2021 ACA Speakers/Moderators

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Waleed Abuzeid, MD

Waleed M. Abuzeid, M.D., is an Associate professor and Rhinology/Skull Base Surgery specialist in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Washington. Dr. Abuzeid provides comprehensive care for nasal, sinus, and skull base conditions.

Dr. Abuzeid received his medical degree from University College London (UCL) and then completed a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Abuzeid graduated from the University of Michigan Department of Otolaryngology residency program and completed a fellowship in advanced rhinology and skull base surgery at Stanford University. Prior to joining UW in 2020, Dr. Abuzeid served as Director of Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

Dr. Abuzeid has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and co-authored numerous textbook chapters. He regularly presents at national conferences. Dr. Abuzeid is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, the American Rhinologic Society, the North American Skull Base Society, and the Society of University Otolaryngologists.
Lectures
  • Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease: Current Management and Future Directions
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Kent Bashford, DO

Kent Bashford is an ophthalmologist in private practice in Fort Collins Colorado. He completed a fellowship in glaucoma at Yale University. He performs cataract and glaucoma surgery. Kent is a principle investigator in many clinical trials. Some of these include Travatan Z, Simbrinza, Rhopressa, Hydrus, Xen 45, Cypass, istent and istent inject. He lectures and continues to pursue better ways to treat glaucoma and cataracts.
Lectures
  • Glaucoma and Cataract Surgery - MIGS
  • My Current Filter - XenEx
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Liza Blumenfeld, MA, CCC, SLP, BCS-S

Liza Blumenfeld is a medical Speech-Language Pathologist currently serving as director of speech pathology and Co-Director of the Head and Neck Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego. Throughout her career, Liza has maintained a keen interest and passion for evaluating and treating complex voice and swallowing conditions. She has been an invited speaker both nationally and internationally on topics spanning the voice and swallowing realm. Her research interests include exploration of novel techniques to manage severe dysphagia associated with acute, chronic and progressive conditions. In addition, she has authorized publications highlighting the critical value of multidisciplinary management to optimize functional outcomes in head and neck cancer patients.
Lectures
  • Management of Irritable Larynx Syndrome Using Traditional, Behavioral and Innovative Methods
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Elizabeth Bradley, MD

Dr. Bradley is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where she serves as Program Director for the ASOPRS-sponsored ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship. She is a summa cum laude and Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. She completed her residency training in ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, followed by fellowship training in neuro-ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore and oculoplastic and orbital surgery at Mayo Clinic.
In addition to her clinical interest in facial nerve disorders, Dr. Bradley is a member of Mayo Clinic’s face transplant team.
Dr. Bradley’s research interests include health-related quality of life and patient satisfaction in ophthalmic plastic surgery. She received formal training in clinical research methodology through the Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Her NIH-funded research has included health-related quality of life evaluation in patients with thyroid eye disease.
Lectures
  • Periocular Aspects of Face Transplantation
  • Managing Ophthalmic Aspects of Facial Nerve Palsy
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Daniel Cates, MD

Dr. Daniel Cates is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California Davis. He also serves our nation’s veterans as a staff Otolaryngologist at the Northern California VA Health System. He specializes in the field of laryngology and bronchoesophagology and his clinical interests span the breadth of voice, swallowing, and upper aerodigestive tract disorders. He has special expertise in endoscopic techniques and minimally invasive in-office surgery.

Dr. Cates completed his residency training in Otolaryngology –Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California Davis. In addition to being trained in the full scope of ear, nose, and throat surgery, he received comprehensive instruction in diagnosis and treatment of swallowing disorders at the nation’s preeminent dysphagia center of excellence. He then went on to complete a fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice at the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center. There he gained expertise in microlaryngeal operative techniques, laser surgery, and office-based laryngeal procedures.

Dr. Daniel Cates has published over a dozen peer-reviewed articles and three book chapters on the topics of dysphagia, vocal fold paralysis, airway stenosis, and others. He has given presentations at numerous national meetings and has taught multiple courses on the treatment of voice and swallowing disorders. He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and is an inducted and active postgrauduate member of the American Laryngological Association and the American Bronchoesophagological Association.

