Dr. Sonya Malekzadeh, MD

Dr. Sonya Malekzadeh, MD

Dr. Sonya Malekzadeh, MD

Languages: English
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About the Provider

Sonya Malekzadeh, MD, is a board-certified otolaryngologist with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Professor of otolaryngology at Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Dr. Malekzadeh sees patients for a variety of ear, nose, and throat conditions, particularly head and neck cancers, sinus problems requiring surgery, and sleep apnea.
Dr. Malekzadeh's research interests center on medical education and simulation training, including evaluating the role of low-cost task trainers in otolaryngology. At Georgetown, she has been honored twice with the Outstanding Teaching Award for her educational efforts within the Department of Otolaryngology. Dr. Malekzadeh was a graduate of the first class of MedStar Health's award-winning Teaching Scholars program, a partnership between MedStar Health Research Institute and MedStar Health's academic affairs division that enables clinicians to utilize research methodology so they can apply it to education.
Dr. Malekzadeh has developed numerous innovative education tools, including COCLIA (Comprehensive Otolaryngologic Curriculum, Learning through Interactive Approach), an on-line resident educational tool. This program is endorsed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNS/F) and is utilized by many Otolaryngology programs. She developed the first ORL Emergencies Boot Camp and co-directs this annual course in Baltimore.
As an active member of the AAO-HNS/F, she has chaired and served as member of numerous committees, including the Board of Directors and Chair of the Women in Otolaryngology. Her term as Coordinator for Education, led to the development of educational products and programming for the Foundation’s membership. Dr. Malekzadeh has served as Associate Editor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery since 2013. She is a member of numerous educational societies, including The Society of University Otolaryngologist and The Association for Surgical Education. She is Chair for the Otolaryngology Program Directors Organization.
Dr. Malekzadeh received her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, where she also completed her internship in general surgery. After fulfilling her residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at The University of Maryland in Baltimore, she joined the faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Georgetown in 2001.

  • Residency Program: University of Maryland School of Medicine (2000)
  • Residency Program: University of Maryland Medical System (1999)
  • Residency Program: Johns Hopkins Hospital (1999)
  • Internship Program: George Washington University Hospital (1995)
  • Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine (1993)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Otolaryngology
  1. Malekzadeh S, Roberts WC. Growth rate of left atrial myxomas. American Journal of Cardiology 64:1075, 1989. PMID: 2683708
  2. Dressler FA, Malekzadeh S, Roberts WC. Quantitative analysis of amounts of coronary arterial narrowing in cocaine addicts. American Journal of Cardiology 65:303, 1990. PMID: 2301258
  3. Gertz SD, Malekzadeh S, Dollar AL, Kragel AH, Roberts WC. Composition of atherosclerotic plaques in the four major coronary arteries in patients >90 years of age. American Journal of Cardiology 67:1228, 1991. PMID: 2035446
  4. Malekzadeh S, Dressler FA, Hoeg JM, Brewer HB, Roberts WC. Left atrial endocardial lipid deposits and absent to minimal arterial lipid deposits in familial hyperchylomicronemia. American Journal of Cardiology 67:1431, 1991. PMID: 2042577
  5. Teimourian B, Adham MN, Malekzadeh S. Waistline cincture. Aesthetic Surgery Journal 18:458-460, 1998. PMID: 19328178
  6. Malaisrie SC, Malekzadeh S, Biedlingmaier JF. In vivo analysis of bacterial biofilm formation on facial plastic bioimplants. Laryngoscope 108: 1733-8, 1998. PMID: 9818835
  7. Teimourian B, Malekzadeh S. Rejuvenation of the upper arm. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 102:545-551, 1998. PMID: 9703097
  8. Teimourian B, Adham MN, Chiaramonte MF, Malekzadeh S. Rejuvenation of the Hand: Fat injection combined with TCA peel. Aesthetic Surgery Journal 20 (1): 70-2, 2000.
