FALL 2020
Patient Care
History is made restoring hearing in patients with acoustic neuromas

Surgeons from the departments of Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery made history when they completed the first case in a clinical trial to restore hearing in patients with vestibular schwannomas, also known as acoustic neuromas.

Landmark study says cochlear implants should be recommended for adults more often
More adults with hearing loss could benefit from cochlear implants according to the world-first conssens developed by an international group of 31 ear, nose and throat surgeons and audiologists lead by our Chair Craig Buchman, MD.

Pediatric ENTs expand to South County
As we expand our footprint, we are making our services more convenient to our pediatric patients in South St. Louis County and southern Missouri.

Announcing our new faculty
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
faculty promotions
Associate Professor
Associate Professor
and newly appointed faculty!
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Taste of WashU

With travel restricted due to COVID-19, medical students interested in residency programs now have to assess programs and their strengths from a distance.

So the Department of Otolaryngology stepped up to bring the program to medical students - virtually, through the "Taste of WashU."

Q&A with resident Zachary Douglas
Seattle native Zachary Douglas, MD, reveals why he chose to do his residency at WashU and what he and his family love most about St. Louis.

Q&A with Stephanie Chen, senior resident
Dr. Chen shares why she switched careers from Juilliard-educated concert pianist to ENT doctor, and what she loves about otolaryngology, St. Louis and Washington University. 

Q&A with Matthew Shew, neurotology fellow
Dr. Shew is thrilled to receive the very best skull base training while immersing himself in AI research. He also counts the close-knit ENT family as one of the many reasons he has been ‘blown away’ by his fellowship at WashU. 

Leading at
Carla Valenzuela, MD, PGY4 resident, served as the Q&A facilitator for the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony of the annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery. As the current chair, she also led the Section for Residents and Fellows’ General Assembly.
Department reels in multiple grants

Many of our faculty have recently received influential grants to fund important research including improving hearing in children and adults, studying the link between Alzheimer's and hearing loss, developing the first-ever drug to prevent tinnitus and identifying genetic markers to treat head and neck cancer. Grant recipients include: Keiko Hirose, MD, Lavinia Sheets, PhD, Sidharth Puram, MD, PhD, Mark Rutherford, PhD, Mark Warchol, PhD, and Jill Firszt, PhD.

WashU has strong showing in latest JAMA-OTO

The Department of Otolaryngology landed four papers about the use of cochlear implants by adults in the latest issue of JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery. This is highly unusual.

Day-in-the-life of a resident
Be sure to read about our new residents and follow the day-in-a-life of a resident on our Instagram account!

Allison Slijepcevic MD (resident, PGY5) discusses craniofacial trauma on the AAO-HNS frequENTcy podcast (available on Apple, GooglePlay and Spotify). 

If you have awards, presentations, publications, grants or news that you think are noteworthy, or feedback on this newsletter, please send it to us at ENTNews@wustl.edu.