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  • Departmental News Archive

    The following are past news items pertaining to the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences

    Guillot receives certification

    Dr. Jason Guillot, a 2009 graduate of our residency program, received his American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery certification.  To receive certification by the ABFPRS an applicant must:

    • Complete an accredited residency-training program after medical school that provides training in facial plastic surgery
    • Achieve previous certification by one or both of the basic boards in the field: The American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Otolaryngology
    • Successfully complete an additional two-day examination focused solely on facial plastic and reconstructive surgery
    • Present for peer review at least 100 surgical cases in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery for each of the previous two years

    We congratulate Dr. Guillot on this outstanding achievement.

    Graduates pass boards

    Dr. Ryan Case, Dr. Byron Norris, and Dr. Alan Grimm all have passed their American Board of Otolaryngology oral examinations.  All three physicians are 2012 graduates of our residency program.  Dr. Case is in private practice in Brookhaven, MS.  Dr. Norris entered private practice in Athens, GA.  Dr. Grimm is serving in the Navy in Bremerton,WA.

    American Board of Otolaryngology inservice exam results

    The Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences would like to congratulate our residents for an outstanding job on the 2013 ABOto Inservice Exams. Click here for a graph of program averages and where our residents scored.

    Otolaryngology honor award

    Christopher M. Clark was recognized recently at The School of Medicine Honors Day as the recipient of the 2013 Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences Award.  The book, award and certificate are awarded annually to a senior medical student for excellence in the field of otolaryngology.  He will be joining the otolaryngology residency program in July at the University of Texas-- Southwestern.

    COSM 2013

    Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings took place in Orlando, FL from April 10-14, 2013. The Department of Otolaryngology had 5 residents and 4 faculty members attend.  Dr. Jon Hayes (PGY-5) presented "Biomechanical Evaluation of a Mandibular Spanning Plate Technique Compared to Standard Plating Techniques to Treat Mandibular Symphyseal Fractures."  Dr. Matt Richardson (PGY-3) had a poster entitled "Management of Pediatric Subglottic Cysts."

    The Match

    On March 15, the National Resident Matching Program notified our department that we  had matched three outstanding students, David Kowalczyk, Andrew Robichaux and Jonathan Sorrel. Kowalczyk is a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, and Robichaux  is a senior at Louisiana State University-Shreveport. Sorrel is a senior at Louisiana State University-New Orleans. The Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences is very excited to have these three candidates join us.  We look forward to working with them.

    Practitioner receives customer service kudos

    Meredith Curley, a nurse practitioner in otolaryngology, received a customer service award during the monthly hospital leadership meeting Feb. 21 in the Classroom Wing.

    Curley was recognized by the awards team for personally helping a young cancer patient schedule a second opinion he needed to determine the best course of action for his illness.

    "Meredith has been a real source of strength and compassion for the family (of the patient) during this time by going way beyond the minimum required to advocate for this patient," her award nomination stated.   

    Excellence in Research Awards

    Dr. Thomas Payne, professor, Division of Oral Oncology and Biobehavioral Medicine, has achieved the Gold Level status for the Excellence in Research Award at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Payne continues to be highly successful as an investigator seeking to eliminate tobacco addiction. He received the Silver Level Award in 2010 and the Bronze Research Award in 2009.

    Hong Zhu, MD, PhD, has achieved the Excellence in Research Award – Silver Level. She is being recognized for having received over $500,000 in extramural research funding. Dr. Zhu is Associate Professor in the Division of Research, Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences.

    The Excellence in Research Awards ceremony will be held Oct. 12, 2012.

    Pitman receives Distinguished Service Award

    Dr. Karen Pitman will receive the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Distinguished Service Award during the 2012 AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting held Sept. 9-12 in Washington, DC. Recipients are recognized for their extensive meritorious service through the presentation of instructional courses, scientific papers, participation on AAO-HNS/F committees or Academy leadership roles.