  9. Wolf JS, Malekzadeh S, Berry JA, O’Malley BW. Informed consent in functional endoscopic sinus surgery. Laryngoscope 112;774-778, 2002. PMID: 12150605
  10. Malekzadeh S, Hamburger MD, Biedlingmaier JF, Baraniuk JN. Density of middle turbinate subepithelial mucous gland in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis. Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery 127;190-195, 2002. PMID: 12297809
  11. Pritchyk K, Thompson LDR, Malekzadeh S. Endoscopic management of intratracheal ectopic thyroid. Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery 130;630-632, 2004. PMID: 15138431
  12. Malekazadeh S, McGuire JF. The new histologic classification of chronic rhinosinusitis. Current Allergy and Asthma Reports. 3:221-226, 2003. PMID: 12662471
  13. Baraniuk JN, Casado B, Malekzadeh S. Differentiating osteomeatal complex disease and chronic rhinosinusitis from nonallergic rhinitis. Clin Allergy Immunol. 19:115-146, 2007. PMID: 17153011
  14. Baraniuk JN, Malekzadeh S, Casado B. Chronic rhinosinusitis with glandular hypertrophy. Clin Allergy Immunol. 20:121-46, 2007. PMID: 17534049
  15. Steehler MK, Hesham HN, Wycherly BJ, Burke KM, Malekzadeh S. Induction of tracheal stenosis in a rabbit Model: Endoscopic versus open technique. The Laryngoscope 121:509-14, 2011. PMID: 21344426
  16. Malekzadeh S, Hanna G, Pehlivanova M, Wilson B, Milmoe G. A model for training and evaluation of myringotomy and tube placement skills. The Laryngoscope 121:1410-15, 2011. PMID: 21647901
  17. Malekzadeh S, Pfisterer MJ, Na H, Steehler MK. A novel sinus surgery task trainer Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2011;145:530-533. PMID: 21690274
  18. Malekzadeh S, Malloy KM, Chu E, Tompkins J, Battista A, Deutsch ES. ORL emergencies boot camp: Using simulation to on-board residents. The Laryngoscope. 2011;121:2114-2121. PMID: 21898435
  19. Steehler MK, Pfisterer MJ, Na H, Pehlivanova M, Malekzadeh S. Validation of a low cost sinus surgery task trainer. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012;146:504-509. PMID: 22114312
  20. Steehler MK, Chu EE, Na H, Pfisterer MJ, Hesham HN, Malekzadeh S. Teaching and assessing endoscopic sinus surgery skills on a validated low-cost task trainer. The Laryngoscope, 2013;123:841-844. PMID: 23288689
  21. Steehler MK, Wycherly BJ, Burke KM, Hesham HN, Malekzadeh S. Subfreezing versus room temperature balloon dilation of benign tracheal stenosis: a pilot study in rabbits. Ear, Nose and Throat J 2013 April-May;92(4-5):219-222. PMID: 23599106
  22. Malloy KM, Malekzadeh S, Deutsch ES. Simulation-based ORL Emergencies Boot Camp Part 1: Curriculum Design and Airway Skills. The Laryngoscope 2014;124:1562-1565. PMID: 24375482
  23. Malekzadeh S, Deutsch ES, Malloy KM. Simulation-based ORL Emergencies Boot Camp Part 2: Special Skills using Task Trainers. The Laryngoscope 2014;124:1566-1569. PMID: 24375462
  24. Deutsch ES, Malloy KM, Malekzadeh S. Simulation-based ORL Emergencies Boot Camp Part 3: Complex Teamwork Scenarios and Conclusions. The Laryngoscope 2014;124:1570-1572. PMID: 24375442
  25. Fried MP and Malekzadeh S. The otolaryngologist as educator: Guiding principles. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2014;151:893-894. PMID: 25305269
  26. Malekzadeh S, Bunting H, Martin BW. Peri-tonsillar abscess simulator. Simul Healthc. 2015 Oct;10(5):320-5. PMID: 26335562
