University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Department of Otolaryngology
1120 NW 14th Street, 5th Floor
Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: (305) 243-5290
FAX: (305) 243-2009


Roy R. Casiano, M.D., F.A.C.S
Professor and Vice Chairman
1120 NW 14th Street, 5th Floor
Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: (305) 243-5290
FAX: (305) 243-2009
[email protected]


To educate and nurture medical students, residents and fellows, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world.


The University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Medical Center International Advanced Rhinology Fellowship is a 12 month training program. It is designed for international otololaryngologists that have completed their residency, and desire to advance their fund of knowledge and surgical skills in the otolaryngology subspecialty area of advanced rhinology and related disorders. It requires completion of the first 2 steps of the USMLE and TOEFL exams (ECFMG certification required).


Fellowship Duration: 1 Year

Fellowship Term: November 1 through October 31 every year(start times flexible November through April)

Goals and Objectives for Training:

  • To further develop the fellow’s endoscopic sinonasal surgical skills, required for the performance of advanced endoscopic surgical procedures in the nose and adjacent paranasal sinuses, orbit, and skull base, in adolescents and adults.
  • To develop the fellow’s expertise in the multidisciplinary treatment of common ailments afflicting the upper and lower respiratory system (asthma, chronic rhinosinusitis, allergies, sleep disorders, and other common airway disorders), with an emphasis on chronic inflammatory diseases of the nose and paranasal sinuses.
  • To enhance the fellow's understanding about the multidisciplinary treatment of common inflammatory and neoplastic disorders of the nose and paranasal sinuses
  • To develop the fellow’s expertise in the diagnosis and management of allergies and immunologic disorders affecting the upper airway.
  • To enhance the fellow understands about the appropriate workup, indications and potential adverse side-affects of pharmacotherapy versus immunotherapy, for patients with allergies.


  • Dr. Roy R. Casiano (rhinologist with special interest in advanced sinonasal procedures and endoscopic skull base surgery)
  • Dr. Corinna Levine (rhinologist with special interest in advanced sinonasal procedures and endoscopic skull base surgery)
  • Dr. Zoukaa Sargi (Head and Neck Surgery/microvascular reconstruction, endoscopic skull base surgery)
  • Dr. Jacques J. Morcos (neurosurgeon with special interest in endoscopic skull base surgery)
  • Dr Ricardo Komotar (neurosurgeon with special interest in endoscopic skull base surgery)
  • Dr Michael E. Ivan (neurosurgeon with special interest in endoscopic skull base surgery)

Hospital and Clinic Facilities:

  • Clinical Research Building (CRB): main outpatient clinic facility for UM rhinology, neurosurgery, on the medical center campus
  • University of Miami Hospital and Clinics/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMHC/SCCC)
  • UHealth Tower (UHT; University Hospital)
  • Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH)
  • UHealth Plantation Outpatient Facility, Plantation Florida
  • Lennar Outpatient Facility in Coral Gables, Florida

Our UHealth facility is in Plantation, Florida, in Broward County, approximately 30 minutes north from the main medical campus by downtown Miami. The Lennar facility is in Coral Gables and is approximately 20 minutes south of Downtown Miami and connected to the medical center by train (Metrorail).

Clinical/Surgical Rotations:

Rotations in the operating room are primarily with Dr’s Casiano, Levine, Sargi, Komatar, Morcos, and Ivan (see weekly schedule). Clinic rotations are primarily with Dr ‘s Casiano and Levine (at CRB and Lennar)


Didactics and Teaching Responsibilities:

