Town Hall celebrates growth, innovation and service

photo of Buchman speaking at Town Hall event

The Department of Otolaryngology held its annual Town Hall last month where Lindburg Professor and Chair Craig Buchman, MD, shared his annual review of department activities and plans for the future. Growth in the clinical space and expanded research efforts were highlighted as some of the many avenues to success of the department’s mission to […]

More than a surgical trainee: Clinical Fellow Kevin Zhan

As Kevin Zhan, MD, enters the second year of his neurotology fellowship, he shares his thoughts on the importance of a trainee also serving as trainer. Why did you pursue a fellowship in neurotology? I pursued otology and neurotology simply because I love ear and lateral skull base surgery, and I’m passionate about hearing healthcare. […]

Introducing pediatric otolaryngologist Jennifer Brinkmeier

Jennifer Brinkmeier, MD, recently joined the pediatric otolaryngology team at Washington University. Here she shares the motivation behind her choice of specialty and her abundance of hobbies. Where are you from originally?  I’m originally from Saint Louis. I’m not a fan of thin-crust pizza, but I do love baseball. Where are you joining us from? […]

Q&A with Medical Secretary Patty Tampow

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Patty Tampow has retired after 35 years of service to the Department of Otolaryngology. Here she shares her thoughts on the many years of service and some advice for her colleagues. How would you describe your career in the Department of Otolaryngology? I was a medical secretary in the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology for 35 […]

Q&A with PACS Director of Finance and Academic Affairs Beth Elliott

Beth Elliott finds her greatest professional joy in watching the development of young professional students in the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences (PACS), and her favorite destination is the “happiest place on Earth”. What is your title and how long have you been with PACS? My title is director of Finance and Academic Affairs. […]

ENT re-launches social committee

In August, the department re-launched its social committee. Covid-19 had squelched the committee’s events and planning, but with a renewed vigor, a group of volunteers attended a kick-off meeting on Aug. 19 and has been meeting regularly to plan activities for the department.  The first event in the works will be the department holiday/winter party. They are presently exploring venues and dates, […]

Catching up with our clinical 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. Robert Cristel, MD, fellow in facial plastic and […]

Three new faculty join Otolaryngology

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The Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine has added new faculty members to the voice and airway, pediatric, and comprehensive ENT practices. Jennifer V. Brinkmeier, MDAssociate Professor of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery A specialist in pediatric otolaryngology, Brinkmeier joined the department Sept. 1. She comes to Washington University from Saint Louis University […]

Q&A with Chief Resident Ricardo Ramirez

As Chief Resident Ricardo Ramirez, MD, looks forward to fellowship training in head and neck cancer, he reflects on how his Hispanic heritage played a role in his journey and why it’s important that medical providers reflect the community at large. How would you describe your early journey to a medical career? Although I am […]

ENT’s Moritz retires after 52-year surgical career

photo of Gerald Moritz, MD

Washington University otolaryngologist Gerald Moritz, MD, is retiring Sept. 30 after 52 years as a St. Louis surgeon. Moritz did not grow up wanting to become a doctor. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he enrolled in the Navy after graduating high school. After serving, he attended University of California, Berkeley to complete his […]