  27. Seidman MD, Gurgel RK, Lin SY, Schwartz SR, Baroody FM, Bonner JR, Dawson DE, Dykewicz MS, Hackell JM, Han JK, Ishman SL, Krouse HJ, Malekzadeh S, Mims JW, Omole FS, Reddy WD, Wallace DV, Walsh SA, Warren BE, Wilson MN, Nnacheta LC. Clinical Practice Guideline: Allergic Rhinitis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2015 Feb;152(1 Suppl):S1-43. PMID: 25644617
  28. Seidman MD, Gurgel RK, Lin SY, Schwartz SR, Baroody FM, Bonner JR, Dawson DE, Dykewicz MS, Hackell JM, Han JK, Ishman SL, Krouse HJ, Malekzadeh S, Mims JW, Omole FS, Reddy WD, Wallace DV, Walsh SA, Warren BE, Wilson MN, Nnacheta LC. Clinical Practice Guideline: Allergic Rhinitis Executive Summary. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Feb;152(2):197-206. PMID: 25645524
  29. Holliday MA, Stuss V, Malekzadeh S, Grant NN. Low-cost phonosurgery training station: Development and Validation. Laryngoscope 2015 Jun;125(6):1409-13. PMID: 25599882
  30. Deutsch ES, Wiet GJ, Seidman M, Hussey HM, Malekzadeh S, Fried MP. Simulation activity in otolaryngology residencies. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2015;153:193-201. PMID: 26019133
  31. Pulcrano ME, Malekzadeh S, Kumar A. The impact of gross anatomy laboratory on first year medical students’ interest in a surgical career. Clin Anat 2016:Sep;29(6):691-5. PMID: 27071498
  32. Woo JA, Malekzadeh S, Malloy KM, Deutsch ES. Are All Manikins Created Equal? A Pilot Study of Simulator Upper Airway Anatomic Fidelity. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2016; 156(6):1154-1157. PMID: 28566046
  33. Bruce AN, Kumar A, Malekzadeh S. Procedures Skills of the Entrustable Professional Activities: Are graduating US medical students prepared to perform procedures in residency? J Surg Educ January 2017 S1931-7204. PMID: 28126380
  34. Abid MA, Nellis JC, Malekzadeh S, Reh DD, Bhatti NI, Lin SY. Development and Testing of a Structured Inhalant Allergy Curriculum for Otolaryngology Residents. Submitted International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology. September 2016.
  35. Polacco MA, Lally J, Walls A, Harrold LR, Malekzadeh S, Chen EY. Digging into Debt: The Financial Burden Associated with the Otolaryngology Match. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2017;156(6):1091-1096. PMID: 28116996
  36. Dermody SM, Gao W, McGinn JD, Malekzadeh S. Case Logging Practices in Otolaryngology Residency Training: National Survey of Residents and Program Directors. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2017;156(6):1072-1077. PMID: 28417670
  37. Malekzadeh S. Simulation in Otolaryngology. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2017;Oct:50(5): xvii-xviii. PMID: 28778353
  38. Yeh DH, Fung K, Malekzadeh S. Boot Camps: Preparing for Residency. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2017;Oct:50(5):1003-1013. PMID: 28669460
  39. Hancock M, Hoa M, Malekzadeh S. Educational Resources for Global Health in Otolaryngology. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2018;Mar 7. PMID 29525392
  40. Dermody SM, Litvack JR, Randall JA, Malekzadeh S, Maxwell JH. Compensation of Otolaryngologists in the Veterans Health Administration: Is There a Gender Gap? Laryngoscope 2018; PMID: 30152025
  41. Tseng YW, Vedula S, Malpani A, Ahmidi N, Boahene KDO, Papel ID, Kontis TC, Maxwell J, Wanamaker J, Byrne PJ, Malekzadeh S, Hager GD, Ishii LE, Ishii M. Association between daytime sleepiness in trainee surgeons and their intraoperative technical skills during septoplasty. JAMA Facial Plast Surg 2018; PMID 30325993.
