ENT residents garner research awards

photo of Walia in operating room

Washington University otolaryngology residents Amit Walia, MD, and David Lee, MD, received research grants from the American Hearing Research Foundation (AHRF). The awards are $1,000 each and will provide supplies and other expenses related to their research projects. Title: Optical Coherence Tomography of Inner Ear StructuresPI: David Lee, MDMentor: Nedim Durakovic, MD Hearing instability disorders, […]

Q&A with Chief Resident Carla Valenzuela

photo of Valenzuela with father and sister in helicopter

Carla Valenzuela, MD, MSCI, is another of our accomplished chief residents. A physician-scientist trainee, she spent two years exploring a number of clinical and basic research topics and is the recipient of The Holt Leadership Award for Residents and Fellows-in-Training offered by the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. What attracted you […]

Q&A with Theresa Tharakan, T32 resident

Tharakan and family at medical school graduation

Theresa Tharakan, MD, is a resident in the physician-scientist training (T32) program, which prepares trainees for a successful research career in academic otolaryngology. What attracted you to WashU’s residency program? WashU’s friendly residents, broad surgical experience, and research support are what drew me here.  What do you like most about being a trainee here? The […]

Residency applicant numbers continue to rise

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The residency program in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University reached an all-time high of 516 applicants this year. The increase highlights an acceleration in the past few years of a subtle trend that has been ongoing for two decades. Residency Program Director Judith Lieu, MD, acknowledged there may be many reasons for the […]

Under the Scope newsletter celebrates three years

Under the Scope, the monthly newsletter of the Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery, just celebrated its third anniversary of informing, inspiring, and engaging staff, faculty, residents and fellows. When the monthly employee newsletter was launched in October 2018, the department’s team of 350 was spread across five locations. By sharing stories about the department’s […]

Otolaryngology welcomes five new faculty members

The Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University is pleased to welcome five new faculty members, all alums. Whether it’s the Arch, the City Museum, toasted ravioli, or the high level of collaboration and exceptional research environment at WashU, we decided to find out what brought them back to St. Louis. Rajan Dang, MD MD: Icahn […]

ENT residents and faculty present at the annual Academy meeting

Congratulations to our residents and faculty members who presented at the annual American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery meeting this year! After a year of COVID-19, both in-person and virtual attendance options were offered for participation in the Academy’s 125th anniversary celebration. Our department’s 2021 Academy presentations included: Craig Buchman, MD, presenting, Oliver Adunka, […]

Q&A with Chief Resident Andrew Skillington

Andrew Skillington, MD, MSCI, is one of five chief residents in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University. Here he shares his plans for fellowship training and desires for an international stage for more personal interests. Why Washington University? I was drawn to WashU by their excellent surgical training and abundant research opportunities. I really […]

Chief residents secure top fellowships

Four of the chief residents in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University have been selected for some of the most prestigious fellowship programs in the country. They are pursuing careers in otolaryngology surgical sub-specialties of neurotology and head and neck cancer. Almost 80 percent of WashU’s recent ENT graduates pursue fellowship training, compared to […]

Residents gain experience in surgical simulation lab

photo of residents in simulation lab

One of the unique advantages of surgical training for residents in ophthalmology, neurosurgery and otolaryngology at Washington University in St. Louis is their multidisciplinary surgical simulation lab. The lab has become an increasingly beneficial tool for resident training as more and more surgical specialties adopt hands-on training in the lab as a routine part of […]