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CORE Grant Recipients

CORE Grant Recipients

2017

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF)

AAO-HNSF Research Grant sponsored by Cook Medical

Vandra Harris, MD
John Hopkins Hospital 
Project Title: Ethnic & socioeconomic influence in pediatric sleep disordered breathing treatment 

Dr. Vandra Harris is a fourth-year resident training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She completed her medical education at of the University of Louisville School of Medicine and undergraduate studies at Baylor University, where she majored in Biology with minors in chemistry and political science. Currently, she is completing 2-years of dedicated research funded by a NIH T32 training grant. Her research focuses on investigating health disparities and unexplained care variation in pediatric otolaryngology related to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and gender.

AAO-HNSF Resident Research Grants

Farshad N. Chowdhury, MD
University of Colorado Denver, AMC and DC
Project Title: Cancer Stem Cells at the Surgical Margin: Location and Immune Interaction 

Farshad N. Chowdhury is a resident at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  After completing an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, Dr. Chowdhury earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.  He is currently completing a two-year NIH T32 research fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Antonio Jimeno and is investigating the relationship between cancer stem cell localization and HNSCC recurrence.  

Andrew B. Davis, MD
University of Iowa Hospital 
Project Title: SOD mimics enhace chemoradiation responses of HNSCC via oxidative stress

Andrew Davis is a second-year resident in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He obtained a bachelor of science degree in psychology from DePaul University. After this, he matriculated at New York Medical College and then matched in the T32 research track at the University of Iowa. He currently works under the mentorship of Dr. Douglas Spitz and his research interests focus on the use of small molecule superoxide dismutase mimics to overcome radio-chemotherapy resistance in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. 

Nyssa Farrel, MD
University of Colorado Denver, AMC and DC
Project Title: Bilateral bone conduction and binaural cues in intracochlear pressures 

Nyssa Farrell is a 4th year Otolaryngology resident at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Farrell graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in chemical engineering and was the first honor graduate at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her current research focuses on better understanding the physiology of bone-anchored hearing aids with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes in patients with bilateral conductive hearing loss. 

Stefania Goncalves, MD
University of Miami Department of Otolaryngology 
Project Title: Modeling neuronal differentiation from olfactory basal stem cells in vitro

Stefania Goncalves, MD is an Otolaryngology resident physician at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and is the first resident in the Department’s 6-year research track. She obtained her MD degree at “Universidad Central de Venezuela” where she worked closely with the Venezuelan Foundation of Otology. After moving to the US and obtaining medical certification, she served as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Miami Ear Institute. For her PGY2 dedicated research year, she will pursue her interests in molecular mechanisms regulating neuronal differentiation, modeling olfactory neurogenesis in vitro, with her research mentor Bradley Goldstein, MD, PhD. Long term, she is pursuing an academic physician-scientist career.

James M. Hamilton, MD
Thomas Jefferson University 
Project Title: Effects of synthetic triterpenoids on immune and tumor cells in human SCC

James Hamilton is a resident physician in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. His research interests are focused on the characterization and reduction of immunosuppression in head and neck cancer.  James completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Pennsylvania, followed by medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. After residency, he will pursue a fellowship in head and neck oncologic and microvascular reconstructive surgery.

Molly Heft Neal, MD
University of Michigan 
Project Title: In vitro screening of novel PI3-Kinase pathway inhibitors for chordoma 

Molly Heft Neal is a current second year resident in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Michigan. She obtained a B.S. in Biology from Stanford University prior to attending medical school at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include molecular mechanisms of drug resistance and development of novel therapeutics in head and neck cancer. 

Grace Kim, MD
Stanford University School of Medicice 
Project Title: Structure and function of the regenerating mammalian vestibular system 

Grace Kim is a resident physician in the Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Department at Stanford. She obtained her bachelor degree in biochemical sciences from Harvard. She then matriculated at Stanford for medical school, where she studied the regeneration of the inner ear under the mentorship of Dr. Alan Cheng. Her current research will focus on the recovery of vestibular function correlated with the maturation of regenerating and recovering hair cells and their innervation pattern. 