Dr. Cates recognizes that disorders of swallowing, voice, and breathing can have an enormous impact on his patients’ quality of life. Using a team-based approach, he strives to improve patients’ daily and long-term well being by providing treatments that can help patients live in comfort and with dignity.
Lectures
  • Dysphagia Update: A Surgeon’s Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment
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John Chen, MD, PhD

Dr. Chen attended the University of Virginia for his undergraduate, medical, and PhD degrees. He completed his Ophthalmology residency and Neuro-Ophthalmology fellowship training at the University of Iowa. He then took a position at the Mayo Clinic in 2014 where he specializes in Neuro-Ophthalmology. Currently, he serves as a Consultant and Associate Professor in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Neurology at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Chen serves as the Associate Residency Program Director, Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship Director, and has received numerous teaching awards. He co-chairs the Upper Midwest Neuro-Ophthalmology Group and is on multiple committees for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society. He has received the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, serves as President-Elect for the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology, and was selected for the AAO Leadership Development Program for 2020. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and has received several research awards. His main research interests are in ophthalmic imaging, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, and optic neuritis.
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  • Introduction to Optic Neuritis
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Arwen Christian, DO

Ophthalmology Moderator
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Anthony Corrado, DO

As an East Coast native, Dr. Corrado graduated college with honors from NYU, completed medical school and residency training at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, and trained extensively at one of the top cancer centers in the world: New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He then completed a cosmetic surgery fellowship in Newport Beach and Beverly Hills, CA with industry leaders including Dr. Andrew Ordon, world-renowned celebrity plastic surgeon and co-host of The Doctors; as well as Dr. Jay Calvert current president of The Rhinoplasty Society.

The Corrado Center for Facial Plastic Surgery focuses exclusively on cosmetic facial surgery, with strong emphasis on rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty surgery. Discerning patients from across the U.S. and abroad look to Dr. Corrado for an elevated approach to facial plastic surgery, trusting their face to a specialist.
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This lecture will provide an overview of cutting edge techniques in nasal tip contouring. The lecturer will provide an overview of his preferred techniques for tip rhinoplasty over the last decade. The lecture will focus on modern structural rhinoplasty with attention placed on numerous case studies discussing common nasal flaws, methods of correction, pitfalls, as well as anatomical nuances with regard to ethnicity. The lecture will also provide input regarding developing a successful rhinoplasty practice.
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  • Nasal Tip Contouring - My Preferred Techniques Over The Last Decade
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Umamaheswar Duvvuri, MD

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  • Management of Oropharyngeal Cancer: Can We De-Escalate
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Michael Foster, DO

Otolaryngology Moderator
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Charles Guy, DO

Dr. Charles Guy completed his residency in Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery at the UMDNJ Program in Cherry Hill, NJ headed by Dr. Edward Scheiner, DO in 2010. He went on to complete a fellowship in cosmetic surgery through the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery with Dr. Jim English, MD in Little Rock, AR in 2011. From there he started the ENT/Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic at Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Hospital in Waco where it quickly became one of the most busy ENT/Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic in the system. In November 2018 he started his own clinic, Facial Plastic Surgery of Central Texas, in order to devote his entire time to treating only cosmetic and plastic surgery concerns of the face. He has a busy clinic that treats ~60% cosmetic needs and 40% insurance based needs. His practice has grown to become busy with facelifts, fillers, blepharoplasty, fat grafting and skin cancer reconstruction. He believes in helping patients have a natural and balanced look when it comes to cosmetic surgery.
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  • Nanofat Grafting: Stem Cells and Their Use in Cosmetic and Facial Plastic Surgery
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Lawrence Handler, MD

Dr. Lawrence Handler subspecializes in Oculofacial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Handler completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and medical degree at The Chicago Medical School. Ophthalmology residency was at Sinai Hospital in Detroit. Dr. Handler completed a 2 year ASOPRS Fellowship in Oculofacial Plastic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania/Scheie Eye Institute and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Currently, Dr. Handler has an academic appointment at the Oakland University/William Beaumont Medical School and serves as a clinic member at the Craniofacial and Cleft Palate Clinic at Beaumont Hospital.

