Head & Neck – Advanced Airway Management Anesthesiology Fellowship

The U-M Medical School Department of Anesthesiology is delighted to offer a one-year fellowship providing advanced training in both the perioperative care of patients undergoing head and neck surgeries and advanced airway procedures. The fellowship provides excellent experience and training, preparing graduates for both academic and focused private practice.

Our program provides the professional development and technical expertise essential to the optimal care of these often complex cases. Research opportunities are numerous, with fellows joining an active ongoing research program investigating outcomes in this fascinating patient group. Fellows have an essential role in the department’s medical education mission, sharing their knowledge and skills with the residents and medical students of the University of Michigan. Our program is flexible, tailored to the needs and experience of each fellow.

Michigan Medicine provides a world-class clinical experience. We work closely with our surgical colleagues; the Departments of Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery fully support our fellowship and have been involved in designing content and learning opportunities. Both departments are highly regarded academically. Otolaryngology is a tertiary center for management of head and neck cancer and reconstruction, subglottic stenosis, voice disorders, enlarged or diseased lymph nodes in the neck, salivary gland masses, thyroid tumors, vascular anomalies, vocal cord paralysis, facial paralysis, cochlear implants, acoustic neuromas, skull base surgery, congenital airway pathologies, and nose and sinus disease. Similarly, the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is a tertiary care center for craniofacial trauma, reconstructive bone grafting, implantology, orthognathic surgery, pediatric maxillofacial surgery, cleft lip and palate, temporomandibular joint disorders, sleep apnea, maxillofacial neoplasms, and reconstructive surgery.

Thank you for your interest in our training program. For more information and to inquire about applying, please do not hesitate to contact Fellowship Program Director Nabi Khatibi, MB BChir, FRCA, or Fellowship Coordinator Rachel Corwin.

Application Process

All fellows are expected to have completed an ACGME-approved residency training program in anesthesiology prior to beginning their Head and Neck Anesthesiology Fellowship training. Fellows must complete necessary appointment paperwork including receipt of a Michigan medical and controlled substance license, DEA certification, as well as successful completion of a background check.

If applicable, the fellow must secure valid immigration status and work authorization before the expected start date and maintain valid immigration status and work authorization throughout the year.

Interested applicants should send a current curriculum vitae to Dr. Nabi Khatibi, fellowship program director, and Rachel Corwin, fellowship coordinator.

Curriculum and Clinical Rotations

The Head & Neck – Advanced Airway Management Anesthesiology Fellowship's curriculum and clinical experience provides fellows the opportunity to master various airway management techniques and cases involving complex head and neck pathologies.

Curriculum & Clinical Rotations Schedule

Learn more about the Head & Neck – Advanced Airway Management Anesthesiology Fellowship curriculum and clinical rotations.


Head and neck anesthesiology is a rapidly evolving subspecialty. The understanding and intraoperative management of various head and neck pathologies continue to develop through collaboration with our surgical colleagues in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Otolaryngology. New airway management devices and approaches to airway risk assessment continue to advance our treatments of complex pathologies.

The fellow will have approximately 20 percent academic time, which is negotiable. With this time, the fellow will be involved as a primary investigator or co-investigator in at least one research project (clinical or basic science), with the expectation of completion and submission for publication by the end of your fellowship year. Our electronic perioperative information system at U-M, among the most sophisticated in the country, provides a virtually limitless source of clinical data for study. The fellow will be required to submit a presentation to the Midwest Anesthesia Resident Conference (MARC).

Responsibilities and Benefits

In addition to clinical duties during office hours, fellows will be part of the general anesthesiology faculty call team, providing an opportunity to supervise on-call residents and CRNAs while having additional backup faculty available for questions and concerns. This serves as a unique educational experience and transition to a faculty role. There will be one in-house emergency call as the attending anesthesiologist each month, in addition to being on late or back-up home call approximately 3-4 times per month.

The fellow will be appointed as a clinical lecturer/head and neck anesthesiology rellow. The fellow’s annual salary will be $85,000 ($80,000 base and $5,000 academic supplement) with an additional annual allowance of $3,000 for education and work related travel. The department will pay for the renewal of Michigan medical and controlled substance license fees and dues to the American Society of Anesthesiology and International Anesthesia Research Society. Fellows will be given 30 vacation days.

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Program Leadership
labcoat Nabi Khatibi
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Program Assistant, Anesthesiology
Samuel Andrew Schechtman MD Samuel Schechtman, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Section Head
Head/Neck and Airway Management
Department of Anesthesiology
labcoat Steven B Chinn, MD, MPH, FACS
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Program Associate, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Otolaryngology Education Lead
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Fellowship Coordinator