  42. Chang CWD, Gray ST, Malekzadeh S, Dobratz EJ, Schaitkin BM, Teng MS, Thorne MC, Abaza MM. Cultivating and Recruiting Future Otolaryngology Residents: Shaping the Tributary. Otolaryngol Head and Neck Surg 2018; PMID: 30126331
  43. Gidley PW, Maw J, Gantz B, Kaylie D, Lambert P, Malekzadeh S, Chandrasekhar S. Contemporary Opinions on Intraoperative Facial Nerve Monitoring OTO Open 2018; volume 2 issue 3.
  44. Yoshiyasu Y, Chang DR, Bunegin BS, Lin RP, Aden JK, Prihoda TJ, Weitzel EK, McMains KC, Malekzadeh S, Bowe SN, Chen PG. Construct Validity of a Low-Cost Medium-Fidelity Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Simulation Model. Laryngoscope 2019; 129:1505-1509. PMID: 30578541
  45. Dean K, Malloy KM, Choi S, Malekzadeh S. Otolaryngology Boot Camps: Current Landscape and Future Directions. Laryngoscope 2019; Dec;129(12):2707-2712. PMID: 30690744
  46. Hussaini AS, Black CK, Malekzadeh S, Milmoe GJ. Extensive Sinonasal and Oropharyngeal Necrosis as a Consequence of Adulterated Cocaine with Mimicry of ANCA-Positive Vasculitis. OTO Open 2019;Vol. 3(4):1-2.
  47. O’Brien M, Holden M, Ahmidi N, Malpani A, Tseng Y, Boahene K, Byrne P, Wanamaker J, Kontis T, Maxwell J, Malekzadeh S, Papel I, Ishii L, Vedula S, Hager G, Ishii M. Algorithms to Assess Intraoperative Technical Skill in Septoplasty: An External Validatation Study. JAMA Facial Plast Surg 2019 Mar 1;21(2):104-109. doi: 10.1001/jamafacial.2018.1171.
  48. Masciello MC, Malekzadeh S. Peri-interview Communication in the Otolaryngology Match: The Applicant Perspective. Laryngoscope 2020 Feb 17. doi: 10.1002/lary.28575. Online ahead of print.
  49. Masciello MC, Rapoport SK, Deutsch ES, Malloy KM, Malekzadeh S. Analysis of Novice Otolaryngology Residents’ Perceptions of Clinical Preparedness: A 10-year Review. Submitted Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg October 2019.
  50. Hussaini AS, Paal E, Malekzadeh S, Maxwell J. The Distribution of Parotid Gland Neoplasms in a Veteran Population. World J Otorhinolaryngol-Head Neck Surg. 2020 (In Press).
  51. Wiet GJ, Deutsch ES, Malekzadeh S, Onwuka AJ, Calleneder N, Seidman MD, Fried MP. SimTube: A National Simulation Training and Research Project. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2020 May 26;194599820920833. doi: 10.1177/0194599820920833. Online ahead of print
  52. Maxwell J, Randall J, Dermody S, Hussaini A, Rao H, Nathan A, Malekzadeh S, Litvack J. Gender and Compensation among Surgical Specialties in the Veterans Health Administration. Am J Surg. 2020 Feb 27. pii: S0002-9610(20)30123-9. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2020.02.045. [Epub ahead of print]
  53. Comer B, Gupta N, Mowry S, Malekzadeh S. Otolaryngology Education in the Setting of COVID-19; Current and Future Implications. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2020 Apr 28;194599820923621. doi: 10.1177/0194599820923621. [Epub ahead of print]
  54. Hussaini AS, Clark C, Patel A, Russo M, Chia S, Davidson B, Malekzadeh S. Management of Adult Inpatient Otolaryngologic Consultations During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Proposed Tier-Based Triage System. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2020 May 19;194599820931011. doi: 10.1177/0194599820931011. [Epub ahead of print]
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