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Med Student Camil Carreia Wins Catherine Dobson Prize for Oral Presentation

Camil Correia, MS4 and incoming PGY1 in OHNS, won the The Catherine Dobson Prize for the best oral presentation given by a student in the area of scientific investigation in the clinical or social sciences at the Pritzker School of Medicine 2015 Senior Scientific Session for her work with Jayant Pinto, MD, associate professor, on sensory frailty in older U.S. adults. Correia is also the winner of the 2015 Mary Roberts Scott Memorial Prize given to a female medical student who demonstrates leadership and academic excellence during both the basic and clinical science years.

Dr. Jayant Pinto Contributed to Health Article on Importance of Sense of Smell, Testing 

Jayant Pinto, MD, associate professor of surgery, has contributed ground-breaking research to how the human sense of smell serves as a predictor of mortality and overall health. He contributed to a health article teaching the public how to test its sense of smell and what to do if the sense is lacking. Click to read the Bottom Line Health story

2014 University of Michigan Simulation Boot Camp
Here are some highlights from the latest Simulation Boot Camp hosted at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Simulation Boot Camp

Emeritus Professor Raul Hinojosa Returns for UChicago Medicine Visit
Emeritus Professor Raul Hinojosa

Raul Hinojosa, MD, emeritus professor, and his wife returned to the university recently to visit Ernest Mhoon, MD, (pictured far left) and Jacquelynne Corey, MD (pictured far right). Dr. Mhoon is a professor of surgery and Dr. Corey is the director of the ENT Allergy Program.





Shanna Jones Receives Department Spotlight

Shanna JonesShanna Jones, project assistant III, has been recognized by the Section of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery for the efficiency, organization and skill with which she leads the residency program. She works with residents to make sure their concerns and needs are addressed and treats everyone with kindness and respect. The section is fortunate to have her expertise and professionalism.  


 Dr. Aimee Kennedy Wins 3rd place in Resident Research Competition

Resident Aimee Kennedy (section of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery) won 3rd place in the annual Lederer Pierce resident research competition on April 21, 2014, at the Chicago Laryngological and Otological Society for her work on "Free Flap Outcomes in Previously Irradiated Patients: a Meta-Analysis." Congratulations Aimee!

Dr. Pinto, Ober Awarded Major NIH Grant to Study CRS

Carole Ober, PhD, Blum-Riese Professor and Chair of Human Genetics, and Jayant Pinto, MD, associate professor of surgery, have been awarded a major National Institutes of Health grant to study genetic susceptibility to Chronic Rhinosinusitis (CRS), a major inflammatory disease affecting millions of Americans. The $1.5M study builds on earlier work by the team which identified evidence for genes involved in sinus disease. This is the first and only NIH funded study of the genetics of CRS. Robert Naclerio will serve as chair of the advisory board of the project and Fuad Baroody is also involved, along with study coordinator, Marianella Paz-Landsberg.

Funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease as part of a larger program project grant led colleagues at Northwestern, the research will involve state of the art evaluation of genomic responses of sinonasal epithelium from patients to key pathogens involved in CRS. The partnership also involves scientists from Johns Hopkins and data and samples from the Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania.

Allergy Study Highlighted in Booth Publication

Robert Naclerio, MD, was part a research study that found watching commercials for allergy drugs may make them more effective. That study was highlighted in a publication by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Chicago Library Features TMW

Harold Washington Library in Chicago featured the Thirty Million Words Initiative, the brainchild of Dana Suskind, MD. TMW was featured as part of the public library's Bookamania 2013.

Welcome Sheila Shankar as Section Administrator

Sheila ShankarSheila Shankar has joined the Department of Surgery as Section Administrator, Section of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. Please join us in welcoming her to the Department!




Dr. Pinto Performs First Sialoendoscopy at UCM

On October 29, 2013, Jayant Pinto, MD, performed the first sialoendoscopy case at The University of Chicago Medicine for a patient with a salivary gland stone. This state-of-the-art procedure utilized the smallest available endoscopes (1.3, 1.6mm diameter) and allowed the team to avoid removal of the submandibular gland, with attendant scar, postoperative pain and risk to cranial nerves. Additionally, the patient was discharged immediately after the procedure compared to inpatient stays with drains in the neck needed for gland removal.

