LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
Program Director: David Kim, DMD, MD, FACS
Number of Positions Available Each Year : 1
Required Application Materials:
Letter of intent
Two letters of recommendation
Graduation from an accredited dental school. A medical degree is recommended. Foreign applicants must have both medical and dental degrees.
Completion of residency training in an accredited program in oral & maxillofacial surgery.
Eligibility for either an institutional permit or regular licensure in medicine and/or dentistry in Louisiana.
Program Description: Fellowship training in this program is under Dr. G. E. Ghali and Dr. D. David Kim. Drs. Ghali and Kim are two well-respected and accomplished fellowship-trained head and neck surgeons with expertise in all aspects of head and neck surgery and microvascular reconstruction. Training is conducted at both the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport and the various Willis-Knighton Health System facilities. Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport is a tertiary hospital with approximately 430 beds, and the Willis-Knighton Health System is a tertiary health care system with multiple hospital locations.
The patient accruement area includes all of northwest Louisiana, southwest Arkansas and east Texas. Approximately 700 head and neck oncology patient visits are recorded each year. All patients are presented prospectively and retrospectively at the multidisciplinary Head and Neck Oncology Tumor Board to obtain a consensus opinion on treatment.
On completion of their fellowship training, the fellows will have developed a comprehensive understanding of the diagnosis and management of patients with malignant and benign lesions involving the head and neck region. Another focus of the program is in the understanding of the various appropriate methods of reconstruction and rehabilitation used in the management of these patients that include local and regional flaps as well as distant microvascular free tissue transfer. In order to fulfill these goals, fellowship training is clinically focused. Fellows are expected to be involved not only in the surgical treatment of these patients but also in the daily and long-term management of these patients.