Spring 2023 Newsletter

Stanford Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery

Dear Colleagues,

Following California’s most favorable atmospheric conditions in years, we are enjoying a glorious spring.

In this issue, we tell you about some of our most recent advances in bringing the fruits of basic science to the bedside. Such efforts are at the very core of academic medicine, and I am happy to introduce the pioneering work of our faculty and trainees.

Our academic endeavors also rely on the regular rejuvenation of the ranks of its practitioners. You will find information about the entering class of our residents who will expand and advance the work and vision of our current clinical and research teams. We are reminded of the words of Abraham Flexner that “Medical education is not just a program for building knowledge and skills in its recipients...it is also an experience which creates attitudes and expectations.”

We hope to keep everyone abreast of the personal and professional developments in the Stanford OHNS community, including among Stanford alumni/alumnae. So please help us by reaching out to ohnspublicrelations@stanford.edu with your updates.

Looking forward to reconnecting with many of you in person at the upcoming COSM meeting,


Konstantina Stankovic, MD, PhD
Bertarelli Foundation Professor of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery


The generation of segmented anatomic models from a clinical CT scan through the application of artificial intelligence algorithms.

The use of an automatically generated cochlear model to predict the optimal path and distance that a cochlear implant array will take within a specific patient’s inner ear.

Virtual 3-dimensional models of the inner ear and tumor-derived superimposed on an MRI from a patient with a vestibular schwannoma.  Such automatically derived anatomic models will help develop optimal treatment protocols for affected patients.

Nikolas Blevins, MD, and his research team are developing innovative methods using deep learning technology to identify and label anatomic structures from clinical imaging studies.


Monica Bodd, MD, MTS

Peter Moon, MD, MS

Varun Sagi, MD

Shannon Wu, MD

Amar Sheth, MD

Welcome to Our Newly Announced 2023 Residency Matches!


Alan Cheng, MD has been awarded an R01 grant from NIH/NIDCD for his project titled “Molecular basis of mammalian cochlear regeneration.”

John Sunwoo, MD is a principal investigator on an R01 grant from NIH for the project entitled “Preclinical microphysiological tumor models for nuclear medicine.”

Marie Kubota, MD, PhD has been awarded an R21 grant from NIH for her project entitled “Molecular etiology of virus-induced sensorineural hearing loss.”

The Pepper Research Lab led by Jon-Paul Pepper, MD has been awarded a grant from the Stanford Institute for HAI for their project entitled “Automated Assessment of Facial Palsy in Patient Videos via Deep Learning.”

Additionally, the Pepper Research Lab has been awarded a U24 grant from C-DOCTOR at NIDCR for their project entitled “Drug loaded, bioprinted fibrin scaffolds for use during cranial nerve repair surgery.”

Elizabeth Erickson-DiRenzo, PhD has been awarded a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for her project entitled “Stanford Medicine COVID-19 Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists.”

Kara Meister, MD is a principal investigator on a grant from Wellcome Leap Program for the project entitled "Continuous Monitoring of Vital Biomarkers During Surgery."

Team News

Professor of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery and, by courtesy, of Pediatrics, Member of the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board


Clinical Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery Divisions

Brian Nuyen, MD has joined the department as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Laryngology.


Robert K. Jackler, MD was featured in an hour-long CNBC program on “The Rise of JUUL’s Business” as part of the network’s series “American Greed.”


Drs Taseer Din, Zara Patel, and Davud Sirjani were invited presenters at the 2023 International Federation of Otolaryngologic Societies (IFOS) meeting in Dubai, UAE


Sam Most, MD has co-edited a new textbook on multicultural approaches to rhinoplasty surgery, the first of its kind.


We are proud to announce that 14 of our physicians have been named Top Doctors in their field!


Please join us on April 22, 2023, for the Sixth Annual Stanford Head and Neck Cancer Patient and Caregiver Education Symposium. Our program will be held from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm PDT at Paul Brest Hall. For those who are unable to join in person, the event will also be held virtually. It will include information about innovative updates in treating head and neck cancer. The highlights include a talk on how patients and healthcare providers can work together to improve the patient care experience by Dr. Justin Roe of the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. To learn more about the program and to register for either the in-person or virtual event, please visit this link.

Stanford OHNS Grand Rounds Calendar 2022-23

On a weekly basis, we hold our grand rounds which include formal talks by Stanford faculty, trainees, and distinguished guests about everything from fascinating cases to the most current technological breakthroughs in global health. Please visit this link to view previously recorded rounds and our calendar schedule.