Dr. Handler has presented both original research and many lectures and presentations at national and regional meetings. Dr. Handler is a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Handler’s clinical interests include, eyelid, orbit, tear duct system and facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Handler has a private practice with Dr. Zachary Pearce at Michigan Oculofacial Specialists with offices in the metropolitan Detroit area.
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  • Eyelid and Periocular Malignancies and Reconstruction
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Jesia Hasan, MD, FRCSC

Dr. Hasan is an ophthalmologist board certified in both Canada and the United States, who specializes in Medical Retina. She earned her medical degree and completed her residency at McGill University. During her residency, Dr.Hasan won awards both for leadership and academic achievement. Thereafter, she completed a fellowship in Medical Retina & Uveitis at the National Eye Institute in Bethesda, MD, which is part of the National Institutes of Health. She is currently on staff at the Jewish General Hospital and at Eye Health MD. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at McGill University. In 2020, Dr. Hasan was awarded the outstanding clinical instructor prize by McGill ophthalmology residents.
Lectures
  • Review of Uveitis
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Ian Humphreys, DO

Dr Humphreys is a Rhinologist and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgeon at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, WA. Currently he is the Director of Rhinology and the Neurorhinology & Advanced Sinus Surgery Fellowship Program. His research interests are focused on clinical outcomes in the treatment of sinusitis and sinonasal malignancies as well as invasive fungal sinusitis. In his free time he enjoys mountaineering, triathlons, and traveling with his family.
Lectures
  • Central Compartment Atopic Disease: New Views on an Old Problem
  • Otolaryngology Moderator
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Padmini Kaushal, MD

Dr. Kaushal has worked in a number of different practice environments both as a comprehensive Ophthalmologist and as a sub-specialist. She currently is in private practice as well as at a Local VA Hospital.
Lectures
  • Uveitis Diagnosis not to Miss
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Sumitra Khandelwal, MD

Sumitra S. Khandelwal MD is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine where she specializes in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. She also serves as the Medical Director for the Lions Eye Bank of Texas. She graduated from medical school from the University of Texas at Houston. She completed her ophthalmology residency at Emory University in Atlanta followed by a one-year fellowship at Minnesota Eye Consultants in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

She is a nationally known expert in complex cataract and cornea disease. She serves as the chair for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Challenging Cataract Subcommittee and on the American Academy of Ophthalmology cataract subcommittee. She has received several awards including Top Refractive Surgeon by Ocular Surgery News , Millennial Eye Top Female Ophthalmology, Faculty Award for Excellent in Patient Care, and the recipient of the ASCRS-ESCARS Young Ophthalmologist Exchange Program Award.
Lectures
  • Neurotrophic Keratitis
  • Update on Partial Thickness Corneal Transplants
  • Trends in Penetrating Keratoplasty
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Andrew Kibelbek, AuD

Andrew Kibelbek has worked as an audiologist at Southwest Ohio ENT Specialists in Dayton, Ohio, since graduating from the University of Cincinnati in 2016. He serves on planning committees for vestibular and tinnitus treatment services and assisted in developing and implementing a tinnitus treatment protocol at Hillcrest Hearing & Balance Center, the practice's audiology subsidiary.
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  • Techniques for Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Treatment
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Christopher Kieliszak, DO

Dr. Christopher Kieliszak is a Board-Certified Otolaryngologist with fellowship training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by the American Academic of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He completed his fellowship in 2019 under the mentorship of Dr. Harry Mittelman, innovative facial plastic surgeon who developed and patented the Mittelman Chin and Pre-Jowl Implant. He currently works in the Finger Lakes Region of New York and has a diverse general Otolaryngology practice with a focus in Facial Plastic Surgery. He continues to mentor surgical residents in addition to medical students and P.A. students.
Lectures
  • Combining Submentoplasty with the Horizontal Neck Lift in Select Patients
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Monica Kieu, DO

Monica Kieu, D.O., FACS is a board-certified specialist in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. She helps her patients improve their health, and their appearance, with exceptional skill and compassion.

A native of Southern California, Dr. Kieu received her medical degree, with honors, from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona. She completed her residency in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Michigan State University/Detroit Medical Center, where she was chief resident. In addition, she completed a prestigious fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Toronto. She has authored numerous papers and presentations for peer-reviewed medical journals and conferences.

