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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 Sept. 14-18, 2019, in New Orleans.

  • Jaxon Jordan, MD, (PGY-4) gave an oral presentation at the American Rhinological Society 65th Annual Meeting "Effect of an Evidenced based Peri-Operative Pain Protocol on Postoperative Opioid Use after Endoscopic Sinus Surgery." 
  • Dr. Andrea Lewis participated in a panel discussion, "Sleep and OSA: Where does Allergy Play?"
  • Scott Stringer, MD, and Tristen Harris, PA participated in 2 panels including "APPs in ENT:  Justify, Recruit and On Board for Success Part I and II."  Dr. Stringer also presented "Innovations in Treatment of Chronic Sinusitis:  From Bench to Clinical Practice."

Participation in Gulf States Regional Otolaryngology Conference

Faculty and residents attended the annual MSO meeting May 24-25, 2019. This year's event was held in Point Clear, AL. Resident presentations included "Resource Utilization & Management for Secondary Triage of Isolated Facial Trauma" by Dr. Amrita Ray (PGY-4), "Characteristics & Considerations for Children with Ankyloglossia Undergoing Frenulectomy" by Dr. Lauren Buck (PGY-4) and "Relationship of Overall Cardiovascular Health & Hearing Loss in an African American Population: The Jackson Heart Study" by Dr. Steven Curti (PGY-4). Faculty presentations included "Dizziness: Advances in Diagnosis & Treatment" by Dr. Tom Eby, "Trends in Perioperative Opioid Use" by Dr. Scott Stringer, "Updated Cochlear Implant Indications" by Dr. Claude Harbarger and "Evaluation & Management of the Snoring Patient" by Dr. Andrea Lewis.

Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting (COSM)

COSM was held May 1-5, 2019, in Austin, Texas. During this meeting, Drs. Jeff Carron, Lauren Buck (PGY-4) and Cindy Moore (PGY-2) won the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology Peds Video to Presentation Contest for their video titled "Surgical Approach to Juvenile Nasopharyngeal Angiofibroma." Additional participation included:

  • Dr. John Schweinfurth - presentation - "Relationship of Overall Cardiovascular Health and Hearing Loss in an African-American Population "
  • Dr. Amrita Ray (PGY-4) - posters - "Resource Utilization and Management for Secondary Triage of Isolated Facial Trauma (AAFPRS)", "The Effect of Marketing on Patient Preferences for Facial Injectables (AAFPRS), and "Association Between Cardiometabolic Risk Factors and Dizziness in African-Americans (TRIO)"
  • Dr. Steven Curti (PGY-4) - poster - "Cutaneous Auto Flap Closure for Large, Obstructive Rhinophyma (AAFPRS)", and presentation - "Relationship of Overall Cardiovascular Health and Hearing Loss in African-American Population (TRIO)"

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:

  • Kelsey Bounds - University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Hunter McMullen - LSU Shreveport School of Medicine
  • Ben Stevens - University of Mississippi Medical Center

Winter guest lecturers

We were honored to host two distinguished guest speakers to our department this season. Dr. M. Boyd Gillespie, Professor and Chair of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at University of Tennessee Health Science Center joined us Jan. 17-18, 2019. Dr. Matt Ryan, Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education and Quality at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center joined us Feb. 21-22, 2019.

2nd Annual Day of Giving

Department members, along with friends and family members, packed over 4,300 backpack meal kits for children in need on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2019. See these volunteers in action!

Excellence in Research Awards

We congratulate Dr. Brad Walters and Dr. Wu Zhou, winners of the Excellence in Research Awards. Dr. Walters received a bronze medallion award, and Dr. Zhou received a platinum medallion award. Read more here.

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 2018:

  • “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 28-July 29, 2018. 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 April 18-22, 2018, in National Harbor, MD. 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 healthyhearing.com. 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!