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 […]

Advanced ear surgery technique restores hearing, attracts international patients

For more than 10 years, the mother of two had severe hearing loss. She couldn’t hear her children when they cried, fell, yelled or talked to her. “It was very depressing and devastating, as it limited my ability as a mother to take care of them,” remembers S. Mahasneh, who lives in Jordan, more than […]

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 Stacy Jansen

Long-time nurse and senior director of clinical operations for otolaryngology, Stacy Jansen shares what’s most exciting about her work here and the new love in her life. How long have you been at Washington University? In July, I celebrated 14 years with the Department of Otolaryngology. I was originally hired as nurse manager for the […]

New ENT clinic sites make care more accessible

Two major BJC HealthCare clinical sites with ENT services have opened recently, the Center for Advanced Medicine-South County (CAM-SC) and the Children’s Specialty Care Center – South County, making care more accessible for patients in South St. Louis County. The Center for Advanced Medicine – South County opened Sept. 8. ENT providers seeing patients at […]

Help for mask-induced voice strain

photo of frustrated mask wearer

More patients than ever are seeking care for voice stress caused by speaking while wearing masks, according to voice and airway experts in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University in St. Louis. Speech-language pathologist Megan Radder explains what patients are experiencing and how  the Voice & Airway Center can  help. Is voice stress a […]

Q&A with Rhinology Chief John Schneider

John Schneider in front of Yosemite's Half Dome

The Department of Otolaryngology launched its Rhinology Division in August, naming John Schneider, MD, MA, as its inaugural chief. Schneider has been with Washington University since 2013, specializing in the care of patients with sinonasal disorders, acute and chronic rhinosinusitis, nasal polyps, nasal and sinus tumors and anterior skull base tumors.  His research interests include […]

Improving hearing aid benefits through digital training

Hearing loss is the third most common health condition for older adults in the US, and if untreated, may lead to social isolation, depression, cognitive decline, and fear of being home alone. Sadly, over 48% of seniors who purchase hearing aids cannot adjust to them well enough to use them daily and 31% report never […]

Surgeon transplants salivary gland to produce tears

head shot of Dr. Paniello

Imagine the feeling of sandpaper dragging across your eyes every time you blink and the inability to produce tears to relieve the pain. This is the suffering that patients with a severe dry eye condition called xerophthalmia often endure. The constant irritation and resultant tissue damage can lead to blindness – unless they’ve found a […]