I’ve wanted to be a doctor since I was 4 years old. However, I had never heard of otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat, or ENT) until the summer between my first and second years of medical school. At that time, I worked in the anatomy lab and met several ENTs who were putting on an educational course. I was able to assist them with the course and was hooked from then on.
As a pediatric ENT surgeon and sleep medicine specialist, I strongly believe that multidisciplinary care improves patient outcomes and clinical understanding. I also think that partnering with parents is the best way to understand a patient and a disease or condition. Toward that end, I have worked with the Complex Obstructive Sleep Apnea Center as the surgical director to include parents in the creation of shared decision-making tools and to initiate a parent advisory group.
I am also passionate about mentorship and medical student education, and in 2019, I was honored to receive the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Excellence in Mentoring Award. This award is given to two faculty members a year who are nominated by the medical students. It recognizes the value of quality mentoring on the medical students' career development, including their transition to residency.
I have served the specialty of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery and have been recognized for this service by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (AAOHNS) with the Distinguished Service Award in 2015 and 2018. These awards recognized my work as the chair of the Board of Governors and as a member of the Board of Directors of the AAOHNS.
In my research, my colleagues and I are seeking the best ways to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children, especially infants with OSA or those children with sleep apnea that persists after their tonsils and adenoids are removed.
In my personal life, I am a displaced east-coaster, an out-of-place Penn State alumnus and football fan, and a lover of Broadway musicals.
BS: Biology/Vertebrate Physiology, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, 1992.
BA: Political Science, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, 1992.
MD: Medicine, Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL, 2000.
Internship: General Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 2001.
Residency: Otolaryngology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 2005.
Fellowship: Pediatric Otolaryngology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2006.
Advanced Training: Sleep Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2007.
MPH: Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, 2010.
Sleep Disorders, Upper Airway
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Pediatric OSA: Evidence-Based Review of Treatment Results. Current otorhinolaryngology reports. 2021; 1-8.
Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation in Veterans With Comorbid Insomnia and Sleep Apnea. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2021; 164:1345-1353.
Virtual otolaryngologic management of sleep apnea patients: Lessons learned from COVID-19 pandemic. Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology. 2021; 6:564-569.
Elevation of CD40/CD40L Inflammatory Pathway Molecules in Carotid Plaques from Moderate-and-Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients. Diagnostics. 2021; 11.
Sleep Architecture in Children With Down Syndrome With and Without Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2021; 164:1108-1115.
Competency-Based Assessment Tool for Pediatric Esophagoscopy: International Modified Delphi Consensus. Laryngoscope. 2021; 131:1168-1174.
Surgical Treatment of Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Pediatric Sleep Medicine. 2021.
Demographic and Clinical Characteristics Associated With Adherence to Guideline-Based Polysomnography in Children With Down Syndrome. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2021; 164:877-883.
The maturation changes of sleep-related respiratory abnormalities in infants with laryngomalacia. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 2021; 17:767-777.
The effect of in-lab polysomnography and home sleep polygraphy on sleep position. Sleep and Breathing. 2021; 25:251-255.
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