The fellow will actively participate with the residents and faculty in the department’s weekly departmental grand rounds and pertinent monthly journal clubs. They will be provided Dr Casiano's Advanced Rhinology Dissection Textbook along with a series of lectures provided by the rhinology faculty. He/she will participate as faculty in the department's annual University of Miami International Endoscopic Sinonasal and Skull Base Anatomy Course (meeting held in South Florida every winter), as well as our annual residents' and fellows' course (All-Florida Residents/Fellows Endoscopic Surgical Anatomy Course in the Summer). Also, the fellow will be responsible for presentation of future designated surgical skull base cases at our weekly Tuesday skull base multidisciplinary skull base conference for discussion amongst the skull base team to determine the best surgical and/or nonsurgical treatment strategies for the patient. In addition, he/she practices advanced procedures, and helps teach our international “minifellows”, in our state-of-the-art endoscopic sinus surgery cadaveric lab at the medical examiner’s office on campus. The fellow also has access to the latest endoscopic skull base equipment in our C.A.N.E.S microsurgical lab at the medical school on campus to practice advanced endoscopic skull base surgical techniques on cadaveric specimens. It is here where the fellows practice their skull base drilling technique on formalin-fixed specimens, further refining their understanding of the complex skull base anatomy.

Supervisory and Patient Care Responsibilities:

The fellows will personally be mentored and supervised in the operating room and clinics by UM rhinology faculty, as required for American Rhinologic Society rhinology program certification, as well as to assure patient safety. The degree of faculty supervision is dependent on the fellow’s surgical experience and surgical skills. To this end, the fellow is required to assist the faculty in the training of residents on basic sinus cases as part of their teaching responsibilities. Patient care is restricted to the hospitals and outpatient clinics listed above. The fellow will assist the faculty on their private rhinology cases in University of Miami (UHealth) operating rooms and clinic facilities and establish long-term continuity of care and follow-up on all patients preoperatively, operatively, and postoperatively. Fellows will be trained on the use of EPIC and CERNER electronic health records.

Surgical Case Load and Diversity of Cases:

Every year the fellow is expected to perform, as surgeon of record, a minimum of 150-200 patients (300-400 sinonasal surgical procedures). Approximately 60% of these are advanced revision cases, and 20% are sinonasal and/or skull base neoplasms (excluding pituitaries). Specific advanced endoscopic surgical procedures performed include extended frontal, sphenoid, and maxillary sinusotomies; management of benign and malignant sinonasal and skull base neoplasms; repair of skull base defects with local/regional flaps and/or grafts; endoscopic removal of pituitary neoplasms or lesions; and endoscopic approaches to the anterior, middle, and posterior cranial fossa.

Research Responsibilities:

Research projects, appropriate for presentation at one of several national otolaryngology meetings and suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals, are mandated. A variety of anatomic, clinical, and basic science research projects are available under faculty supervision. Historically, the fellow has completed a minimum of 2 clinical research projects during his/her 12-month rotation, suitable for publication in one of the Otolaryngology peer review journals. Opportunities for publication of book chapters, monographs, and other forms of media, will also be available. All fellows are required to take appropriate IRB mandated online courses including CITI, in order to participate in human research projects.

Weekly Schedule

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery


Research Time
CRB Clinic (Casiano)

(Casiano or Levine)


Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery


Endoscopic Skull Base Cases
(Casiano/ Morcos, or Levine/Ivan)

Lennar Clinic (Levine every other week)


Research time


Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery


Research time


Residents' Virtual Rhinology Conference
6-7 PM (2nd and 4th)

CRB Clinic (Dr Casiano)

Weekly Endoscopic Skull Base Conference at 5:30




Weekly Endoscopic Skull Base Virtual Conference
5-7 PM (every week)

(Casiano or Levine)


Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery

Endoscopic Skull Base Cases
(Drs Casiano/ Morcos, or Levine/Ivan)



H&N Tumor Virtual Conference
5-7 PM (every week)

Lennar Clinic (Levine every other week)


