News from the U of C Section of OHNS
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 tolaryngology 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.
Dr. Pinto Presents Lectures at Pan-American Association of Oto-Rhinolaryngology 2012 Meeting
Jay Pinto, Associate Professor, recently presented lectures at the 2012 Congress of the Pan-American Association of Oto-Rhinolaryngology in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, as invited guest faculty. The talks were "Aging and Rhinitis: Pathophysiology and Therapy" and "Genetic Factors in Chronic Rhinosinusitis." The conference brought together Otolaryngologists from across Latin America and included speakers from France, Spain, and Germany.
OHNS Nurses Run the Chicago Marathon
In the Section of OHNS, Maureen Crowley, NP, and member of the Running Noses, Gairta Bartos, RN, completed the recent Chicago Marathon. Maureen's time was 4:04:23 and Gairta shaved off ~40 minutes from her prior best to finish the race in 4:11:57. Congrats!
Gairta shown here second from left.
The Section of OHNS partners with Anzhen Hospital in Beijing, China
Drs. Pinto, Baroody, and Naclerio visited Beijing, China on October 7-11, 2012 as part of the Beijing China Initiative for Respiratory Disease Research. This program is a partnership between the Section of OHNS and The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Anzhen Hospital in Beijing. Drs. Naclerio, Baroody, and Pinto in the Forbidden City, Beijing, China
Dr. Yongxiang Wei, President of Anzhen Hospital, co-hosted the meeting with Dr. Pinto and serves as the main collaborator in China. An expert on olfaction and sleep apnea, Dr. Wei and his research group presented their work on a several topics of mutual interest and Drs. Naclerio, Pinto, and Baroody also gave presentations about their work on clinical trials in rhinitis, sleep apnea, and population research in olfaction. Dr. Xiaohong Yu, resident in Psychiatry and former research fellow in the Sections of OHNS and Neurosurgery, coordinated the meeting and also presented her work on sleep apnea.
The conference was supported and held at the new University of Chicago Center in Beijing. Our Chinese friends were kind enough to host several lively dinners and show us around Beijing (visits to the Summer Palace and Forbidden City). Now, work is in progress to develop specific joint research projects to carry on the partnership into the future.
We thank Professor Dali Yang, director of the Beijing Center, and Beth Bader, Ji Yuan, Felania Lu and staff for their gracious assistance in organizing the meeting.
The Section of OHNS is hosting their Annual Alumni Lecture held on October 4, 2012 from 4:30-6:30pm and will feature guest lecturer, Timothy Smith, MD, MPH. Dr. Smith is from Oregon Health & Science University and will be presenting on "Examining Outcomes of Sinus Surgery." For more information, contact Jamie Phillips at 773-702-6727 or email@example.com.
Christian Soneru, M.D., chief resident, with our new (2nd) endoscopy cart for inpatient consultations and evaluations, now housed in Comer Children's Hospital PICU.
Dr. Baroody to Receive Distinguished Service Award
Congratulations to Fuad Baroody, M.D., Professor of Surgery, who will receive the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Distinguished Service Award at the opening ceremony of the upcoming annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in Washington DC, in September. This prestigious award is given to members in recognition of their contributions to the Academy and its Foundation beyond the level of an Honor award, which he received in 2000.
Lloyd Minor, M.D., graduate of the residency program in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery ('92), has been named Dean of Stanford University's School of Medicine, effective December 1, 2012.
Hospitals React to SCOTUS Decision on Health Care Reform
In order for the patient-centered medical home model to remain economically viable, funders must be willing to invest in care on the front end. A study led by Robert Nocon, MHS, Senior Health Services researcher at the University of Chicago Medicine and husband of current Otolaryngology resident Cheryl Nocon, PGY3, found that federally-funded health centers took on higher operating costs with increased PCMH services.
The Section’s running team, “Running Noses,” participated in the Soldier Field 10 (http://soldierfield10.com/) on May 26, 2012. Runners including Andrea Nath (PGY5), Riddhi Patel (PGY3), Kristal Wimmer-Kunitomo (PGY-3), Cheryl Nocon (PGY-2), Jonathan Lusardi (PGY1), and Lois Montague (PGY1), along with Gairta Bartos, RN, and Jay Pinto (Class of 2004). Several family members and friends joined the run on a beautiful day in Chicago. A celebratory brunch was consumed with gusto in the South Loop afterwards (http://waffleschicago.com/#/home). Kudos to Andrea Nath for shirt design and team motivation. The Running Noses will run again soon, join us!
Congratulations to Dr. Dana Suskind, Associate Professor of Surgery (OHNS), on receiving this year's University of Chicago Distinguished Leader in Program Innovation, Senior Clinical Award.