Sonya Malekzadeh, MD, FACS, is Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Georgetown University School of Medicine and Chief of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Washington, DC Veteran's Administration Medical Center.
Dr. Malekzadeh's research interests focus on medical education and simulation training, including evaluating the role of low-cost task trainers in otolaryngology. At Georgetown, she was honored with the Outstanding Teaching Award for her educational efforts within the Department of Otolaryngology. In 2010, 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.
At MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, she served as the Director of Medical Student Education for Otolaryngology from 2001 to 2009. She is an active member of the Committee on Medical Education and Subcommittee on Evaluation and Assessment at Georgetown University Medical School. Recently, she established a surgical skills lab for otolaryngology students and residents at Georgetown.
Dr. Malekzadeh developed COCLIA (Comprehensive Otolaryngologic Curriculum, Learning through Interactive Approach), an on-line resident educational tool in 2001. This program is endorsed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and is utilized by many Otolaryngology programs.
As Coordinator-Elect for Education, she will lead the development and execution of AAO-HNS/F education strategy and coordinate the core curriculum of the Foundation. She is a member of numerous educational societies, including The Society of University Otolaryngologist and The Association for Surgical Education.
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.
Dr. Malekzadeh's current research interests include
- Medical education and simulation training
- Evaluation of low-cost test trainers in otolaryngology
- Development of otolaryngology curriculum for medical residents
- Applying research methodology to medical education
Dr. Malekzadeh is also a member of MedStar's Health Services Research Working Group.
- Research Areas
- Other Surgical