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UPMC Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians and Faculty

Cuneyt M. Alper, MD

Dr. Alper is a professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a staff pediatric otolaryngologist at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Alper graduated from medical school and completed his residency in Turkey. Dr. Alper came to Pittsburgh in 1992 to continue his research on otitis media, completed a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship in 1996, and joined the faculty at the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. His interests are general pediatric otolaryngology, pediatric otology, ear diseases and hearing loss, and airway and sinus diseases. Dr. Alper is board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, three books, and 15 book chapters. His research interest on otitis media had a track record of NIH funding, including a number of grants of which he was either the principal or co-investigator. Dr. Alper is the director of the ACGME-accredited Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Charles Bluestone, MD

Dr. Bluestone is a distinguished professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed a residency at the University of Illinois Hospitals. A pioneer in pediatric otolaryngology, Dr. Bluestone created Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh's Pediatric Otolaryngology Department in 1975 and served as its first full-time director. Since then, his unparalleled clinical care, teaching and research in pediatric otolaryngology have earned him national and international recognition. In 1980, he founded Children's Hospital's Otitis Media Research Center, which has gained international recognition for its contributions to the current understanding of the causes and treatments of otitis media in infants and children. His research interests primarily focus on otitis media, tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, and sinusitis in children. Dr. Bluestone is board-certified in otolaryngology and has been credited with establishing Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC as the leading authority in innovative treatment options for children with ear, nose, and throat diseases.

Margaretha L. Casselbrant, MD, PhD

Dr. Casselbrant is the Eberly Professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the director of the Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Casselbrant obtained her MD and PhD at the University of Lund, Sweden. She completed her residency at Malmo General Hospital, Malmo, Sweden, and a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship in the Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She is board-certified in otolaryngology. Dr. Casselbrant was the director of the Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Program from 1989 to 2006. Dr. Casselbrant’s expertise is in general pediatric otolaryngology, focusing on otitis media and balance disorders. She has published more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as book chapters. Her research interest is otitis media, and she has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1985 as a principal or co-investigator.

David H. Chi, MD

Dr. Chi is an assistant professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of
Medicine and serves as the medical director of the Hearing Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Chi received his medical degree from the University of Michigan. He completed his residency at the University of Virginia and his clinical and research fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. His clinical interests are in the evaluation and treatment of pediatric sensorineural hearing loss.  His basic science research involves the study of the development of neuronal circuits in the auditory system.

Joseph E. Dohar, MD, MS, FACS, FAAP

Dr. Dohar is a professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is a full-time staff pediatric otolaryngologist at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Following receipt of his medical degree from the Ohio State University, Dr. Dohar completed his residency training at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic where he also received his master's degree. He completed a clinical and research fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is the clinical director of the Voice, Resonance, and Swallowing Center, research director of the Airway Center, and co-director of the wound healing program. His interests include voice and swallowing disorders, bronchoesophagology, and congenital and chronic ear disease.

Umamaheswar Duvvuri, MD, PhD

Dr. Duvvuri is an assistant professor of otolaryngology and specializes in head and neck oncology. He earned his MD and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, prior to completing his otolaryngology residency at UPMC. Dr. Duvvuri trained in advanced head and neck and endocrine oncologic surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Duvvuri has special interests in treating both benign and malignant tumors, and in minimally invasive endoscopic and robotic surgery of the head and neck. He has a particular interest in molecular oncology of head and neck cancer, and endocrine diseases such as tumors of the thyroid and parathyroid glands. He also has special expertise in pediatric tumor surgery, including thryoid and parathyroid surgery. Dr. Duvvuri's research interest is in molecular imaging techniques to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with head and neck cancer.

Berrylin J. Ferguson, MD, FACS, FAAOA

Dr. Ferguson is the director of the Division of Sino-Nasal Disorders and Allergy and a professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Her interests include the diagnosis and management (both medically and surgically) of patients with chronic rhinosinusitis. In particular, she specializes in patients who have not responded to prior medical or surgical therapy for chronic rhinosinusitis. She has been listed yearly on the list of Best Doctors in America® since 1998. Dr. Ferguson is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and has been actively involved in the practice of allergy treatment for more than 10 years. Dr. Ferguson is an expert in the following office procedures: endoscopically directed cultures, radio frequency ablation of the turbinates (coblation), and microdebridement of nasal polyps.

Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD, FACS

Dr. Ferris is the Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery, a professor of otolaryngology and immunology, and Director of the Fellowship in Advanced Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery. Dr. Ferris received medical and graduate (PhD) training in immunology in the MD/PhD program at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. He underwent residency training in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, with subspecialty training in head and neck oncology. He moved to the University of Pittsburgh to join the faculty in the Departments of Otolaryngology and Immunology. Dr. Ferris has received research awards from the American College of Surgeons, American Head and Neck Society, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, and the National Institute of Health. His clinical practice is focused on head and neck cancers with a special emphasis on thyroid and parathyroid tumors, salivary gland neoplasms, endoscopic and partial laryngeal surgery, and stereotactic radiosurgery.  

Joseph Furman, MD, PhD

Dr. Furman is a professor of otolaryngology, neurology, bioengineering, and physical therapy at the University of Pittsburgh, and serves as director of the UPMC Center for Balance Disorders. Dr. Furman received his medical degree and doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his residency training in the Department of Neurology, University of California, Los Angeles. In addition, he completed fellowships in nonsurgical neurotology at the University of Toronto and at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Furman is a board-certified neurologist. His primary clinical interest is the diagnosis and management of patients with dizziness and balance disorders. Dr. Furman's research interests include improving the testing methods relating to balance system abnormalities, increasing the understanding of human inner ear (vestibular) function, and enhancing the rehabilitation of people with inner ear disease.

 

Amanda Gillespie, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Gillespie is the director of clinical research at the UPMC Voice Center and an assistant professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Gillespie received her undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology and audiology at New York University and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her clinical fellowship year at UPMC and then worked as a speech-language pathologist specialized in voice and swallowing disorders at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. In 2013 she earned her PhD in communication science from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Gillespie specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of voice problems. Her research interests include the treatment of voice problems and the relationships between voice and breathing.

Grant S. Gillman, MD, FRCS

Dr. Gillman is an associate professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Gillman is among the most qualified and highly trained facial plastic surgeons in western Pennsylvania. He is board-certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology, and he has been chosen repeatedly by his peers for inclusion in the list of the Best Doctors in America®. Dr. Gillman is the director of the Division of Facial Plastic Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology, where he specializes exclusively in plastic surgery of the face and neck. He has written, contributed to, and edited dozens of articles and book chapters on the subject of facial plastic surgery and has lectured and presented both nationally and internationally. He offers the full range of facial plastic procedures and surgery. In addition, he is an active part of the UPMC Division of Sino-Nasal Disorders and Allergy. Dr. Gillman has expertise in a broad range of nasal surgeries, including cosmetic rhinoplasty, functional septoplasty, and endoscopic sinus procedures. 

Suman Golla, MD, FACS

Dr. Golla is an associate professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and director of UPMC St. Margaret. Dr. Golla completed her undergraduate training at Duke University, and she continued her medical education at the University of Maryland. Dr. Golla is an active participant in the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy Foundation. Her interests include general otolaryngology, head and neck cancer, snoring and sleep apnea problems, sinus and allergy, and general pediatric problems.

Jennifer Rubin Grandis, MD, FACS

Dr. Grandis is professor of otolaryngology and pharmacology with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and vice chair for Research, Department of Otolaryngology. She directs the Head and Neck Cancer Program of UPMC Cancer Centers. Her research interests include diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancer. She has been awarded two patents in this field and has a third pending. Dr. Grandis is a member of several professional and scientific societies, including Women in Cancer Research, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological (Triologic) Society. She also serves on the Women In Otolaryngology Committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. A graduate of Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, she earned her medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she also completed her internship and residency.

Bridget C. Hathaway, MD

Dr. Hathaway is the medical director of the UPMC Swallowing Disorders Center and assistant professor of otolaryngology. She received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed a residency in otolaryngology at UPMC. Dr. Hathaway specializes in the treatment of swallowing disorders as well as practicing general otolaryngology. She is a recipient of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Resident Research Award.

Barry E. Hirsch, MD, FACS

Dr. Hirsch is professor of otolaryngology and communication sciences and disorders and neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is the director of the Ear and Hearing Center and the Division of Otology/Neurotology.  He graduated medical school from the University of Pennsylvania and completed otolaryngology residency and neurotology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the University of Zurich.  Dr. Hirsch’s specific fields of interest include otology, neurotology, cranial base surgery, disorders of the facial nerve, cochlear implants, acoustic neuromas, and stereotactic radiosurgery of intracranial and skull base tumors.  He is the chairman of the Hearing Committee and past chairman of the Implantable Device Subcommittee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.  Dr. Hirsch is past president of the Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.  Dr. Hirsch has been recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s Top Doctors and included in Best Doctors in America.