The daughter of an anesthesiologist and a pediatrician, Dr. Kieu is a skilled practitioner with a broad range of academic and clinical interests in head and neck conditions. She is also a committed humanitarian-physician, having performed facial reconstructive and head and neck procedures in underserved provinces of Vietnam and Malawi. In her many medical missions, she has performed general otolaryngology procedures as well as dozens of cleft lip and palate correctional surgeries, which restore appearance, dignity, and function to her patients.

Dr. Kieu was recently named one of LA’s Top Docs by Los Angeles Magazine. She is a member of many major medical organizations, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery; American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery; American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery; American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; and the American Rhinologic Society.

Dr. Kieu is passionate about teaching, and currently serves as assistant clinical professor for the Department of Surgical Services at Michigan State University. As a leading expert in her field, Dr Kieu frequently lectures and demonstrates her aesthetic techniques to other physicians and health care providers.
Lectures
  • Change in the Face of the Pandemic and the Impact of Social Media
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Lyndsay Madden, DO

Otolaryngology Moderator
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Albert Merati, MD

Dr. Merati is an internationally recognized leader in Otolaryngology and heads up the Laryngology program at the University of Washington, widely recognized as one of the top programs for clinical care, scholarship, and training anywhere in the world. He has over 120 peer reviewed publications and also is the lead editor for the Textbook of Laryngology. Dr. Merati has served as Senior Examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and as a Vice President of the Triological Society. Dr. Merati has earned two Distinguished Service awards from the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery and is Past-President of the AAOHNS as well as of the American Broncho-Esophagological Association, joining two other Otolaryngologists of the modern era who have held both offices.
Lectures
  • Keynote Lecture
  • What have I learned about vocal fold paralysis over the past 20 years?
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George Miguel, DO

Otolaryngology Moderator
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Devin Mistry, DO

Dr. Mistry is a 2008 graduate of Calvin College, where he received his Bachelors in Biology with a Minor in Biochemistry. He went to medical school at Michigan State University and completed his residency training in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at Metro Health Hospital in Grand Rapids. During his residency, Dr. Mistry received the Patrick Murray Award from the AOCOOHNS (the national society of osteopathic ear, nose and throat doctors). This award is given to the top scoring individual among all ENT residents taking the annual national resident training exam.

Following the completion of his residency, Dr. Mistry completed an additional year of fellowship training in the subspecialty of Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery at The Ohio State University. During his fellowship, he developed an
expertise in the management of allergies and disorders of the sinuses and skull base. During his time at OSU, Dr. Mistry had the exciting opportunity to train under the forefathers of endoscopic skull base surgery, from whom he learned
minimally invasive techniques to manage the most challenging problems of the sinuses and skull base. He is as the only fellowship-trained Rhinologist in the western half of Michigan where his practice primarily focuses on the management of complex sinus disease and tumors of the skull base.
Lectures
  • Refractory Rhinitis: Updates in Evaluation and Management
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Sarah Mowry, MD, FACS

Sarah Mowry is an otologist/neurotologist at University Hospitals and is an Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University. She is the program director for the UH/CWRU Otolaryngology Residency Program. Dr. Mowry is also an active member of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance and is a passionate advocate for access to cochlear implantion. She maintains a busy ear and skull base practice while juggling the role of mother of 2.
Lectures
  • Management of the Difficult Mastoid Cavity
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Todd Otteson, MD, MPH

Todd Otteson is the chief of pediatric otolaryngology at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital (RBCH) in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also an assistant dean for student affairs and Dean of the Blackwell McKinley Society at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He directs the Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct research endeavors which are funded by generous donors at RBCH and has published a number of manuscripts on EVA related hearing loss in children. He was a fellow in pediatric otolaryngology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and earned his Masters in Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Todd completed residency in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC where he was also a medical student. He is a pediatric otolaryngologist, researcher, and educator.
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  • Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct
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James Prueter, DO

Dr. Prueter completed residency in general ear nose and throat and fellowship in neurotology. He performs pediatric and adult sinus and head and neck surgery. His primary clinical interest is neurotology, the surgical and medical management for disorders of hearing, balance, and facial movement. He treats disorders of the ear canal, ear drum, middle ear bones, mastoid, inner ear (cochlea and vestibular labyrinth), and nerves traveling to the brainstem. He is part of a collaborative team of neurosurgeons and skull base surgeons who treat tumors of the lateral skull base, including acoustic neuromas.

