Letter From the Chair

The Harvard Combined Training Program in Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery offers extensive exposure to all clinical aspects of the specialty across several different venues with the ability to interact with a large number of faculty. This includes novel simulation exercises in our state-of-the-art otolaryngology surgical training laboratory. As a result, our faculty work together to provide trainees with a strong, broad foundation in the field and all of its subspecialties.

Residents are introduced to four hospitals during their clinical training: Massachusetts Eye and Ear, a dedicated ophthalmology and otolaryngology specialty hospital; Boston Children’s Hospital, the nation’s largest pediatric hospital; and two large tertiary care centers—Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. This unique opportunity allows our residents to see how care is delivered in a variety of hospital systems, exposing them to many different approaches and niche areas of expertise.

The Department and training program are strongly committed to fostering the research and scholarship of our trainees. The incredible academic and biotech milieu in which the program resides with the ability to collaborate with colleagues at such places as Harvard Medical School, MIT and The Broad Institute, as examples, provide incredible opportunities for our trainees. As such, we emphasize the integration of scientific discovery and clinical care to achieve progress in our field. Twenty weeks of our residency curriculum is dedicated solely to research, but research progress is continuous throughout the program.

In addition to our residency program, under the guidance of Residency Director Stacey T. Gray, MD, the Department honors its commitment to medical education in Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at all levels, offering clinical and research fellowships, post-doctoral training, medical education, and sub-internships.

We’re grateful for our relationships with alumni of our training programs. Our graduates have entered into a diverse range of practice platforms, from full time academics to non-academic group practices and private practice, helping to create a robust and supportive network between current trainees and prior graduates. We are tremendously proud of the contributions that continue to be made by all of our prior graduates. They are a very special group. We hope you will be part of that group as well someday!

Thank you for your interest in our educational programs in Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at Harvard Medical School.  


Dr. Mark Varvares

Mark A. Varvares, MD, FACS

John W. Merriam/William W. Montgomery Professor
Interim Chair of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
Harvard Medical School

Interim Chief of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Massachusetts General Hospital