Jonas T. Johnson, MD, FACS

Dr. Johnson is the chairman of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology, a professor of otolaryngology and radiation oncology, and a professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. In addition, he has been named as a top doctor in America by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. Dr. Johnson has received many awards for his teaching and medical accomplishments and is a past president of both the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and the American Head and Neck Society. Dr. Johnson received his medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY, and completed his postgraduate studies at SUNY and at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. His patient care interests focus on the treatment of head and neck tumors as well as the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea.

Seungwon Kim, MD, FACS

Dr. Kim is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Kim has received his board certification in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Kim received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Syracuse. He completed a residency in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at the State University of New York at Syracuse. Afterwards, he completed a Research Fellowship in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and a clinical fellowship in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Kim is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, American Head and Neck Society, American Rhinologic Society, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Kim’s clinical interests include thyroid cancer, advanced skin malignancies, and oral and laryngeal cancer.

Dennis J. Kitsko, DO

Dr. Kitsko is an assistant professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is a full-time member of the clinical staff at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Kitsko is involved with the Hearing Center at Children's Hospital, which works in the diagnosis and management of children with hearing impairment, including cochlear implantation. Dr. Kitsko received his osteopathic degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie PA. He completed a clinical and research fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery. His clinical interests include children with hearing loss, chronic ear disease, and head and neck masses/lesions. His research interests include middle ear and mastoid gas exchange as it relates to the development of chronic ear disease.

Stella Lee, MD

Dr. Lee is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at Yale University and fellowship in Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Lee’s interests include the diagnosis and comprehensive management of patients with chronic rhinosinusitis, allergy, and skull base disorders.

Ray Maguire, DO

Dr. Maguire is an assistant professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Maguire received his osteopathic degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He completed a fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology. Dr. Maguire is interested in airway disorders. As such, he is involved with the Aerodigestive Center. In addition to this research interest, Dr. Maguire is interested in voice and swallowing disorders and is currently working on a study with a fellow pediatric otolaryngologist.

Ryan Marovich, MPAS, PA-C

Mr. Marovich graduated with his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. During the clinical phase of his graduate training, Mr.Marovich completed extensive rotations in general otolaryngology and neurotology. He was also the recipient of the Society of Physician Assistants in Otolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery national scholarship. In addition, Mr. Marovich scored in the 99th percentile on the NCCPA national board examination for physician assistants. His clinical duties focus on managing patients with otologic disease processes as well as vestibular and balance disorders.

Andrew A. McCall, MD

Dr. McCall is an assistant professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Riverside and his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. McCall completed residency in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed fellowship in Otology and Neurootology at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, MA. Dr. McCall’s specific fields of interest include otology, neurotology, cranial base surgery, disorders of the facial nerve, cochlear implants, acoustic neuromas, meniere’s disease, otosclerosis, cholesteatoma, and superior canal dehiscence syndrome.

Mariann C. McElwain, MD, PhD

Dr. McElwain is an assistant professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College and her doctorate in medical microbiology and immunology at Ohio State University, where she was granted the Chairman’s Award for Most Outstanding Graduate Student. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio. She completed her otolaryngology residency at UPMC. Dr. McElwain is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, the American Association of Cancer Research, and the American Society of Microbiology. She specializes in general otolaryngology with special interests in sino-nasal disorders and pediatric otolaryngology. Dr. McElwain also has specific interest in allergy detection and treatment as well as snoring and sleep apnea problems.

Deepak Mehta, MD, FRCS (ORL)

Dr. Mehta is an assistant professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and is a full-time member of the clinical staff at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He graduated from University of Mysore, India. Dr. Mehta completed his residency in otolaryngology at the South Trent training program in England and completed a clinical and research fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. He has a special interest in providing multidisciplinary care for children with aerodigestive disorders, which includes swallowing and breathing disorders.

Eugene N. Myers, MD, FACS, FRCS Edin (Hon)

Dr. Myers is a distinguished professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is an internationally renowned otolaryngologist, whose current research interests include oral carcinoma. His major clinical interest is head and neck oncologic care. Dr. Myers earned his medical degree at the Temple University School of Medicine and completed an internship at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. He completed his residency and a National Institutes of Health special fellowship in otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. Other postgraduate training included a special fellowship in head and neck surgery with Dr. John Conley at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City. Dr. Myers is an active member of many professional societies and he has received numerous honors for research and service, including the Cancer Support Network’s Paul C. Gaffney Humanitarian of the Year Award, the American Laryngological Association’s James Newcomb Award, Presidential Citations from the American Society for Head and Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation.

