Fellowship Program

fellowship_programThe benefits of the fellowship may not be appreciated until years after one completes it. My current practice is almost entirely focused on the foundation of what was forged during fellowship. It was perhaps the single most important time period in my professional and personal development to date. I realize now, 5 years after completion of the program how much the experience has shaped my approach to the art and science of treating patients with head and neck cancer. Furthermore, the relationships I have made through fellowship have proved to be the most rewarding and long-lasting.
Andrew Salama, DDS, MD Fellowship Graduate '07
Boston University Assistant Professor & Director of Residency Training
Director of Head & Neck Oncology 

General Information:
The Oral-Head & Neck Surgery/Microvascular Surgery fellowship at the University of Maryland is an accredited comprehensive one or two-year program dedicated to training surgeons in the diagnosis and management of patients with head & neck cancer. Fellows also receive training at our University of Maryland Midtown campus.  
Eligibility Requirements
  • Completion of an accredited Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program and eligibility for medical/dental licensure in the State of Maryland is encouraged.  
  • Candidates are strongly encouraged to have completed and MD/DDS or MD/DMD residency program, or its equivalency, and have completed one year of post-graduate general surgery training.
  • International trainees must have equivalency training and English fluency after review by the fellowship faculty. 
  • The successful applicant must undergo background check and verification of training as per policy of the UMMC (medical center) and the Dental school.  
General Responsibilities:
The fellow is responsible for carrying out those clinical duties assigned by the Oral-Head & Neck Surgery/Microvascular Surgery faculty. Administrative duties will include the daily management of the oncology service, assist in the pre-operative scheduling of patients and the presentation of patients at the multi-disciplinary head & neck tumor board. The fellow will provide second on-call for the surgical residents assigned to the Maxillofacial Oncology service. The fellow is expected to participate in clinical research with the goal of publication in a peer reviewed journal.
  • To develop a comprehensive understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of patients with head & neck cancer including benign tumor pathology.
  • Understand the roles and limitations of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy in the management of head & neck cancer. 
  • Understand various methods of surgical reconstruction of head & neck cancer defects including local, regional and distant microvascular free tissue transfer.
  • To achieve surgical competency in the techniques of head & neck tumor ablation and reconstruction through first surgical assist in all operative cases, fresh cadaveric tissue dissection, the minimally invasive robotic training facility and practice in the microvascular training laboratory.
  • Develop skills to become an integral faculty member in an Oral & Maxillofacial surgical unit.
  • Develop an understanding of various diagnostic imaging modalities used in the treatment of head & neck cancer patients.
  • Development of leadership skills through the daily management of the Oral & Maxillofacial Oncology service, organization of pre-operative case conference and presentation of patients at the multi-disciplinary head & neck tumor board
  • Presentation of original research data at nationally and internationally recognized scientific meetings in the field of head & neck cancer/reconstruction.
  • Publication of original research in a peer reviewed journal
  • Develop skills in the technique of Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS)
Required Application Materials:

All prospective candidates must submit the following documents to be considered for the fellowship program.

  • A letter of intent
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resumé
  • Two letters of recommendation from the Program Director/Chairman
  • Interview with the fellowship faculty‌
Mail/Email to:
University of MD, School of Dentistry
650 W. Baltimore St. Rm. 1216
Baltimore, MD 21201

jlubek@umaryland.edu, Dr. Joshua Lubek, Fellowship Program Director

sotto@umaryland.edu, Shannon Otto, Academic Services Specialist