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PHYSICIAN FACULTY Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh

Jonas T. Johnson, MD, FACS

Distinguished Service Professor of Otolaryngology

The Dr. Eugene N. Myers Professor and Chairman of Otolaryngology Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine Professor, Communication Science and Disorders School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Johnson has committed his professional career to caring for patients with cancer of the head and neck.

For nearly 40 years, he was actively engaged as a surgeon providing operative care for patients in need.

Since 2016, Dr. Johnson withdrew from the operating room and now focuses on providing services in an outpatient setting. He serves in the Swallowing Disorders Center. In this environment, patients having difficulty with swallowing are evaluated and treated.

In collaboration with Dr. Marci Nilsen, PhD, MSN, RN, Dr. Johnson developed the UPMC Survivorship Clinic for patients with cancer of the head and neck. In this multidisciplinary setting, patients are asked to respond to questionnaires about symptoms which may be due to the cancer or its treatment. This allows the care team to help these patients and to gradually evolve new and more effective management measures. The Survivorship Clinic provides assessment of hearing, swallowing, neck and shoulder pain and oral health.

Patients are evaluated for sleep disorders, anxiety and depression. Strategies to provide effective treatment are initiated.

Dr. Johnson has contributed over 600 manuscripts in the peer-reviewed literature. As well as 181 chapters to textbooks. He has edited or co-edited 21 textbooks.

Dr. Johnson is a past president of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery (2003) and the American Head & Neck Society (2004). He is the past editor of the Laryngoscope (2003-2011) and past President of the Triologic Society (2013-2014).

Cuneyt M. Alper, MD

Professor of Otolaryngology

Professor of Clinical and Translational Science University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Director, ENT Research Laboratory UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Dr. Alper is Professor of Otolaryngology and Professor of Clinical and Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He was the Director of the Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Program from January 2007-January 2017. Dr.

Alper has been involved with laboratory and clinical research projects as well as translational research. He is Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator in many NIH research projects.

He is the author of numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and authored many chapters, abstracts, and other publications. He has given presentations at local, national, and international conferences. For patients, adults, and children, with ET dysfunction, The Eustachian Tube Dysfunction clinic under the leadership of Dr. Alper was established in 2012.

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David H. Chi, MD

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Chief, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology

Medical Director, The Hearing Center and Cochlear Implant Program, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Dr. David H. Chi is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Chi graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed his Otolaryngology Residency at the University of Virginia in 2002 and his Pediatric Otolaryngology fellowship at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in June 2004. He has been a faculty member of this division since July 2004.

Dr. Chi is Chief, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, and Director, Hearing Center, and Cochlear Implant Program at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He has developed the Center as the regional referral for infants and children diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss. He has grown the cochlear implant program to make it the largest pediatric cochlear implant center in Western Pennsylvania.

He serves on the State of Pennsylvania Department of Health Infant Hearing Screening Committee. His research interests involve the evaluation and treatment of hearing loss. He currently is participating in an NIH funded study investigating the role of antivirals in the treatment of CMV related congenital hearing loss.

Joseph E. Dohar, MD

Professor of Otolaryngology

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Medical Director, Pediatric Voice, Resonance and Swallowing

Dr. Dohar is a Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a Professor of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health & Rehabilitation. He is a Pediatric Otolaryngologist on the full-time staff in the division of Pediatric Otolaryngology at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is the medical director of the pediatric Voice, Resonance, and Swallowing Center and is an active Member Faculty of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Dr. Dohar has established himself as an expert in otitis media and pediatric voice, resonance, and swallowing disorders having participated in both privately funded and NIH funded research in the area for almost 25 years. He has delivered over 300 lectures nationally and internationally on the subject and has almost 300 publications, including books, book chapters, and peer-reviewed manuscripts. He has served as an ad hoc reviewer of grants on otitis media and has been a consultant to the FDA.

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Umamaheswar Duvvuri, MD, PhD, FACS

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Medical Director, Pittsburgh CREATES

Program Director, Advanced Training Fellowship Program in Head & Neck Oncology Director of Robotic Surgery, Division of Head and Neck Surgery

Umamaheswar Duvvuri, MD, PhD, FACS associate professor of otolaryngology, specializes in head and neck oncology. Dr. Duvvuri completed his undergraduate education in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania and remained there to obtain his MD and PhD degrees. He completed his residency training in otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, then trained in advanced head and neck and endocrine oncologic surgery at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Dr. Duvvuri has special interests in minimally invasive endoscopic and robotic surgery of the head and neck; tumors of the thyroid and parathyroid glands; and molecular oncology. He also has an active federally funded research program investigating the role of calcium-activated chloride channels in head and neck cancer.