Dr. Prueter is the recipient of numerous awards including the AOCOO-HNS Council of Residents and Fellows Presidential Award. He has been published in various journals including the American Journal of Otolaryngology and Journal of Otology and Neurotology.

In his spare time, Dr. Prueter enjoys spending time with his family and wilderness hiking and biking adventures.
Lectures
  • What IS Menieres?
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Ann Ranelle, DO

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  • Pandemic Effects on Pediatric Eyes
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Brandt Riley, DO

Ophthalmology Moderator
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Wayne Robbins, DO

Dr. Wayne Robbins is an otolaryngologist with specialty training in otology. He has received multiple national honors and faculty awards for his commitment to medical education. In 1998 he developed a residency training program in otolaryngology and acted as program director in that program for sixteen years. Dr. Robbins has served on the Board of Examiners, the Board of Governors and chaired the Education Committee for the American Osteopathic College of Otolaryngology. After serving on the osteopathic accreditation committee for ten years he chaired that committee, the Council of Medical Education, until he was elected to the Review Committee for Otolaryngology for the ACGME. Dr Robbins has lectured at local, regional and national meetings. He has organized and participated in many clinical workshops and temporal bone labs. He holds an academic appointments at Michigan State University. He enjoys flying as a hobby and is an instrument rated pilot.
Lectures
  • Cochlear Implants; Expanded Candidacy and Hearing Preservation
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Eric Romriell, DO

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  • Secrets a Retina Surgeon Can Share with an Anterior Surgeon
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Jonathon Russell, MD, FACS

Jonathon O. Russell is an Associate Professor of Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery and the Director of the Multi-Disciplinary Johns Hopkins Thyroid Tumor Center. His research focuses on improving outcomes with novel techniques and technologies, and he is the current chair of the Technology Committee for the Endocrine Section of the American Head and Neck Society. His current practice focuses on advanced thyroid and parathyroid pathology as well as the application of minimally invasive techniques to less advanced disease states.
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  • Novel Thyroid Interventions: Remote Access and Radio-frequency Ablation
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Steven Sarkisian, MD

Steven R. Sarkisian, Jr., MD is the Founder and CEO of Oklahoma Eye Surgeons, PLLC and former director of the glaucoma fellowship at the Dean McGee Eye Institute and serves as a clinical professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. Dr. Sarkisian has an active clinical practice with a particular interest in surgical innovation for the treatment of glaucoma and cataracts with extensive research involvement in numerous FDA clinical trials, particularly involving MIGS, or minimally invasive glaucoma surgery. He recently co-authored the book “Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery, a Practical Guide”. He speaks nationally and internationally, teaching ophthalmologists about these new surgical techniques. Dr. Sarkisian currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and on the Editorial Board of Glaucoma Today and Glaucoma Physician. He also was nominated by the American Glaucoma Society (AGS) to be a consultant to the FDA Ophthalmic Device Panel, where he has served since 2009 and is also a member of the multi-media committee of the AGS and on the glaucoma program committee for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Sarkisian is listed in Woodward/White’s “The Best Doctors in America”, Castle and Connelly’s “Top Doctors”, Oklahoma Super Doctors, and “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America.

Dr. Sarkisian is a graduate of Wheaton College and obtained a Certificate in Christian Studies (CERT) at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 1995. He received his MD from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1999 and did a residency in ophthalmology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY followed by a glaucoma fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, where he served on faculty for two years before joining the faculty at OU. He and his wife Anne have four children and live in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Lectures
  • Sustained Release and Compounded Eye Drops
  • Why I don't do Trabs Anymore
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William Sawyer, DO

