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Zara M. Patel
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center
Bio 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.
Associate Professor of Medicine (Oncology) at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System and, by courtesy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Clinical Interests: general oncology, head and neck cancer Research Interests: chemoprevention trials and combined modality approaches to head and neck cancer
Gerald R Popelka, PhD
Consulting Professor of Otolaryngology
Current Research and Scholarly Interests My long term effort is centered on understanding and accurately measuring both normal and abnormal auditory function, both at the periphery and within the brain. I am now focussed on tinnitus, a perceived phantom sound in the absence of auditory stimulation. My goals include specifically understanding the basic mechanisms of tinnitus and developing effective and safe interventions.