    Department participation at academy meetings

    Our department will be well-represented at the September Academy meetings in Washington. Residents (Dr. Tara Rosenberg, Dr. Alex Ashford, Dr. Mary Ashmead, Dr. Beth Thomas, Dr. Patrick Haas, and Dr. Jon Hayes), eight faculty members, five nurses and two staff will participate in the different society meetings held.

    Alumni reception - Dr. Stringer invites all former residents to join the group for its annual reception held in conjunction with the Academy meeting. “Drinks and Appetizers” will be on Monday, Sept. 10, from 7-9 p.m. at the Capitol City Brewing Company, 1100 New York Ave., NW (at 11th and H St., NW).

    Brodell named new chief of dermatology

    Dr Robert T. Brodell, has joined the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences faculty as professor and chief of the division of dermatology.

    He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He then did a dermatology residency and dermatopathology fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis/Barnes Hospital.

    Dr. Brodell is certified by the American Board of Dermatology. His research interests include Human papilloma virus; teaching and learning in dermatology, ethics in dermatology; and translational research (moving science to the treatment room).

    Faculty promotions and tenure

    We are pleased to announce that Jeffrey D. Carron, MD, has been promoted to professor and that Dr. Carron and Dr. Thomas L. Eby have been granted tenure effective July 1, 2012.

    Dr. Carron first joined the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Science in 2004 as a pediatric otolaryngologist. He was instrumental in establishing the first cochlear implant program at UMMC and has successfully implanted over 100 children and adults since its inception.

    Dr. Eby, professor, joined the department in 2006, as a neurotologist. He runs the temporal bone lab sessions for the residents and is clinical director of departmental research. He also is a past recipient of the Faculty of the Year Award.

    2012 Mississippi Society of Otolaryngology

    The Mississippi Society of Otolaryngology held its annual meeting jointly with the Alabama Society of Otolaryngology at Sandestin June 29-July 1. Two residents, Dr. Ryan Case and Dr. Byron Norris, gave podium presentations and four residents, Dr. Alex Ashford, Dr. Patrick Haas, Dr. Tara Rosenberg and Dr. Jim Spencer had poster presentations.

    Several of our faculty serve on the MSO Board of Directors: Dr. Thomas Eby, president; Dr. Gina Jefferson, secretary; Dr. Jeff Carron, immediate past president; and Dr. Randy Jordan, central representative and alternate MSMA representative.

    Crews receives Humanitarian Award

    Dr. Karen Crews, professor and director of the Division of Oral Oncology and Bio-behavioral Medicine in the Department of Otolaryngology, was the recipient of the Mississippi Dental Association’s 2012 Humanitarian Award at the annual meeting in June. Outgoing MDA president Dr. J. Kevin Holman presented the award.

    Dr. Crews is a volunteer for Oral cancer Awareness Week each year, and is involved in the American Heart Association Circle of Red and the Baptist Medical Cancer Center’s Red Dress Campaign. She is also director of the ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment, Education and Research.

    Kolodney inducted as MDA president

    Dr. Harold Kolodney, professor of oral oncology and behavioral medicine in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Science, was inducted as the 2012-13 president of the Mississippi Dental Association at the organization's annual meeting in June.

    Kolodney is certified by the American Board of Prosthodontics and specializes in prosthodontics and maxillofacial prosthetics at the Oral Oncology Clinic.

    Lectureship and resident graduation

    The 11th Annual Lectureship in Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences and Resident Graduation was held June 8-9, 2012. James Y. Suen, MD, professor and chairman of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, was our visiting professor.

    On June 8, Dr. Suen gave two lectures and research presentations were made by graduating residents Ryan Case, MD, Alan Grimm, MD, and Byron Norris, MD, and by PGY-4 residents Neal Burkhalter, MD, Jon Hayes, MD, and Tara Rosenberg, MD. Dr. Suen also conducted a case studies conference with the residents.

    The dinner and awards ceremony, honoring our graduates Drs.Case, Grimm, and Norris, took place that evening at the Country Club of Jackson. Dr. Case will begin private practice in Brookhaven, MS; Dr. Norris will enter private practice in Athens, GA; and Dr. Grimm has commenced his active duty in the U.S Navy in Bremerton, WA.

