News & Highlights

The Department of Otolaryngology is dedicated to informing and updating alumni and students on the latest news and developments in the department and at Case Western Reserve University.

COSM 2018 Updates

The following projects were displayed/presented:

Chelsea Hamill, MD - AHNS Poster: "Increased lymph node yield positively impacts overall survival in non-HPV but negatively impacts HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer"

Kate Clancy, MD - AHNS Poster: "Prospective screening of head and neck patients using the Opioid Risk Tool"

Valeda Yong, BA - AHNS Poster: "Interpreting indeterminate post-treatment PET/CT results in patients"

Emily Ahadizadeh, BS - AHNS Poster: "Post-operative pain assessment in head and neck surgery"

Jeanie Sozansky-Lujan, MD - AHNS Presentation: "Outcomes of tracheosophageal puncture in twice-radiated patients"

Clare Richardson, MD - ARS Poster: "Improving efficiency in epistaxis management in a large health system: Analyzing emergency department treatment variability as a pre-text for a clinical care pathway"

Anika Tamaki, MD - ABEA Poster: "Discharge by noon: An ENT initiative" and "Multi-specialty knowledge of airway management: After implementation of an educational initiative"

Mark Gelpi, MD - ARS Poster: "Rhinotillexomania in the cystic fibrosis patient" and "Financial implications of deviation from clinical practice guidelines for adult sinusitis"

Tammy Wang, MD - ABEA Poster: "Simulation based otolaryngology bootcamp"


UH ENT Institute Ranked Among Nation's Best

Bilateral Sequential Cochlear Implant Procedure

Featured in MedPage Today: Watch as Dr. Cliff Megerian and Dr. Gail Murray perform a bilateral sequential cochlear implant procedure in a 3-year old boy.

Treatment of High Grade Posterior Glottic Stenosis with Joint Ankylosis

Watch a surgical procedure performed by Dr. Mark Weidenbecker on a 12-year-old tracheostomy-dependent child presented with severe posterior glottic stenosis and vocal cord joint ankylosis due to intubation injury. He underwent cricoarytenoid joint release with interpositional piriform sinus mucosal flap reconstruction and was able to be decannulated shortly thereafter with normal laryngeal function.

Demystifying Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome

New national EVA patient registry will clarify prognosis, identify risk factors for EVA-related hearing loss. Dr. Todd Otteson presents the goal of the patient registry generated at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital for patients with hearing loss due to EVA will provide valuable clinical information regarding prognosis, activities that may cause progression of hearing loss, and the efficacy of any treatments.

Endonasal Excellence

A rare surgery results in great outcomes for a young NF-2 patient. Endoscopic techniques have allowed for minimal morbidity with maximal access for benign and malignant neoplasms of the sinuses and skull base. Dr. Kenneth Rodriquez is employing this technology today.