Gutierrez Scholar

A one-month expense-paid observership with Dr. Mark L. Urken & Dr. Daniel Buchbinder and our multidisciplinary team for physicians from Spanish-speaking countries.

The Gerald Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship in Head & Neck Surgery

Gutierrez Scholar
Current Gutierrez Scholar: Camilo Gonzalez-Velazquez, MD

Current Gutierrez Scholar

Camilo Gonzalez-Velazquez, MD

Born and raised in Mexico, Dr. Camilo Gonzalez-Velazquez graduated from medical school in 2011 where he became interested in endocrinology and thyroid disease. He continued into an internal medicine residency program at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and was later selected as a Clinical Endocrinology fellow in the same institution. He currently serves as Chief Resident in the endocrinology division.

A Summary of the Experience

  • 2 to 3 days per week spent in the operating room.
  • approximately 10 hours per week in clinic.
  • 1 day per week of research (optional).

How to Apply

Required from Candidates

  • Letter of Interest.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation.

Travel & Accommodations

  • Coach airfare reimbursed up to $1500
  • Housing stipend up to $1500
  • A $45 per diem food allowance
  • One Month local transportation allowance equal to the cost of a MetroCard.


Candidates must have:

  • MD (or equivalent degree).
  • Residency in Otolaryngology or Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
  • Interest in head and neck oncologic and reconstructive surgery.
  • Valid passport with at least 6 months remaining after conclusion of observership.
  • Ability to obtain a visa, if necessary.
  • Working knowledge of the English language.


For questions about the observership program and more information on how to apply, please contact us at

The Story of This Program

When the late tony-award-winning Broadway director, Gerald Gutierrez was diagnosed with head and neck cancer he focused his energy on raising funds in support of THANC so that doctors from Spanish-speaking countries could be mentored by his doctor: Mark Urken, MD. Gerry wanted to ensure that the latest surgical techniques would be made available to surgeons around the world. This scholarship will keep Gerry’s dream alive and expand the reach of the THANC Foundation.