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Our ENT division

Pediatric otolaryngology at Children's Mercy and the University of Kansas continues to grow. There are currently 11 pediatric otolaryngology faculty who are augmented by two neurotologists. Children's Mercy is a regional 367-bed tertiary referral center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center which includes 41 Pediatric ICU and 87 Neonatal ICU beds. With 33 divisions and more than 400 pediatric faculty members, we provide one of the most stimulating academic and clinical environments in the country.

The fellow will see patients in their own weekly outpatient clinic with staff supervision and fill their own fellow operating room block. The ENT fellow also serves are the team leader for the busy inpatient service. They also have the opportunity to complete multiple research projects that will be submitted for national presentation and publication with help from ENT designated research staff.

Your clinical experience


The fellow will be the team leader for the inpatient service. The patients will consist of both primary ENT patients and consults on the inpatient wards, ER, NICU and PICU. The team consists of faculty, otolaryngology residents from KUMC, mid-level practitioners and medical students.

The fellow's operating experience is designed to allow them graduated responsibility for complex and unusual cases. As the year progresses, the fellow will be expected to transition to the teaching role as they work with the residents. Their primary focus is to participate in operative cases on complex patients and unique pathology. These include pediatric patients with difficult airways; sinus pathology; otologic processes; benign and malignant head and neck tumors; palate work; and caring for patients with complex medical conditions.

More about your clinical experience and rotations

Fellowship curriculum

A core fellowship lecture series is held by the GME department. These conferences cover topics that are general to all fellows. It's also a great way to interact and meet the other fellows at the hospital.

Specific pediatric otolaryngology conferences are held weekly at Children's Mercy Kansas City, including general pediatric ENT lectures, pathology and radiology conferences.

There are a number of other optional conferences that occur at Children's Mercy including weekly Pediatric Grand Rounds, Tumor Board, Oncology Conference and research conferences.

The fellow will teach medical students, residents and other fellows in both the clinical and didactic settings.

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Research opportunities

Each of our trainees is expected to complete a minimum of one scholarly project during the course of their fellowship, resulting in the submission of a manuscript to a peer-reviewed publication or presentation at a national meeting. We have a designated research coordinator for ENT as well as support from staff to ensure research productivity during a one-year fellowship.

Apply for the program

The Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Program is sponsored by Children's Mercy Hospital. Each year we appoint one fellow through the San Francisco Matching Program (SF Match).

Learn more about the application process.

Our Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship team

Laura Neff, MD, MPH
Program Director
(816) 234-3043

Danelle Vogt, MBA
Program Coordinator