Due to the Covid Pandemic, all GOLF candidates, due to complete their observership in 2020, will be permitted to complete their observership in 2021. IFHNOS is currently reviewing additional observership sites to make travel easy and accessible to all candidates. Please continue to check on the IFHNOS website for new sites added in 2020 and 2021.

Comprehensive International Fellowship in head & neck surgery (IFHNS)

    The programs offering these fellowships are currently undergoing the approvals process. It is expected that several programs will be approved by mid 2022. Candidates, may then apply directly to the program directors listed under “ Accredited Fellowship Programs”.

  • The Fellowship

    In 2014 IFHNOS established the Global On Line Fellowship (GOLF) Program to improve the knowledge and judgment of Head and Neck Surgeons Internationally. This program emphasizes theoretical knowledge and clinical decision making only. In the GOLF program there is no hands on training component.

    IFHNOS now is launching a comprehensive clinical and Academic program, The Comprehensive International Fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. This fellowship program will require at least one year of hands on surgical training in an accredited International training center. In addition to this, fellows are also required to register for and undertake the two year academic curriculam of the GOLF Program and complete all its written and oral examinations. The Centers offering this comprehensive fellowship program have met with international standards of head and neck training and are accredited by IFHNOS. The program directors are established leaders in the specialty. Completion of the comprehensive clinical fellowship and the GOLF program will qualify the candidates for conferral of IFHNS (International Fellow in Head and Neck Surgery)

  • Course Curriculum for GOLF

    • Surgical Anatomy
    • Surgical Anatomy
    • History and Basic Principles of Head and Neck Surgery
    • Epidemiology, Etiology and Pathology
    • Diagnostic Radiology of the Head and Neck
    • Tumors of the Scalp, Skin and Melanoma
    • Eyelids and Orbit
    • Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinuses
    • Skull Base and Temporal Bone
    • Lips and Oral Cavity
    • Pharynx and Esophagus
    • Larynx and Trachea
    • Cervical Lymph Nodes
    * Video viewing of operative techniques on the IFHNOS website
    • Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands
    • Salivary Glands
    • Neurogenic Tumors and Paragangliomas
    • Soft Tissue Tumors
    • Bone Tumors and Odontogenic Lesions
    • Reconstructive Surgery
    • Oncologic Dentistry and Maxillofacial Prosthetics
    • Principles of Radiation Oncology
    • Principles of Systemic Therapy
    • Molecular Oncology, Genomics and Immunology
    • Nutrition
    • Biostatistics

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  • Time Line

    Applications Open March 1
    Applications Close September 5
    Notification of Acceptance September 20
    Program Begins October 1
    20 Month Text Learning and video watching
    of Specific Topics
    7 Quarterly Written Online Exams 1 Month Observership at an Approved Site
    (to be completed at any point during the Fellowship.)
    For a list of Mentors and approved sites please visit
    Oral Examinations on zoom on line October / November
    Upon Successful Completion
    Global Online Fellowship in
    Head & Neck Surgery and Oncology
    Certificate issued by IFHNOS

    Examination Dates for 2022 - 2023

    Written - Online (All must be completed)
    January 7, 2022 April 8, 2022 July 15, 2022
    October 14, 2022 January 6, 2023 April 14, 2023
    July 14, 2023    
    Oral -Examination
    October / November, 2023

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  • Requirements

    Applicants must have

    • A minimum of four years of surgical training following completion of medical school and Board certification (or equivalent) in the specialty of general surgery, otolaryngology or plastic surgery, in their home country.
    • Current engagement in Head and Neck Surgery training or practice.
    • Certification and letter of support from the Head of the institution where the candidate conducts his/her clinical activities indicating a commitment by the candidate to the specialty of head and neck surgery and oncology, and current nature and tenure of employment.
    • A complete list of operative procedures performed during the preceding year showing a significant proportion (over 50%) of head and neck cancer/tumor cases, where the candidate was either the operating surgeon or first assistant.
    • Personal statement indicating commitment by the candidate to complete the Fellowship and future career goals to utilize the knowledge gained through this Fellowship.

    The applicant must possess basic knowledge and skills for management of cancers of the oral cavity, larynx, pharynx, para nasal sinus, skull base, salivary gland, thyroid, parathyroid, cutaneous cancers, soft tissue and bone tumors, and allied conditions. In addition, exposure to and training in Diagnostic Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Endocrinology and Pathology is required. The applicant should also be familiar with the management of patients with major surgery, including metabolism, shock, haemorrhage, sepsis, cardio pulmonary disease, renal and gastro intestinal disorders related to head and neck tumours.

