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 […]

Return of hearing highlights patient’s battle to overcome tragedy

A cochlear implant provided by Washington University neurotologist Matthew Shew, MD, provided a boost to one patient’s struggling morale. But, this patient’s determination and remarkable outcome surprised everyone. In November 2022, Dane Steenburgen was a typical high school senior. He had just finished his final season of soccer and attended a high school dance on […]

Awake procedure improves visualization, saves patient’s voice

Robert Derousse was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2006 and underwent routine treatment. He proudly considers himself a cancer survivor. However, the subsequent loss of his voice led to frustration with both communication and an attempted surgical procedure. An alternative awake procedure by Washington University Chief of Laryngology Molly Huston, MD, would save his voice […]

ENT welcomes Harbison to Head & Neck Surgery

photo of Alex Harbison, MD, and wife Katie

Washington University Department of Otolaryngology is pleased to welcome Alex Harbison, MD, to its Division of Head and Neck Surgery. Harbison received his MD from University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus and completed a residency in otolaryngology at University of Washington, Seattle and fellowship training in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology at Johns Hopkins […]

WashU makes strong contribution to 2023 Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings

Faculty and residents from the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine shared their expertise and advancements in research and patient care at the recent Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM) in Boston, May 3-7. The annual meeting brings together the membership of the nine COSM societies, otolaryngology residents and fellows in training, medical […]

Pediatric otolaryngology leads successful repair of rare birth defect

photo of the Tran brothers

In a surgical first for St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Division Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology David Leonard, MD, and a multidisciplinary team of surgeons repaired a rare birth defect and put a young patient back on a path to a normal life. When Hiep Nguyen entered her local Wichita hospital in May 2020, she expected to […]

The artistry of cancer care

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Cancer patient Nancy Robinson likened her latest treatments to a passage by St. Francis of Assisi: “He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” For Robinson, Washington […]

Piccirillo leads clinical trial for HHT-epistaxis

Headshot of Dr. Piccirillo with WashU shield

Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia or HHT is a rare bleeding disorder caused by arteriovenous malformations that result in telangiectasias, small widened or broken vessels near the surface of the skin that are often accompanied by bleeding. Although HHT can affect any organ or area of the body, epistaxis or nosebleed is the most common recurring symptom, […]

Introducing comprehensive otolaryngologist Miranda Lindburg

Miranda Lindburg, MD, is no stranger to the Department of Otolaryngology, having completed medical school and residency at Washington University. She is now equally excited to continue her career here as a faculty member and continue her exploration of the St. Louis food scene. Where are you from originally? I was born in the Seattle […]