Program Director:   R. Bryan Bell, MD, DDS, FACS, FACD
Contact:  Alexandra Amber,  

Number of Positions Available Each Year :  1
Required Application Materials:

  1. A copy of your current Curriculum Vitae.

  2. A letter describing your interests and your future plans after completion of your training. We are particularly interested in how you plan to utilize the experience the fellowship would offer you.

  3. Two letters of reference:  one from your residency chairman or program director, and one from another colleague or mentor.

Eligibility Requirements:  

  1. Graduation from an accredited dental school. A medical degree is strongly recommended.

  2. The fellowship is available to U.S. residents and "green card" holders only.  We are unable to consider any foreign applicants.

  3. Completion of residency training in an accredited program in oral & maxillofacial surgery, otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, or general surgery.

  4. Completion of at least one year of general surgery, preferably including one month of ICU experience, or its equivalent.

  5. Eligibility for either an institutional permit or regular licensure in medicine and/or dentistry in the state of Oregon.

The Providence Cancer Institute is accepting applications for fellowship training in head and neck oncologic and microvascular reconstructive surgery. Fellows are trained as academic head and neck surgeons who will provide leadership in the clinical practice and science of head and neck surgical oncology. Positions are funded and include one- two- and three-year fellowships. It is anticipated that his fellowship will prepare the fellow for successful completion of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Patients treated for head and neck malignancy are managed by the surgeons of The Head and Neck Institute, Portland, Oregon for the surgical/reconstructive aspects of their care. Major ablative head and neck surgery and microvascular reconstruction cases are performed by attending staff and the head and neck fellow at four area hospitals: Providence Portland Medical Center, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. Research opportunities are available in association with the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute at the Robert W. Franz Cancer Center.


The two-year fellowship in head and neck oncologic and microvascular reconstructive surgery involves clinical training that emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to the management of head and neck cancer. Occasionally, a one-year option is available, but only on an ad hoc basis.  Successful applicants are expected to complete a two-year clinical fellowship.  Surgical instruction in the first year involves all aspects of head and neck surgical oncology, including:

  • Full scope ablative head and neck oncology experience including, mucosal, paranasal/skull base, salivary, thyroid and cutaneous disease

  • Transoral robotic and laser surgery for head and neck malignancies including oropharyngeal, tongue, larynx

  • Endocrine experience including management of thyroid and parathyroid malignancies

  • Management of advanced benign lesions of the head and neck including salivary, schwannoma, paraganglioma, odontogenic tumors, etc.

  • Comprehensive surgical management of the head and neck oncology patient including ancillary procedures such as airway reconstruction, voice restoration, and facial nerve re-animation.

  • Rotations with medical oncology, radiation oncology and laryngology.

The two-year fellowship provides an additional year of head and neck surgical experience in addition to a concentrated year dedicated to reconstructive microvascular surgery. 

  • Reconstructive experience including local, regional, and free tissue transfer for ablative defects of the head and neck

  • Protected research time

The three-year fellowship provides one year of immuno-oncology research at the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute at the Robert W. Franz Cancer Center, followed by an optional 1-2 years clinical training. The purpose of the fellowship program in surgical immuno-oncology is to provide a structured educational and training experience necessary to facilitate expertise in immuno-oncology, and to provide a foundation in research methodology that will equip the fellow for a successful academic career in head and neck surgical oncology.


Candidates for the Advanced Fellowship in Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Microvascular Surgery must hold both a medical and dental degree and have completed a residency program in oral and maxillofacial surgery, otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, or general surgery.  In addition, all candidates should be board eligible in the United States and must be licensed in the state of Oregon or be eligible for an institutional permit to practice medicine or dentistry.

Participants are selected through a process that involves review of a written application, including letters of reference from past mentors and program directors and a personal interview. Final selections are made at least six months before the scheduled starting date.

To be considered for the two-year fellowship in head and neck oncologic and reconstructive microvascular surgery, applicants must be registered with AACMFSmatch