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    Here's the latest news for the Department of Otolaryngology.

    Thank you Dr. Thomas Graves

    Thank you Dr. Thomas Graves for your donation to the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences resident fund.  The department's top priority is educating the future otolaryngology physicians of Mississippi, donations to this fund support every aspect of resident education and development. 

    Intramural Research Support Program award

    Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Spankovich, his proposal “Effects of noise on auditory physiology and perception” was awarded $30,000 in funding by the University's Intramural Research Support Program.  Dr. Spankovich seeks to understand the risk to humans of noise-induced synaptopathy and identify functional consequences.  

    Thank you Dr. Winsor Morrison

    Thank you Dr. Winsor Morrison for your donation to the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences.  Our department has experienced significant growth recently and your donation will allow us to continue these efforts clinically, in research, and in education.  

    Dr. Denise Pouncey speaks to Rotary Club of South Rankin County

    On December 16, Dr. Denise Pouncey spoke with the Rotary Club of South Rankin County to educate them on increased services provided by the department.  Dr. Pouncey discussed growth in the Dizziness and Balance Clinic and the expanded variety of hearing protection devices available.  

    Career Fair for the Rankin County Health Academy

    On November 29, Dr. Denise Pouncey and Dr. Mary Frances Johnson attended a Career Fair for the Rankin County Health Academy students.  This consisted of all schools in Rankin County that participate in the Health Academy.  The students were given a form  which they were to fill out and asked questions about our providers' job descriptions, the professional environment, and educational requirements.  Over 400 high school students attended the event.


    Isolde Reuter Arnold passes away

    Isolde Reuter Arnold, wife of Dr. Godfrey E. Arnold, passed away in Vienna, Austria on November 4, 2016.  Dr. Arnold served as Chief of Otolaryngology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center from 1963-1973.  Our condolences are with the family during this difficult time. 


    Resident alumni pass boards

    Congratulations to our 2016 resident alumni Dr. Elliot Hardy, Dr. Brandon Miller,  and Dr. Andrew Nida on passing their written boards!

    Otolaryngology resident Dr. Steven Curti spearheads improvement project implemented hospital wide

    Thanks to an innovative idea from ENT resident Dr. Steven Curti, a new question will be added to Case Requests to help facilitate OR start times and reduce case delays.  This optional question allows the ordering surgeon to indicate any anesthesia special needs for the case to be performed, such as nasal airway and other requests. 

    This will hopefully help anesthesia more adequately prepare for the case and reduce wait times and surgical delays, and improve OR utilization and efficiency.   Additional congratulations go to Wendy McNabb for her role in working with the EPIC team.  

    Residents attend neurotology course

    Several of our residents attended the senior neurotology residents course in Palm Beach Gardens, FL sponsored by Washington University in St. Louis.  The course, titled "Approaches to the Skull Base" included both lab and lecture sections featuring physician lecturers from across the US.

    NIH-Funding Rankings

    The Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences is one of the top 25 NIH-funded Otolaryngology programs, congratulations! 

    Dr. Grace Sturdivant's piece on Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline featured in Audiology Today

    Congratulations to Dr. Grace Sturdivant on her feature piece in the September / October 2016 issue of Audiology Today.

    Otolaryngology hosts booth at the Student National Medical Association Conference

    The Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences hosted a booth on October 8th at the Roots of Healthcare 2016 Student National Medical Association Conference.  Pre-medical and medical students were able to use an endoscopy scope to simulate the procedure on an artificial head.  We look forward to the conference next year!

    Visiting Professor

    We were honored to partner with the Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology in having Dr. Eric Dierks as a visiting professor October 18 and 19, 2016.  He presented two lectures, “Decision Making in Frontal Sinus Fracture Management” and “What's New in Orbital and Zygomatic Fractures?”  Dr. Dierks is board-certified in both oral maxillofacial surgery and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. He moved to Portland, OR to join Dr. Bryce Potter in founding the Head and Neck Surgical Associates, where he practices head and neck oncologic surgery as well as oral and maxillofacial surgery. He is an affiliate professor of OMFS at both the Oregon Health and Science University and the University of Washington.  Since 1992, he has directed a fellowship in head and neck oncologic surgery. 


    ENT participates in Career Planning Residency Fair

    The Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences participated in the 2016-2017 SOM Career Planning Residency Fair in October, 2016.  Dr. Jessica Lange, (PGY5) and Dr. Erin Smith, (PGY3) provided information on our residency program and answered questions from UMMC medical students.  They encouraged all with any interest in ENT to consider a rotation with otolaryngology either in their third or fourth year of medical school.  This event gives UMMC students the unique opportunity to learn more about specific programs on campus and corroborate specialty information with faculty and current residents. 


