Head and Neck Surgery Residency



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The Duke Division of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery strives to be a premiere academic OHNS program through compassionate and extraordinary patient care, critical investigation of head and neck disease, and excellence in education.

Our faculty provide breadth and depth in clinical and research training enhanced by the wide variety and volume of experience offered by other faculty at Duke University Medical Center and its affiliated institutions.

The faculty's commitment to resident education encompasses the necessary components of teaching, independent responsibility, and learning through observation and direct supervision.

Program Contact

Lori Allsbrook
Residency Coordinator
Phone: 919-681-6588
E-mail: lori.allsbrook@duke.edu


The five-year residency program consists of one year of general surgery and four years of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.

The four years of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery include extensive exposure to the medical and surgical management of all facets of our specialty, including:

  • Head and neck cancer
  • Otology
  • Sinus disease: Resident training in rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery consists of two dedicated rotations during the second and fourth years. During these rotations, residents become adept at primary and revision functional endoscopic sinus surgery, as well as endoscopic skull base surgery. Formal didactics include quarterly lectures, monthly rhinology case conference, and an annual cadaver dissection course. In addition, a newly renovated dissection lab with endoscopic capabilities is available on campus. Residents are exposed to additional rhinology training during rotations at the Durham VA Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital.
  • Laryngology
  • Pediatric otolaryngology
  • Facial plastics and reconstruction
  • Allergy
  • Pathology
  • Radiology
  • Audiology
  • Dedicated research

Our program offers a wide exposure in benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck, neurotologic surgery, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, maxillofacial trauma, sinus surgery, pediatric otolaryngology, and the broad scope of general otolaryngology surgical procedures. In addition, participation in research is required throughout the residency. The hospitals involved in the training program include Duke University Medical Center and the Durham VA Medical Center.

Candidate Selection Priorities

Duke OHNS strives to select residency applicants who possess qualities that the faculty believe are necessary to become physician leaders. These qualities include initiative, integrity, self-discipline, compassion, and accountability.

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