    Congratulations to our Award winners for 2012:

    • Resident Teacher of the Year – Jim Spencer, MD, PGY-3
    • Resident Research Award – Neal Burkhalter, MD, PGY-4
    • Mary B. Manasco Spirit Award - Beth Thomas, MD, PGY-3
    • Faculty Teacher of the Year – Gina Jefferson, MD
    • Golden Skull Award – Ryan Case, MD, PGY-5
    • Consultant of the Year Award – Frank Bonvillain, MD, and Todd Versteegh, MD (both from the anesthesiology department at UMMC)
    • Alumnus of the Year – Ben Jeffcoat, MD
    • Nurse/PE of the Year – Christy Sheppard, RN

    Special recognition was given at the banquet to the residents Dr. Grimm, Dr. Norris, and Dr. Thomas who were members of the first-place team of the 5th Annual AAO-HNSF Academic Bowl in September. Also, acknowledged were special donations to the residency program by Dr. Thomas Graves and Dr. Michael Goodier.

    The resident/alumni golf tournament was held June 9 at the Refuge in Flowood. We were delighted to see our former residents who returned to participate in the graduation activities.

    Taybos assists Latvian dental training

    Dr. George Taybos, professor of oral oncology and biobehavioral medicine, was invited by the Stradins University Stomatology Institute to help administer oral examinations for the school’s medical and stomatology students in Riga, Latvia, in May.

    He also was invited to give a presentation to the Latvian Oral Medicine and Pathology Society while there.

    Otolaryngology honor award

    Tyler W. Winford was recognized recently at The School of Medicine Honors Day as the recipient of the 2012 Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences Award. The book award and certificate are awarded annually to a senior medical student for excellence in the field of otolaryngology. He will be joining the otolaryngology residency program in July at Wake Forest University.

    Graduates pass board

    Drs. W. Henry Barber V, Dr. Bradley H. Byrne and Dr. Michael A. Goodier all have passed their American Board of Otolaryngology oral examinations. All three physicians are 2011 graduates of our residency program. Dr. Barber is finishing a facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship and will enter private practice in Mobile, AL, in July. Dr. Byrne is in private practice in Texarkana, TX, and Dr. Goodier practices in Baton Rouge, LA.

    Resident obtains fellowship

    Dr. Tara L. Rosenberg, PGY-4, just received notification that she will be entering a Pediatric Otolaryngology fellowship at Arkansas Childrens's Hospital in Little Rock in July 2013.  This is a 2-year fellowship.

    Resident soccer finishes great season

    Team UMC ENT won its first ever playoff game on Mother's Day.  They only had one substitute player and still won with a score of 3-1. The team advanced to the 2nd playoff round on May 20 and won that round also. They continued to move on to the championship game (aka Super Bowl of Indoor Soccer).  Unfortunately, they lost in the last few seconds of the game.

    Departmental newsletter

    Dr. Andrea Lewis and Cathy McCaskill have resumed the publishing of a semi-annual departmental newsletter.  The spring 2012 issue of ENT UPDATEwas recently mailed to our alums and many healthcare providers in Mississippi.  The next issue will be out in the fall.

    Dye picked for state College Board

    Bradford "Ford" Johnson Dye III, MD has been chosen by Governor Phil Bryant to fill an opening on the state College Board; his appointment must now be approved by the state Senate.  The board oversees the state's eight public universities, including their budgets and their employees. Its twelve members serve nine-year terms.

    Dr. Dye is a 2000 graduate of our otolaryngology residency program and currently practices in Oxford.

    New residents - Match 2012

     On March 16, the National Resident Matching Program notified our department that we had matched three outstanding students, Patrick Bockenstedt, Jessica Lange and Allison Ordemann.

