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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 held in Atlanta, Georgia in early October:

  • “Juvenile Psammomatoid Ossifying Fibroma of the Maxilla: Case Report” poster was authored by faculty member Gina Jefferson, MD and resident, Kristen Pitts, MD, and medical student, Kelsey Bounds.
  • “Frailty Predicts Outcomes in Head and Neck Cancer Patients” was presented by resident Laura Buck, MD. Co-authors include residents Kristen Pitts, MD and Alberto Arteaga, MD, with Lana Jackson, MD as the senior author.
  • “Case Matched Comparison of the Ulnar Fasciocutaneous Free Flap to the Radial Fasciocutaenous Free Flap for Reconstruction of Head and Neck Defects” poster was presented by resident Erin Smith, MD. Co-Authors included Issam Eid, MD and Lana Jackson, MD.
  • Department chair, Scott Stringer, MD participated in 3 panels including “Advance Practice Provider in ENT: Justify, Recruit, and On-Board for Success: Parts I and II” and “Novel Medical and Surgical Interventions for Recalcitrant Sinusitis”. 

Summer courses a huge success!

Residents and medical students attended the annual surgical dissection course July 28th-July 29th. Lecturers and instructors included Scott Stringer, MD, Lana Jackson, MD, Gina Jefferson, MD, and J. Randall Jordan, MD.  Special thanks to Eric Bridges, MD for assisting throughout the event, and to Mark Reed, MD for his photography.

Our annual Simulation Bootcamp took place Aug. 18. Instructors included Drs. Eric Bridges, Claude Harbarger, Lana Jackson, Gina Jefferson, J. Randall Jordan, Chris Lee and Scott Stringer. Residents Lauren Buck and Erin Smith assisted in this morning long bootcamp that introduced our PGY1 and PGY2 residents to common ORL procedural consultations and instrumentation. Thank you to our sponsors: Medtronic Xomed, KARL STORZ Endoscopy, and Stryker CranioMaxilloFacial. 

Communicative sciences divisions receive ASHA-approved CE provider status

After a lengthy application process, the communicative sciences divisions received ASHA-approved CE provider status. This status allows the divisions to offer ASHA continuing education credits. Read the press release here. 

Participation in Gulf States Regional Otolaryngology Conference

Faculty and residents attended the annual MSO meeting June 29-July 1, 2018. This year's event was held in Orange Beach, AL. Resident presentations included "Delayed Cochlear Implant Complications," by Laura House, MD (PGY-5), "Frailty in Head and Neck Cancer Patients," by Kristen Pitts, MD (PGY-5), and "The Role of Intravenous Acetaminophen in Post-Operative Pain Control in Head and Neck Cancer Patients," by Erin Smith, MD (PGY-5). Faculty presentations included “Endoscopic Ear Surgery," by Jeff Carron, MD,  “Pedicled Latissimus Dorsi Flap for Head and Neck Reconstruction," by Gina Jefferson, MD, and "Topical Therapies for Recalcitrant Chronic Rhinosinusitis." by Scott Stringer, MD.

17th Annual Lectureship and Resident Graduation

We held our 17th Annual Lectureship and Resident Graduation on June 15, 2018. The day began with our annual lectureship featuring visiting professor Shan R. Baker, MD, Professor and Chief for the section of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, and Director for the Center of Facility Cosmetic Surgery at the University of Michigan. That evening, family and friends came together to celebrate our graduates. We invite you to view the wonderful moments captured by J. Mark Reed, MD, in our Graduation Slideshow

Welcome, interns!

We were a match for three outstanding students who recently earned their medical degrees. We look forward to what the next 5 years will bring:

  • Dr. Alberto Artega - Universidad Central de Venezuela Escuela de Medicina Luis Razetti
  • Dr. Britton Beatrous - LSU Shreveport School of Medicine
  • Dr. Joseph Alex de Gruy - University of Mississippi Medical Center

Congratulations, Graduates!