David E. Eibling, MD

Professor of Otolaryngology

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Assistant Chief of Surgery, VA

Dr. Eibling has been a member of the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine for 28 years. Prior to joining the Pittsburgh faculty he served a 20 year tour in the USAF including 3 years as chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at Wilford Hall.

Dr. Eibling's clinical focus is in the management of head and neck cancer at the VA Pittsburgh where he serves as assistant section chief and assistant chief of surgery. His career has focused on education, and he serves as vice chair for education for the department. He has authored more than 30 book chapters and has co-edited 7 textbooks. He served as the Chairman of the Core Education Faculty of the AAO-HNS from 1995 – 2001. He has received a number of awards for his teaching efforts during this tenure including an honor award, distinguished service award and a presidential citation. He has received both resident and medical student teaching awards from Pitt and has been elected to the Academy of Master Educators of the University of Pittsburgh. He is the co-director of the VA Pittsburgh Fellowship in Patient Safety and actively teaches basic principles of patient safety in a variety of venues.

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Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD

Director, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Hillman Professor of Oncology

Associate Vice Chancellor for Cancer Research Co-Director, Tumor Microenvironment Center

Professor of Otolaryngology, of Immunology, and of Radiation Oncology

Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD is currently Hillman Professor of Oncology and Director at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, Co-Director, Tumor Microenvironment Center, Associate Vice Chancellor for Cancer Research, and Professor of Otolaryngology, of Immunology, and of Radiology. Dr. Ferris serves on the Editorial Boards of JNCI, JCO, Clinical Cancer Research, Cancer Immunology Research and Section Editor for Cancer. He is Editor in Chief of Oral Oncology. Dr. Ferris has published over 320 peer-reviewed manuscripts and was elected co-chair of the NCI Head and Neck Steering committee to facilitate prospective clinical trials.

Dr. Ferris's NIH-funded laboratory is focused on reversal of immune escape and immunotherapy using monoclonal antibodies and cellular vaccines. Dr. Ferris is leading several prospective randomized trials, including ECOG 3311, testing radiation dose-deintensification after transoral robotic surgery (TORS) for HPV+

oropharynx cancer, and several randomized phase II-III trials of anti-PD-1 and anti-CTLA-4 immunotherapy.

He is Principal Investigator of the University of Pittsburgh Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant for translational head and neck research, and a T32 training grant, "Training of Head and Neck Oncologists," both funded by the National Cancer Institute until 2020. Dr. Ferris has authored numerous book chapters and co-edited two textbooks, Salivary Gland Disorders and Master Techniques in Head and Neck Surgery.

Joseph M. Furman, MD, PhD

Professor of Otolaryngology

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Chief,Division of Balance Disorders

Dr. Furman's professional activities during the 2018-2019 academic year have included accomplishments in administrative, clinical, research, teaching, and service areas. Dr. Furman serves as Director of the division of balance disorders, which includes clinical and basic science activities and faculty members from the department of otolaryngology and several other University departments, notably physical therapy.

The division successfully sponsored a three-day continuing education course for clinicians in the area of vestibular rehabilitation with nearly 100 attendees this year.

Dr. Furman's clinical activities include eight clinics per week, including clinics at the Eye and Ear Institute and at UPMC Mercy, caring for more than 1000 patients this past year. Research activities have included the development of a test of the vertical semicircular canals. Dr. Furman continues to serve as a co- investigator with Dr. Sparto and Dr. Whitney on various research projects, notably research regarding the application of near-infrared spectroscopy to balance disorders. Dr. Furman continues to collaborate with Dr. Anthony Kontos, Director of sports concussion research in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, and serves as a co-investigator on one of his grants. Dr. Furman has authored or co-authored several scientific peer-reviewed scientific papers. In the area of teaching, Dr. Furman serves as an attending on the consultation service in the Department of Neurology 8 weeks per year. Additionally, numerous residents and fellows observe in Dr. Furman's clinics on a regular basis. Service activities include serving as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Vestibular Research, being the webmaster for the Bárány Society, and co- authoring position statements with the Bárány Society.

