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Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship

The one-year, ACGME-accredited Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship training program through the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery offers its fellows a broad-based clinical experience and clinical research exposure in an academic environment.

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For more information, please contact program coordinator Yinka Ogunbekun at 312-227-6814.

Current Fellows

Ashley Heilingoetter, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellow 
Lurie Children's Hospital

Fellowship Graduation Year: 2024
Residency: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Rishabh “Rishi” Sethia, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellow 
Lurie Children's Hospital

Fellowship Graduation Year: 2024
Residency: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

About the Program

 Education & Training

Training is conducted at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, an international referral center for tertiary pediatric medicine. The pediatric otolaryngology division is one of the busiest in the region, seeing 1,200 outpatients and performing 500 surgical procedures per month on average.

Fellows are involved in the care of high-risk neonates and children with a variety of rare and complicated acquired and congenital conditions that have otolaryngologic manifestations.

Fellows work closely with our nationally recognized expert pediatric otolaryngology subspecialty faculty to refine their skills in pediatric otolaryngology and to participate in advanced surgeries beyond the expertise of residents in training. The volume of complex fellow “index” cases as defined by the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology is exceeded year after year. Lurie Children's offers its fellows exposure to a cutting-edge pediatric airway practice where they will be involved in the management and surgical reconstruction of the compromised pediatric airway.

The hospital is a national referral center for pediatric head and neck masses with national recognition for the treatment of congenital pediatric neck masses. It has also recently been recognized as having the nation’s largest and one of the most successful cochlear implant programs. Fellows will be exposed to the medical and surgical management of pediatric hearing loss.

Download our curriculum Word document to learn more.


Bharat Bhushan, PhD, is our research faculty member. Download a list of our current research projects to learn more about our work.

 Faculty Mentors

 Previous Fellows

  • Dr. Shanik Fernando, 2022 
  • Dr. Wenhua Chen, 2022
  • Dr. Michael Gorelik, 2021 
  • Dr. Carolyn Jenks, 2021 
  • Dr. Lara Reichert, 2020
  • Dr. Sarah Maurrasse, 2020
  • Dr. Shiva Daram, 2019
  • Dr. Andre Isaac, 2019
  • Dr. Sophie Shay, 2018
  • Dr. Joshua Wiedermann, 2018
  • Dr. Taher Valika, 2017
  • Dr. Jill Dsouza, 2017
  • Dr. John Carter, 2016
  • Dr. Jessica Van-Beek-King, 2016
  • Dr. Sergio Cervantes, 2015
  • Dr. Cedric V. Pritchett, 2015
  • Dr. Patrick Walz, 2014
  • Dr. Susannah Hills, 2014
  • Dr. Nathan Alexander, 2013
  • Dr. Kedar Kakodkar, 2013
  • Dr. Eddie Penn, 2012
  • Dr. Brian Kulbersh, 2012
  • Dr. Sundip Patel, 2011
  • Dr. Leonardo Torres, 2011
  • Dr. Joshua Silverman, 2010
  • Dr. Kris Jatana, 2010
  • Dr. Sivi Bakthavalacham, 2009
  • Dr. Jeffrey Rastatter, 2009
  • Dr. Ana Meyer, 2008
  • Dr. Vikash Modi, 2008
  • Dr. Sherri Poznanovic, 2007
  • Dr. Hau Sin Wong, 2007
  • Dr. James W. Schroeder, 2006
  • Dr. Cecille Sulman, 2006
  • Dr. Sue J. Kim, 2005
  • Dr. Courtney Garrett, 2004
  • Dr. Saswata Roy, 2004
  • Dr. Roberto Barretto, 2003
  • Dr. Julie Wei, 2003
  • Dr. Erica Bennett, 2001
  • Dr. Chip Herbert, 2000
  • Dr. C. Anthony Hughes, 1999
  • Dr. Jeffrey P. Lundermann, 1999
  • Dr. Alan T.L. Cheng, 1997
  • Dr. Jeffrey Koempel, 1997
  • Dr. Eileen Mahoney, 1996
  • Dr. Alan Murray, 1996
  • Dr. Greeta Moungthong, 1996
  • Dr. Michael Gartlan, 1995
  • Dr. Saul Modlin, 1995
  • Dr. David Darrow, 1994
  • Dr. James Chen, 1994
  • Dr. Kun Kiaang Tan, 1994
  • Dr. Kyle Bressler, 1993
  • Dr. Joe Graves, 1992
  • Dr. Michael E. Dunham, 1991
  • Dr. Lewis Hutchinson, 1990
  • Dr. Anita Bowes, 1988
  • Dr. Karen Rhew, 1980

 How to Apply

All applications for pediatric otolaryngology fellowships are processed through SFMatch. The use of the Central Application Service is mandatory. Applicants need only fill out one application form and provide three letters of recommendations. Applications and documents are distributed to specified programs using the online system.

For additional application information, go the program’s listing on the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology.

 Why Northwestern?

Millennium Park in Chicago

Housestaff training through McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University provides diverse and challenging clinical experiences and world-class education located in the heart of the beautiful city of Chicago. Learn more via the links to the McGaw website below.

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