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Oncology/Microvascular Fellowship

Oral/Head and Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

University of Michigan Medical Center

History

The Michigan Medicine Oral/Head and Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship began in 1998 under the direction of Dr. Joseph I. Helman as Director of Oral/Maxillofacial Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery. In 2003, Dr. Helman was joined by Brent B. Ward, D.D.S., M.D. In 2012 the program title was changed to the Oral/Head and Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship in conjunction with the development of the Maxillofacial Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery (MORS) Match program.

Fellowship Goals

The goal of the Oral/Head and Neck Oncologic Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship program is to train oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the diagnosis, treatment, and long-term management of patients with benign and malignant lesions of the head and neck. In addition to learning techniques of ablation, reconstruction, and evaluation, the fellow participates in a variety of educational and multi-disciplinary conferences. These experiences occur within the department and with other Michigan Medicine departments including, but not limited to, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Surgical Pathology and Hospital Dentistry/Maxillofacial Prosthodontics. Microsurgical training is provided by Michigan Medicine Microsurgery Training Center, which is a part the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, as well as through operating room experience.

Fellowship Program Director

Dr. Brent Ward completed his dental degree at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 1996 and earned his medical degree in 2001 at the Michigan Medicine. He trained with Dr. Helman from 2001-2003 in a 2-year Head and Neck Oncology Fellowship and became the Michigan Medicine’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency and Oncology Fellowship Program Director in 2003. In 2009, Dr. Ward passed the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency portion to Dr. Sean Edwards in order to maintain a stronger focus on the Head and Neck Oncology Fellowship and his research.

Fellowship Program Teaching Faculty

Dr. Joseph I. Helman first came to the Michigan Medicine, School of Dentistry and Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from the Head and Neck Cancer Surgery Department in Technion University Medical Center in Haifa, Israel in 1994. He became Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Hospital Dentistry in 1998 and was bestowed the C.J. Lyons Endowed Professorship in 2002. Dr. Helman also holds a concurrent Professorship at the School of Medicine in Nanjing University, Shanghai, China.

Dr. Sean Edwards completed his dental school training at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He came to the Michigan Medicine as an OMS residency, completing his training in 2005. He then went on to complete a Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship in 2006 at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry and Medical Center, Children’s Hospital. He then returned back to the Michigan Medicine to complete the Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship program in 2007. Dr. Edwards has been the OMS residency Program Director since 2009 and is also Chief of Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Fellowship Scope

The Oral/Head and Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship is one to two years depending on the fellow’s previous experience and training acquired during his or her Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program. Regardless of length, the Fellowship involves extensive operative experience in oral/head and neck microvascular patients. In addition, the fellow participates in preclinical training in microvascular surgery with Dr. Wen Zhang to accomplish a high level of proficiency. Common surgical cases are malignant excisions, major soft tissue excisions, jaw excisions, neck dissections and free and regional flaps. Other department rotations include radiation oncology, medical oncology and pathology.

Selection Process

The Oral/Head and Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship program does not discriminate in its candidate selection. Fellows are selected from applicants who have completed a course of study at an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited dental school, and who have graduated with a DDS or DMD degree. Applicants must be a United States citizen or United States permanent resident to receive hospital funding for the program.

International trained applicants must have attended a medical school that has been approved by the Michigan Medicine, obtained equal credentials, and have completed the USMLE Parts I, II and III. If you are neither a United States citizen nor a United States permanent resident, you must obtain the proper immigration status for enrollment in this program. The Michigan Medicine International Office has established that the proper visa is an H-1B Visa. Enrollment is contingent upon the attainment of an H-1B Visa on a yearly basis. Neither the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department nor the Department of Surgery is able to support the H-1B Visa at the present time.

If you meet the above criteria and wish to apply to the program, please go to MORSMATCH at www.morsmatch.com for further information.  In order to apply to our program through the MORS Match, you must first complete an application, be invited to interview and then be given the program code to apply to the Michigan Medicine Oral/Head and Neck Oncologic Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery program.  The MORS Match deadline to apply for any academic year is June 1.  If you have additional questions, please contact the Residency Program Coordinator at (734) 232-6048 or cmcamp@med.umich.edu.

Accreditation

The clinical fellowship training program in oral and maxillofacial surgery-oncology is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.  The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Il 60611. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda.

Former Fellows

Our former fellows have become active and successful members within the Oral/Head and Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery community; contributing to research, joining academic and private practices.

Brent Ward, DDS, MD, FACS, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI
Steven Evelhoch, DDS, MD, Winona Health, Winona, Minnesota
Sean Edwards, DDS, MD, FACS, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI
Robert Laughlin, DMD, United States Navy, San Diego, CA
Fayette Williams, DDS, MD, FACS, Facial & Oral Surgery Associates, Fort Worth, TX
Nicholas Makhoul, DMD, MD, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
David Kang, DDS, MD, Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, Dallas, TX
William Curtis, DDS, MD, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Hans Brockhoff, DDS, MD, West Texas Maxillofacial Surgery, El Paso, TX
James Murphy, BDS, MFDS, MRCS, Cook County Health & Hospital System, Chicago, IL