Hossein Mahboubi, MD, MPH
University of California (Irvine)
Project Title: Primary auditory neural degeneration in traumatic brian injury 

Hossein Mahboubi is an otolaryngology – head and neck surgery resident at University of California Irvine. His current research interests include the diseases of the auditory and vestibular systems. He attended medical school at Tehran University of Medical Sciences where he obtained a joint MD-MPH degree. This was followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship at University of California Irvine prior to starting residency. Hossein is planning to pursue fellowship training and then continue his journey as an academic otolaryngologist. 

Conor W. McLaughlin, MD
University of California (San Francisco) 
Project Title: Unfolded protein response effectors mitigate noise-induced hearing loss

Conor McLaughlin, MD is a current chief resident in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at the University of California San Francisco. After graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame, Conor went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.  His current research interests include cell signaling pathways as potential therapeutic targets in acquired forms of hearing loss.  When not in the hospital, Conor enjoys exploring the Bay Area, trail running, cycling, and open water swimming.    

Vanessa C. Stubbs, MD
University of Pennsylvania Health System 
Project Title: Alteration in the microbiome and innate immunity receptors in isolated sinusitis 

Vanessa Stubbs M.D. is a 4th year Otorhinolaryngology resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. After obtaining her undergraduate degree in Physiological Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, she went on to receive her medical degree from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Her current research focuses on exploring changes to the microbiome and innate immune system in diseased states to help elucidate the pathogenesis of chronic rhinosinusitis under the direction of Dr. Noam Cohen. 

Michael Topf, MD
Thomas Jefferson University 
Project Title: Defining the role of CD169 macrophages in lymph node metastasis 

Michael Topf is a fourth-year resident in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology from Villanova University and his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. His current research focuses on understanding the role that the immune system and immune microenvironment play in lymph node metastasis. His long-term goals include pursuing head and neck oncology fellowship after the completion of his residency.

Jenny X. Chen, MD
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Project Title: Smartphone Technology to Improve Intraoperative Feedback  

Jenny X. Chen is a second year resident in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School. Hailing from Toronto, she received her undergraduate degree in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology from Harvard Collage with a secondary field in Global Health and Health Policy. She went on to receive her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She is interested in innovations in medical and surgical education. 

Wee Tin Kao, MD
Washington University in St. Louis 
Project Title: Transcriptome analysis of the Persister State of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

W. Katherine Kao, MD, graduated from State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook School of Medicine. Currently, she is completing a residency in Otolaryngology at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. She is also a Research Scholar at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Kao’s current research interests include Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation with a focus on adhesion characteristics of P.aeruginosa and surface modifications of biomedical implants.

AAO-HNSF Maureen Hannley Research Grant

Jennifer J. Shin, MD, SM
Brigham and Women's Hospital, INC.
Project Title: Should we be avid about patient-reported outcomes? A CHEER Network Study

Jennifer Shin, M.D. S.M. is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. She serves as Chair of the Outcomes Research/Evidence-Based Medicine Committee for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation. She was also among the leadership for the Clinical Consensus Statement on Pediatric Chronic Rhinosinusitis and Clinical Practice Guideline on Otitis Media with Effusion. She serves on the RegENT Executive Committee, and is the lead editor of Evidence-Based Otolaryngology (2008) and Otolaryngology Prep and Practice (2012). Her most recent patient satisfaction scores have averaged 4.95 out of 5. She is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health.

AAO-HNSF Health Services Research Grant

Vasu Divi, MD
Stanford University 
Project Title: Evaluation of the CMS Oncology Care Model for Head and Neck Cancer

Vasu Divi MD is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Stanford University. He completed his residency at the University of Michigan in 2009 and fellowship in head and neck oncology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in 2010. His clinical practice specializes in oral cavity carcinoma, high-risk cutaneous malignancies, and microvascular reconstruction. His research is focused on health care delivery, cost effectiveness, and quality of care, with a particular interest in evaluating new healthcare reform proposals. He currently serves as the Associate Medical Director of Quality at the Stanford Cancer Center.

