Final surgery course for McMillan Sim Lab

The Multidisciplinary Surgical Simulation Lab in McMillan Hospital saw its final surgery course on May 11. The lab moves to its new location at the 6th floor of Farrell Learning and Teaching Center next month. Residents from the departments of Neurosurgery and Otolaryngology practiced a variety of surgical approaches to the anterior skull base, including […]

When the doctor becomes the patient

photo of attendees at the survivorship symposium

“One year ago to the day,” Mark Varvares, MD, told an audience of cancer survivors, “I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.” A cancer surgeon himself, he went on to share an emotional personal experience with cancer that would alter his perspective on patient care. The Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine […]

Open surgery replacing more conservative management for airway stenosis

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Washington University laryngologist Matt Rohlfing, MD, brings new hope to patients with airway deficiencies that are unresponsive to endoscopic management. Tracheal stenosis is a narrowing of the windpipe (trachea) that can lead to shortness of breath and coughing. The condition is most commonly caused by trauma due to intubation or tracheostomy – an opening to […]

Sharing our expertise: 2024 Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings

Faculty and trainees from the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine will share their expertise in patient care and advancements in research at the upcoming Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM) in Chicago, May 15-19. The annual meeting brings together the membership of the nine COSM societies, otolaryngology residents and fellows in training, […]

Successful removal of rare tumor a multidisciplinary effort

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A rare pediatric tumor brought together a multidisciplinary team of surgeons from Washington University School of Medicine that included specialists from Otolaryngology, Neurosurgery and Ophthalmology. In March 2022, Wiley Shannon was a typical ten year old, very much ready to turn 11 in another month. His mother Katie Shannon described him as creative and musical, […]

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 […]

Calm amidst the storm

photo of Nedim Durakovic, MD

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 […]

Division of Head and Neck Surgery launches first of its kind tumor center

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The Division of Head and Neck Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine has launched a first of its kind Head & Neck Tumor Center to provide leading world class care for the broad scope of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck. A joint venture between Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes Jewish […]

Humanitarian service spans decades for WashU otolaryngologists

photo of John Chi with local surgical residents

Washington University Otolaryngology faculty members John Chi, MD, MPHS, and David Molter, MD, are celebrating special anniversaries that represent decades of humanitarian service. Chi, division chief of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, has spent the last ten years volunteering with Medical Missions for Children, a group that provides quality surgical and dental services to poor […]

NF2 patients see benefit from auditory brainstem implant

A delicate surgical procedure conducted by Washington University neurotologist Craig Buchman, MD, offers hope for sound awareness to patients who may not be good candidates for a cochlear implant. The benefits of the cochlear implant – a device used to stimulate the auditory nerve pathway – are increasingly well known, and the number of devices […]