Annual Department Research Day

November 1, 2021

Research Day

8:20 am - 4:00 pm


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm



On November 1, 2021, the OHNS department will host 12th annual Research Day. On this day, the members of the department gather to present, learn, share, and discuss their research with OHNS colleagues.

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Connect via Zoom

We are meeting in Li Ka Shing Center, 2nd Fl – Berg Hall (please note, breakfast & lunch will be provided).

We are hoping to see a high in-person attendance. Please note Zoom will be an alternative option available if you are unable to attend in-person.

More details coming soon!



If you prefer to attend via Zoom, below is the zoom information.







8:00 am-8:20 am



8:20 am-8:25 am


Tina Stankovic, MD PhD, 

8:25 am-8:30 am


Lloyd Minor, MD

8:30 am-9:15 am

Panel 1: Hearing and Neural Processing

Iram Ahmad, Matthew Fitzgerald, Nicolas Grillet, Teresa Nicolson, Dáibhid Ó Maoiléidigh

Moderator: Tony Ricci

9:15 am-10:00 am

Panel 2: Quality Improvement and Large Database Research

Jennifer Alyono, Karthik Balakrishnan, Ed Damrose, Jennifer Lee, Micah Saste, Robson Capasso, Uche Megwalu

Moderator: Sam Most

10:00 am-10:30 am

Coffee Break and Poster Review


10:30 am-11:15 am

Panel 3: Cancer Biology and Clinical Trials

Fred Baik, Vasu Divi, Peter Hwang, Heather Starmer, Julia Noel, Lisa Orloff

Moderator: John Sunwoo

11:15 am-Noon

Keynote: "Keloid  Disease: A Potential Model to Study Tumorigenesis in African Americans"

One may think that because keloids are benign, they would not be a viable model to learn more about cancer and its progression. However, because of their higher incidence in African Americans, malignant-like features that do not cross the threshold to malignancy and knowing that keloids and cancer are both wounds that do not heal, keloid disease has been proposed as a model to study cancer development, progression, and disparities. This presentation will give an update on the treatment of keloids and present epidemiology and molecular evidence supporting a link between keloids and cancer.

Objective: At the completion of this presentation learns will be able to:

1. Explain the link between keloids and cancer

2. Describe an effective protocol to treat keloids

Keynote speaker: Lamont Jones, MD


Noon-1:30 pm

Lunch and Poster Review


1:30 pm-2:15 pm

Panel 4: Simulation and Surgical Devices

Nik Blevins, Chris Holsinger, Stanley Liu, Kristen Steenerson, Mai Thy Truong, Tulio Valdez, Davud Sirjani

Moderator: Doug Sidell

2:15-3:00 pm

Panel 5: COVID: Research and Healthcare Impact

Laurie Lalakea, Kara Meister, Zara Patel, Kwang Sung, Konstantina Stankovic

Moderator: Rob Jackler

3:00-3:15 pm

Coffee Break and Poster Review


3:15-4:00 pm

Panel 6: Epithelial Regeneration

Elizabeth DiRenzo, Stefan Heller, Jayakar Nayak, JP Pepper, Peter Santa Maria

Moderator: Alan Cheng

3:15-4:00 pm

Closing Remarks, Poster Winner Announcements


to follow

Refreshments, Socialize, and Poster Review  



Why Do We Have an Annual OHNS Research Retreat?

We are a Research Intensive Department

Reinforce our commitment to pursuing innovation and discovery

  • Learn about research plans for the coming year across the department
  • To improve our upcoming research through constructive criticism
  • Establish research collaborations
  • Help trainees identify mentors
  • Bring together research and clinical communities
  • Give us a forum to reflect ways by which each of us can strive to discover new ways to understand and to overcome human disease


Why is Research Day Important to the OHNS Mission?

The three cornerstones of academic medicine are clinical expertise, scientific discovery, and clinical teaching.  These goals are interdependent. For example, clinical expertise relies on both scientific discovery and clinical teaching. Scientific discovery, in turn, can be informed by clinical experience. Our Research Day promotes and celebrates these types of exchanges.

Takeaway for Participants

Our department is committed to improving our clinical specialty through rigorous scientific work. There is a strong spirit of collaboration that welcomes input and new ideas.