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Research - Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at MedStar Georgetown

A plethora of research opportunities are available to the residents and students. These may include laboratories at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Georgetown University Medical Center, Lombardi Cancer Center, MedStar Washington Hospital Center and the National Institutes of Health as well as clinical research at each of these institutions.

Current/Recent Research Projects and Publications

Matt Steehler, MD

Publications:

  • Steehler MK, Newkirk KA, Amorn MA, Davidson BJ, Read C, Ozdemirili M.fe Laryngeal Mucosa Associated Lymphoid Tissue (MALT) Lymphoma Associated with Bronchial MALT Lymphoma: A Case Series and Review of the Literature. Journal of Hematopathology. Epub-2012 Feb 22. December 2012, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 311-317
  • Steehler MK, Chu EE, Na H, Pfisterer MJ, Hesham HN, and Malekzadeh S. (2013), Teaching and assessing endoscopic sinus surgery skills on a validated low-cost task trainer. The Laryngoscope. doi: 10.1002/lary.23849
  • Steehler MK, Steehler MW, Davison SP. Benign lymphoepithelial cysts of the parotid: long-term surgical results. HIV AIDS (Auckl). 2012;4:81-6. PMID: 22719215
  • Steehler MK, Steehler MW, Harley EH. A Retrospective Review of Frenotomy in Neonates and Infants with Feeding Difficulties. International Journal of Pediatric Otolaryngology. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2012 Sep;76(9):1236-40. PMID: 22704670.
  • Steehler MK, Pfisterer, Na H, Hesham H. Malekzadeh S. Face, Content, and Construct Validity of a Low-Cost Sinus Surgery Task Trainer. Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, 2012 Mar;146(3):504-9. PMID: 22114312.
  • Penn R, Steehler MK, Sokohl A, Harley EH. Nontuberculous mycobacterial cervicofacial lymphadenitis--a review and proposed classification system. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2011 Dec;75(12):1599-603. Epub 2011 Oct 19. Review. PMID: 22014500
  • Malekzadeh S, Pfisterer MJ, Wilson B, Na H, Steehler MK. A novel low-cost sinus surgery task trainer. Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery. 2011 Oct;145(4):530-3. Epub 2011 Jun 20. PMID: 21690274.
  • Steehler MK, Hesham HN, Wycherly BJ, Burke KM, Malekzadeh S. Induction of tracheal stenosis in a rabbit model-endoscopic versus open technique. The Laryngoscope. 2011 Mar;121(3):509-14. doi: 10.1002/lary.21407. PMID: 21344426.
  • Steehler MK, Groblewski JC, Milmoe GJ, Harley EH. Management of subglottic cysts with Mitomycin-C-A case series and literature review. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngology. 2011 Mar;75(3):360-3. Epub 2011 Jan 15. Review. PMID: 21239066.
  • Wycherly BJ, Steehler MK, Hesham HN, Burke KM, Malekzadeh S. Subfreezing versus Room Temperature Balloon Dilation of Benign Tracheal Stenosis: A Pilot Study in Rabbits. ENT Journal. Accepted, In press.
  • Steehler MK, Chu EE. Pfisterer MJ, Na H, Hesham HN, Malekzadeh S. Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skills (OSATS) on a Validated Low-cost Sinus Surgery Task Trainer in Acquisition of Skills for Endoscopic Sinus Surgery. Laryngoscope. Accepted, In press.

Richard Comstock, MD

Publications:

  • Comstock RH, Lam K, Mikula S. Topical Antibiotic Therapy in Chronic Rhinosinusitis. Curr Infect Dis Rep (2010) 12:88-95
  • Langerman A, Comstock RH, Konda S, et al. Neck Dissection Planning Based on Post Chemo/Radiation Computed Tomography in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer. Arch Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery. 2009;135(9):876-880.

