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 […]

Q&A with resident Stephanie Youssef

photo of Youssef family dining in Chicago

Why did you choose Washington University for residency training? I have just started the first few weeks of my PGY-2 year. I Initially chose WashU because of the strong operative experience afforded by the prominent surgical faculty in the department, remarkable facilities, and high volume of patients. At the time I was applying, I was […]

Welcome our new fellows!

Four new fellowship trainees recently started in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University. We connected with them to learn a little more about why they chose WashU to continue their training, their impressions of St. Louis, and what they like to do in their spare time. Ian Newberry, MD, fellow in pediatric otolaryngology Why […]

Q&A with donor James Seeser

A board member for the Central Institute for the Deaf, James Seeser, PhD, is a champion, volunteer and donor supporting the Department of Otolaryngology and the Newborn Hearing Screening Program in Missouri and at the national level. Where does your passion for supporting diagnosis and treatments for hearing loss come from? I am a CODA […]

Oncology nurse Athmer retires

Clinical Nurse Coordinator Diane Athmer, RN, retired in August after nearly 20 years with the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine. “Diane was a highly valued nurse coordinator with our head and neck cancer division,” says Stacia Jansen, RN, clinical operations manager for the Department of Otolaryngology.  “Her commitment to patient care […]

Q&A with Chief Resident Pawina Jiramongkolchai

Pawina Jiramongkolchai, MD, MSCI, is a chief resident and surgeon-scientist in the Department of Otolaryngology. As she begins her final year of training at Washington University, she reflects on her work and reveals her outside interests. How long have you been a resident here and what attracted you to WashU’s program? I am in the […]

Q&A with Research Assistant Sophie Gerndt

Sophie Gerndt, MD, is a research assistant supporting head and neck cancer research efforts in the lab of Jose Zevallos, MD. What does your work in the Zevallos lab entail? I am a physician who graduated from medical school in Juarez City, Mexico. For the past year and a half I have been working as […]

Q&A with alumnus and ENT academic leader Kenneth Lee

photo of Ken Lee and family

Kenneth H. Lee, MD, PhD, is the John W. & Rhonda K. Pate Professor of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Lee specializes in pediatric otolaryngology and serves as director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program at UT Southwestern, director of Pediatric Otolaryngology, UT Southwestern Pediatric Group Plan, and chief of surgery […]

Q&A with resident Ricardo Ramirez

How long have you been a resident here and what attracted you to WashU’s program? I have just started my sixth year of residency in the WashU ENT program. I devoted two of those years to research in Dr. Jose Zevallos’ laboratory, which has been incredibly rewarding. I am originally from St. Louis but went […]

Q&A with Administrative Coordinator Jana Richardson

What is your role in the department, and how long have you been at WashU? I support two programs in our department. Along with my wonderful co-worker Maria Harrington, I serve as an administrative coordinator for the Residency Program and work closely with Drs. Judith Lieu and Jason Rich and all the residents to ensure […]