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Grant Gillman, MD

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology

Director, Division of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Dr. Gillman joined the full-time faculty of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck surgery at the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. Since that time, his practice has evolved to focus primarily on functional, cosmetic, reconstructive, and revision nasal surgery. He has been a regular instructor at the annual fall meeting of the AAOHNS on nasal valve surgery and improving outcomes in septal surgery.

He is currently involved in prospective studies of complex primary and revision nasal airway surgery using validated outcome measures, the effect of nasal airway surgery on the sense of smell, and outcomes of nasal surgery in the allergy population as compared to those without allergic rhinitis.

Beyond the clinical work, he is committed to quality resident education didactically, surgically, and clinically.

His many resident didactic lectures and clinical, educational efforts focus on the nuances of proper evaluation, medical and surgical care of the nasal airway patient. He has been recognized by his peers as among the Best Doctors in America since 2003 and has been recognized several times by his resident trainees with the annual Outstanding Otolaryngology Professor award – most recently in 2018.

Bridget Hathaway, MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Otolaryngology

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Bridget Hathaway, MD is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She received her medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed her otolaryngology residency in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Hathaway treats disorders of the ears, nose, and throat. She was the recipient of the 2002 American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Resident Research Award. She has published multiple peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on surgery including head and neck cancer, sleep apnea, and swallowing disorders.

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Barry E. Hirsch, MD Professor of Otolaryngology

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Director, Neurotology Fellowship Program Division Chief, Neurotology/Otology

Dr. Hirsch is Professor of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences and Disorders and Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Ear and Hearing Center and the Division of Otology/Neurotology.

He graduated medical school from the University of Pennsylvania and completed otolaryngology residency and neurotology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the University of Zurich.

Dr. Hirsch's specific fields of interest include otology, neurotology, cranial base surgery, disorders of the facial nerve, cochlear implants, acoustic neuromas, and stereotactic radiosurgery of intracranial and skull base tumors.

Dr. Hirsch is the past chairman of the Hearing Committee and Implantable Device Subcommittee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Hirsch is past president of the Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Hirsch is a panel member of the FDA Ear, Nose, and Throat Medical Devices Advisory Committee. He served as president-elect of the American Neurotology Society from 2018-2019. Dr. Hirsch has continuously been recognized as one of Pittsburgh's Top Doctors and included in Best Doctors in America.

Noel Jabbour, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Program UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Director, Congenital Ear Center Assistant Director, Residency Program

Dr. Noel Jabbour is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and serves as the Program Director for the Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Program at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Jabbour received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Minnesota and his pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Jabbour joined our division in 2013. He earned a Masters of Science in Medical Education from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015.

Dr. Jabbour is the Director of the Congenital Ear Center at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, dedicated to the care of children with microtia and atresia. He serves as the otolaryngology representative to the Cleft-Craniofacial Clinic.

Dr. Jabbour is dedicated to teaching, clinical and educational research, and mentoring. He serves as research mentor to medical students, residents, fellows, and visiting scholars and has lectured at local, national and international conferences.

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Seungwon Kim, MD FACS

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology University of Pittsburgh School of Medicin

Interim Director, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Division Dr. Kim is a graduate of the State University of New York at Syracuse Health Science Center obtaining his Medical Degree in 1998. He completed an internship in General Surgery in 1999 and residency training in Otolaryngology in 2003 also at the State University of New York at Syracuse Health Science Center. He completed research fellowship training in Head and Neck Surgery in 2005 and clinical fellowship training in 2006 at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

He joined the University of Pittsburgh in August 2006 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Division. He also serves as a member of the training faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, Molecular Pharmacology Graduate Program.

Dr. Kim's clinical interests include advanced skin cancer, oral cancer, and thyroid cancer. He has authored several publications regarding the development of novel therapies for thyroid cancer.

Dennis J. Kitsko, DO

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Co-Director, Hearing Center, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology

Dennis J. Kitsko, DO, is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is a full-time member of the clinical staff at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Kitsko is involved with the Hearing Center at Children's Hospital, which works in the diagnosis and management of children with hearing impairment, including cochlear implantation. Dr. Kitsko received his osteopathic medical degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. He completed a clinical and research fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Kitsko is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Medical Staff of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

He is also President of the Executive Board of Governors for the American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AOCOO-HNS). He also serves on the General Otolaryngology Education Committee for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS).