    Department participation at 2016 Academy meetings

    At the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNS/F) Annual Meeting in September, Dr. Scott Stringer participated in a mini-seminar titled “Novel Medical and Surgical Interventions for Recalcitrant Sinusitis.”  Dr. Stringer and advanced practice provider April Hunt participated in a mini-seminar titled “Advanced Practice Providers in ENT: What Can They Do for Your Practice?”  Dr. J. Randall Jordan presented two instruction courses titled “Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Recertification/ Certification Review Course” and “Risks and Complications from Fillers.”

     At the American Rhinologic Society (ARS) Annual Meeting at Academy, Dr. Jessica Lange (PGY-5) presented a poster titled Are Prophylactic Antibiotics Necessary for Nasal Packing?” Dr. Patrick Bockenstedt (PGY-5) received honorable mention for his poster titled “Subcutaneous Versus Sublingual Immunotherapy in Allergic Rhinitis: A Cost Comparison.”

     Dr. Andrea Lewis presented an instruction course titled “Breathe Easier, Sleep Better:  Allergic Rhinitis, Nasal Obstruction, and Sleep” at the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) Annual Meeting at Academy.

    Several of our providers serve on committees for their subspecialties and hold positions of office.  Dr. Scott Stringer serves as Secretary/Treasurer of AAO-HNS/F.  Dr. Stringer participated in committee meetings this year including AAO-HNS/F Finance and Investment Subcommittee, AAO-HNS/F Comprehensive Curriculum Task Force, AAO-HNS/F Rhinology and Paranasal Sinus Committee, and the Laryngoscope Editorial Board Meeting.  Dr. Lana Jackson attended the American Head & Neck Society 2017 Program Committee Meeting.  Dr. Thomas Eby attended the AAO-HNS/F Otology and Neurotology Journal Editorial Board Meeting.  Dr. Jordan serves on the Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Education Committee and the Joint Education Committee of the AAO-HNS/F and attended the Education Steering Committee Meeting.  Dr. Lewis attended the AAOA Finance and Investment Committee Meeting.

    Minority Student Clerkship

    We welcome Lauree Thomas working under the direction of Dr. Brad Walters.  Lauree is a University of Mississippi medical student who just completed her second year.  Lauree earned our department's three month research Minority Student Clerkship.  

     If you would like to learn more information about this clerkship, please visit our Student Resources page.


    Ordemann matches for pediatric fellowship

    Ordemann, Allison.jpgWe are excited to share that Dr. Allison Ordemann has matched for a prestigious fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. She will complete residency at UMMC in June 2017. 

    We are very proud of her accomplishments and dedication to the specialty, and look forward to her continued success in her career.

    ENT Hosts second annual Southeastern Otorhinolaryngology Simulation Training Boot Camp

    In August, the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences hosted the second annual Southeastern Otorhinolaryngology Simulation Training Boot Camp.  This is a one-day intensive course designed to teach junior otolaryngology-head and neck surgery residents basic, as well as emergency procedural skills, clinical reasoning, and communication skills. It features hands-on simulated emergency scenarios and interactive triage sessions.  Faculty from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center joined our ENT faculty in teaching UMMC residents, as well as residents from Tulane, UT Health Sciences Center, and LSU-Shreveport.  Overall, there were 33 in attendance.  We received excellent feedback and the desire from participating programs to continue this educational experience.  Plans are already being made to host this training at the third annual Boot Camp in August of 2017. 


    Congratulations to our 2016 Graduation Award Winners

    The 15th Annual Lectureship in Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences and Resident Graduation was held June 17 and 18, 2016.  

    Dr. Christine G. Gourin, professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Associate Faculty in the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland was our visiting professor.  Dr. Gourin's lectures were "Improving Value in Head and Neck Cancer Care" and "The HPV Head and Neck Cancer Epidemic: What You Need to Know."  Research presentations were given by graduating residents Elliot Hardy, MD; Brandon Miller, MD; and Andrew Nida, MD.  PGY-4 residents Patrick Bockenstedt, MD; Jessica Lange, MD; and Allison Ordemann, MD also gave research presentations.  Dr. Gourin conducted a case studies conference with all residents. 

    The dinner and awards ceremony was held at the Country Club of Jackson.  Dr. Miller is moving to Rome, Georgia where he will begin private practice.  Dr. Elliot Hardy is moving to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to begin private practice, and Dr. Andrew Nida is relocating to Houston, Texas where he will enter private practice.

