Otolaryngology Residency Program

Our head and neck surgery residency program provides a comprehensive education in medical and surgical management of patients of all ages with diseases and disorders that affect the ears, upper respiratory and upper alimentary system and related structures.

The residents are expected to attain competency in patient care, medical knowledge, practice based learning and improvement, inter-personal and communication skills, professionalism and system based practice throughout their educational experience. The residents are afforded increasing levels of responsibility throughout their educational experience.

During the Chief Resident year, the resident is the primary surgeon on many of their own cases. The Chief Resident will form a pre-operative, operative and post-operative plan and after review with the assigned sub-specialty faculty, will be the primary surgeon on these cases with direct faculty supervision.


The duration of the residency is five years.

The PGY-1 year, under the oversight of the Program Director, contains the required rotations per the ACGME. Residents have a say in how their off-service rotations are arranged. These can include different surgical subspecialties, anesthesia, ICU, radiology, and pathology.

The PGY-2 through PGY-5 year rotations cover all aspects of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. A structured research experience with instruction in research methods and design is also included in the curriculum.

The clinical experience is provided at 4 hospital sites as well as affiliated clinics and ambulatory surgery centers. With thirty full-time and volunteer faculty supervisors, there is a rich operative experience encompassing all aspects of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. In addition, a structured didactic program throughout all five years of residency and outpatient management of otolaryngologic patients with our faculty provide a comprehensive learning environment.

  • Curriculum
    The residency program rotations provide a training environment that encompasses all aspects of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.
  • Training Sites
    The Department of Otolaryngology operates out of 4 hospitals, all within an approximately 10-minute drive of each other, and provides unique educational experiences.
  • Our Residents and Alumni
    Our residents benefit from comprehensive curriculum and supportive mentoring that lays foundations for rewarding futures in otolaryngology.
  • Salary, Benefits and Support
    Our salaries do not include the additional value of your benefits, which UB GME pays. Most institutions ask you to pay for your own benefits.
  • How to Apply
    The Department of Otolaryngology participates in the ERAS application system and the National Residency Match Program.

Program Director

Robin B. Lazar-Miller, MD

Program Director


2121 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 883-1366

Email: robinmil@buffalo.edu

Training Program Administrator

Beverly A. Hurley

Assist to Chair; Residency Training Program Administrator

Department of Otolaryngology

1237 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209

Phone: (716) 362-9585; Fax: (716) 362-9588

Email: bhurley@buffalo.edu

Outside of the Hospital

Our residents develop close relationships within the team and with their attendings. Residents and attendings get to know each other's children, spouses and pets.