    The fellowship involves a commitment of 2 years of self learning through a structured course curriculum, with periodic online examinations as the program progresses, until completion. It also requires a One month ‘Observership’, at a center of excellence in H&N Surgery. GOLF is not a degree or certification for practice of Head Neck Surgery and Oncology in your country. It is a tool to strengthen the judgment and skills of Head Neck surgeons and harmonize Head and Neck Oncology practice worldwide.

    The current version of GOLF is not designed for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons whose educational and training curricula and licensing of surgical practice is limited to only some of the topics mentioned above. However, some Maxillofacial surgeons with double degree (Dental and Medical), may be eligible to meet with the requirements as stated above.


    To apply, please complete the Global Online Fellowship in H&N Surgery and Oncology Application by clicking here and submit, along with the required supporting materials, Curriculum Vitae and non-refundable US $100 application processing fee to info@ifhnos.net

    Application Processing Fee: (non-refundable) USD $100
    Course Curriculum & Examination Fee: USD $2,500
    The Course Curriculum and examination fees may be paid at one time or in 2 installments of USD $1,250 with the following due dates:
    December 15, 2021 December 15, 2022

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  • Accredited Fellowship Programs

    Country City Institution No. of Fellowship Positions Program Director
    Japan Tokyo National Cancer Center 8 Dr. Seiichi Yoshimoto
    Email: seyoshim@ncc.go.jp
    Tel.: +81-80-5008-7113
    South Africa Johannesburg Cintocare Private Hospital 2 Dr. Johann Kluge
    Email: johann@drjkluge.co.za
    Tel.: +27 82 777 8993
    Egypt Cairo National Cancer Institute 2 Dr. Ayman Amin
    Email: aymanamin@hotmail.com
    Tel.: +201001700767
    United States New York Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 5 Dr. Luc Morris
    Email: morrisl@mskcc.org
    Tel.: +1 212 639 3049
    Taiwan Taiwan Chang Gung Memorial Hospital 2 Dr. Fu Chan Wei
    Email: fuchanwei@gmail.com
    Tel.: +886975361013
    Brazil Sao Paulo Hospital das Clinicas, Univ. of Sao Paulo 1-3 Dr. Luiz Kowalski
    Email: lp_kowalski@uol.com.br
    Tel.: +55 (11) 99121-8942

    To Apply for IFHNS, Contact
    Program Director


  • International Board Of Directors

    Chairman of the Board
    Jatin Shah, USA
    Chung Hwan Baek, S. Korea Sir Murray Brennan, USA Luis Cebrian, Spain Devendra Chaukar, India
    Rogerio Dedivitis, Brazil Andreas Dietz, Germany Johann Fagan, S. Africa Sheng Po Hao, Taiwan
    Se-Heon Kim, S. Korea Renee Leemans, Netherlands Lisa Licitra, Italy Hisham Mehanna, UK
    Jeffrey Myers, USA Piero Nicolai, Italy Sandro Porceddu, Australia Ian Witterick, Canada
    Richard Wong, USA Zhenkun Yu, China
  • Examination Committee (2019-2022)

     James Paul O’Neill, Ireland
    Babak Givi, USA Luc Morris, USA Kepal Patel, USA
    Committee Members
    Jeannette Matsuo, Surgery Ziv Gil, Surgery Suren Krishnan, Surgery Fernando Dias, Surgery
    N. Gopalakrishna Iyer, Surgery Vincent Vander Poorten, Surgery Iain Nixon, Surgery Zhengang Xu, Surgery
    Gouri Pantvaidya, Surgery Ioanna Nixon, Head and Neck and Sarcoma Oncologist David Lombardi, Surgery Abhinav Arun Sonkar, Surgery
    Aviram Mizrachi, Surgery Moran Amit, Surgery Shiva Kumar Kannur / Shivakumar Thiagarajan Anuja Deshmukh
    Sudhir Nair Rahmatullah Rahmati, Surgery Ashley Hay Maie A. St. John, Surgery
    Anastasios Kanatas Thomas Jefferson Gernon Sandeep Samant Patrick Sheahan, Surgery
    Rajiv Datta, Surgery

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