Dr. Andrew Thamboo’s Fellowship Program

Program Details

Institution & Address

University of British Columbia
St. Paul’s Sinus Centre
Room 2600 Providence Building, 2nd Floor
1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC
V6Z 1Y6

Fellowship Director

Andrew Thamboo, MD FRCSC MHSc
Clinical Assistant Professor

St. Paul’s Sinus Centre Mission Statement

To provide the highest quality of care for patients suffering from sinus and skull-base diseases by establishing a strong and stable research centre. To foster an environment where research and innovation thrive in pursuit of excellence in patient care. The evidence-based practices established at this centre will serve as a model of exemplary clinical and research training for national and international fellows, residents, medical and graduate students.

Fellowship Mandate

The UBC Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery Clinical-Research Fellowship is a one-year intensive clinical and research experience meant for applicant pursuing an academic practice that manages sinonasal and skull-base disorders.

Clinical and Surgical Locations

  • St Paul’s Hospital (SPH) – Hospital inpatient, on-call and Operative
  • Burnaby Hospital (BH) – Hospital inpatient, on-call and Operative
  • Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH) – Hospital inpatient, on-call and Operative
  • Jim Pattison Outpatient Surgical Centre – Operative
  • Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) – Hospital inpatient and Operative
  • False Creek Health Care Centre (FCHCC) – Operative


The objectives are divided into clinical, research and academic activity. These objectives described in detail below are reviewed on a weekly basis in order for the fellow to reach their potential at the completion of their fellowship.


  • Complete work-up of patients presenting with sino-nasal disorders, tumors and skull base lesions
  • Surgical management of patients presenting with sino-nasal disorders, tumors and skull base lesions
  • Management of complex recalcitrant chronic sinus patients
  • Perform basic allergy testing and interpretation of results


  • Be able to conduct prospective trials and publish in reputable journals
  • Be able to critically appraise journal articles
  • Complete 3 research studies as primary author and present research studies at national/international meetings
  • Provide guidance and leadership to undergraduate and medical students and residents with their research studies associated

Academic Activity

  • To be able to construct a professional presentation at a number of academic events, which include but not limited to: UBC Division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, city-wide rhinology rounds, rhinology lectures for residents, BC Otolaryngology Division’s P.J. Doyle Annual Research Day
  • To be able to teach and supervise residents in their clinical and surgical rotation in rhinology
  • Partake in multidisciplinary rounds at provincial wide tumor board rounds at the cancer agency
  • Responsible for the fellow cadaveric dissection course (4x/year)
  • Participate in consulting, leadership and academic endeavors important to an academic practice

Weekly Schedule

  • Approximately 2.5 days per week in the operating room, assisting Dr. Thamboo (Monday/Wednesday/Thursday)
  • 1 research day per week (Mondays)

Case Load

300+ cases/year
~20 combined cases with neurosurgery

Call Schedule

Required to be on call when Dr. Thamboo is on-call. A number of emergency rhinological cases do occur on days when not on call and the fellow is encouraged to attend.


1 year + 2 weeks overlap with previous/upcoming fellow (July to June)

Requirements for Appointment

  • Completion of the TOEFL examination for licensing (or equivalent test required by the college)
  • Be able to obtain a medical education license of with BC College of Physician and Surgeons.

Additional information

  • There is no salary support with this fellowship. The applicant should seek funding from their home institution or be able to support oneself. The approximate cost of living is $2500 CDN/month.
  • A car is recommended but car-share programs are available to get from site to site.
  • Vacation days should be coordinated on days when Dr. Thamboo is away

Application Deadline

There is no deadline. This is a rolling acceptance for the fellowship and will be filled once an appropriate candidate is identified. If interested please reach out to:

Dr. Andrew Thamboo, MD FRCS(C)
Division of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
St. Paul’s Sinus Centre – St. Paul’s Hospital
Room 2600 Providence Building, 2nd Floor
1081 Burrard St., Vancouver, BC, V6Z 1Y6
Phone: 604-806-8353
Email: andrew.thamboo@gmail.com


Dr. Andrew Thamboo, MD, FRCSC, MHSc
Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC
Rhinology & Endoscopic Skull Base Surgeon

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