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Neurotology and Skull-Base Surgery Fellowship

UC San Diego School of Medicine offers an ACGME-accredited two year fellowship in neurotology and skull base surgery. The program involves advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the temporal bone and lateral skull base, with a special emphasis on surgical treatment of tumors involving these areas.  Advanced training is provided in the auditory and vestibular sciences, beyond that found in primary otolaryngology residency.  Fellows will have the opportunity to work as part of multidisciplinary teams involving neurotologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiaologists, and other related specialists.

Our goal is to prepare our trainees to excel as clinicians, researchers, and educators.  Fellows are exposed to a large and diverse patient population at the institutions served by the faculty including UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center, UC San Diego Medical Center, Kaiser San Diego Medical Center, VA San Diego Medical Center, and Rady Children’s Hospital).  The curriculum includes dedicated time for research activities.  Fellows develop their skills as surgical educators through their interactions with residents and medical students.

Training Sites

Veteran Affairs Med Center
La Jolla Veterans Affairs Medical Center
The VA Medical Center (VAMC) has a 250 total bed capacity and a busy vascular (Gold Surgery) and cardiothoracic surgery program. The annual vascular surgery caseload is approximately 350 procedures.
Kaiser Foundation Hospital
Kaiser Permanente Zion Medical Center 
Zion Kaiser Foundation Medical Center: This 368 bed facility has an accredited vascular laboratory and a busy vascular surgery service staffed by 6 board-certified vascular surgeons and physician assistant.  Annual vascular surgery caseload ranges from 1,100-1,200 procedures, including >100 EVARs. 
UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center
UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center
Jacobs Medical Center is a 245-bed hospital built on the philosophy that when you are in a comfortable environment it is easier to heal. It is surrounded by scenic views of the rolling hills of the UC San Diego La Jolla campus. Jacobs Medical Center includes a 36-bed intensive care unit, 10 operating rooms and is connected to an emergency room at Sulpizo Cardiovascular Center.

Neurotology Faculty

Jeffrey Harris, MD, PhD

Jeffrey P. Harris, MD, PhD, FACS
Division Chief
Distinguished Professor of Otolaryngology and Neurological Surgery
Skull-Base Surgery

Quyen T. Nguyen, MD, PhD

Rick A. Friedman, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery
Acoustic Neuroma Program

Quyen T. Nguyen, MD, PhD

Elina Kari
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Otology, Neurotology Skull-Base Surgery

Quyen T. Nguyen, MD, PhD

Quyen T. Nguyen, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery
Otology, Neurotology
Skull-Base Surgery

Application Information


We offer one position every year.  The application deadline is June 30th of the year prior to enrollment.  The start date is July 1.

To complete an application you must register for the match at and upload to SF Match: a C.V., Photograph and 3 letters of recommendation.

Please direct any questions to Mrs. Norissa Gastelum, Program Coordinator 

Per ACGME RRC requirements, fellows must graduate from a US or Canadian accredited residency in otolaryngology prior to starting fellowship.


Quyen T. Nguyen, MD, PhD 
Program Director

Norissa Gastelum
Program Coordinator