Lois Montague, MD PGY3, assisted in this minimally invasive case and we received expert assistance from alumnus Mihir Bhayani, MD, attending surgeon at NorthShore and faculty member in the section of otolaryngology at The University of Chicago Medicine. Dr. Bhayani is a leading nationally recognized expert in this novel procedure.

OHNS Represents at 2013 Chicago Marathon

The section was well represented by residents, nurses, and alumni in the 2013 Chicago marathon. Current resident Cheryl Nocon, PGY-4, completed the race along with nurses Gairta Bartos and Maureen Crowley. Alumnus J. David Andrews, who is now at ANMC teaching our residents when they rotate up North, finished along with wife Rache. And alumnus Jonathan Sherman, who has returned to Chicago after fellowship in pediatrics at Children's Hospital, Boston, will take a job at Advocate Christ Hospital heading up their pediatric otolaryngology service. He will also serve as clinical faculty at the mother ship. Congrats to all.

Cheryl Nocon Chicago Marathon 2013 Chicago Marathon 2013

OHNS Resident Awarded AAO-HNSF Grant

Cheryl Nocon, MD, PGY-4, was awarded a competitive Resident Leadership Grant from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery to attend the upcoming annual meeting and participate in the Section for Residents and Fellows leadership workshop. Congrats Cheryl!

Otolaryngology Residents, Faculty Attend Boot Camp

PGY2s Phillip Knollman, MD, and David Walker, MD, attended the University of Michigan Otolaryngology Boot Camp on July 12, 2013, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Faculty members Elizabeth Blair, MD, and Jayant Pinto, MD, were guest faculty at this innovative training day, which focused on common problems faced by junior residents and included complex scenarios, hands-on sessions with equipment, dissection labs and technology-driven new training tools such as temporal bone simulators. Residents from program across Michigan attended as well as trainees from Ohio State and the Cleveland Clinic. This work compliments the section's program on simulation as a training tool in otolaryngology.

Dr. Baroody Joins UCM Faculty Advisory Committee

Fuad Baroody, M.D., Professor of Surgery, has been elected to 2013 Faculty Advisory Committee. This group meets with Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD, Dean and EVP for Medical Affairs, to give faculty input on medical center strategy. Congrats!

Celebrity Chef, Partner Receive Award for Philanthropy

Grant Achatz, chef at internationally famous restaurants Next and Alinea and patient of Elizabeth Blair, M.D., along with his business partner, Nick Kokonas, received the Outstanding Community Leaders Award at the 2013 AFP Chicago Philanthropy Awards for their philanthropic efforts to aid head and neck cancer research at The University of Chicago. Dr. Blair and oncologist Everett Vokes, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Medicine, are highlighted in the video. Daniel Haraf, M.D., Radiation Oncology, was also a critical member of this interdisciplinary treatment team.

Read more about Grant's experience as a patient (along with comments from Dr. Blair) here and here

Visiting Scholar From Thailand Attends OHNS Clinic

Visiting scholar Jarungjit Kraiwattanapong, MD, from the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Panyananthaphikkhu Chonprathan Medical Center in Nontaburi, Thailand, attended clinic with Jayant Pinto, MD, Associate Professor.

Dr. Suskind's Research Featured in Story About Development, Learning in Children

In this New York Times piece, Dana Suskind, pediatric cochlear implant surgeon and founder of Thirty Million Words, talks about her research, early learning and development in children.
Marie Vetter, AuD, Wins ILAA Award

Marie Vetter, AuD, of the section of Otolaryngology, won the 2013 President's Award from the Illinois Academy of Audiology. This award is given from the ILAA President to recognize those who have gone above and beyond to help further the academy and patient needs over the past year. Ms. Vetter was recognized for her excellence and diligence concerning Governmental Affairs over the past two years.