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Welcome to the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and NeckSurgery at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). We hope this webpage will provide you with valuable details to learn more about us and what makes our program so unique.

The Otolaryngology residency program at PCOM entails five years of advancing clinical and surgical training in all facets of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery. This includes head and neck oncology, facial plastics and reconstructive surgery (including complex microvascular free flap reconstructions), otology, rhinology, laryngology, pediatric otolaryngology, bronchoesophagology, skull-base surgery, sleep surgery, and allergy. The Otolaryngologic training is carried out under the supervision of our large, diverse, and dedicated faculty at a number of area Philadelphia hospitals. The residency program has the full approval of the American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology and the American Osteopathic Association. We are currently accepting three residents per year.

Here at PCOM, a heavy emphasis is placed on surgical training, patient care and management, and clinical research. Each year features a graduated level of resident responsibility as the resident becomes increasingly capable in caring for our broad range of patients. The great success of graduating residents from this program, both in private practice and academic tracks, is a testament to the quality of training here at PCOM.

Clinical volume at PCOM is in the top tier of osteopathic ENT programs, making for a very robust operative experience starting from the very first year of training. Residents are assigned to cases based on PGY level and experience-appropriate criteria, and are trained to become highly resourceful, confident, and independent in the operating room under appropriate attending supervision. In addition, residents gain a wealth of experience managing acute airway emergencies and become extremely well versed with both endoscopic and surgical approaches to the compromised airway.

Rotation Overview

As a resident in our program you will experience a balanced approach to your clinical education. The first year is a Surgical Track Internship where candidates spend 5 months in General Surgery, 2 months in ENT, 1 month in Emergency Medicine, 1 month in Internal Medicine, 1 month in Pediatrics, 1 month in Anesthesia, and 1 month in the Intensive Care Unit. The next four years are spent as an Otolaryngology resident. Each of the ENT rotations are approximately two to three months in length and provide an intensive experience in the operative and inpatient management of ENT patients. Participating hospitals are shown below.

  1. Hahnemann University Hospital
  2. St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
  3. Albert Einstein Medical Center
  4. Methodist Hospital
  5. Lankenau Medical Center: Mainline Health
  6. Eastern Cosmetic Surgery Institute
  7. Eastern Regional Medical Center (Cancer Treatment Centers of America)

Many talented and dedicated faculty comprise the teaching staff and are listed as follows

  • John McGrath, D.O., FACOO, PCOM Otolaryngology Interim Residency Program Director
  • Robert Sataloff, M.D., FACS, Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology, Drexel University 
  • David Zwillenberg, M.D., FACS, Chief, Section of Otolaryngology, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
  • Seth Zwillenberg, M.D., Chief, Section of Otolaryngology, Albert Einstein Medical Center
  • Matthew Nagorsky, M.D., FACS, Clinical Assistant Professor, Drexel University College of Medicine, Hahnemann University Hospital
  • Sri Kiran Chennupati, M.D., Attending Otolaryngologist, Airway Program Co-Director, Cochlear Implant Program Director, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
  • Gerard Vernose, M.D., Attending Otolaryngologist, Methodist Hospital
  • Frank Marlowe, M.D., Attending Otolaryngologist
  • Helen Yoo-Bowne, M.D., Otolaryngologist, Eastern Regional Medical Center
  • Timothy Greco, M.D., Facial Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Eastern Cosmetic Surgery Institute
  • Ray Lesser, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Drexel University College of Medicine, Hahnemann University Hospital
  • Alyssa Terk, M.D., Attending Otolaryngologist, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
  • Amanda Hu, M.D., Assistant Professor, Drexel University College of Medicine, Hahnemann University Hospital
  • Tasos Aslanidis, D.O., FACOO, Attending Otolaryngologist, Methodist Hospital


Educational Program

The residency educational program is multidimensional with the central goals of clinical and surgical competence, patient care, and academic success. Dedicated time is reserved for resident education. Monday afternoons begin with departmental grand rounds during which residents and invited guest faculty present on relevant topics in otolaryngology. Two to three hours of lecture time are designated every week, and the two year course curriculum is planned so each resident will be exposed to the complete educational program twice during residency. This time is also used for monthly pathology and radiology lectures as well as a monthly journal club. Tuesday mornings provide dedicated resident-driven board review time.  Hospital specific multi-disciplinary tumor boards, morbidity and mortality conferences, journal clubs, and radiology conferences are also held. 

In addition to weekly educational conferences, a series of educational courses are scheduled throughout the five year residency program. PGY-2 residents have attended the Penn International Rhinology and Rhinoplasty Course, the Annual ORL Emergencies Boot Camp in Washington, D.C., and the Annual Foreign Body Pediatric Airway Endoscopy Course at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. PGY-3 residents attend temporal bone courses at the University of Michigan or Emory University. PGY-4 residents attend the yearly Iowa Head and Neck Cancer and Reconstructive Surgery Course. PGY-5 residents attend The Osler Institute’s Otolaryngology Board Review Course. Annually, prior to the In-Training Exam, the Academic Chief Resident organizes a review course in the weeks leading up to the exam. Also, PCOM operates a temporal bone lab on main campus for drilling exercises.

The Department also offers and sponsors the Home Study Course offered by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.  All incoming residents are provided with online access to a number of major ENT textbooks. Our residents are provided a $250 yearly stipend for books and/or medical supplies.  Furthermore, multiple academic and skill-based courses are provided to the residents throughout the academic year for their continued learning.


Residents are encouraged to work on research projects throughout their tenure at PCOM. Research time is allotted in line with academy guidelines. A research coordinator within the department and statisticians are available.

Medical Student Rotations

Otolaryngology clerkships are available for 2- and 4-week rotations. Please contact Nancy Devlin by e-mail (nancyde@pcom.edu) or by phone 215-871-6789 to set up your rotation.

Salary (2015-2016 Academic Year)

  • PGY 1 $50,500
  • PGY 2 $52,500
  • PGY 3 $53,500
  • PGY 4 $54,500
  • PGY 5 $55,500
  • PGY 6 $55,500


  • Point of Service or HMO health insurance, including major medical, prescription and dental health coverage for residents and their families during the contract year.
  • Professional liability and disability insurance.
  • $255 per year continuing medical education stipend for conferences or books included in salary.

Note: PCOM does not provide living quarters for residents.

Useful ENT Websites

  1. http://www.entnet.org/primarycare
  2. http://www.utmb.edu/otoref/default.asp
  3. http://www.entnet.org/EducationAndResearch/cool.cfm




Last Updated: 9/15/15