William Sawyer, DO is a board-certified fellowship trained corneal specialist. Dr. Sawyer specializes
in cataract and refractive surgery and is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of corneal and
ocular infections. He has practices in Weatherford and Granbury, TX. Previously, Dr. Sawyer spent 5
years as the only corneal specialist in Northeast Arkansas. He has also practiced in New Braunfels, TX
and participated in medical mission trips to San Ignacio, Belize.
Before medical school, Dr. Sawyer graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in
Biochemistry from Abilene Christian University, in Abilene, Texas. He graduated from the University of
North Texas Health Science Center- Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Sawyer
received his ophthalmology residency training at Grandview Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. He went on to
advance his training by completing a fellowship in Cornea and External Diseases of the Eye at The Ohio
State University. Since his time in residency and fellowship, Dr. Sawyer has been an active member in
many professional organizations including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American
Osteopathic Association, and the American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology &
Otolaryngology. He has been on panels and given lectures at ophthalmic conferences. Dr. Sawyer is
a three time recipient of the Patrick Murray Award in recognition for the highest ophthalmology exam
scores among osteopathic physicians in the United States. During his time at Ohio State he was
recognized as The Teaching Fellow of the Year for his ability to teach residents and further their
knowledge in ophthalmology.
Lectures
  • SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction)
  • Corneal Considerations in Cataract Surgery
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Sweeti Shah, DO

Dr. Sweeti V. Shah practices tertiary care Pediatric otolaryngology at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, FL. She co-founded the establishment of the 22q11 multidisciplinary clinic at JDCH and it has now been running for the past 3 years with referrals from many parts of the Eastern US. She is committed to the wholesome care of 22q11 children including a montly Velopharyngeal Dysfunction clinic in conjunction with a specialized speech pathologist to identify VPD and further treatments.

Her passion in pediatric otolaryngology consists of head and neck treatment and airway in addition to VPD. She plans to help streamline a vascular malformation team and Head and Neck institute within the Pediatric Otolaryngology department.
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  • 22q11 Considerations in Otolaryngology
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John Siddens, DO

John D. Siddens, D.O. finished an ophthalmology residency at Botsford Hospital in Detroit, and then competed a fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the Kresge Eye Institute at Wayne State University in Detroit. This prestigious fellowship was completed under the direction of Frank A. Nesi, MD, and Geoffrey J. Gladstone, MD, and covered all areas of periocular, eyelid and orbital disease and surgery.
After being in private practice for 20 years in Greenville, Dr. Siddens joined the Greenville Health System’s (GHS) Department of Plastic Surgery. When GHS opened the GHS Eye Institute in 2014, he became one of its’ founding physicians, and the Director of the GHS Eye Institute’s Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery service. GHS transformed into Prisma Health in 2017, becoming South Carolina’s largest not-for-profit health care provider. In 2019, Dr. Siddens was promoted to Division Chief of Ophthalmology for Prisma Health Ophthalmology Upstate, and works with Prisma Health Ophthalmology Midlands until a Division Chief is appointed there.
With 30 years of work in his field, Dr. Siddens offers the experience performing close to 20,000 surgeries, and utilizes the latest diagnostic and surgical equipment to provide state of the art care for patients with needs in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery.
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  • Case Based Approach to Tearing Patients
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Michael Singer, MD

Michael Singer M.D. is Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. He is also the Director of Clinical Research at Medical Center Ophthalmology. Dr. Singer is a member of the Retina Society, the Macula Society, Club Jules Gonin, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialists. Dr. Singer is the recipient of many awards, including the American Society of Retina Specialists Honor and Senior Honor award, the Achievement award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, The Gary Thomas Award, Faculty of the Year of the F1000 Foundation, and Two ASRS Rhet Buckler Awards. Dr. Singer has been involved in well over 150 clinical trials and has presented research and taught courses both nationally and internationally. He is written numerous journal articles on all the medicines approved for retinal indications. In 2018 he was inducted into the Retina Hall of fame.
Lectures
  • What Potentially Keeps Retina Specialists Up at Night
  • Artificial Intelligence in Ophthalmology
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Libby Smith, DO

Libby Smith, D.O., FAOCO, is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is the Director of the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center. Dr. Smith received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She received her Otolaryngology training at Grandview-Kettering Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, and completed a fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice in Philadelphia, PA. A board-certified Otolaryngologist, she specializes in the treatment of voice and swallowing disorders. Her research interests include laryngeal electromyography, vocal fold paralysis, and surgical ergonomics. She is the primary physician on the Trach Care Task Force at her hospital, working with the team to ensure safe and appropriate trach tube changes and Quality Improvement projects to improve care of tracheotomized patients.
Lectures
  • Tracheotomy: Best Practices
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Michael Snyder, MD

Dr. Snyder has, with Dr. Robert Osher, pioneered artificial iris prosthesis use in the United States, aiding in the rehabilitation of acquired traumatic iris defects or congenital iris defects such as aniridia and ocular albinism. He organized and executed the clinical study that led to the first and only FDA approval of the custom-matched artificial iris. Dr. Snyder has also been a clinical investigator in numerous trials of new presbyopia-correcting intraocular implant lenses and implantable sustained release pharmaceutical agents.

