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Dr. Peter Hwang

Dr. Peter H. Hwang is Professor of Otolaryngology and serves as chief of the Division of Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Hwang is the 1st Vice President of the American Rhinologic Society and also serves as Associate Editor of the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology. Dr. Hwang received a BS in Biology from Stanford University, and completed his medical education, including internship and residency in otolaryngology, at University of California, San Francisco. His fellowship in rhinology and sinus surgery was completed at University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hwang has contributed to over 100 publications, and co-authored the award-winning textbook Rhinology: Diseases of the Nose, Sinuses, & Skull Base.

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Dr. Jayakar Nayak

Dr. Jayakar V. Nayak is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at Stanford. He was born and raised in New Jersey, and received his BA with a concentration in Neurosciences from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed his MD/PhD education (PhD in immunology), as well as residency in otolaryngology, at the University of Pittsburgh. After pursuing fellowship training in rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, he was recruited to join the Stanford faculty in 2009.

Dr. Nayak is an expert in congenital, acquired and genetic nasal and sinus disorders and in their treatment through medical and surgical alternatives including oral and topical compounds, as well as micro-invasive, minimally invasive, external surgical approaches, and endoscopic skull base surgery. He also serves as the chief of research in rhinology, and heads a basic science and translational research laboratory with two main areas of interest - understanding the nasal epithelium in health and disease, and promoting upper airway mucosal regeneration in response to injury from surgery, chemicals and toxins in human and animal model systems; understanding nasal immune system dysfunction in patients with chronic diseases such as cystic fibrosis and rhinosinusitis. The ultimate goal of his efforts is to more effectively treat debilitating inflammatory sinus disorders, and to create functional respiratory mucosal tissue grafts/lining material to address upper (nasal) and lower (pulmonary) airway diseases.

Dr. Nayak has received numerous honors including the Commander Strike Fighter Wing Pacific Top Notch Award, the highest civilian award bestowed by the U.S. Navy for significant contributions to the Navy or its members, and the Triological Society Career Development Award to support his research endeavors. He is a contributing author on over 35 peer-reviewed publications, serves as an invited reviewer for several otolaryngology journals, and has been invited to speak both nationally and internationally on numerous topics in modern rhinology practice as well as sinus and skull base surgery.

Dr. Nayak's Stanford Profile

Dr. Zara Patel

Dr. Zara M. Patel is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at Stanford. She was born and raised in St. Louis, completed her MD at the Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, Oregon and completed her residency training in otolaryngology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY. After pursuing fellowship training in rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery at Stanford University, she was recruited to join the Emory University faculty in Atlanta in 2011.  After four years, the rhinology division recruited her back to the West coast to rejoin the department here at Stanford University.

Dr. Patel is an expert in advanced endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery. She treats patients with a wide variety of rhinologic complaints, including nasal obstruction, chronic sinus infection or inflammation, sinus disease that has failed medical therapy, sinus disease that has failed prior surgical therapy, cerebrospinal fluid leaks, benign and and malignant sinus and skull base tumors, as well as olfactory disorders.

She is currently the Chair of the Education Committee for the American Rhinologic Society and has developed a multitude of educational materials for both physicians and patients to help them better understand rhinologic disorders.  She is passionate about educating patients to allow them to make the best decisions about their own care, leading to the best outcomes.

Dr. Patel has been active in clinical research, publishing widely in topics such as avoiding complications in endoscopic sinus surgery, chronic rhinosinusitis in the immunosuppressed patient population, new devices and techniques for endoscopic skull base surgery, racial disparities in sinonasal cancer survival and olfactory dysfunction.  She continues to perform research in these areas, and is beginning collaborative efforts with neuroscientists and engineers to develop technology that she hopes will eventually help cure patients with olfactory loss.

Dr. Patel's Stanford Profile

Jane Wang

Jane Wang, RN, MSN, FNP-C, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1996 from University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada.  After gaining work experience at acute care hospitals in Los Angeles, Jane went on to earn her Master of Science degree in Nursing from UCLA and became a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in 2002.

Jane joined Stanford Otolaryngology Department in 2005 after practicing as a FNP for three years; since then has been playing a vital role in patient care at the Stanford Sinus Center.  She actively participates in all aspects of pre and post-surgery outpatient care at the Sinus Center, and is well regarded by her colleagues and patients for the high level of professional care she provides.

In addition to direct patient care, Jane participates in the design and execution of clinical research projects.  She acts as clinical preceptor for FNP program students and speaks on topics related to management of chronic sinusitis at the regional, state, and national level conferences she regularly attends.