Research time


Name Residency Fellowship Employer
Turki Aldrees* King Abdulaziz University Hospital/King Saud University College of Medicine, Riyadh S.A. 2022-2023 Current Fellow
Jared Johnson Wayne State University 2022-2023 Current Fellow
Milap Raikundalia Duke University 2021-2022 Private Practice
Erin Reilly Thomas Jefferson University 2020-2021  
Samer Abou Rasik* American University of Beirut, Lebanon 2020-2021  
Rodolfo Prestinary* University of Costa Rica 2019-2020 University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica
Jolie Crespo* University of Panama 2019-2020 University of Panama, Panama City, Panama
Saurin Sanghvi Rutgers New Jersey Medical School 2018-2019 Cooper's University, New Jersey
Elie Alam* American University of Beirut 2017-2018 Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Nivedita Sahu University of Pittsburgh 2017-2018 Rochester Regional Health, Rochestor, NY
Abdullah Albader* McGill University, Montreal Canada 2016-2017 Assistant Professor, Jaber Al-Ahmad Hospital, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Jarrett Walsh University of Iowa 2016-2017 Assistant Professor, University of Iowa, Department of Otolaryngology
Ghassan Alokby* Saudi Arabia 2015-2016 Assistant Professor, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center,, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Corinna Levine University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 2015-2016 Assistant Professor, University of Miami School of Medicine
Zeina Korban* American University, Beirut, Lebanon 2015-2016 Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut
Shawn Allen University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN 2014-2015 Allergy & ENT Associates, Houston, Texas
Arjuran Kuperan Rutgers University, Newark, NJ 2013-2014 Rhinology & Skull Base Surgery
Houston Plastic Craniofacial & Sinus Surgery, Houston, Texas
Seth M. Lieberman NYU 2012-2013 Assistant Professor, New York University
Mohammed Al-Bar* Saudi Arabia 2012-2014 Assistant Professor, Dammam University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Deya N. Jourdy Columbia-Cornell 2011-2012  Assistant Professor, Rhinology & Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, New York Medical College, ENT Faculty Practice, NY
Lori Lemonnier Temple University 2010-2011 Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, Michigan
Amy Anstead Univ Illinois 2009-2010 Puget Sound ENT, Seattle, Washington
Belachew Tessema NYEEI 2008-2009 ProHealth Physicians at the Connecticut Sinus Institute; Assistant Professor, Univ Conn; Connecticut Sinus Institute
Anderson Eloy Mt Sinai 2007-2008 Professor and Vice Chairman, Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
Adam Folbe Wayne State 2006-2007 Vice Chair, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck surgery
Director, Rhinology and skull base surgery
William Beaumont Hospital
Detroit, Michigan
Zoukaa Sargi St Joseph Univ, Lebanon 2005-2006 Associate Professor, Univ Miami
Carlos Duque* Univ Tontifidia Boliveriana, Colombia 2004-2005 Professor, Univ Antioquia, Department of Surgery, Medellin, Colombia
Wish Banhiran* Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol Univ 2003-2004 Professor, Bangkok Hospital, Department of Otolaryngology, Bangkok, Thailand
William Collins Univ Miami 2002-2003 Associate Professor, Univ Florida College of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology, Gainesville, FL

*International fellows on November 1st thru October 31st schedule


This program is self-funded. That means, the applicant must provide proof of funding, which includes salary, fringe benefits, and an annual tuition payment to the Department of Otolaryngology. This is required by the Department of Otolaryngology prior to starting their fellowship year. Failure to meet these financial obligations may result in suspension from the program. 


ECFMG requirements (includes passing USMLE and TOEFL). Interest in rhinology and rhinologic research, as demonstrated by prior experience.


Applications are reviewed year around for a position generally beginning November 1 of the new cycle. Start dates are flexible depending on the applicant’s specific situation. Selected applicants may be invited to travel to Miami for an individual interview with the faculty, and spend time with our current fellow, observing his/her surgical skills and interactions with the faculty, staff, and residents. However, phone interviews are also available.


Fellowship ideally starts November 1. However, start dates are flexible November through April. Applications (curriculum vitae and 2 letters of references) must be submitted at least 12 months prior to the anticipated start of the fellowship.


Fellowship Program Administrator
Ivis Perez
Phone: (305) 243-1870
Fax: (305) 243-2009
[email protected]