It is with great pride that we congratulate last year's chiefs - Patrick Bockenstedt, Jessica Lange and Allison Ordemann (Chilsolm) - on passing their oral boards. We continue to maintain a 100% board pass rate. Thank you to the faculty and staff who give of their time and effort to teach and support our residents by providing an environment that supports success.

We are also very proud of our 2018 graduates - David Kowalczyk, MD, Andrew Robichaux, MD, and Jonathan Sorrel, MD. Dr. Kowalcyzk is completing a facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship at the University of Illinois. Dr. Robichaux is joining a private practice with locations in Gonzalez and Prairieville, La. Dr. Sorrel is joining a private practice in Mandeville, La.  

2018 Annual Otolaryngology Examination Results

UMMC Otolaryngology residents tied for the fifth best score, out of 108 programs, on the annual otolaryngology examination. These results place UMMC's program in the top 4-7% nationally. Congratulations to all!

Participation at the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting

The Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting took place in National Harbor, MD, April 18 - 22, 2018. Our department was well represented:
  • Laura House (PGY-4), poster presentation at the American Neurotology Society Meeting: “Diaph3 Expression and Localization in the Inner Ear Suggests Constitutive Function”
  • Erin Smith (PGY-4), podium presentation at the American Head and Neck Society Meeting: “The Role of Intravenous Acetaminophen in Post-Operative Pain Control in Head and Neck  Cancer Patients”
  • Kristen Pitts (PGY-4), podium presentation at the Triological Society Meeting: “Lean Thinking in an Inpatient Otolaryngology Consult Service”.
  • Brandon Shepherd (PGY-2), poster presentation at the Triological Society Meeting: “Esophageal Adenocarcinoma Presenting as a Metastatic Nasal Mass”
  • Alberto Arteaga (incoming intern), poster presentation at the Triological Society Meeting: “Latrogenic Pneumothorax during Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator Implantation”.
  • Alex DeGruy (incoming intern), poster presentation at the American Rhinologic Society Meeting:  “Myhre-LAPS Syndrome: A Case Report” 

"In the News - Winter 2018"

  • Dr. Scott Stringer, Chair of the Department, was recently quoted in AARP Magazine. In response to questions on changing tastes, Dr. Stringer noted there is a vast sphere of senses, emotions and experiences that create our "taste".  Wild swings in tastes may not be common, but they certainly aren't unreasonable!
  • Dr. Victoria Gonzalez, Chief of the Audiology division, is in a video on People Magazine's instagram page. In the live, raw, and emotional footage, Dr. Gonzalez is seen turning on a cochlear implant for a patient for the first time.
  • Dr. Charles Bishop, Assistant Professor, was asked about his take on the correlation between hearing loss and heart disease in an article put out by Dr. Bishop explained there is too much evidence that hearing loss and cardiovascular disease are related. 

New job posting announcement

Speech-Language Pathology, a division of the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences, has an opening available for a faculty position, Speech-Language Pathologist. See the Job Announcement! 

Day of Giving

The Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences joined forces with friends and family Feb. 10, 2018, to help support the Mississippi Food Network. Read all about the amazing experience here!

Fall Presentations

  • The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Annual Meeting was held in Phoenix Arizona in late October. Dr. J. Randall Jordan presented on “Scalp Reconstruction” and “Dorsal Augmentation with Non-Autologous Rib Cartilage”. He also participated in a panel discussion, “Filler Best Uses and Complications”.
  • Dr. Scott Stringer participated in a Diversity Committee Panel Discussion, “Faculty Recruitment & Retention”, at the 2017 SUO/AADO/OPDO Combined Meeting in Chicago on November 11th.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Carron presented “What’s New in Otolaryngology” at the annual MSMA CME meeting Nov. 20.

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. 

Thank you, Dr. 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 Cartilage," and participated in a panel discussion titled: “Filler Best Uses and Complications.” 

Congratulations, Dr. 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. 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 on 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. 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.