Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Academic Rhinology Fellowship

The Academic Rhinology Fellowship offers exposure to the clinical and research aspects of adult rhinology and is designed to prepare the participant with the skills for a career in academic otolaryngology.

Trainees will distribute time between OR (40 percent), office (40 percent) and research (20 percent). Successful completion of the fellowship will include presentation (as first author) of at least two abstracts at national meetings and completion of at least one full length manuscript that is submitted to a major journal for publication.

Clinical Training

Training will include pre- and post-operative care of patients with benign and malignant rhinologic disease. Trainees will be accomplished in traditional and endoscopic surgical approaches to nasal and sinus disease including advanced frontal sinus dissection such as the endoscopic Lothrop procedure, image-guided surgery, endoscopic skull base surgery, and cosmetic rhinoplasty. Instruction in the evaluation and management of chemosensory disorders will be included in the curriculum.

Fellows typically graduate with in excess of 300 surgical cases. These reflect a broad range techniques including primary functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), revision FESS, complex frontal sinus disease, sinonasal tumors, trans-sinonasal skull base surgery, trans-sinonasal orbital surgery, rhinoplasty, and occasional general otolaryngology (sleep surgery, maxillofacial trauma).

Learn more about the clinical rotation schedule.


Abundant research opportunities are available, although fellows are encouraged to concentrate on one or two major areas, thereby developing an academic niche during the course of the fellowship. Opportunities range from basic science bench work involving inflammatory and immunologic aspects of sinusitis, to prospective and retrospective clinical studies of sinusitis management.

The fellow will be encouraged to develop proposals for areas of research focus under the direction of the fellowship leadership, and are expected to present his/her work at the COSM and at the annual American Rhinologic Society meeting in September (fall) following completion of the training. The fellow may also be offered opportunities to author chapters and review articles where Drs. Conley, Kern, Tan, Welch or Smith have been invited as senior author.

Additional Responsibilities

Academic rhinology fellows are also expected to:

Requirements and Eligibility

To enter the fellowship, trainees must be board-eligible or board-certified in otolaryngology and able to obtain an Illinois Medical License.


All applications for the Academic Rhinology Fellowship are processed through SFMatch for Rhinology. Applications and documents are distributed to specified programs using the online system. Applications are due by February 1 and the interview process is from March 1 to May 31 for a July start date the following year.

Fellowship Director

David B. Conley, MD

Fellowship Co-Directors

Contact Us

For information about the Academic Rhinology Fellowship not addressed through SFMatch, please contact David B. Conley, MD at 312-227-6230.

Meet Our Fellows

Meet our current and past academic rhinology fellows.

Housestaff Research Portal

Feinberg has the infrastructure and resources to assist McGaw trainees interested in conducting scientific research. Visit our Housestaff Research Portal to learn more.