Research Projects:

  • Topical Antibiotic Therapy for Chronic Sinusitis
    Department of Otolaryngology - MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
    Principle Investigator: Suzzette Mikula, MD
  • Axillary Node Metastasis in Head and Neck Cancer
    Department of Otolaryngology - MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
    Principle Investigator: Kenneth Newkirk, MD
  • The role of PET/CT guided intensity modulated radiotherapy for the treatment of salivary gland malignancies of the parotid gland.
    Department of Otolaryngology - MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
    Principle Investigator: Kenneth Newkirk, MD
  • Predicting the Clinical Efficacy of Various KTP Lasers using the Chorioallantoic Membrane Model: Implications in Laryngologic Surgery
    Department of Otolaryngology - MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
    Principle Investigator: Nazaneen Grant, MD
  • Case Report: Retropharyngeal Node Metastasis in Neuroblastoma
    Department of Otolaryngology - MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
    Principle Investigator: Kenneth Newkirk, MD

Bradley Seaman, MD

Publications

  • Seaman BJ, Guardiani EA, Brewer CC, Zalewski CK, King KA, Rudy S, VanWaes C, Morgan RA, Dudley ME, Yang JC, Rosenberg SA, Kim HJ. Audiovestibular dysfunction associated with adoptive cell therapy for melanoma. Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery. 2012; 147(4):744-749. PMID: 22597578.
  • Seaman BJ, Akbari SR, Davison SP. "A novel technique for nipple areolar reconstruction: The acellular dermal matrix onlay graft." Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2012; 129(3):580e-581e. PMID: 22374028.
  • Rao SS, Seaman BJ, Davison SP. The acellular dermal matrix onlay graft for areolar reconstruction. Accepted for publication in Annals of Plastic Surgery.
  • Seaman BJ, Satteson AC, Byrne PJ, Reilly MJ. Gender differences in Nasal Aesthetics. Submitted for publication to Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.

Eugenia Chu, MD

Publications

  • 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(10):2114-21. doi: 10.1002/lary.22146. PMID: 21898435
  • Steehler MK, Chu EE, Na H, Pfisterer MJ, Hesham HN, and Malekzadeh S. (2013), Teaching and assessing endoscopic sinus surgery skills on a validated low-cost task trainer. The Laryngoscope. doi: 10.1002/lary.23849
  • Chu E, Fernandez S, Padmore J, Reilly M. An Automated Email System for Improving Care After Nasal Surgery. Manuscript submitted.

Courtney Cutler, MD

Research Projects

  • Ideal Tracheotomy Care Regimen for Chronic Pediatric Tracheotomies
    Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC
  • Facial Aesthetics and Perceived Personality Traits
    MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
    Principle Investigator: Michael Reilly, MD
  • A Novel Classification System for Plastic Surgery Morbidity and Mortality Reporting
    Principle Investigator: Steven P. Davison, MD

Samaneh Ashktorab, MD

Publications

  • Preciado D, Kuo E, Ashktorab S, Manes P, Rose M. Cigarette smoke activates NF-kB-mediated Tnf-alpha release from mouse middle ear cells. Laryngoscope.120(12): 2508-15, 2010.
  • Domanski MC, Ashktorab S, & Bielamowicz SA. Primary care perceptions of otolaryngology. Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery. 2010 Sep;143(3):337-340.
  • Shah RK, Welborn L, Ashktorab S & Zalzal GH. Safety and Outcomes of Out-Patient Pediatric Otolaryngology Procedures at an Ambulatory Surgery Center. The Laryngoscope, 118: 1937-1940, 2007.

Ameet Grewal, MD

Publications

  • Ahmadi N, Grewal A, Davidson BJ. Patterns of cervical lymph node metastases in primary and recurrent papillary thyroid cancer. Journal of Oncology. 2011;2011:735678. Epub 2011 Nov 17.

Michael Holliday, MD

Publications

  • Holliday MA, Tavaluc R, Zhuang T, Wang H, Davidson B. Oncologic benefit of tonsillectomy in Stage I and II tonsil cancer: A SEER database review. (In review)
  • Reilly BK, Holliday MA, Rock AN, Kang X, Shahker R, Preciado DA. Three-Dimensional (3D) Direct Laryngoscopy and Bronchoscopy: Enhanced visualization of the airway. (In review)

Research Projects

  • Correlating radiographic evidence of small vestibular schwannomas with audiometric, vestibular, and clinical signs and symptoms.
    National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
    Principle Investigator: H. Jeffrey Kim, MD
  • Investigating use of 3D-endoscopy in pediatric airway surgery.
    Children's National Medical Center
    Principle Investigator: Brian Reilly, MD
  • Analyzed national database for survival trends in tonsillar cancer.
    MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
    Principle Investigator: Bruce Davidson, MD