More than a surgical trainee: Clinical Fellow Kevin Zhan

As Kevin Zhan, MD, enters the second year of his neurotology fellowship, he shares his thoughts on the importance of a trainee also serving as trainer. Why did you pursue a fellowship in neurotology? I pursued otology and neurotology simply because I love ear and lateral skull base surgery, and I’m passionate about hearing healthcare. […]

Serving the deaf and hard of hearing for more than a century

Washington University’s Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences or PACS has a long and storied history of serving the deaf and hard of hearing community. Now, during National Audiology Month and National Protect Your Hearing Month, we take a historical look at this nationally recognized program that continues to supply the community with top-trained audiologists […]

Q&A with PACS Director of Finance and Academic Affairs Beth Elliott

Beth Elliott finds her greatest professional joy in watching the development of young professional students in the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences (PACS), and her favorite destination is the “happiest place on Earth”. What is your title and how long have you been with PACS? My title is director of Finance and Academic Affairs. […]

Catching up with our clinical fellows


Four new fellowship trainees recently started in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University. We connected with them to learn a little more about why they chose WashU to continue their training, their impressions of St. Louis, and what they like to do in their spare time. Robert Cristel, MD, fellow in facial plastic and […]

Q&A with Chief Resident Ricardo Ramirez

As Chief Resident Ricardo Ramirez, MD, looks forward to fellowship training in head and neck cancer, he reflects on how his Hispanic heritage played a role in his journey and why it’s important that medical providers reflect the community at large. How would you describe your early journey to a medical career? Although I am […]

ENT residents secure top fellowships

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Four chief residents in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University have been selected for prestigious fellowship programs, pursuing advanced surgical training in head and neck cancer and facial plastic surgery. Almost 80 percent of WashU’s recent ENT graduates pursue fellowship training, compared to the national average that has ranged from 40 to 60 percent. […]

Q&A with Javier Rincón, PGY2 resident

photo of Javier Rincon, MD, and wife Claudia

Javier Rincón, MD, is a second year resident in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University. A personal loss as a child in Venezuela sparked a passion for medicine and caring for others. In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Rincón shares his journey to becoming an ENT surgeon. What was your childhood like? I […]

Residents learn facial trauma techniques

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During their annual course, otolaryngology residents at Washington University School of Medicine gained hands-on experience in facial trauma reconstruction techniques. Held in the surgical simulation lab, the annual course serves as an introduction to the principles and surgical techniques for craniomaxillofacial trauma reconstruction, said facial plastic surgeon John Chi, MD, MPHS. “It is a foundational […]

ENT interns hit the ground running

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First year residents in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine wasted no time becoming immersed in their training program. We caught up with them after four weeks on the job, to ask about their current rotation and first impressions as new ENT residents. Katherine Garvey, MD Current service? I have been […]

Graduation dinner highlights achievements of residents and fellows

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Graduation ceremonies for the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine returned to an in-person celebration this year, held June 24 at the Westwood Country Club in St. Louis. The evening’s festivities celebrated graduating chief residents Stephanie Chen, MD, Pawina Jiramongkolchai, MD, MSCI, Miranda Lindburg, MD, Andrew Skillington, MD, MSCI, and Carla Valenzuela, […]