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Successful Mission Trip to Guatemala

Drs. Andrea Lewis and Lauren Buck recently returned from a week long mission trip to Guatemala. The mission trip was a huge success, with Drs. Lewis and Buck seeing an average of 15-20 patients a day at both the clinic, Clinica Ezella, and in nearby villages via mobile clinic. Read more about the experience here! 


Thank you, Dr. Thomas Graves!

It is with great appreciation that we thank Dr. Thomas Graves for his generous donation to the Resident Fund. Donations to this fund provide global, humanitarian outreach opportunities to our residents. Upper level residents may take trips to areas faced with social, economic and health challenges. Thank you for your support!

2017 Society of University Otolaryngologists Combined Meeting

The SUO/AADO/OPDO Combined meeting took place in Chicago, IL this year. Several members of our faculty and staff were in attendance, with Dr. Scott Stringer participating in the Diversity Committee Panel Discussion titled "Faculty Recruitment and Retention".

2017 American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Annual Meeting

This year's American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Meeting was held in Phoenix, Arizona this October. Dr. J. Randall Jordan presented "Scalp Reconstruction", "Dorsal Augmentation with Non-Autologous Rib Cartilidge", and participated in a panel discussion titled: “Filler Best Uses and Complications.” 

Congratulations, Dr. Lana Jackson!

Kudos to Dr. Lana Jackson for winning the Choosing Wisely Champion award from the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Dr. Jackson earned this award for her work in effective test utilization in patients undergoing thyroidectomy. Congratulations, Dr. Jackson!

Congratulations, Dr. Gina Jefferson!

Dr. Gina Jefferson received the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Honors Award! The Honor Award is presented to AAO-HNS members in recognition of their contributions and volunteer activities to the Academy and Foundation. Way to go, Dr. Jefferson!

Participation at the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Annual Meeting

Our department was well represented at the AAO-HNS/F Annual Meeting and Oto Experience in September. Resident poster presenters included Erin Smith, MD, with “Relationship between Cardiometabolic Risk Factors and Auditory Processing in African Americans:  The Jackson Heart Study”, and Amrita Ray, MD, with “Standardization of a Post-Operative Calcium Monitoring Protocol”.  Kristen Pitts, MD, presented a poster at the ARS meeting at Academy titled, “Nasal Patency in CPAP Use”. Faculty member J. Randall Jordan, MD, presented “Facial Plastic Surgery Certification/Recertification Review Course”. In addition, faculty member Andrea F. Lewis, MD co-presented “Contents Meets Culture/Venomous Stinging Insect Hypersensitivity” and “Cases, Conversations & Collaborations”. Dr. Scott Stringer, Professor and Chairman, participated in three panel discussions; including; "Advance Practice Providers in ENT; Justify, Recruit, and On-Board for Success", "Novel Therapeutic Modalities for Recalcitrant Sinusitis" for ARS, and "Healthcare System Reform: Getting Involved in Leadership" for ARS.

Boot Camp Success

The 3rd Annual Southeastern Otorhinolaryngology Simulation Training Boot Camp  held Aug. 25-26 had 20 in attendance, including residents, medical students and faculty. Thank you to all who helped make this event a success.

Resident Mission Fund Donation

Thank you, Dr. David Moore, for your generous contribution of $250 to our Resident Mission Fund!

Congratulations, graduates!

Resident graduations: Congratulations to last year's chiefs - Andrew Nida, MD; Brandon Miller, MD; and Elliot Hardy, MD; on passing their boards. We are so proud of them. Our board pass rate continues to be 100%. Thanks to all the faculty who work hard to train the residents and thanks to our residents who are committed to being excellent. Keep up the good work!

Faculty and staff graduations: The ENT department was well represented at UMMC's commencement ceremony May 26. Registered nurse Wendy Marino and Christy Sheppard earned nurse practitioner master's degrees. Charles Bishop, AuD, received his PhD in clinical sciences, and clinic manager Anna Kate Stanford was awarded a master's of health sciences.

Grant recipient

Dr. Bradley Walters was awarded an R01 project grant for $1.6 million by the NIH over five years for his project titled: "Molecular Determinants of Cell Fate in the Inner Ear."

Participation at the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting

At the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings in April 2017, Andrew Robichaux, MD (PGY-4), Laura House, MD (PGY-3) and Jonathan Sorrel, MD (PGY-4) gave poster presentations. Dr. Robichaux's was titled, "Disposable Bronchoscope vs. Conventional Bronchoscope for Assisted Percutaneous Dilatational Tracheostomy in a Medical ICU: A Cost Comparison Study". Dr. House's was titled, "Tinnitus Prevalence, Characteristics and Relationship with Cardiometabolic Risk in an African American Cohort". Dr. Sorrel's was titled, "Relationship of Stroke Risk and Hearing Loss in African Americans." Dr. Scott Stringer, professor and chairman, participated in a panel discussion on "Leadership Lessons Learned."

Kudos to Dr. Brad Walters for two grant awards

Dr. Brad Walters, assistant professor in both the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences and Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences, recently received two grant awards. He received an award of $30,000 from UMMC's Intramural Research Support Program (IRSP); Chris Spankovich received an IRSP award as well. Dr. Walters also received an award of $55,000 from the American Otological Society (AOS); Dr. Walters was one of six grants awarded nationally by AOS.

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 UMMC's Intramural Research Support Program. Dr. Spankovich seeks to understand the risk to humans of noise-induced synaptopathy and identify functional consequences.