Parul Sinha, MD

PGY5 Resident

MD: Patna Medical College, India

“I truly appreciate the teamwork amongst my fellow residents, the nurturing environment, and excellent mentorship from faculty.”

Hometown: Patna, India

Personal Statement: Outstanding faculty, great residents, and a nurturing environment with excellent learning and research opportunities, are most appealing at Washington University. Head and neck cancer, comparative effectiveness research, and patient-centered outcomes in Otolaryngology are my research interests. When not at work, I enjoy classic movies, strolls through the Forest Park, reading, and trivia quizzes.


Medical School: Patna Medical College, India, 2004

Residency, Otorhinolaryngology: All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, 2007

Certificate in Public Health: University of Florida, Gainesville, 2010


  • Honors in Microbiology and Preventive & Social Medicine, Patna Medical College, India, 2001
  • Gold Medal in Final Professional MBBS Examination, Patna Medical College, India, 2003
  • Best Poster Award. Association of Otolaryngologists of India, New Delhi, India, 2005
  • Best Research Award. Foundation for Head and Neck Oncology, Udaipur, India, 2006
  • Best Paper Award. Skull Base Surgery Society of India, New Delhi, India, 2007
  • Robert Maxwell Byers Award for Best Clinical Research. American Head and Neck Society, Chicago, 2011
  • Co-author for American Triological Society Thesis Honorable Mention Award for Clinical Research, 2012
  • Blue Ribbon Award for Best Poster. American Head and Neck Society Annual Meeting, Boston, 2015
  • Ogura-Harkins’ Resident Case Presentation 2nd place award, 2016
  • Scholar Outstanding Citizenship Award: Clinical Research Training Center, Washington University in St. Louis, 2018


Pipkorn P, Sinha P, Kallogjeri D, Adkins D, Thorstad WT, Rich JT, Jackson RS. Outcomes of relapsed human papillomavirus-related oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma treated with curative intent. Head Neck. 2018 Dec 11. doi:10.1002/hed.25557

Sinha P, Karadaghy OA, Doering MM, Tuuli MD, Jackson RS, Haughey BH. Survival for HPV-positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma with surgical versus non-surgical treatment approach: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Oral Oncology. 2018 Nov;86:121-131.

Sinha P, Haughey BH, Kallogjeri D, Jackson RS. Long-term Analysis of Transorally Resected p16+ Oropharynx Cancer: Outcomes and Prognostic Factors. Laryngoscope. Accepted July 6, 2018.

Sinha P, Wong AWK, Kallogjeri D, Piccirillo JF. Baseline Cognition Assessment among Patients with Oropharyngeal Cancer using PROMIS and NIH Toolbox. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Nov 1;144(11):978-987.

Sinha P, Skolnick G, Patel KB, Branham GH, Chi JJ. A 3D-printed short-segment template prototype for mandibular fracture repair. JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. 2018 Sep 1;20(5):373-380.

Karadaghy OA, Hong H, Scott-Wittenborn N, Sinha P, Suko J, Tait S, Wamkpah NS, Kallogjeri D, Piccirillo JF. Reporting of Effect Size and Confidence Intervals. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017;143(11):1075-1080.

Chin R, Rao YJ, Hwang MY, Spencer CR, Dewees T, Patel P, Sinha P, Gay H, Haughey BH, Nussenbaum B, Adkins D, Lewis JS, Thorstad WT. Comparison of Unilateral Versus Bilateral Intensity Modulated Radiation for Surgically-Treated Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Palatine Tonsil. Cancer. 2017;123(23):4594-4607.

Sinha P, Yuen SN, Chernock RD, Haughey BH. Mandibular Lytic Lesion in Familial Paraganglioma Syndrome Type I: A Clinical Conundrum. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2017;126(8):615-618.

Jackson RS, Sinha P, Zenga J, Kallogjeri D, Moore E, Martin E, Haughey BH. Transoral resection of HPV positive squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx: outcomes with and without adjuvant therapy. Ann Surg Oncol. 2017;24(12):3494-3501.

Vila PM, Townsend ME, Bhatt NK, Kao WT, Sinha P, Neely JG. The P Value Problem in Otolaryngology: Shifting to Effect Sizes and Confidence Intervals. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Accepted September 26, 2016.

