Surgeon-scientist, Washington University alumnus Roland joins Department of Otolaryngology

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Lauren Roland, MD, is joining the Division of Rhinology in the Department of Otolaryngology as assistant professor. “We are so happy to have Dr. Roland back at WashU,” said John Schneider, MD, chief of Rhinology. “Her research experience with fungal sinusitis will help expand the division’s research into rhinologic conditions that affect our patients. She will be […]

Q&A with Deaf Education student Liberty Moore

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Liberty Moore is a graduate student in Deaf Education here at Washington University. A bilateral cochlear implant recipient, she has garnered experience as both a research subject and research scientist and hopes to become a teacher of the deaf. How did your deafness develop and at what age did you receive cochlear implants? I was […]

Q&A with Lewis Rolen, operations assistant

A middle school social studies teacher for 30 years, Lewis Rolen now provides operational support and women’s basketball commentary. How would you describe your current role? I have been with Washington University just two years, all of that time with the Department of Otolaryngology. Originally my job title was Attendant Inventory/Delivery, but I am now called […]

Q&A with alumnus and neurotologist Eric Slattery

Eric L. Slattery, MD, is a neurotologist at the Ear, Nose & Throat Center of Utah, the largest  independent ENT group in Utah, where he is the medical director of the House of Hearing, its audiology division. He is also the director of the Cochlear Implant Center of Utah and vice-chief of otolaryngology of Intermountain […]

Q&A with Chief Resident Carla Valenzuela

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Carla Valenzuela, MD, MSCI, is another of our accomplished chief residents. A physician-scientist trainee, she spent two years exploring a number of clinical and basic research topics and is the recipient of The Holt Leadership Award for Residents and Fellows-in-Training offered by the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. What attracted you […]

Q&A with Kristin Vierling

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As senior director of clinical operations at the Center for Hearing and Balance Disorders, Kristin Vierling touches many lives – patients, surgeons, office and medical staff, and trainees. Her knowledge of neurotology and skill at building interpersonal relationships are central to the success of the clinic. How long have you been working with Jacques Herzog, […]

Q&A with Theresa Tharakan, T32 resident

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Theresa Tharakan, MD, is a resident in the physician-scientist training (T32) program, which prepares trainees for a successful research career in academic otolaryngology. What attracted you to WashU’s residency program? WashU’s friendly residents, broad surgical experience, and research support are what drew me here.  What do you like most about being a trainee here? The […]

Q&A with Special Program Administrator Brian Faddis

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This month, in a Q&A takeover, a group of administrative staff turned the tables on the man who usually asks the questions, Brian Faddis, PhD. What is your current role in the department and of all your varied responsibilities what do you like most? I am called a special program administrator, which I think means […]

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 […]

The people of the Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery

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The Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery just celebrated the third year of publishing its monthly Under the Scope newsletter. In each issue, the department features people who are helping the department achieve its mission to improve patients’ lives by leading our advancing field. In these Q&As, our people reveal what they do at work […]