Clinical Programs

Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship

Established in 1976, the pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. 

More than 80 graduates have gone on to academic positions and private practices. Many graduates have achieved department-head status, and most have become significant contributors to the pediatric otolaryngology subspecialty.

The purpose of the training program is to provide a solid foundation for clinical care and research in pediatric otolaryngology. The training is oriented toward an academic career. We hope to provide:

  • A well-rounded medical and surgical experience including management of pediatric otologic disease, airway problems, nasal and sinus disease, as well as congenital inflammatory and neoplastic disorders of the head and neck
  • Direct contact with clinical and basic research through development of research projects
  • A teaching experience gained through resident and medical student programs, conferences, staff contact
  • Exposure to a variety of specialized clinic experiences such as velopharyngeal insufficiency, hearing-impaired conditions, functional endoscopic evaluation of swallowing, craniofacial problems and videostroboscopy
  • An opportunity to enhance decision-making abilities in routine, complicated and urgent clinical situations

Operative Experience

Wide exposure to complex otolaryngologic procedures, including cochlear implants, laryngotracheal reconstruction, surgery of the airway, neck masses and sinus surgery as well as routine procedures.


Five months protected time over two-year fellowship.

Case Load

Eleven faculty of the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery perform more than 13,000 surgical procedures per year with a yearly inpatient census of more than 4,000 and more than 35,000 outpatient visits.

Call Responsibilities

Fellows do not take in-house calls.

Additional Information

Approximately seventy-five percent of time is devoted to clinical activities, and 25 percent is dedicated to research. Fellows also participate in weekly clinical case and multidisciplinary conferences, weekly grand rounds, monthly radiology conferences, monthly M&M conferences, monthly craniofacial team meetings, monthly pediatric otolaryngology seminars and monthly tumor board meetings.

The goal of the research component is the development of a research project, including grant preparation, human rights / animal care committee evaluation, and successful competition for funding.

Director: J. Paul Willging, MD 

Duration of Fellowship: Two years

University Affiliation: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Licensing Requirements: Ohio training certificate required, full license if moonlighting.