His clinical interests include children with hearing loss, chronic ear disease, nasoseptal reconstruction, and head and neck masses/lesions. His research interests include chronic ear disease and hearing loss. He also is involved in clinical and research mentoring of fellows, residents, and medical students and regularly lectures for the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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Mark Kubik, MD

Assistant Professor in Otolaryngology and Plastic Surgery Universtiy of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Mark Kubik, MD graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2009 and then received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh before pursuing a fellowship in Head and Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina. Following fellowship, he joined the faculty as an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center with joint appointments in Otolaryngology and Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Kubik's primary clinical interests include oncologic surgery for tumors of the head and neck region, including skull base, thyroid, and salivary gland. He has a specific clinical expertise in microvascular reconstruction following trauma or cancer surgery. His goals for patient care include a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to each patient to provide the best cure, quality of life, and cosmesis.

His research interests include human papilloma virus (HPV) related oropharyngeal cancer, optimizing functional outcomes following microvascular reconstruction, and robotic surgery.

Stella E. Lee, MD

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Director, Division of Sinonasal Disorders and Allergy

Co-Director, Rhinology and Cranial Base Surgery Fellowship

Dr. Lee completed her residency training at Yale University and a fellowship in rhinology and skull base surgery at Johns Hopkins University. Following her fellowship training in 2011, she joined the Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Her research interests include the role of viruses and environmental pollutants in the pathogenesis of chronic rhinosinusitis, microbiome perturbations in chronic inflammation, and outcomes research in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis and allergic rhinitis.

Dr. Lee directs the allergy program overseeing four allergy satellites, training, and the development and tracking of quality measures. She helped to develop a dedicated cystic fibrosis sinonasal program as well as the HHT Center for excellence at UPMC.

Dr. Lee is the principal investigator for several clinical trials including a phase II trial investigation of a siglec- 8 monoclonal antibody inhibitor, a phase III trial for an anti-IL4/IL-13 inhibitor, dupilumab, and a phase III trial for an anti-IL-5 receptor inhibitor, benralizumab.

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Raymond C. Maguire, DO Assistant Professor

Department of Otolaryngology

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Dr. Maguire is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is a Pediatric Otolaryngologist at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. His strong interest in disorders of the aerodigestive system includes patients with airway obstruction, tracheostomy tubes, swallowing dysfunction and voice disorders.

Dr. Maguire is the Otolaryngologist for the Vocal Fold Dysfunction Center of Excellence in conjunction with the pulmonary and speech/language pathology departments to efficiently provide care for these patients.

Dr. Maguire also is an advocate for patient safety and resident education. He serves on multiple committees that initiate culture changes in promoting safe practices. He has authored numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters within his specialty.

Andrew A. McCall, MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Otolaryngology

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Dr. McCall is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. McCall also completed otolaryngology residency training at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He completed fellowship subspecialty training in neurotology at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, MA.

He is a board-certified neurotologist who specializes in the treatment of otologic and neurotologic disorders.

His specific areas of clinical interests include lateral skull base surgery, acoustic neuroma, cochlear implants, otosclerosis, superior semicircular canal dehiscence, facial nerve disorders, Meniere's disease, and cholesteatoma. He also maintains an active research laboratory where he performs neurophysiological investigations designed to understand how somatosensory inputs from the limbs are processed by central vestibular pathways to participate in balance control.

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Melonie A. Nance, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor Department of Otolaryngology

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Section Chief of Otolaryngology at the VA

Vice Chair of Education, Department of Otolaryngology

Dr. Nance is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, obtaining her Medical Degree in 2002. She completed an internship in 2003 at the Morehouse School of Medicine before completing her residency in Otolaryngology in 2007 at the University of Pittsburgh. She completed a clinical fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery in 2008 at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Nance joined the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor in 2011. She is also ENT Section Chief, Staff Physician, Researcher and Assistant Chief of Surgery for Resident Education at the VA Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA in the Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.

Reema K. Padia, MD

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Research Director, Vascular Anomalies Center at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Dr. Padia joined the faculty at UPMC Children's Hospital September 2018. Prior to joining the faculty, she completed her Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship at the Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA in July 2018. She is the author of numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and has given presentations at local and national conferences. Her special focus is on vascular anomalies and airway/aerodigestive disorders. Dr.

Padia has submitted several NIH grants as principal or co-principal investigator.

