Fellowship in Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery

Fellowship Director

Jonathon Russell, M.D.
Department of Otolaryngology
Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
601 N. Caroline Street, Suite 6242
Baltimore, MD; 21287

Phone: (410) 955-3628
Fax: (410) 955-0035

Fellowship Faculty

  • Jonathon Russell, M.D. (Fellowship Director)
  • David W. Eisele, MD
  • Jason D. Prescott, MD, PhD
  • Carole Fakhry, MD, MPH
  • Aarti Mathur, MD

Total number of positions available per year: One position per year

Program Description


The Johns Hopkins Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery Division was established in 2009. It was founded on the collaborative efforts of otolaryngology - head and neck surgeons, general surgery/endocrine surgeons, endocrinologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, head and neck radiologists, and pathologists. This allowed the establishment of a collaborative, collegial and productive clinical, educational, and research program. The program is designed to provide advanced clinical training in thyroid and parathyroid surgery. The Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery Fellowship was established in 2012. Through extensive clinical training and a strong emphasis on research and teaching we aim to equip those fellowship candidates with the tools necessary to plan a successful academic career.


The program is composed of a team of world renowned specialists who have integrated their respective expertise into a multidisciplinary team. The strengths of our fellowship program are the abundance of endocrine surgical volume and the collegial, collaborative environment. There are a wide variety of clinical and translational research opportunities. The fellow obtains surgical experience with both Otolaryngology and General Surgery disciplines. The fellow has the opportunity to attend/participate in monthly multidisciplinary thyroid tumor board, head and neck tumor board, research meetings, journal clubs, and the annual Johns Hopkins CME course on Thyroid and Parathyroid surgery, which is co-directed by the General Surgery and Otolaryngology departments.


The one-year fellowship is designed to provide comprehensive training of head and neck endocrine surgical fellows in the surgical and medical management of thyroid and parathyroid disease. This is done by exposure to the practices of our endocrine focused surgeons and through interactions with collaborating specialties. In addition to developing proficiency in head and neck endocrine surgery, the fellow will also be integrated into the multidisciplinary team in an effort to emphasize the importance of this comprehensive approach to care. The program also offers extensive research opportunities which will support the development of those candidates planning an academic career.


  1. BC/BE otolaryngologists or general surgeons trained in the United States or Canada.
  2. Graduates of otolaryngology or general surgery residency programs outside the United States and Canada who have passed the USMLE and hold a certificate from the ECFMG.
  3. A Maryland state medical license is required before the start of fellowship.

Duties and Responsibilities of Trainees

Clinical – The Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery fellow will be appointed Instructor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. The fellow participates in management of the thyroid and parathyroid patients. The fellow evaluates, plans, and implements treatment plans for outpatient clinic patients individually for their own clinic, as well as, under faculty supervision. Exposure to ultrasound techniques occurs throughout the outpatient experience. At the end of the fellowship, the fellow is trained to make independent decisions and manage thyroid and parathyroid diseases independently.

Research – The fellow is expected to take an active part in ongoing clinical and translational research projects. The fellow is encouraged to initiate and complete new projects. The fellow actively participates in a monthly thyroid and parathyroid research meeting. She/he is expected to produce at least one abstract for a national meeting and/or a manuscript during the year, but ample opportunity for more research is provided. Attendance and presentations at national meetings is encouraged and funding is available.

Supervision, Teaching and Call

The fellow will participate with the senior staff in all decisions relative to the prescribed treatment. The fellow’s operative responsibility will be assigned commensurate with ability. The Fellow is responsible to teach residents and medical students during rounds, lectures and conferences, clinics, and in the operating room. The fellow is expected to assist residents during surgery and guide them as needed in operating room. The fellow will be in the call pool for attending faculty in the department.

Head and Neck Endocrine Fellow