Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship

The Oregon Health & Science University/Doernbecher Children's Hospital offers a one-year, intensive clinical pediatric fellowship program with training in all areas of pediatric otolaryngology, including cleft lip and palate, VPI evaluation and surgery, open airway reconstruction, cochlear implantation, chronic ear surgery, sinus and endonasal skull base surgery, pediatric head and neck surgery, surgical management of vascular anomalies, management of fetal and neonatal giant neck mases, as well as training in the medical and surgical care of children with complex tertiary otolaryngologic problems. This program received ACGME accreditation in January 2024. OHSU is the only academic hospital in the state of Oregon, and receives patients from the entire Northwest region, Alaska and Northern California.  Doernbecher Children's Hospital is a 145-bed pediatric hospital.   

The fellow is involved in all complex surgical procedures and is responsible for consultations in the hospital along with the resident and APP team. The fellow also participates in specialty clinics, which include the Doernbecher aerodigestive clinic, craniofacial clinic, VPI clinic, cochlear implant team, thyroid nodule clinic, 22Q clinic, complex pediatric sleep clinic (CPSC) and hemangioma vascular birthmarks clinic. The fellow will be actively involved in all upper-level pediatric otolaryngology cases. They will be responsible for a case review conference each month presented along with the resident team, 1 grand round presentation during the year, and will participate in the resident education program. Optional clinical and surgical time with other related services are available.  

Many research opportunities exist. The fellow will have the opportunity to develop their own projects. As one potential starting point, we have active, extensive databases in the fields of cleft lip/palate and craniofacial disease, pediatric sleep disorders, and hemangiomas and vascular malformations. Dr. Derek Lam is NIH-funded in several studies in advanced sleep surgery and has numerous opportunities for involvement in related research.  

OHSU is located in Portland, Oregon. Portland and the Northwest region offer unparalleled proximity to the great outdoors, excellent fresh/local cuisine and the full breadth of cultural activities with the bonus of accessibility. 

  • Licensing requirement: State of Oregon medical license 
  • Appointment level: PGY-6, Fellow, Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery 
  • Research: Required, with dedicated time provided 
  • Resident supervision: Yes – active, in OR, inpatient and outpatient settings (otolaryngology and pediatric residents, as well as medical students) 
  • Call responsibilities: One in 6 weeks with attending staff on call as back-up. Night/weekend call is from home. Fellow Clinic: approximately one half-day a week 
  • Benefits: Medical, Dental, Professional Liability, Life, Long-term Disability, Vision, Reimbursement Account, Tax Deferred Annuity Program, Leave and Vacation 
  • Salary: PGY6 
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology Division Caseload: Over 1700 operative procedures and over 6500 clinic visits per year 
  • Additional information: 10 full-time faculty members (7 surgeons and 3 APPs) cover the breadth of pediatric otolaryngology with unique areas of clinical expertise, including open airway reconstruction, pediatric thyroid surgery, hearing loss, sinus/endonasal endoscopic skull base, vascular malformation treatment and surgery, sleep medicine, cleft lip/palate/VPI and voice. 
  • Prerequisites: At the time of matriculation, the candidate must have successfully completed an ACGME or RCPSC-accredited Otolaryngology residency program and passed Step 3 of the USMLE examination 
  • Application procedure: Applicants will need to apply to the program using the Central Application Service (CAS). Fellowship Match will be facilitated by SF Match. Interested applicants can send any questions to Carter Michell (Fellowship Coordinator) at 

Current Fellow

No Current Fellow

Previous Fellows

Graduates of the Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship at OHSU have gone on to be recognized as experts in this field.     

See list of previous fellows here

Program Director

    • Degrees

      • B.A., 1979, Occidental College
      • M.D., 1984, University of California Los Angeles
    • Expertise

      • Surgery
      • Otolaryngology (ENT)
      • Pediatrics
      • Hemangiomas and Vascular Birthmarks
      • Otolaryngology Surgery (Pediatric)
      • Otolaryngology/ENT (Pediatric)
      • Sleep Disorders Surgery (Pediatric)
      • Velopharyngeal Insufficiency