Yakusheva lab moves to the new Neuroscience Research Building

Assistant Professor Tatyana Yakusheva, PhD, and her team finally settled in their new research lab and work area in the new Jeffrey T. Fort Neuroscience Research Building (NRB), one of the world’s largest neuroscience research buildings. This 11-story building houses hundreds of scientists across the neuroscience research spectrum. The Yakusheva Lab was the first to […]

Residency applicant interviews return to in-person format

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For the first time since 2020, applicants to the Washington University Otolaryngology residency program interviewed using an in-person format. Most of our applicants are not familiar with St. Louis and everything that our residency program and the WashU/BJC/SLCH consortium have to offer. For these applicants, the opportunity to meet with faculty, interact with current residents, […]

Q&A with Surgery Scheduler Amy Isom

Scheduler Amy Isom describes herself as a hopeless homebody who enjoys nothing more than sharing a good movie with her family…as long as the house is tidy! What is your current title and how long have you been with Oto? My title is pre-certification coordinator, but I primarily work as a surgery scheduler. I have […]

Roland organizes work group on allergic fungal rhinosinusitis

Washington University rhinologist Lauren Roland, MD, MSCI, helped organize a two-day meeting of the work group on Allergic Fungal Rhinosinusitis (AFRS), hosted by the National Institutes of Health Clinic Center, Dec. 7-8. The meeting featured 26 speakers and was sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, and […]

CareOrbit launched to improve complex patient care

Washington University head and neck cancer specialist Jason Rich, MD, is now providing head and neck cancer patients a lighted pathway to understanding their care in an online resource known as CareOrbit. We’ve all experienced the frustration of trying to extract the truth from the mass of information we encounter using online search tools. Imagine […]

Lighting the path to career development of physician-scientists

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Physician-scientists are physicians who devote a consistent portion of their professional effort toward research to learn more about health, disease, or the optimization of patient care. The Physician-Scientist Training Program at Washington University’s Department of Otolaryngology has offered this specialized training for over 40 years. Learning the ins and outs of scientific pursuit adds a […]

Q&A with Clinical Audiologist Judy Peterein

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Judy Peterein shares what has motivated her 40-year career as an audiologist and how she enjoys her free time. What is your current title and how long have you been with the Department of Otolaryngology? I am a clinical audiologist, and I have been with the department 40 years.  Prior to that, I worked briefly […]

Calm amidst the storm

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A simple procedure offered by Washington University’s Dizziness and Balance Center has changed the life of a patient whose medical history is complicated by repeated bouts of skull base tumors. Christine Chapman has suffered from recurring glomus tumors since the age of 19, a conditioned treated by neurotologist Jacques Herzog, MD.  The tumors, also known […]

Single approach shows promise for hearing loss and neurological disorders

A team of Washington University scientists is working on a “one-size-fits-all” approach to help prevent hearing loss and a variety of neurological and neurodegenerative disorders. Many sensory and neurological disorders are caused by the over-activation of neurons by the neurotransmitter glutamate. Compounds that can block the various classes of glutamate receptors are well known to […]

Lateral skull base course focuses on vestibular schwannoma surgery

Mentored by leading neurotologists and neurosurgeons, Washington University residents recently learned techniques to remove tumors from the lateral skull base, specifically vestibular schwannomas, which are also known as acoustic neuromas. Working in Washington University’s state-of-the art multidisciplinary surgical simulation lab, residents from the departments of otolaryngology and neurosurgery practiced surgical approaches to removing these non-cancerous […]