inception, The Otology Group of Vanderbilt fellowship program has trained 60 otology/neurotology graduates. Our fellow graduates hold leadership positions in both private practice and academic practice groups as well as many national organizations including The American Otological Society, The American Neurotological Society, The Triological Society, The American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and The Deafness Research Foundation among others. Proudly, five of our graduates have served as otolaryngology program chairmen at some of our nation’s most prestigious universities including The Johns Hopkins University and others. These excellent men and women enhance the contribution and service initiated by The Otology Group of Vanderbilt Fellowship and  service to those afflicted by hearing and balance disorders.