News from the Section of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
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 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.
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.
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
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.