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.


  • The Fellowship

    There are no current global standards of training, practice and level of care for patients with neoplasms of the Head and Neck. There are significant variations in the quality and levels of care in various geographic locations in the world. The goal of the global online fellowship is to create a program to teach and train young surgeons and test their knowledge and thought processes, through which relative uniformity of knowledge base and judgment are measured and certified for specialists, through online education with continuous updating and monitoring of their knowledge base.

    The Fellowship will involve a commitment of 2 years of self learning through a structured course curriculum, with periodic online examinations as the program progresses, until completion. During the course of the Fellowship, the candidates will embark upon a 1 month observership and at the completion of the curriculum appear for an oral examination before an international panel of examiners. Upon successful completion of the oral examination a certificate will be issued recognizing the satisfactory completion of the course curriculum, and passing the examination.

    Such certification will ensure that the candidates have acquired an established global standard of core knowledge, and matured their judgment process through self education and successful completion of all examinations.

    Candidates who show outstanding perfomance on the Written Examination and final Oral Examination are granted the certificate with Honors. The certificate with Honors may assist in advancement of academic careers.

    The International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies (IFHNOS) has collaborated with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) to develop an On line Fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, known as the Global On Line Fellowship (GOLF). We are happy to report on the number of surgeons throughout the world who have recently graduated or are currently participating in the fellowship.


    ORAL EXAM (%)
    2014 98 N/A N/A N/A
    2015 78 N/A N/A N/A
    2016 74 93 89 (96%) 0
    2017 41 66 57 (86%) 3
    2018 42 63 55 (87%) 9
    2019 48 25 23 (92%) 3

    Candidates for the fellowship come from 45 countries, including the United States, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, India, China, Russia, Spain, Australia, and many others. The locations of the origin of the GOLF candidate are shown in Fig.1., which shows the global appeal of the GOLF program.

    Twenty experts serve on the written examination committee, which develops the quarterly multiple choice examination questions. Thirty senior leaders in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology participated in the oral examination of the fellowship, excluding traveling faculty and several others.

    GOLF is open to board-qualified surgeons in their home country, anywhere in the world. The course of study requires self-learning through a structured course curriculum developed by an international committee of surgeons, and oncologists, including those from MSK, with quarterly online exams. During the fellowship, candidates are also required to complete a one month observership at one of the 35 approved observership sites around the globe followed by an oral examination before an international panel. Upon successful completion of the program, the fellow receives a certificate in head and neck surgery and oncology.

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  • Course Curriculum

    • 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 12, 2022 April 13, 2022 July 20, 2022
    October 19, 2022 January 11, 2023 April 19, 2023
    July 19, 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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  • Approved Observership Sites

    Observation Center Mentor Email
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA Jatin Shah kaplanm@mskcc.org
    M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA Jeffrey Myers MZafereo@mdanderson.org; LMShriver@mdanderson.org
    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA Robert Ferris ferrrl@upmc.edu
    University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada Ian Witterick iwitterick@mtsinai.on.ca
    Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK Peter Clarke peter.clarke@rmh.nhs.uk
    Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK Ricard Simo ricard.simo@gstt.nhs.uk
    University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK Hisham Mehanna h.mehanna@bham.ac.uk
    Lothian Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland Iain Nixon iain.nixon@nhs.net
    Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Michiel Van den Breckel m.vd.brekel@nki.nl
    VU Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands C. René Leemans cr.leemans@vumc.nl
    University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany Andreas Dietz andreas.dietz@medizin.uni-leipzig.de
    European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy Mohsen Ansarin mohssen.ansarin@ieo.it
    Universita Degli Studi di Brescia, Brescia, Italy Piero Nicolai pieronicolai@virgilio.it
    Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic Jan Klozar jan.klozar@lfmotol.cuni.cz
    Greater Poland Cancer Center, Poznan, Poland Wojciech Golusinski wgolus@ump.edu.pl
    Blokhin Cancer Center, Moscow, Russia Ali Mudonov ali.mudunov@inbox.ru
    Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, Moscow, Russia Igor Reshetov reshetoviv@mail.ru
    Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel Dan Fliss danf@tlvmc.gov.il
    Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, Israel Ziv Gil ziv@baseofskull.org
    Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa Johan Fagan Johannes.Fagan@uct.ac.za
    Tata Memorial Center, Mumbai, India Devendra Chaukar dchaukar@gmail.com
    HCG Cancer Center, Bangalore, India Vishal Rao drvishalrao@yahoo.com
    HCG Aastha Cancer Center, Ahmedabad, India Kaustubh Patel kaustubhpatel19@gmail.com
    Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, India Subramania Iyer subu.amrita@gmail.com
    Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong Jimmy Chan jywchan1@hku.hk
    National Cancer Center, Singapore, Singapore Gopal Iyer gopaliyer@yahoo.com
    Nanjing Tongren Hospital, Nanjing, China Zhen Kun Yu yuzk@njtrh.org
    Beijing Tongren Hospital, Beijing, China Han De Min enthandm@126.com
    Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan Fu-Chan Wei fcw2007@adm.cgmh.org.tw
    Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea Soon-Hyun Ahn ahnsh30@snu.ac.kr
    Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea Chung Hwan Baek  chunghwan.baek@gmail.com
    National Cancer Center Hospital East, Chiba, Japan Ryuichi Hayashi rhayashi@east.ncc.go.jp
    Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Sydney, Australia Jonathan Clark Jonathan.Clark@lh.org.au
    Peter MacCallum Cancer Center, Melbourne, Australia. Matthew Magarey Matthew.Magarey@petermac.org
    Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia Ben Panizza ben@panizza.com.au
    Instituto Nacional do Cancer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Fernando Dias fdias@inca.gov.br
    A C Camargo Cancer Center, Sao Paulo, Brazil Luiz Kowalski lp_kowalski@uol.com.br
    Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil Claudio Cernea cerneamd@gmail.com

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  • 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

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  • 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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  • GOLF - Graduates

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