AAO-HNSF Bobby R. Alford Endowed Research Grant

Ameya Asarkar, MD, SM
LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport
Project Title: Comparing radiosensitizers in HPV positive PIK3CA mutant HNSCC

I am currently a Head and Neck Surgery fellow at LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA with keen interest in basic and translational HNSCC research. After my Otolaryngology/HNS residency from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, India, I completed a Head and Neck Surgery fellowship from the prestigious Tata Memorial Hospital in India.  My current research interest revolves around exploring effective treatment strategies for HPV+ OSCC patients with focus on PIK3CA/mTORi's.

American Head and Neck Society (AHNS)

AHNS Pilot Grant

Daniel L. Faden, MD
University of Pittsburgh 
Project Title: NK cell mediated immune evasion in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Dr. Faden is currently a Cranial Base Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. He completed his Residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and a Translational Research Pathway, at UCSF. He then completed fellowship in Advance Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to UCSF, Dr. Faden was an HHMI Scholar at the NIH, in the National Human Genome Research Institute. His research is focused on the genomics, metagenomics and immunogenomics of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma with an aim to better understand the underlying processes driving head and neck cancer development and treatment response.

AHNS Alando J. Ballantyne Resident Research Grant

Zain H. Rizvi, MD
University of California 
Project Title: HPV regulation of microRNA in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma 

BIO Pending

AHNS/AAO-HNSF Young Investigator Combined Award

Andrew G. Shuman, MD
University of Michigan 
Project Title: Patient and provider perspectives on personalized Head & Neck Cancer Care

Andrew G. Shuman, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical School.  He is also the Chief of the ENT Section of the Surgery Service at the VA Ann Arbor Health System.  He serves as Co-Director of the Program in Clinical Ethics in the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM).  His current research interests explore ethical issues involved in caring for patients with head and neck cancer, specifically related to precision oncology.

Marcus M. Monroe, MD
University of Utah School of Medicine 
Project Title: Late effects in Head and Neck Survivors: A population-based analysis

Marcus Monroe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He serves as a Co Leader of the Upper Aerodigestive Tract Disease-Oriented Research Team at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Dr. Monroe’s clinical practice as a head and neck surgical oncologist is focused on the complex, multidisciplinary care of the head and neck cancer patient. He leads an actively funded research team dedicated to better understanding late health problems in head and neck and thyroid cancer patients.

American Rhinologic Society (ARS)

ARS Resident Research Grant

Ashton E. Lehmann, MD
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Project Title: Perisotin as a biomarker for chronic rhinosinusitis 

Dr. Ashton Lehmann, a resident at the Harvard Program in Otolaryngology, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's in Neuroscience from Middlebury College in 2009 and earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 2014. Her previous research has focused on iron deficiency in international adoptees, nutritional disturbances on the developing brain in rodent models, exploratory therapeutics to rescue cognitive deficits in a rodent model of schizophrenia, and histologic characterization of novel optogenetic approaches to auditory brainstem implants. She is working with Dr. Ralph Metson and Dr. Konstantina Stankovic, pursuing outcomes research in rhinology and seeking biomarkers for rhinosinusitis.

Robert J. Taylor, MD
Medical University of South Carolina 
Project Title: Steroid-resistance in chronic sinusitis peripheral blood mononuclear cells

Dr. Taylor earned his B.A. in Biology from SUNY Geneseo then his M.D. with Research Honors from SUNY Buffalo. During medical school he was awarded a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship from 2012-2013 at UNC-Chapel Hill where he investigated outcomes for open versus endoscopic skull base surgery, maximal medical therapy for chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), quality of life outcomes for pediatric sinus surgery, and the effect of multidisciplinary tumor boards on head and neck tumor treatment planning. Dr. Taylor is currently an ENT resident at the Medical University of South Carolina where—under the leadership of Rodney Schlosser, MD, Zachary Soler, MD, and Jennifer Mulligan, PhD—he is elucidating the mechanisms of glucocorticoid resistance in CRS and investigating imaging analysis for rhinologic disease.