Global Engagement

Recent Publications + Podcasts + Videos

Abnormal Subjective and Audiometric Auditory Function in Migraine. Wang AR, Steenerson KK, Alyono JC. Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. 2023 Jan 29. doi:10.1002/ohn.201

Comparative Transcriptomic Analysis of Archival Human Vestibular Schwannoma Tissue from Patients with and without Tinnitus. 
Bommakanti K, Seist R, Kukutla P, et al. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2023 Apr 1;12(7):2642. doi:10.3390/jcm12072642

Comparison of the Distribution of Standardized Cosmesis and Health Nasal Outcomes Survey Scores Between Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Patients.
Patel PN, Wadhwa H, Okland T, Kandathil CK, Most SP. Facial Plast Surg Aesthet Med. 2022 Jul 29;24(4):305-309. doi:10.1089/fpsam.2021.0054

Coupling between the Stereocilia of Rat Sensory Inner-Hair-Cell Hair Bundles Is Weak, Shaping Their Sensitivity to Stimulation.
Scharr AL, Maoiléidigh DÓ, Ricci AJ. J Neurosci. 2022 Dec 8;43(12):2053-2074. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1588-22.2023

COVID cab trigger tinnitus. Could the vaccines do the same?
Haelle T. National Geographic. 2023 February 10.

Difference in Perception of Nasal Aesthetic Appearance Between Surgeons and Rhinoplasty Patients: A Single-Center Perspective.
Kim CH, Kandathil CK, Saltychev M, et al. Aesthet Surg J. 2023;43(4):516-522. doi:10.1093/asj/sjac317

Integrated microtia and aural atresia management.
Truong MT, Liu YCC, Kohn J, et al. Frontiers in Surgery. 2022 Dec 26;9. doi:10.3389/fsurg.2022.944223

Perceptions of Respect Among Patients With Hearing Loss in the United States.
Youn GM, Shah JP, Wei EX, Alyono JC. Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. 2023 Mar 30. doi: 10.1002/ohn.330.

Prognostication of papillary thyroid microcarcinoma based on preoperative ultrasound.
Cohen SM, Noel JE, Baroody M, Orloff LA. Frontiers in Endocrinology. 2023 Jan 30;14. doi:10.3389/fendo.2023.1101705

Robert Jackler, M.D. on JUUL‘s 5000 Lawsuits and Settlements.
Wase A. Stanford Daily. 2023 Feb 6.

Safety and effectiveness of vocal fold injection laryngoplasty in infants less than one year of age.
Ayoub N, Balakrishnan K, Meister K, et al. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2023 Mar 31;168:111542. doi:10.1016/j.ijporl.2023.111542

Safety and Utility of Transnasal Humidified Rapid-Insufflation Ventilatory Exchange(THRIVE) for Laser Laryngeal Surgery.
Khan NC, Vukkadala N, Saxena A, Damrose EJ, Nekhendzy V,Sung CK. Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. 2023 Apr 6. doi:10.1002/ohn.324

Sensory deficit screen identifies nsf mutation that differentially affects SNARE recycling and quality control.
Gao Y, Khan YA, Mo W, et al. Cell Reports. 2023 Apr 5;42(4):112345.doi:10.1016/j.celrep.2023.112345

Septoplasty Revision Rates in Pediatric vs Adult Populations.
Shah JP, Youn GM, Wei EX, Kandathil C, Most SP. JAMAOtolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery. 2022 Nov 1;148(11):1044-1050. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2022.3041

Smell-Loss Tests Could Reveal Health Problems.
Docter-Loeb H. Scientific American. 2023 March 28.

Social Media Utilization in Otolaryngology: A Scoping Review.
Huang AE, Chan EP, Stave CM, Patel ZM, Hwang PH, Chang MT. TheLaryngoscope. 2023 February 22. doi:10.1002/lary.30619

Synkinesis and Communicative Participation.
Okland TS, Willens SH, Pepper JP. Facial Plast Surg Aesthet Med. 2022 Oct18. doi:10.1089/fpsam.2022.0094

The Future of Vestibular Schwannoma Management.
Moore LS, Stankovic KM. Otolaryngologic Clinics of NorthAmerica. 2023 Apr 3;S0030-6665(23)00040-3. doi:10.1016/j.otc.2023.02.018

The single-stage melolabial flap for internal lining of full thickness defects of the nasal ala.    
Okland TS, Akkina SR, Perrault D, Most SP. AmericanJournal of Otolaryngology. 2023 Apr 3;44(3):103804. doi:10.1016/j.amjoto.2023.103804

The Utility of a “Second-Look” Debridement Following Endonasal Skull Base Surgery in thePediatric Population.
Chang MT, Huang AE, Quon JL, et al. J Neurol Surg B SkullBase. 2023 March 30. doi:10.1055/a-2048-7564

Turbinates, Nasal Congestion, and Dreaded Empty Nose with Dr. Jayakar Nayak.
Agan A, Shah G. 2023 Feb 15.

Value of Surgical and Nonsurgical Treatment for Sleep Apnea: A Closer Look at Healthcare Utilization.
Abdelwahab M, Marques S, Huang A, et al. Value of Surgicaland Nonsurgical Treatment for Sleep Apnea: A Closer Look at HealthcareUtilization. Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgergy. 2023 February 16.doi:10.1002/ohn.175