2021 OHNS Health Care News

June 18, 2021

Congratulations to our amazing graduating chief residents, Michael Chang, Brian Nuyen and Jared Shenson — all fellowship bound!

Dr. Chang will be staying on with us for rhinology, Dr. Nuyen will be headed for Oregon to pursue voice with Dr. James Thomas, and Dr. Shenson will be relocating to Texas for a head and neck fellowship at MD Anderson.

Michael Chang, MD

Brian Nuyen, MD

Jared Shenson, MD

January 19, 2021
March 23, 2021

Chickens are an important animal model for hearing restoration research because they are naturally capable of regenerating cochlear hair cells. This fact is known for many years, but the mechanisms that initiate and control this regenerative ability are unknown. Likewise, the cochlea of neonatal mice bears the capacity to form new cells, including new hair cells. However, this feature disappears between the second and third week, around the onset of hearing in mice.

In a series of three high-profile publications in the journal Cell Reports, Dr. Stefan Heller’s laboratory led by postdoctoral fellows Marie Kubota, Amanda Janesick, and Nesrine Benkafadar reported several novel findings that lay the foundation for in-depth characterization of the cellular signaling that initiates cochlear hair cell regeneration in birds. The researchers identified a transiently existing cell group in the mammalian cochlea that is the source of the regenerative capacity that is observed in neonates. The later research is related to a project conducted by Dr. Alan Cheng’s laboratory, which will report more details on this cell population later this year.

The work uses single-cell RNA-sequencing. This technology provides insight into changes in the activity of all genes as cochlear cells respond to hair cell damage and death.

The research created a comprehensive “inventory” of more than 15,000 individual genes expressed in the different cell types of the chicken and the mouse inner ear. Moreover, it led to identifying new cell types and many new marker genes for virtually every cell group of the cochlea.

The next steps of this research are already progressing. Dr. Heller’s team is now focusing on changes in gene expression that happen when the inner ear is damaged by drugs that cause sensory hair cell death. Their goal is to identify the mechanisms that birds utilize to repair their inner ears and figure out why mice and humans cannot do the same thing. 

The majority of funding of this work came through SICHL and the Hearing Health Foundation.

Benkafadar, Nesrine, Amanda Janesick, Mirko Scheibinger, Angela H. Ling, Taha A. Jan, and Stefan Heller. “Transcriptomic Characterization of Dying Hair Cells in the Avian Cochlea.” Cell Reports 34, no. 12 (March 23, 2021). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2021.108902.

Janesick, Amanda, Mirko Scheibinger, Nesrine Benkafadar, Sakin Kirti, Daniel C. Ellwanger, and Stefan Heller. “Cell-Type Identity of the Avian Cochlea.” Cell Reports 34, no. 12 (March 23, 2021). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2021.108900.

Kubota, Marie, Mirko Scheibinger, Taha A. Jan, and Stefan Heller. “Greater Epithelial Ridge Cells Are the Principal Organoid-Forming Progenitors of the Mouse Cochlea.” Cell Reports 34, no. 3 (January 19, 2021). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2020.108646.

May 25, 2021

Congrats to Chief Jared for being a winner at the 7th (2021) annual Resident QI Patient Safety Symposium for his work on “Prevention of tracheostomy-related pressure ulcers.” All abstracts and posters presented can be found at the GME website.

May 14, 2021

Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellow Match 2022-23: we are so proud to announce the Match of Dr Grace Kim MD, PGY4 to Stanford Pediatric Otolaryngology.

Also, on Friday, May 14, 2021, Dr. Grace Kim was awarded first-place at BARRS on Friday for her presentation “Fate-Mapping Reveals Features of Surviving Hair Cells During Recovery of the Damaged Mouse Balance Organs.” She’s a rising star in the field!

May 13, 2021

Dr. Koltai is being named the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Award for Humanitarian Service by the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery.