Barry M Schaitkin, MD

Professor of Otolaryngology Residency Program Director

Universtiy of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Dr. Schaitkin joined the faculty in 1996 and is a Professor in the department and the Residency Program Director. He provides oversight of the UPMC Shadyside Hospital for ENT. His tertiary referral patients are for inflammatory salivary gland complaints, failed sinus treatment, and the diagnosis and treatment of patients with facial paralysis.

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Jeffrey P. Simons, MD, FACS, FAAP

Professor of Otolaryngology

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Surgical Director of Pediatric Thyroid Center

Jeffrey P. Simons, MD is a professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a full-time pediatric otolaryngologist at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP). He received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine and completed residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at UPMC, followed by a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at CHP.

Dr. Simons is the Coordinator-Elect for Education for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF), Chair of the Pediatric Otolaryngology Education Committee of the AAO-HNSF, a member of the Board of Directors for the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, and the Past President of the Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Simons is also on the Executive Council for the Section on Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery of the AAP.

He has been a course director for several otolaryngology meetings. He is an editor for the Fifth Edition of the textbook, Bluestone and Stool's Pediatric Otolaryngology. Dr. Simons is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Dr. Simons is very interested in medical education and enjoys mentoring medical students, residents, and fellows. His research interests include pediatric airway and swallowing disorders as well as pediatric thyroid disease.

His clinical interests encompass all aspects of pediatric otolaryngology, including airway, thyroid, and ear disorders.

Libby J. Smith, DO, FAOCO

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology

Director, University of Pittsburgh Voice Center Director, Swallowing Disorders Center

Libby Smith, D.O., FAOCO, is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Smith received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She received her Otolaryngology training at Grandview-Kettering Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, and completed a fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice in Philadelphia, PA.

A board-certified Otolaryngologist, she specializes in the care of the professional voice and the treatment of voice disorders in the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center. She has interest in neurogenic swallowing disorders.

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Carl H. Snyderman, MD, MBA

Professor of Otolaryngology and Neurological Surgery Co-Director, Center for Cranial Base Surgery

Vice Chair for Quality and Safety

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Dr. Snyderman is recognized internationally as a pioneer and leader in the development of the endoscopic endonasal approach, a minimally invasive surgical approach to the cranial base.

Dr. Snyderman received his medical degree from the University of Chicago and completed his residency in otolaryngology and fellowship training in skull base surgery at the UPMC. He is a past recipient of a Clinical Oncology Career Development Award from the American Cancer Society and a FIRST Award from the National Cancer Institute. He has received a Presidential Citation from the American Head and Neck Society, a Presidential Citation from The Triological Society, is a two-time recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation and is a Past President of the North American Skull Base Society. Dr. Snyderman has published numerous peer- reviewed articles and presents frequently at local, national, and international meetings and courses.

Ryan J. Soose, MD

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Director, Division of Sleep Surgery and Upper Airway Surgery

As the region's only otolaryngologist – head and neck surgeon also fellowship-trained and board-certified in sleep medicine, Dr. Soose specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. He mentors and trains University of Pittsburgh medical students, otolaryngology residents, and international visiting scholars. He is an appointed member of the Sleep Disorders Committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), and is an active member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the International Surgical Sleep Society (ISSS).

Dr. Soose has a special interest and active clinical research in hypoglossal nerve stimulation therapy in the management of patients with sleep apnea, as well as sleep disorders in traumatic brain injury patients.

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Shaum S. Sridharan, MD

Assistant Professor in Otolaryngology and Plastic Surgery University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Dr. Sridharan joined the department in 2017 as a Clinical Instructor of Otolaryngology.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his medical degree from University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. After completing his residency, Dr. Sridharan completed two fellowships; a Fellowship in Laryngology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a Fellowship in Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Amanda Stapleton, MD

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Director of Allergy/Rhinology Clinic, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Dr. Stapleton completed two fellowship training programs. The first was in Pediatric Otolaryngology and the second was in Open and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery.

She started her practice as an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology in April 2015. Her specialty interest is in pediatric patients with chronic sinusitis, cystic fibrosis, and skull base tumors. Her clinical research focuses on pediatric sinusitis, the microbiome of the sinuses, and cystic fibrosis. She also conducts translational research to improve patient outcomes within these disease pathologies.

Dr. Stapleton is a member of the Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telengectasia Center. It is a multidisciplinary group focused on treating patients with a rare genetic disease called Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telengectasia. Dr. Stapleton is the Director of the Pediatric Comprehensive Advanced Rhinology Clinic.