Dr. Snyder cultivated a referral practice in cataract and corneal surgery in Albany, New York where he also taught residents at Albany Medical College. He joined the growing and internationally renowned Cincinnati Eye Institute and the faculty of the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine in 1997. At Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI), Dr. Snyder continues to couple his clinical activities with an active interest in both teaching and research as faculty at CEI and as a Professor of Ophthalmology at University of Cincinnati.

At the national and international level, Dr. Snyder is actively involved in teaching other ophthalmologists through these organizations. He has produced or co-produced more than 50 educational videos, authored dozens of textbook chapters, published more than a hundred scholarly manuscripts, and given several hundreds of presentations to his peers at as a frequent “Guest Professor” at regional meetings and professional meetings in the US and around the globe. He continues to contribute to Ophthalmology textbooks and scientific journals as author, editor and reviewer, and he sits on multiple editorial boards.

Dr. Snyder has been actively involved in leadership at CEI and within the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. Dr. Snyder teaches residents locally as a Professor of Ophthalmology at University of Cincinnati and has mentored numerous medical students aspiring to ophthalmology. His peers have repeatedly elected him to Best Doctors in America.

Dr. Snyder is actively involved in developing new devices for intraocular implantation and new ophthalmic applications for pharmaceuticals including FDA studies. Dr. Snyder was the first in North America to implant an artificial iris custom-matched to the uninjured eye. He designed the FDA study for the device and acted as Medical Monitor, shepherding the device through from inception to FDA approval.
Lectures
  • Ophthalmic Ergonomics: We've got your back and neck!
  • Zonulopathy
  • Custom Iris Prostheses: Prerequisites and Cases
  • Complex Cataract Cases
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Patrick Spencer, DO

Ophthalmology Moderator
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David Valent, DO

My medical career began at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. After graduation, I was fortunate enough to match at Grandview Hospital in Dayton, Ohio for my internship and residency. During my residency, one area I really gravitated toward was macular degeneration and the treatments we can provide for these patients. With this interest, I decided to do a medical retina and uveitis fellowship and matched at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. I spent two years seeing patients, performing research, presenting at meetings and learning from my mentors.

After my fellowship, I spent one year working at the Medical Retinal Center in Medford, Oregon. The following year, I was honored to be offered a position at PeaceHealth Eyecare to continue to care for patients and their ophthalmic conditions. I have been honored to work with such an amazing group at PeaceHealth Eye Care. I continue to learn from my colleagues every day and I hope to continue to grow as a clinician. I would like to continue to deliver the highest quality ophthalmic care to the community for years to come.
Lectures
  • Common Uveitis Questions Answered
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Nathan Vandjelovic, DO

Dr. Vandjelovic earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree and graduated with high honors from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Blacksburg, VA. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology, at the Detroit Medical Center/Michigan State University, where he served as chief resident. He continued his education and completed a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children through Thomas Jefferson University in Wilmington, DE. Dr. Vandjelovic currently practices pediatric otolaryngology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Lectures
  • Pain Management After Tonsillectomy
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Namrata Varma, DO

Namrata Varma, DO, is a fellowship-trained pediatric otolaryngologist practicing in Long Beach, California and Millers Children's and Women's Hospital.
She graduated medical school at Touro University - COM, completed her Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery residency at Mclaren Macomb through Michigan State University, and went on to Pediatric Otolaryngology fellowship at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, in Canada.

Since arriving at Miller Children's Hospital, in collaboration with the pediatric speech and swallow therapists, Dr Varma has since started both and inpatient and outpatient voice and swallowing service. She is in the process of creating an Aerodigestive Clinic with her Pulmonary and Gastroenterology colleagues.

