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Neurotology Fellowship Program

The Neurotology Fellowship Program began at The Ohio State University, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 1995 and was accredited by the ACGME in 1998. The duration of the program is two years, and only one fellow is trained during those two years. Training occurs at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Program Objectives:

The overarching goals and objectives of the Neurotology Fellowship Program are to provide outstanding training to fellows in all aspects of the field:

  • Neurotology, including medical, surgical, and rehabilitative aspects of cranial base tumors, facial paralysis, and vestibular dysfunction, concentrating efforts in neurotologic and cranial base procedures.
  • Advanced or complicated otology cases, including revision stapes surgery, petrous apex cholesteatoma removal, endolymphatic shunts, intracranial complications of otitis media, and cochlear implantation of children and adults.
  • Improve surgical skills and intraoperative decision-making processes in neurotologic and cranial base procedures.
  • Improve critical thinking in diagnostic development and management of neurotologic and cranial base diseases through collaborative basic and clinical research projects and teaching to promote the continued academic pursuits of the trainee.

Strengths of Ohio State’s Neurotology Fellowship Program:

  • Internal Auditory Canal and Cerebellopontine Angle Tumors: Our division treats a large number of IAC and CPA tumors annually. Recent fellows have graduated with >90 surgical tumor cases. Approximately 70% of these are via translabyrinthine approaches, with the remaining 30% split between middle cranial fossa and retrosigmoid approaches. Our surgeons are heavily involved in tumor dissection, not just surgical access to the disease. Our center manages a large number of patients with Neurofibromatosis Type 2.
  • Lateral Skull Base Approaches: Ohio State has an outstanding Head & Neck team. As a result our division is involved surgically in a large number of lateral skull base approaches in conjunction with our Head & Neck colleagues.
  • Neurosurgery Partnership: We maintain a strong partnership with our Neurosurgery colleagues at Ohio State. This includes fellow participation in weekly Tuesday morning skull base conferences. In cases done in collaboration with Neurosurgery, tumor resection is a group effort; the fellow has the opportunity develop and hone microsurgical dissection skills.
  • Cochlear Implantation: Our division performs > 160 cochlear implants in adults and children annually, using devices from all three CI manufacturers. Fellows gain experience in hearing preservation techniques, hybrid implantation, implants for single-sided deafness, as well as auditory brainstem implantation in adults and children.
  • Chronic Ear and Middle Ear Surgery: Although these surgeries are officially “resident-level” cases, our fellows obtain expertise in surgical management of these diseases, often serving as a junior-level attending for these procedures.
  • Pediatric Otology Experience: Unlike many Neurotology fellowships, our fellow gets hands-on experience in a large pediatric otology and cochlear implantation program at one of the largest freestanding children’s hospitals in the country (Nationwide Children’s Hospital).
  • Project Ear: Neurotology fellows at OSU have the opportunity to join Dr. Dodson during a surgical mission program to the Dominican Republic that has been providing otological care for adults and children alongside local providers for more than 20 years. For more information on Project Ear, see https://projectear.org/.
  • Facial Reanimation Exposure: Dr. Leslie Kim, recent Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery graduate from Johns Hopkins, is establishing a facial reanimation program at OSU, providing expertise in microvascular reconstruction for dynamic and static reanimation procedures for facial weakness.
  • Temporal Bone Laboratory: We have a state-of-the-art temporal bone laboratory, built in 2009. This is housed directly adjacent to clinic space at the Eye and Ear Institute, with temporal bones obtained from the medical school.
  • Flexible fellow schedule: We try to maintain a flexible schedule for our Neurotology fellow. The typical weekly schedule for the fellow includes 1 day of clinic, 3 days of surgery, and 1 day dedicated to research.
  • No primary call!
  • Research experience: We strive to protect approximately one day a week for our fellow to pursue research interests. We have outstanding collaborations with scientists at Ohio State in Speech and Hearing Science, Psychology, and Linguistics. Projects have historically been across a wide range of subject areas, including the following:
    • Intraoperative electrophysiology and cochlear implantation
    • Effects of auditory, linguistic, and cognitive skills on adult cochlear implant speech perception outcomes
    • Adult aural rehabilitation in cochlear implant users
    • Speech and language development in pediatric cochlear implant users
    • Genetics of NF2 and sporadic schwannomas
    • Animal models of noise-induced hearing loss
    • For more information regarding current Otology research at Ohio State, see our Otology Research page

Neurotology Fellow Graduates from OSU and Their Current Positions:

2013 – 2015    Jason Beyea, MD, PhD
                                    Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
2011 – 2013    Aaron C. Moberly, MD
                                    Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2009 – 2011    Matthew L. Bush, MD
                                    University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
2008 – 2010    Charles W. Yates, MD
                                    Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
2006 – 2008    Mark D. Packer, MD
                                    United States Air Force, San Antonio, TX
2004 – 2006    Abraham Jacob, MD
                                    University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2002 – 2005    Brian A. Neff, MD
                                    Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
1999 – 2001    John M. Lasak, MD
                                    Wichita Ear Clinic, Wichita, KS
1997 – 1999    Robert L. Daniels, MD
                                    ENT Consultants, Grand Rapids, MI
1996 – 1998    Patrick W. Slater, MD
                                    Austin Ear Clinic, Austin, TX
1995 – 1997    Iain L. Grant, MD
                                    Ohio Health, Columbus, OH

Applicant Eligibility and Application Process:

Fellow applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited core Otolaryngology residency to apply for the program. To apply, applicants must register for the San Francisco Match and submit a CV and 3 letters of reference can be sent to the program director (Dr. Aaron Moberly) or fellowship coordinator (Jamie Wohrer):

Neurotology Program Director
Aaron Moberly, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Eye and Ear Institute
915 Olentangy River Road
Suite 4000
Columbus, OH 43212
Oliver Adunka, MD
Professor, Division Director

Ed Dodson, MD
Associate Professor

Karen Smith, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Program Coordinator
Jamie Wohrer
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Eye and Ear Institute
915 Olentangy River Road
Suite 4000
Columbus, OH 43212
(614) 293-9215