The Center focuses on patients with advanced Sino-Nasal disease: cystic fibrosis, immune deficiency disorders, Sino-Nasal tumors, mucoceles, frontal sinus disease, Samter's triad, infections complications and nasal polyps.

Miriam S Teixeira, MD, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Medical Director of the Middle Ear Physiology Lab

Dr Miriam Scarpin Teixeira, MD, PhD became Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh after completing a two- year research fellowship in middle ear disease and Eustachian tube dysfunction. She is the Medical Director of the Middle Ear Physiology Lab, a state of the art facility established in 2005 that carries on a 40-year tradition in middle ear research. Dr Teixeira is a co-investigator in many studies that focus on the understanding of middle ear gas exchange and balance, the Eustachian tube opening mechanics and the development of Eustachian tube testing methods in adults and children.

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Allison B.J. Tobey, MD

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Director of Tracheostomy Care Educational Program Co-Director of EXIT Simulation Program

Co-Director, Aerodigestive Center

Dr. Tobey received her BS in Biology in 1998 at the University of Michigan. She then graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2006 and completed her residency in the Department of Otolaryngology in Pittsburgh in 2012. Dr. Tobey pursued private practice in Virginia from 2012-2015, at which time she came back to Pittsburgh where she completed a one-year pediatric otolaryngology fellowship. In July 2017, Dr. Tobey joined the staff in the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Since then, she has been working to improve resident, medical student, families and other health-care specialist education through on-line courses and simulation programs specifically regarding pediatric airway surgeries and tracheostomy care.

Eric W. Wang, MD

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Neurological Surgery, and Ophthalmology University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Vice Chair for Clinical Operations, Department of Otolaryngology Chief, Maxilofacial Trauma, Department of Otolaryngology

Dr. Wang completed his undergraduate studies in biochemistry at Rice University and obtained his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He completed his internship and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis. During his residency, Dr. Wang completed a two-year NIH sponsored research fellowship studying chronic infections of the head and neck.

Dr. Wang then completed a one-year fellowship in Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr.

Wang's areas of focus include revision endoscopic sinus surgery, orbital decompression, repair of CSF leaks, and management of sinonasal and anterior cranial fossa tumors. His current research interests include outcomes and quality of life assessment in patients undergoing endoscopic skull base resections.

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David E. Wood, DO

Staff Otolaryngologist-UPMC Horizon

Medical Director, Otolaryngology UPMC-Horizon

Dr. Wood received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1981, his Master's Degree in Pharmacology/Toxicology from Duquesne University in 1983, and then completed his medical school training in 1987 at Des Moines University. He then completed his residency at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1992 before serving in the United States Navy from 1992-1996. After pursuing private practice from 1996-2011, Dr. Wood joined UPMC. Over the past year, Dr. Wood has functioned as a staff physician at UPMC Horizon.

His interests include general otolaryngology with an interest in otolaryngic allergy. He is also active in the clinical training of medical students, residents, and Physician Assistant rotating through UPMC Horizon.

CLINICIANS/RESEARCH FACULTY Ca rey Balaban, PhD

Professor of Otolaryngology

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Director, Center for National Preparedness

Dr. Carey Balaban earned his bachelor's degree in History at Michigan State University and his Ph.D. degree in Anatomy from the University of Chicago. After postdoctoral training at the University of Tokyo, he served on the faculty of the Pennsylvania State University before joining our faculty in 1988. During 29 years at Pitt, he has built a research program with funding from a variety of sources, including the NIH, NASA, the ONR, and several other agencies and corporations. He also served as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.

He has extensive experience in conducting multidisciplinary, cross-cutting research in biomedical sciences, engineering, and social sciences and has participated in the emerging field of neuroergonomics. His over- riding interest has been the formulation of models to interpret data from basic science experiments in terms of behavioral and clinical phenomena. Using this approach, he has examined the interplay between neurological and psychological features of co-morbid aspects of balance disorders, migraine, and anxiety disorders. Recent work extends these models to analogous features of mild traumatic brain injury and the biological effects of directed energy technologies.

Dr. Balaban has two patented technologies to gauge cognitive engagement from postural orienting responses and decision support software for responses to mass casualty events. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed basic research and scholarly articles, and two books on seventeenth-century medicine.

