Castle Connolly names 2022 Top Doctors

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Castle Connolly announced its 2022 Top Doctors including 10 of our faculty members. “These notable doctors are nominated by their peers and thoroughly validated by Castle Connolly’s research team to ensure that they deliver the highest quality patient care,” according to Castle Connolly. “While we appreciate the recognition of so many on our team, we […]

Three new faculty to join Otolaryngology

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The Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine is adding new faculty members to the voice and airway, pediatric, and comprehensive ENT practices. Jennifer V. Brinkmeier, MDAssociate Professor of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Brinkmeier joins the pediatric group Sept. 1. She comes to Washington University from Saint Louis University where she has been […]

Washington University Ear, Nose and Throat Center opens new location

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The Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University has opened new clinic space adjacent to the new Barnes-Jewish West County Surgery Center, offering patients medical and surgical services in one convenient location. The Washington University Ear, Nose and Throat Center, opened July 11 at 450 N. New Ballas Road in Creve Coeur. The adjacent surgery center […]

Q&A with pediatric otolaryngologist Kate Dunsky

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Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology Kate Dunsky, MD, completed undergraduate degrees in cellular and molecular biology and Spanish at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor before heading to Saint Louis University for medical school. She completed a residency in otolaryngology and fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. She […]

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 […]

New WashU program helps fill medical assistant shortage

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Medical assistants are in high demand these days. At any given time there might be more than 100 openings for this position at Washington University School of Medicine. Working around an existing national shortage, made even worse by the closing of several national vocational training programs, the medical school’s Human Resources department launched its own […]

Q&A with Director, Cochlear Implant Program Jill Firszt

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The Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine boasts one of the busiest cochlear implant (CI) centers in the country. Last year the program implanted 246 patients, using the latest technology and guided by decades of advanced research efforts to optimize both surgical and implant programming procedures. Professor of Otolaryngology Jill Firszt, PhD, […]

Faculty and residents present at Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings

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Faculty and residents from the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine shared advancements in research and patient care at the recent Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM) in Dallas, April 27-May 1. Of special note: Amit Walia, MD, received the Trainee Award from the American Neurotology Society for his work using electrocochleography to […]

Gender-affirming voice therapy improves quality of life

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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 […]

Cochlear implants turn ‘hearing back on’ for patients with single-sided deafness

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Washington University School of Medicine experts have long been at the forefront of improving hearing for individuals with single-sided deafness (SSD). Now, with improvements in cochlear implant technology and recent FDA approvals for cochlear implants for those with single-sided deafness, Washington University’s Department of Otolaryngology is poised to treat even more patients with SSD while […]