Haughey BH, Sinha P, Kallogjeri D, et al. Pathology-based Staging for HPV-positive Squamous Carcinoma of the Oropharynx. Oral Oncology. Accepted Sep 15, 2016.

Sinha P, Pipkorn P, Thorstad WT, Gay HA, Haughey BH. Does Elimination of Planned Postoperative Radiation to the Primary Bed in p16-positive, Transorally-Resected Oropharyngeal Carcinoma associate with poorer outcomes? Oral Oncology. Accepted August 24, 2016.

Zenga J, Graboyes EM, Sinha P, Jackson RS, Moore EJ, Haughey BH. Oncologic Outcomes of Selective Neck Dissection in HPV-related Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Laryngoscope. Accepted July 21, 2016.

Day A, Sinha P, Kallogjeri D, Nussenbaum B, Haughey BH. Management of Primary T1-T4 Glottic Squamous Cell Carcinoma by Transoral Laser Microsurgery. Laryngoscope. 2016 Aug 31. doi: 10.1002/lary.26207. [Epub ahead of print].

Chin R, Spencer CR, Dewees T, Hwang MY, Patel P, Sinha P, Gay H, Haughey BH, Nussenbaum B, Adkins D, Lewis JS, Thorstad WL. Re-evaluation of Postoperative Radiation Dose in the Management of HPV+ Oropharyngeal Cancer. Head & Neck (e pub May 6, 2016). DOI: 10.1002/hed.24486.

Sinha P, Lewis JS Jr, Kallogjeri D, Nussenbaum B, Haughey BH. Soft tissue metastasis in p16-positive oropharynx carcinoma: Prevalence and association with distant metastasis. Oral Oncology. 2015;51(8):778-86.

Zenga J, Graboyes EM, Sinha P, Haughey BH. The unplanned intraoperative pharyngotomy: Pull, plug, or patch. Laryngoscope. 2015;125(12):2736-2740.

Sinha P, Kallogjeri D, Gay H, Thorstad WT, Lewis JS Jr, Chernock R, Nussenbaum B, Haughey BH. High metastatic node number, not extracapsular spread or N-classification is a node-related prognosticator in surgically-treated p16+ oropharynx carcinoma. Oral Oncology 2015; 51(5):514-520.

Lin DT, Yarlagadda BB, Sethi RK, Feng A, Hanasano MM, Yu P, Skoracki RJ, Lian TS, Shnayder L, Diaz JA, Sinha P, Patel U, Leibowitz J, Starmer H, Richmon JD. Long term functional outcomes of total glossectomy with and without total laryngectomy. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Sep;141(9):797-803.

Sinha P, Piccirillo JF, Kallogjeri D, Spitznagel E, Haughey BH. The Role of Postoperative Chemoradiation for Oropharynx Carcinoma: A Critical Appraisal of the Published Literature and NCCN Guidelines. Cancer. 2015;121(11):1747-54.

Gay HA, Liu J, Spencer CR, Lewis JS Jr, Diaz JA, Nussenbaum B, Piccirillo JF, Ferraro DJ, Wildes T, Sinha P, Adkins DA, Haughey BH, Thorstad WL. Outcomes of P16 Positive Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treated with Surgery and Adjuvant IMRT. Journal of Radiation Oncology. 2014 November 14. DOI 10.1007/s13566-014-0170-7.

Sinha P, Kallogjeri D, Piccirillo JF. Assessment of Comorbidities in Surgical Oncology Outcomes. Journal of Surgical Oncology. 2014;110(5):629-635.
Graboyes EM, Sinha P, Rich JT, Thorstad WT, Haughey BH. Management of Human Papillomavirus–related Unknown Primaries of the Head and Neck with a Transoral Surgical Approach. Head & Neck. 2015 Nov;37(11):1603-11.

Patel KR, Chernock RD, Sinha P, Müller S, El-Mofty SK, Lewis JS Jr. Verrucous Carcinoma with Dysplasia or Minimal Invasion: A Variant of Verrucous Carcinoma with Extremely Favorable Prognosis. Head Neck Pathology. 2015;9(1):65-73.

Sinha P, Mehrad M, Chernock RD, Lewis JS Jr, El-Mofty SK, Wu N, Nussenbaum B, Haughey BH. Histologic and systemic prognosticators for local control and survival in margin negative TLM-treated oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma. Head & Neck. 2015;37(1):52-63.

