Biologic therapy effective for chronic rhinosinusitis

cartoon of nasal polyps

Chronic rhinosinusitis is one of the most prevalent chronic disorders in the US, affecting 10-15% of the population and all age groups. A significant number of these patients suffer from the growth of fleshy swellings or polyps in the lining of the nose and paranasal sinuses. For some, surgery and medical treatments do not offer […]

Understanding the challenges of unilateral hearing loss in children

Photo of Dr. Lieu performing an otoscopic exam on young patient

The prevalence of single-sided or unilateral hearing loss (UHL) in school-aged children may be as high as 5%. Historically, unilateral hearing loss was thought to have little consequence because speech and language presumably developed appropriately with one normally hearing ear. According to Washington University pediatric otolaryngologist Judith Lieu, MD, however, some studies suggest that a […]

Next steps for graduating residents

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As they prepare for graduation on June 18, our chief residents shared their post-graduation plans and reflected on memorable moments from their training in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at Washington University. Rajan Dang, MD What’s next? I will be joining the faculty here at WashU as a comprehensive ENT. What is the […]

Graduating fellows reflect on their training

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Fellows in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery have spent the past one to two years completing intense surgical training with their specialty mentors. As they prepare for graduation, we asked each to share some thoughts on their fellowship experience. Andrea L. Hanick, MD, fellow in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery What’s the next […]

Q&A with Staff Scientist Song-Zhe Li, MD, PhD

Song-Zhe Li at his desk

What is your role in the department? I work as a staff scientist and lab manager for Keiko Hirose, MD. What is your background in research? I was born in China, near the southern border of North Korea, in the Zilin Province. I obtained my medical degree in China then completed a PhD in molecular […]

Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences celebrates graduates

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Washington University’s top ranked Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences awarded 12 Doctor of Audiology degrees and 13 Master of Science in Deaf Education degrees this year. Audiology and deaf education graduates walked in a combined in-person ceremony for the School of Medicine on May 21. The program also celebrated the graduation of 11 undergraduate […]

WashU lab finds clues to restoring hearing loss in rare Alport Syndrome

Michael Anne Gratton, PhD, and her lab are using a mouse model to explore how Alport Syndrome, a rare genetic condition, causes hearing loss. Recent findings have highlighted the mechanisms underlying Alport symptoms and identified therapeutic interventions that may prevent kidney dysunction and hearing loss in these patients. Alport Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder […]

New technology expands use of transoral robotic surgery (TORS)

The use of robotic-assisted surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University has increased steadily over the past few years, and recent advances in the DaVinci robotics platform should promote even greater usage. Surgeons value the technology for its ability to facilitate difficult surgery through high-resolution 3D visualization, tremor filtration, motion scaling, and a […]

Q&A with Fellow C. Burton Wood, MD

What is your role in the Department of Otolaryngology? I am the current clinical fellow in the specialty area of  head and neck surgical oncology and microvascular reconstruction. What most attracted you to a fellowship at Washington University? I was most attracted to WashU by the volume of cases done here and more importantly the […]

Q&A with Staff Scientist Grady Phillips

What is your title and role in the Department of Otolaryngology? My title is staff scientist, and I specialize in electron microscopy imaging. I worked at WashU for 30 years before moving over to SLU for a few years. Now I’m back. My earlier work here was at the Cancer Research Center, working on viruses, […]