Facial plastic surgeons join Washington University Transgender Center

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The Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University recently joined forces with the WashU Transgender Center to expand medical services available to patients seeking gender-affirming medical treatment. Facial plastic surgeons Greg Branham, MD, John Chi, MD, MPHS, and Emily Spataro, MD, are the newest providers to join […]

Rainbow lanyard signals inclusion and acceptance

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Members of the Department of Otolaryngology wear symbolic lanyards to visually communicate a message of welcome to those around them, including patients and their families. The lanyard features the progress pride flag, designed by non-binary artist Daniel Quasar (xe/they) in 2018, which builds upon the earlier design of the rainbow flag representative of the LGBTQ+ […]

Gender-affirming voice therapy improves quality of life

photo of Jess MacKimm with patient

Washington University offers gender-affirming voice therapy to help transgender and other gender-diverse patients seeking to more closely align their voice with their gender identity. Many of these patients suffer distress related to the perceived mismatch between their gender identity and biological sex, a condition known as gender dysphoria. Tailored to meet the needs of the […]

Gender and race interaction revealed in cancer survival disparities

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Washington University researchers, led by Angela Mazul, PhD, and Sid Puram, MD, PhD, have demonstrated the first interaction between gender and race with regards to survival outcomes for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). The results will help establish a greater awareness of the racial and gender disparities in cancer susceptibility, diagnosis, and treatment. […]

ENT researcher Angela Mazul strives to understand health disparities

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a greater impact on minority populations than others. Unfortunately, health disparities like this are not uncommon. Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology Angela Mazul, PhD, hopes to better understand why these disparities exist and how they can be resolved. Dr. Mazul’s research is focused on health disparities in head and neck cancer […]

Medical students present, earn recognition at national conference

Med students pose with Triologic poster

Medical students working in research labs in the Department of Otolaryngology recently presented and earned recognition at the Triological Society’s Combined Sections Meeting, a national conference that features all otolaryngology specialties. Erik Nakken (Washington University School of Medicine) and Smrithi Chidambaram (St. Louis University School of Medicine) scored first place for their poster presentation, Sociodemographic […]