    Bockenstedt is a native of Burlington, Iowa. He graduated with highest distinction from the University of Iowa where he obtained a BS in Integrative Physiology with a minor in Business Administration.  He is a senior at Ohio State University College of Medicine

    Lange was born in Marion, KY. She graduated cum laude with a BS in Biology and a minor in mathematics from the University of Louisville. She is  a senior student at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

    Ordemann is a native of Reading, PA.  She graduated magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College where she completed a double major in Biology and Dance.  She is  a senior at Temple University School of Medicine.

    2012 COSM

    The Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences will be well represented at the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM) in San Diego, CA, April 18-22.

    Residents Dr. Ryan Case (PGY-5), Dr. Jon Hayes (PGY-4), Dr. Alex Ashford (PGY-3), Dr. Patrick Haas (PGY-2), and Dr. Jim Spencer (PGY-2) and faculty, Dr. Scott Stringer and Dr. John Schweinfurth will attend the various meetings.

    Taste of theU

    The Division of Communicative Sciences and the Division of Oral Oncology presented the Otolaryngology booth at the recent Taste of the U, an annual fundraising event. The theme was “Tailgating for the U” and it was an exceptional group effort in quality of presentation as well as food. Fun was had by all participants and attendees.

    Triological Society combined sections meeting

    Several of our residents had abstracts accepted for poster presentation at the Triologcal Society Combined Sections Meeting in January in Miami Beach, Florida. PGY-2 Dr. Patrick Haas' poster was entitled "Subglottic Leiomyoma" and PGY-2 Dr. Jim Spencer's work was entitled "Osseous Choristoma." Dr. Tara Rosenberg, PGY-4, had two accepted posters - "Posterior Glottic Bridge: A Case Series of a Rare Complication of Endotracheal Intubation" and "Black Thyroid Syndrome."

    Dr. Lewis passes sleep boards

    Dr. Andrea Lewis has passed the American Board of Otolaryngology Sleep Subspecialty Examination.  She is one of only four otolaryngologists in the nation who is fellowship-trained in sleep medicine.  Dr. Lewis finished her otolaryngology residency in 2009 and a sleep fellowship in 2009, both at UMMC.  She is currently Assistant Professor in our Department and also serves as assistant program director of the residency program. 

    Another RO1 grant for department

    The department has recently received another NIH research grant award. Dr. Hong Zhu, Associate Professor in our Research Division, was awarded an R01, five year grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders in the total amount of $1.88M. The project title is Neural Mechanisms of Sound Activation of Vestibular System. This is the fourth R01 grant for the department. Dr. Zhu and the members of our research team are committed to the success of our program. This grant award is the direct result of their hard work and dedication.

    Maggie Awards announced

    The Mississippi Hospital Association (MHA) recently hosted the 24th Annual Maggie Awards which recognizes outstanding marketing and communication work submitted by professionals in the health care sector in Mississippi. In order to receive a “Maggie” award, an entry has to rank “excellent” in the judges’ scoring system This year out of over 200 entries submitted from hospitals, health systems, and health care organizations, 33 received Maggie Awards. UMMC received several Maggie awards in various categories. ENT’s adult and pediatric ads won for Magazine Advertising, and our Brown Bag Seminar posters (Nose Woes, Suntan, and Mirror, Mirror on the Wall) won for best presentations.

    Cathy McCaskill, thank you for your contribution to these outstanding awards. Cathy works tirelessly to promote our physicians and our department with wonderful advertisements in VIP, Well Being and Mississippi Magazines each month in addition to coordinating the Brown Bag Seminars. We are very fortunate to have someone with Cathy’s talents in our department!

    Resident team wins

    Congratulations to Alan Grimm, MD, Byron Norris, MD, and Beth Thomas, MD, on their superb victory at the 5th Annual Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation's Resident Academic Bowl!  Our residents faced off against residents from three other programs and answered more extremely challenging questions correctly than the other teams in a close competition.

    These three residents represented our entire group of residents and their performance showcased our outstanding program. Each participating resident received a $500 travel grant to help offset expenses. The winning program will receive two years of Home Study Course for up to ten of its residents.

    We would also like to thank the faculty for doing such a great job of educating our residents.