Summer 2023 Newsletter

Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery

Greetings from Chair

Dear Colleagues,

The beginning of summer is always a bitter-sweet time here at the Farm. As we send another generation of residents and fellows into the awaiting world, we realize that we are going to miss them the very next week. We are then reminded of the words of J.A. Shedd from almost a century ago, “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” And our alumni and alumnae are singular vessels– professional, superbly trained, and above all, ready and eager to care for their patients, lead their communities, and nurture their families. I hope you will enjoy learning about our recent graduates, their new destinations, and their impressive accomplishments below.

The summer is also a time for renewal so I wish you and your families a revitalizing summer!

This newsletter intends to reach all friends of the OHNS community and Stanford alumni/alumnae to share the latest developments.  If you have updates, please contact

With best wishes,

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


Congratulations to our 2023 Graduates

“Congratulations to each and every one of you on this momentous achievement. May the passion that brought you here continue to fuel your journey of lifelong learning and extraordinary care for your patients. Here's to a future filled with remarkable accomplishments, boundless possibilities, and the unwavering pursuit of compassion and excellence.” -Dr. Stankovic

Click on the image below to learn where our graduates are headed next!


Samuel Max Cohen, MD, PhD
Resident of the Year: For excellence during residency program.

Samuel Max Cohen, MD, PhD
Resident of the Year: For excellence during residency program.

Noel Ayoub, MD, MBA
Resident Team Player of the Year: Resident who exhibits consideration for the team; cares about the group. 

Jayakar Nayak MD, PhD
Teacher of the Year: For excellence in teaching. 

Misha Amoils, MD
Affiliated Faculty
Teacher of the Year: For excellence in teaching. 

Taseer Din, MBChB
Clinical Instructors
Teacher of the Year: For excellence in teaching. 

Peter Hwang, MD
Mentor of the Year: For excellence in mentorship.

John Sunwoo, MD
Mentor of the Year: For excellence in mentorship.

Z Jason Qian, MD
Research Symposium Grand Award: Best presentation by resident for their research.

Alice E. Huang, MD
Veterans’ Affairs Service Award: For excellence at the VA. 

Alanna Coughran, MD
Peter Koltai Award: For excellence in the Pediatric Division. 

Resident In-Training Awards (from left to right):

Noel Ayoub, MD, MBA, Samuel Max Cohen, MD, PhD, Mohamed Diop, MD, MS, Maxwell Lee, MD, George Liu, MD, Tina Munjal, MD, Eric Wei, MD

Dr. Robert Grossman, Dean and CEO of NYU Grossman School of Medicine, visited Stanford OHNS for a Grand Round Lecture titled “Leadership and Leaders.”

Dr. Rodney Perkins, Stanford OHNS Honorary Alumnus for whom the Perkins Temporal Bone lab is named, gave the Willard E. Fee, Jr MD commencement lecture during our graduation festivities. He spoke about the archetype of the surgeon innovator and entrepreneur while reflecting on the history of Stanford OHNS.


Welcome to our newly announced 2023 Clinical Instructors and Fellow!


Teresa Nicolson, PhD is Principal Investigator, and Alan Cheng, MD is the Co-Investigator on an R01 grant from NIH for their project titled “Diversification of the mechanotransduction complex in vestibular hair cells.”


Nicolas Grillet, PhD has been awarded an R01 grant from the National Institute on Aging at NIH for his project titled “Molecular Genetics of Human Age-Related Hearing Loss.”


Konstantina Stankovic, MD, PhD, FACS has been awarded an R01 grant from NIH for her project titled “Targeting HMGB1 to improve hearing and enhance therapy for vestibular schwannomas.”


Alan Cheng, MD has been awarded a K24 grant from NIH for his project titled “Mentoring Patient Oriented Research in sensory disorders.”


Shefin Sam George, PhD has been awarded a  R21 grant from NIH for her project titled “Investigating the role of lipid membrane in the cochlear hair cell mechanotransduction.”


Anthony Ricci, PhD has been awarded an S10 grant from NIH for his project titled “Abberior Infinity Line Upright 3D STED/Confocal Microscope.”


Jamis McGrath, PhD has been awarded an F32 grant from NIH for his project titled “Investigating the role of mechanotransduction machinery and the rootlet in modulating stereocilia motion.”


Iram Ahmad, MD has been awarded a McCormick and Gabilan Faculty Award for her project “Radiographic Changes in the Auditory Pathway to Predict Outcomes of Children with Hearing Loss.”


Robson Capasso, MD, and Tulio Valdez, MD have received a grant from the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment for their project “Albert  Einstein Hospital Upluxo Program: Disrupting Hospitals Fabric Reutilization.”


Peter Santa Maria, MBBS, PhD and Kristen Steenerson, MD have received University Research grants from Stanford Bioengineering and Spectrum MedTech Pilot for their project titled, “DizzyDx: A Dizzy Attack Event Monitor.”

Team News

Clinical Professor, Otolaryngology— Head & Neck Surgery

Davud Sirjani, MD has been promoted to the rank of Clinical Professor.

Robson Capasso, MD, was the prestigious  Louis H. Clerf Lecturer at Thomas Jefferson University’s Department of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery in Philadelphia, PA, and was also an invited speaker at the 4th annual Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Course in Rome.

Robert K. Jackler, MD, was an invited speaker for the Open Medical Institute’s Otology program in Salzburg, Austria.

Zara M. Patel, MD, a Biodesign Faculty Fellow, received extension funding to develop a medical device for electrical recording and stimulation of the olfactory nerve. 

Konstantina Stankovic, MD, PhD, FACS, was the David Schuller, MD, Lecturer at The Ohio State University(OSU) Department of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery during their graduation festivities.