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Jackie L. Gartner-Schmidt, PhD, CCC-SLP

Professor of Otolaryngology

Adjunct Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

School of Health and Rebabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Co-Director of the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center

Director of Speech-Language Pathology – Voice Division Director of the UPMC Clinical Voice Research Lab

Co-Director of Vocal Outreach Program at the UPMC Voice Center

Jackie L. Gartner-Schmidt, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, is Co-Director of the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center, Professor of Otolaryngology and Director of Speech-Language Pathology-Voice Division at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Gartner-Schmidt's 25-year clinical and research focus specializes in the care of the professional voice, as well as clinical effectiveness of voice therapy and psychological considerations in the assessment and management of patients with voice and breathing disorders. Dr. Gartner-Schmidt has over a decade of NIH-funded clinical research experiences as a co-investigator focusing on the development and efficacy of different voice therapy programs, and the development and validation of 7 patient-reported outcome measures (PROMS).

She has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers and presented over 300 lectures nationally and internationally, as well as presented a TEDxTalk ® on Voice perception, which as of Aug. 14, 2019, has over 140,000 views. Dr. Gartner-Schmidt is the Director of the largest voice therapy conference in the nation occurring biennially.

Catherine Palmer, PhD

Associate Professor of Communication Science and Disorders and Otolaryngology Directorships: Audiology

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Dr. Palmer conducts research in the areas of adult auditory learning post hearing aid fitting and the relationship between untreated and treated hearing loss and health outcomes. Most recently, her clinical and research activity has focused on Interventional Audiology which focuses on managing untreated hearing loss in patients where hearing loss is not their primary concern.

She has published over 100 articles and book chapters in these topic areas as well as provided over 150 national and international presentations. Dr. Palmer serves as the Director of Audiology for the UPMC Integrated Health System which includes the UPMC Children's Hospital. Dr. Palmer teaches the graduate level amplification courses at the University of Pittsburgh and serves as Editor-in-Chief of Seminars in Hearing. Dr. Palmer opened the Musicians' Hearing Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2003 and has focused a great deal of energy on community hearing health since that time.

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Thanos Tzounopoulos, PhD

Professor and Vice Chairman of Research Department of Otolaryngology

UPMC Endowed Chair in Auditory Physiology University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

After earning his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Athens in Greece, Dr. Tzounopoulos came to the US as a Fulbright Scholar. He was awarded his Ph.D. in Molecular and Medical Genetics at Oregon Health and Science University in 1997. He then completed his postdoctoral research at the University of California at San Francisco, Vollum Institute, and at the Oregon Hearing Research Center. He was appointed as Assistant Professor at the Chicago Medical School in May 2006 and moved to the University of Pittsburgh in November 2008.

He was promoted to an Associate Professor in 2012. In 2015, he was appointed to the Auditory Physiology Endowed Chair. In 2017, he was promoted to a Professor and was appointed to the Vice Chair of Research in Otolaryngology.

Tamara Wasserman-Wincko, MS, CCC-SLP

Director, Speech-Language Pathology Division

Tamara Wasserman-Wincko is the Director of the Speech-Language Pathology Division, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She earned her master's degree from Nova Southeastern University in Florida and completed her clinical fellowship at UPMC in the Department of Otolaryngology. She joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh as a clinical instructor in 2001. Today, she oversees the provision of clinical services in 5 hospitals and manages a growing team of speech- language pathologist providing both inpatient and outpatient services to UPMC.

Ms. Wasserman-Wincko specializes in the evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders, with a special interest in the head and neck cancer population. She is a member of the Swallowing Disorder Center team, UPMC Head & Neck Cancer Survivorship Program, Aspiration Prevention Committee, and leads the system speech group in the standardization of care practice.

Bill Yates, PhD

Professor of Otolaryngology

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicin

Co-Director of Research Conduct and Compliance Office Vice-Chair of the School of Medicine Curriculum Committee

Dr. Yates is an expert on vestibular influences on autonomic regulation, particular the contributions of the vestibular system to cardiovascular regulation and motion sickness. His research on these topics has been continuously funded by NIH for over 25 years. He is also an expert on research regulatory compliance and serves as co- director of the University's Research Conduct and Compliance Office. He is editor-in-chief of one of the oldest and most distinguished journals in Neuroscience, the Journal of Neurophysiology. He also serves as Vice-Chair of the Curriculum Committee of the School of Medicine.

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