Dr. Varma has also had the privilege of leading several missions to Guatemala through the Mending Kids organization, providing much-needed care to those children. She hopes to continue her community outreach, both locally and globally.
Lectures
  • Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Beyond T&A
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Ivan Vrcek, MD, FACS

Dr. Vrcek is an oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Dallas, Texas. He is board certified with American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) and American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) accredited fellowship training. Dr. Vrcek attended The College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts where he delivered an honors thesis in comparative anatomy and graduated with honors. He then attended medical school at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas where he was president of his class. Dr. Vrcek completed his Ophthalmology Residency at Parkland Hospital and UT Southwestern. Dr. Vrcek was the first applicant from UT Southwestern in a decade to be accepted into a prestigious American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) fellowship.

Dr. Vrcek has performed thousands of ophthalmic plastic, reconstructive, orbit, lacrimal, trauma, and cosmetic facial surgery procedures. Dr. Vrcek has trained numerous residents, written more than 20 peer reviewed publications and book chapters, and distinguished himself by being awarded two American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Research Grants and was recently awarded the Merrill Reeh Pathology Award by ASOPRS for his research on ptosis.
Lectures
  • Minimally Invasive Eyelid and Mid-facial Aesthetic Surgery
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Tammy Wang, MD

Tammy Wang is an Assistant Professor in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Colorado. She is a Pediatric Otolaryngologist at Denver Health Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of Colorado. She has a long-standing interest in medical education, and helped to develop an otolaryngology bootcamp curriculum at the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. She is also a co-founder of the Case Western Reserve University Student-Run Free Clinic, which provides free healthcare to the Greater Cleveland community. Her current projects include development of congenital CMV testing protocols for newborn infants to accurately diagnose congenital hearing loss. She is also a surgery liaison at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado for a Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine undergraduate program.
Lectures
  • Controversies in Cervical Lymphadenopathy
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Carissa Wentland, DO

Carissa Wentland is a pediatric otolaryngologist at Children's Hospital of Michigan. She completed her residency through Michigan State University at Genesys Regional Medical Center. She then completed a Pediatric Otolaryngology fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. After 3 years of practice at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, she then completed an Advanced Otology fellowship at the University of Missouri. Special interests include childhood hearing loss, cochlear implantation, chronic ear disease and endoscopic ear surgery.
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This session with highlight recent literature on pediatric deep neck space abscesses. The etiology, common pathogens, and treatment options will be presented. Articles describing the use of steroids, medical versus surgical management, and surgical technique will be reviewed.
Lectures
  • Pediatric Deep Neck Space Abscesses: Literature Update
  • Otolaryngology Moderator
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Eric Wilkinson, MD

Dr. Eric Wilkinson is originally from Tempe, Arizona and received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. His Otolaryngology residency was completed at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and he completed his fellowship in Otology/Neurotology at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles. Dr. Wilkinson joined the staff of the House Ear Clinic following his fellowship training in 2008 and practiced there until joining the Idaho Ear Clinic in 2020.

Dr. Wilkinson has extensive clinical and research experience with Cochlear Implants (CI) and Auditory Brainstem Implants (ABI), and received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a clinical trial of the ABI in children with inner ear malformations. He is a recognized expert in auditory implants and endoscopic ear surgery, and is co-editing a textbook on ABI to be published by Thieme Publishing. He is honored to join Idaho Ear Clinic and provide expert Otology/Neurotology care to the Treasure Valley and Idaho. He and his wife Gayle are the parents of 4 children.
Lectures
  • Cochlear Implantation in Single Sided Deafness
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Carol Yan, MD

Carol Yan is a fellowship trained Rhinologist and Anterior Skull Base Surgeon. She completed her medical school and otolaryngology residency training at the University of Pennsylvania and a 2-year clinical and research fellowship at Stanford University. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of California San Diego where she specializes in treating patients with sinonasal disease, skull base tumors, and olfactory dysfunction.

Dr. Yan's research involves understanding molecular mechanisms of olfactory dysfunction related to sinonasal inflammatory disease and post-infectious etiologies including COVID-19 and develop novel therapeutics for patients with chronic olfactory dysfunction. She was also the lead author on some of the first publications reporting the association between COVID-19 and olfactory loss. She and her colleagues described incidence and recovery of olfactory loss associated with COVID-19 which helped shape the public and government response in utilizing olfactory function as a marker for COVID-19 infection.
Lectures
  • Olfaction in the Era of COVID-19
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