Head and neck cancer, thyroid cancer, reconstructive surgery
Studies of laryngeal reinnervation are ongoing in preparation for future laryngeal transplantation in patients with laryngeal cancer. These patients typically lose the recurrent laryngeal nerve with tumor resection, so alternative donor nerves are being tested. Methods to achieve bidirectional motion of the vocal folds, with minimization of laryngeal synkinesis, are also being studied. Clinical studies of the treatment of unilateral vocal fold paralysis, which may occur with thyroid and other cancers, are also under way.
- 1980: MS, immunochemistry, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana
- 1984: MD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
- 1984 - 1990: Resident, otolaryngology, Washington University, St. Louis
- 1990 - 1992: Fellow, McCollough Aesthetic Surgery Center, Birmingham, Ala.
- 1991: American Board of Otolaryngology
- 1992: American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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