Department of Otorhinolaryngology


Research Interests

Allergy and Sinus Studies

Alexander Chiu, MD

  • Topical antibiotics in the management of sinusitis
  • Role of underlying bone in sinonasal papillomas
  • Outcomes of frontal sinus surgery

Noam Cohen, MD, PhD

  • Molecular modulation of sinonasal ciliary function
  • Genetics of chronic rhinosinusitis

David Kennedy, MD

  • Causes of sinusitis and role of underlying bone in Chronic sinusitis
  • Outcomes in sinus disease
  • Minimally invasive tumor surgery
  • Endoscopic nasal surgery
  • Dr. Kennedy recently completed a double blind study on the role of Lamisil in the management of chronic rhinosinusitis.

James Palmer, MD

  • Biofilm diseases of the sinuses
  • Allergic fungal sinusitis
  • Outcomes of chronic sinusitis

Michael Ruckenstein, MD

  • Immune-mediated ear disease
  • Meniere's disease
  • Benign positional vertigo
  • Cochlear implants

Erica Thaler, MD

  • Electronic nose technology
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Hospital Acquired Pneumonia
  • Zenker's Diverticulum
  • Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease

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Endocrine Studies

Marcia Brose, MD, PhD

  • Genetics of H&N cancer
  • HNSCC genome characteristics
  • Thyroid cancer initiatives

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Head and Neck Cancer Studies

Robert Lustig, MD

  • Photodynamic therapy for the treatment of head and neck cancer
  • Use of targeted therapies combined with radiation for the treatment of head and neck cancer

Jason Newman, MD

    Translational and Clinical Research:
  • Quality of life in head and neck cancer
  • Minimally invasive cranial base surgery
  • The role of PET/CT in management of head and neck cancer
  • Intra-tumoral and lymphatic injectable chemotherapy for head and neck cancer
  • Government and industry-sponsored Clinical trials

Bert O'Malley, MD

    Basic and Translational Research:
  • Targeted Gene and Molecular Therapy for Head and Neck Cancer
  • Molecular Therapy for Sinus Disease
  • Molecular Based Strategies for Radiation and Chemotherapy Sensitization

  • Image Guided and Minimally Invasive Sinus and Skull Base Surgery:
  • Robotic Head and Neck and Skull Base Surgery

Gregory Weinstein, MD

  • Principal Investigator for the first in the world program in Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) for the minimally invasive treatment of head and neck benign and malignant lesions.
  • Multi-modality treatment of head and neck cancer
  • Quality of Life following the treatment of head and neck cancer
  • Industry and NIH funded trials

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Smell and Taste Studies

Richard Doty, PhD

Natasha Mirza, MD

  • Radiation and taste
  • Clinical studies on voice problems

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Wound Healing

Soo Kim Abboud, MD

  • Speech and swallowing disorders
  • Geriatric ear, nose and throat disorders
  • BoTox therapy

Douglas Bigelow, MD

  • Cochlear implantation
  • Hydroxyapatite cement in acoustic neuroma surgery and in ear surgery
  • Skull base and chronic ear surgery

Ara Chalian, MD

  • Quality of life surrounding laryngectomy surgery
  • Gene and immunotherapy for cancer (in collaboration with Dr. David Weiner and the Head and Neck Cancer Center)
  • Wound healing
  • Speech and Audiology

Michael Ann Gratton, PhD

James Saunders, MD, PhD

  • Hair cell function
  • Middle ear function
  • Coding in the auditory nerve
  • Noise-induced hearing loss

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