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

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Lauren Roland, MD, MSCI, 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 an integral part of our team’s efforts to discover novel treatments for rhinosinusitis and other disorders of the nose and sinuses.”

Roland joins the Department of Otolaryngology from the University of California, San Francisco, where she was an assistant professor of Otolaryngology. Prior to completing her fellowship in Rhinology and Anterior Skull Base Surgery at Emory University, she completed her residency at Washington University, which included two years of NIH-funded research.

Roland received her B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed medical school at the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine.

She is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, American Rhinologic Society and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy.

While Roland treats all aspects of otolaryngology, her clinical interests include allergic rhinitis, chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps, and fungal sinusitis. Her research explores how immune deficiencies and allergy affect rhinologic diseases, specifically nasal polyps, allergic fungal sinusitis and invasive fungal sinusitis.

“The most compelling reason for returning to WashU was the excellent opportunity as an academic surgeon-scientist,” Roland said. “I am so excited to join the Rhinology division and contribute to the clinical and translational research efforts underway.”