Sinha P, Thorstad WT, Nussenbaum B, Haughey BH, Adkins DR, Kallogjeri D, Lewis JS Jr. Distant Metastasis in p16-Positive Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma: A Critical Analysis of Patterns and Clinical Outcomes. Oral Oncology. 2014;50(1):45-51.

Sinha P, Grindler DJ, Haughey BH. A pain in the neck: Lateral thyrohyoid ligament syndrome. Laryngoscope. Laryngoscope. 2014;124(1):116-118.

Sinha P, Hackman T, Nussenbaum B, Wu N, Lewis JS Jr, Haughey BH. Transoral Laser Microsurgery for Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Oncologic Outcomes and Prognostic Factors. Head & Neck. 2014;36(3):340–351.

Haughey BH, Sinha P. Prognostic factors and survival and unique to surgically-treated p16+ oropharyngeal cancer. Laryngoscope 2012; 122:S13-S33.

Sinha P, Desai S, Ha HD, Chicoine RM, Haughey BH. Extracranial radial forearm free flap closure of refractory cerebrospinal fluid leaks: a novel hybrid transantral-endoscopic approach. Neurosurgery. 2012; 71 (2 Suppl Operative):219-225.

Sinha P, Lewis JS Jr., Kallogjeri D, Piccirillo JF, Haughey BH. Extracapsular spread and adjuvant therapy in HPV-related, p16+ oropharynx carcinoma. Cancer. 2012;118 (14):3519–3530.

Sinha P, Logan HL, Mendenhall WM. HPV, Smoking and Head and Neck Cancer. American Journal of Otolaryngology .2012; 33(1):130-136.

Sinha P, Sharma SC, Gupta SD, Agarwal S. Parapharyngeal ganglioneuroma with neurofibromatosis: an unusual presentation. Annals of Otology Rhinology & Laryngology. 2011;120 (12):769-774.

Karni RJ, Rich JT, Sinha P, Haughey BH. Transoral laser microsurgery: a new approach for occult primaries of the head and neck. Laryngoscope. 2011; 121(6):1194-1201.

Agarwal S, Mathur SR, Ray R, Sharma SC, Sinha P.  Cytopathologic diagnosis of Hyalinizing trabecular tumor, a rare thyroid neoplasm. Cytopathology. 2010; 21(2):133-134.

Sinha P, Bahadur S, Thakar A, Matta A, Macha M, Ralhan R, Gupta SD. Significance of promoter hypermethylation of p16 gene for margin assessment in carcinoma tongue. Head & Neck. 2009; 31 (11): 1423-1430.

Sinha P. Successful Treatment of Parotid Fistula with Tympanic Neurectomy. Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery. 2008; 60 (3):227-230.

Sinha P, Sharma SC, Agarwal S, Ray R. A rare association of parotid oncocytoma, lipoma, multinodular goiter and uterine adenomyosis. The Internet Journal of Otorhinolaryngology. 2008; Vol.7, Number 2.

Book Chapters

Sinha P, Harreus Uli. Malignant Neoplasms of the Oropharynx. Cummings Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Flint PW, Haughey BH, Lund V, Niparko JK, Robbins KT, Thomas JR, Lesperance MM, eds., 6th edition, Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2015, Chapter 97, pp 1432-1453.

Edgell RC, Sinha P, Varvares M. Neurointervention and the Otolaryngologist – Head and Neck Surgeon. In Neurointervention and the Medical Specialties, Edgell RC, Savitz SI, Dalfino RC, eds., Current Clinical Neurology, Springer, New Jersey, 2015, pp 281-302.

Sinha P
, Haughey BH. Transoral surgery for oral cavity carcinoma. Contemporary Transoral Surgery for Primary Head and Neck Cancer, Hinni ML & Lott DG, eds., 1st edition, Plural Publishing, San Diego, 2014, Chapter 5, pp49-64.

Sinha P, Okuyemi O, Haughey BH. Early Laryngeal Carcinoma. Bailey’s Head and Neck Surgery-Otolaryngology. Jonas JT eds., 5th Edition, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2013.

Haughey BH, Sinha P. Surgery of Pharyngeal Cancer. Mastery of Surgery. Fischer J et al, eds., 6th edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011.