      Congratulation to the 2016 award winners:

    • Resident Teacher of the Year:  Andrew Robichaux, MD, PGY-3
    • Faculty Teacher of the Year:  Tom Eby, MD
    • Resident Research Award:  Allison Ordemann, MD, PGY-4
    • Mary B. Manasco Spirit Award:  Andrew Nida, MD, PGY-5
    • Resident Academic Award:  Andrew Nida, MD, PGY-5
    • Golden Skull Award:  Allison Ordemann, MD, PGY-4 and David Kowalczyk, MD, PGY-3
    • Nurse/PE of the Year:  April Hunt, CFNP
    • Consultant of the Year:  Andy Wilhelm, DO; Shou Tang, MD; Sloan Youngblood, MD
    • Audiology Faculty of the Year:  Mary Frances Johnson, AuD
    • Speech Language Pathology Faculty of the Year:  Mary Lou Sorey, SLP
    • Alumnus of the Year:  J. George Smith, MD

      A golf tournament was held on June 18 at The Refuge in Flowood.  Residents and faculty participated.


    Mississippi/Alabama Society of Otolaryngology Annual Meeting 2016

    Several of our providers participated in the Mississippi Society of Otolaryngology Annual Meeting in Destin, FL.  Presentations included

    • Allison Ordemann, MD “Can Public Tap Water Be Rendered Safe for Nasal Saline Irrigations?” 
    • Patrick Bockenstedt, MD “Cost-Benefit Analysis of SLIT vs SCIT Immunotherapy”
    • Jessica Lange, MD “Prophylactic Systemic Antibiotics with Nasal Packing: A Systematic Review”
    • Jeff Carron, MD “The Otolaryngologist as Advocate for Infants with Hearing Loss”
    • Randy Jordan, MD “Local Flaps of the Head and Neck”

    Thank you for your contributions


    Special Olympics Participation

    We had a very successful day at the Special Olympics performing Healthy Hearing screenings!  Dr. Lauren McNichol and Dr. Mary Frances Johnson serve as Co-Clinical Directors for Healthy Hearing Mississippi.  Several UMMC Communicative Sciences faculty members volunteered.


    Participation at the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting

    At the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings in May, Dr. Allison Ordemann (PGY-4) gave a podium presentation titled “Can Public Tap Water be Rendered Safe for Nasal Saline Irrigations?”  Dr. Erin Peeden gave a podium presentation titled “Peritonsillar Abscess Economic Analysis Location.” Drs. Elliot Hardy (PGY-5), Brandon Miller (PGY-5) and Allison Ordemann presented posters. Dr. Hardy's poster was titled “Transconjunctival Approach to the Orbit? A Modified Technique,” Dr. Miller's was titled “Pediatric Head and Neck Injuries Due to Golf Cart Trauma” and Dr. Ordemann's was titled “Is Weight a Predictive Risk Factor of Post-Operative Tonsillectomy Bleed.”


    2016 Board/ Training Exam Results

    Our otolaryngology residents scored between the 83rd and 93rd percentiles of all residency programs in the nation on this year's annual otolaryngology examination. Only 7 of 107 programs scored higher than our residents. We are extremely proud of their accomplishment and appreciate the hard work they put into preparing for this examination. The knowledge gained from this effort will help them provide high quality care to patients.

    Dr. Patrick Haas, Dr. Matt Richardson, and Dr. Jim Spencer pass boards

    We congratulate Dr. Patrick Haas, Dr. Matt Richardson, and Dr. Jim Spencer on passing their American Board of Otolaryngology oral exams.  All three physicians are 2015 graduates of our residency program.  Dr. Haas is in private practice in the Cincinnati area, Dr. Spencer is in private practice in Boston, and Dr. Richardson has completed a facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship and will be moving to Dallas to join a group in private practice.  

    Annual lectureship and resident graduation

    The 15th annual lectureship and resident graduation is planned for Friday, June 17. Visiting professor will be Dr. Christine Gourin, professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Gourin's presentations are "Improving Value in Head and Neck Cancer Care" and "The HPV Head and Neck Cancer Epidemic: What You Need to Know."  For more information, contact Cathy McCaskill at (601) 815-3037 or

    Welcome to Dr. Bradley Walters

    Dr. Bradley J Walters received a joint appointment in the Otolaryngology research division and in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.  

    Dr. Grace Sturdivant presents at Family Medicine Conference

    On March 23, 2016 Dr. Grace Sturdivant gave a presentation titled, "Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline" at the Family Medicine Conference hosted by UMMC.

    2016 Resident Match

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    In March, our department was notified by the National Resident Matching Program that we had matched three outstanding students. Our 2016-17 resident interns are Jaxon Jordan from Texas A&M Health Science Center; Brandon Shepherd from University of Tennessee Health Science Center; and James Stanford from UMMC. The Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences welcomes this group of physicians and looks forward to working with them.