Tulio Valdez, MD, MSc, was featured on NBC Bay Area to discuss further the great work being done to help alleviate the sleep issues children are experiencing.


⁠ Stanford OHNS held its Inaugural Research Trainee Retreat.

Stanford Ear Institute partnered with Baker Institute for the 15th Annual Listen to Me!

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.

Stanford OHNS at COSM 2023 in Boston.

Please save the date for the 2023 Facial Plastic Surgery Course, which will occur September 14-16, 2023. Our Course Directors are Sam Most, MD, and Jon Paul Pepper, MD. Please visit this link to register.

Global Engagement

Lauren Lalakea, MD was on ABC 7 “Building a Better Bay Area” to share about her work with Stanford OHNS to implement climate-friendly changes in Stanford clinics and ORs. ⁠

We continued our Global Health program with a mission trip to Antigua, Guatemala!

Recent Publications + Podcasts + Videos

Adoption and Utilization of Heat and Moisture Exchangers (HMEs) in the Tracheostomy Patient. 
Kearney A, Norris K, Bertelsen C, et al. Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. n/a(n/a). 

Assessment of Drug Permeability through an Ex Vivo Porcine Round Window Membrane Model. 
Moatti A, Silkstone D, Martin T, et al. Science. 2023;26(6). 

BackTable ENT Ep. 104 Microtia Surgery in Children with Dr. Mai Thy Truong

Comparison Between ChatGPT and Google Search as Sources of Postoperative Patient Instructions.
Ayoub NF, Lee YJ, Grimm D, Balakrishnan K. JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery. 2023;149(6):556-558. 

Development of a Shortwave Infrared Sinuscope for the Detection of Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks. 
Klein TW, Yang S, Tusty MA, et al. Journal of Biomedical Optics. 2023;28(9):094803. 

Difficult Tracheal Intubation and Airway Outcomes after Radiation for Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma. 
Huang AE, Camiré D, Hwang PH, Nekhendzy V. The Laryngoscope. n/a(n/a). 

Disparities in Access to Health Care in Adults with Sinusitis in the United States. 
Shah JP, Youn GM, Wei EX, Patel ZM. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. Published online April 8, 2023. 

Endoscopic Endonasal Transtuberculum Approach for Pediatric Tuberoinfundibular Craniopharyngioma: 2-Dimensional Operative Video
Vigo V, Chang JE, Nunez MA, Prolo LM, Hwang PH, Fernandez-Miranda JC. Operative Neurosurgery. Published online May 11, 2022.  

How We Lose Our Sense of Smell, and How It’s Treated. 
Bai, N. Stanford Medicine Magazine. Published June 2, 2023.

Long Term Quality of Life after Treatment in Sinonasal Malignancy: A Prospective, Multicenter Study. 
Maoz SL, Wang EW, Hwang PH, et al. International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology. n/a(n/a). 

New Theories of Possible Link between Covid Vaccines and Tinnitus Are Emerging. 
Edwards, Erika. NBC News. Published April 23, 2023. 

Opioid-Sparing Protocol for Endocrine Surgery (OSPREY): A Prospective Study.  
Kligerman MP, Austerlitz J, Orloff LA, Noel JE. n.d. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 

Parathyroid Autofluorescence in Pediatric Thyroid Surgery: Experience With False Positive and False Negative Results. 
Su-Velez BM, Hartman GE, Seeley H, Orloff LA, Noel JE, Meister KD. Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. 2023;169(1):185-189. 

Patient Outcomes in Lateral Crural Repositioning and Reconstruction in Revision Rhinoplasty. 
Abdelhamid AS, Kimura KS, El Abany A, Kandathil CK, Most SP. Facial Plast Surg Aesthet Med. Published online April 28, 2023. 

Pediatric Tracheostomy Emergency Readiness Assessment Tool: International Consensus Recommendations. 
Schiff E, Propst EJ, Balakrishnan K, et al. The Laryngoscope. n/a(n/a). 

Preoperative Evaluation of Thyroid Cancer: A Review of Current Best Practices.
Russell MD, Shonka DC, Noel J, et al. Endocrine Practice. 2023;0(0). 

President Biden uses a CPAP machine for sleep apnea. Here’s what to know.
Bever L. The Washington Post. Published June 29, 2023. 

Single Versus Multigene Testing for Hereditary Hearing Loss: Use and Costs in a Commercially Insured Cohort. 
Moon PK, Qian ZJ, Stevenson DA, Chang KW. Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. 2023;168(6):1472-1476. 

State of the Evidence for Preservation Rhinoplasty: A Systematic Review. 
DeSIsto NG, Okland TS, Patel PN, Most SP. Facial Plast Surg. Published online May 9, 2023. 

Suture Stenting After Sialendoscopy: A Novel Technique That Reduces Risk of Recurrent Parotitis. 
Finegersh A, Chang J, Lee YJ, Sirjani D. The Laryngoscope. n/a(n/a). 

Targeting KDM2A Enhances T Cell Infiltration in NSD1-Deficient Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma. 
Chen C, Shin JHo, Fang Z, et al. Cancer Research. Published online June 13, 2023:CAN-22-3114. 

The Omicron Variant of SARS-CoV-2 and Its Effect on the Olfactory System. 
Dehgani-Mobaraki P, Patel Z, Zaidi AK, Giannandrea D, Hopkins C. International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology. 2023;13(5):958-960. 

Time-Driven Activity-Based Cost Comparison of Thyroid Lobectomy and Radiofrequency Ablation. 
Ayoub NF, Balakrishnan K, Orloff LA, Noel JE. Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. n/a(n/a). 

Transoral Surgery in HPV-Positive Oropharyngeal Carcinoma: Oncologic Outcomes in the Veterans Affairs System. 
Faraji F, Kumar A, Voora R, et al. The Laryngoscope. n/a(n/a).