Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences News

Congratulations, graduates!

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 received NIH Research project Grant (R01).

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.