“…Each year this award is conferred on a member who is widely recognized for a consistent, stable character distinguished by honesty, zeal for truth, integrity, love and devotion to humanity and a self-giving spirit. You were selected because you encompass these attributes and are to be lauded for your significant contribution to the advancement of otolaryngology care both domestically and internationally. You embody all the credentials outlined pursuant to this award and are commended for your dedication to the advancement of pediatric otolaryngology care in Harare, Zimbabwe, and your lifelong commitment to the advancement of global health…”

May 8, 2021

2021 Microtia Webinar

On May 8, 2021 Dr. Truong, MD and Dr. Chang, MD gave a presentation for the California Academy of Audiology at the 2021 Microtia Webinar. They discussed  the current concepts and controversies in management of microtia and atresia.

Melissa Tribble, AuD spoke about considerations of audiologic management of pediatric patients with microtia and aural atresia. 

May 3-5, 2021

"Endoscopic Surgery of the Sinuses, Eustachian Tube and Ear" Course

During the “Endoscopic Surgery of the Sinuses, Eustachian Tube and Ear” held May 3-5, 2021, Dr. Jennifer Lee lectured,  presented, and served as a panelist for ET dilatory dysfunction and patulous ET. This highly interactive course focused on rhinologic topics, including surgery of the skull base, frontal sinus and orbit; treatment of Eustachian tube dysfunction, including balloon dilation techniques; and innovative technologies for endoscopic and exoscopic ear surgery.

All presentations and course materials are available on-demand to watch and review for 90 days.



March 29, 2021

Thyroid, Parathyroid & Neck Ultrasound Course, Apr 24, 2021

After being forced to cancel last year's event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Lisa Orloff, MD, FACS, FACE, will be hosting the American College of Surgeons Thyroid, Parathyroid, and Neck Ultrasound Course in conjunction with the Otolaryngology Programs at UCSF, UC Irvine and UCSD.

While the didactic portion will be held virtually, the hands-on portion will be held in-person at each respective institution.

We are so excited to be able to introduce this topic to residents, fellows and physicians in this setting as we all make the transition from a world of completely remote learning into one that offers opportunities to share knowledge in new, creative ways!

Dr. Lisa Orloff, MD, FACS, FACE is Director of the Endocrine Head and Neck Surgery Program (Stanford Cancer Center), a Professor of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery (OHNS), and Clinical Instructorship Director of the Endocrine Surgery

March 18, 2021

Stanford OHNS Welcomes Its Incoming Intern Class!

Michael Belsky, MD, MS

Medical School: University of Pittsburgh
Undergraduate: Schreyer Honors College, The Pennsylvania State University

Hobbies: Music - piano and singing; currently learning guitar and music production to record cover album with roommate; Musical theater - favorite shows are "The Last 5 Years," "Dear Evan Hansen," and "Next To Normal"; Running; Reading - currently "Why We're Polarized" by Ezra Klein; Mentoring junior medical students.

Rami Ezzibdeh, MD, MS

Medical School: Stanford
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania

Hobbies: Urban design and architectural preservation, education, biomaterials, surgical oncology, premier league soccer, drumming and percussion.

Patrick Kiessling, MD (Clinical Scientist Research Track)

Medical School: Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Michigan

Hobbies: Music performance: solo classical singing, opera, musical theatre, choir, and classical piano; Baking, cooking, and teaching myself new recipes; Running, hiking, reading, and yoga.

Steven Losorelli, MD, MS

Medical School: Stanford
Undergraduate: Stanford

Hobbies: Scientific Scuba Diving, Great Highland Bagpiper (Grade III; 2011–present), Coffee roasting and farming, Long-distance trail running, Surfski ocean kayaking, Backpacking, Tennis, and Creative writing.

Arifeen Rahman, MD

Medical School: Stanford
Undergraduate: Harvard College

Hobbies: Creative writing, theater (plays, musicals, live magazines), crafting travel itineraries, and baking.