ARS New Investigator Award 

Do- Yeon Cho, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Project Title: Controlled ciprofloxacin and ivacaftor delivery via sinus stent

I am an assistant professor of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). My long-term goal is to become a successful independent investigator focusing on developing, implementing, and disseminating interventions that positively affect patients afflicted with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). For the past 8 years, I have played a key role in research projects in four areas: 1) pathophysiology of CRS; 2) development of topical drug delivery for upper airway disease; 3) oxidative stress by ambient particulate matter in the upper airway and 4) dysbiosis and changes in the sino-nasal microenvironment in CRS.

Adam DeConde, MD
University of California 
Project Title: Group 2 innate lymphocytes in aspirin exacerbate chronic rhinosinusitis 

BIO Pending

American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO)

ASPO Research Career Development Award

David A. Zopf, MD
University of Michigan 
Project Title: Patient specific 3D printed scaffolds for pediatric ear tissue engineering 

Dr. David Zopf aims to enhance patient care through innovation.  David is a Pediatric Otolaryngologist - Head and Neck Surgeon at the University of Michigan with interest and expertise in 3D printing.  Dr. Zopf has utilized this technology for surgical modeling, patient and family education, development of high fidelity surgical simulators, medical and surgical device development, and craniofacial and airway cartilage tissue engineering.   His clinical focus is advanced pediatric craniofacial and airway disorders including velopharyngeal insufficiency, vascular anomalies, microtia, and complex sleep apnea.  

ASPO Research Grant

Taha A. Jan, MD
Stanford University 
Project Title: Single cell RNA-sqequence analysis of inner ear progenitor cells. 

Dr. Taha Jan is a post-doctoral fellow/clinical instructor in the Stanford T32 Clinician Scientist Training Program (CSTP) in otolaryngology. His research focuses on regenerative medicine and stem cell biology in the context of hearing loss. He will be working on a project titled “Single cell RNA-sequence analysis of inner ear progenitor cells” under the mentorship of Dr. Alan Cheng. 
Dr. Jan obtained his undergraduate degree in Molecular & Cellular Biology at Vanderbilt University prior to studying medicine at Stanford University. He completed residency training in the Harvard/Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary otolaryngology surgery program in 2017

David R. Lee, MD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Project Title: Genetic susceptibility of RRP to adjuvant therapy

David Lee is a native of southwest Arkansas. He graduated with a Bachelors in Science in Biochemistry from the University of Arkansas in 2011, and went on to attend medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he graduated in 2015. He is currently a third year resident in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

The Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS)

AAFPRS Leslie Bernstein Resident Research Grant

Joanna Kam, MD
Henry Ford Health System 
Project Title: Effects of keloid derived exosomes on normal fibroblast function

Dr. Kam is a resident at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI. Her study “Effects of Keloid Derived Exosomes on Normal Fibroblast Function” postulates that keloid exosomes are critical to the pathogenesis of keloid formation. The aim of her research project is to determine the impact of keloid exosomes on fibroblast migration, proliferation, and collagen production. 

Chelsea A. Troiano, MD
Boston Medical Center
Project Title: Effects of electronic cigarette vaping on random flap viability in rats

Dr. Troiano hails from Indiana where she attended Indiana University as an undergraduate majoring in Chemistry and obtaining an honors certificate in Business Management from the Kelley School of Business. She completed her medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine before becoming an Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery resident at Boston Medical Center. She is now a fourth-year resident focusing on the clinical significance of electronic cigarettes. Other research endeavors have focused on patient safety outcomes and safe feeding practices for infants.

Association of Migraine Disorders (AMD)

AMD Resident Research Award

Hossein Mahboubi, MD, MPH
University of California (Irvine)
Project Title: Randomized clinical trial of nortriptyline in treatment of vestibular migraine 

Hossein Mahboubi is an otolaryngology – head and neck surgery resident at University of California Irvine. His current research interests include the diseases of the auditory and vestibular systems. He attended medical school at Tehran University of Medical Sciences where he obtained a joint MD-MPH degree. This was followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship at University of California Irvine prior to starting residency. Hossein is planning to pursue fellowship training and then continue his journey as an academic otolaryngologist. 

No Meritorious Applications Received

AAFPRS Research Scholor Award 

AAFPRS Leslie Bernstein Grant

AAO-HNSF Percy Memorial Research Award

AHNS/ AAO-HNSF Translational Innovator Award