Bosco E. Noronha, MD, FRCS(Eng), FRCS(Ire)

Dr. Noronha is a clinical assistant professor of otolaryngology, and specializes in general otolaryngology, endoscopic sino-nasal surgery, head and neck surgery, microvasvular reconstruction, and allergy care. Dr. Noronha received his medical degree from St. Johns Medical College in Bangalore, India. He also completed a residency in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at Oxford University in England, and a fellowship in head and neck surgery and microvascular reconstruction at MCP Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology. 

Catherine V. Palmer, PhD

Dr. Palmer joined the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 and became director of Audiology and Hearing Aids in the Department of Otolaryngology in 1998. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her master's degree and doctorate at Northwestern University. She worked as a clinical and research audiologist in the Veterans Administration for two years. Dr. Palmer specializes in rehabilitative audiology including the use of hearing aids and other assistive devices to improve communication for individuals with hearing loss, and hearing protection for specialized situations. Dr. Palmer also manages a research laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh where her research focuses on matching technology to individual needs and examining adaptation in the human auditory system.

Yael Raz, MD, FACS 

Dr. Raz is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Raz completed residency training in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery as well as fellowship training in otology, neurotology, and skull base surgery at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She has an NIH-funded research program in cochlear development with a focus on the molecular mechanisms that guide connections between the nervous system and the developing inner ear. Her clinical interests include the management of chronic ear disease, conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, skull base tumors, and vestibular disorders. Dr. Raz is active in the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, and the American Neurotology Society.

Clark A. Rosen, MD

Dr. Clark A. Rosen is director of the UPMC Voice Center and a professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Rosen received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned his medical degree at Rush Medical College in Chicago. He received his otolaryngology training at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Ore., and completed a fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, and the University of Tennessee Voice Institute. A board-certified otolaryngologist and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Voice Foundation, Dr. Rosen specializes in the care of the performing voice and the treatment and research of voice disorders.

Barry Schaitkin, MD, FACS

Dr.Schaitkin is a professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He has served as the director of the UPMC Shadyside Facial Paralysis Center since 1991, and serves as the co-director of the UPMC Salivary Gland Stone and Infection Center. His interests include both the medical and surgical treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis and facial nerve disorders. He pioneered surgical techniques that restore health to the paranasal sinuses by removing the least amount of tissue possible. His particular interest is the frontal sinus. Dr. Schaitkin helps patients with establishing a diagnosis for those with facial paralysis and discussing the latest treatment options. He and his partner, Dr. Ricardo Carrau, have brought the minimally invasive treatment of inflammatory disease and stones in the salivary glands to western Pennsylvania using salivary endoscopy. Dr. Schaitkin also serves as the director of the otolaryngology residency program for the University of Pittsburgh.

Jackie Leslie Gartner-Schmidt, BA, MA, PhD, CCC-SLP

Jackie L. Gartner-Schmidt, PhD, is Associate Director of the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center, Director of Speech-Language Pathology – Voice Division, and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  Dr. Gartner-Schmidt specializes in care of the professional voice, as well as clinical effectiveness of voice therapy.  She is also a singing voice specialist and performs with the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale. She presents frequently at both national and international voice conferences, as well as directs many conferences dedicated to the training of speech-language pathologists and otolaryngologists in contemporary voice care.

Jeffrey P. Simons, MD

Dr. Simons is an assistant professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a full-time member of the clinical staff at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine. He completed residency in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at UPMC. Dr. Simons then completed a clinical and research fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He is board-certified in otolaryngology and is a subspecialty Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is also a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, the Society for Ear, Nose & Throat Advances in Children, the American Medical Association, and several other professional societies. His clinical interests encompass all aspects of pediatric otolaryngology, including airway and ear disorders.

Libby J. Smith, DO, FAOCOM

Dr. Smith is an assistant professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Smith received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She received her otolaryngology training at Grandview-Kettering Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, and completed a fellowship in laryngology and care of the professional voice in Philadelphia. A board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Smith specializes in the care of the professional voice and the treatment of voice disorders at the UPMC Voice Center . She also cares for patients with swallowing difficulties in the Swallowing Disorders Center.

Carl Snyderman, MD, FACS

Carl H. Snyderman, MD, is a professor of otolaryngology and neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Snyderman also  is co-director of the Center for Cranial Base Surgery at UPMC and is recognized internationally as a pioneer and leader in the development of the endoscopic endonasal approach, a minimally invasive surgical approach to the cranial base. His other surgical interests include chronic rhinosinusitis and tumors of the nose and sinuses, nosebleeds, and cerebrospinal fluid leaks. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and completed his residency in otolaryngology and fellowship training in cranial base surgery at UPMC. He is a past recipient of a Clinical Oncology Career Development Award from the American Cancer Society and a FIRST Award from the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Snyderman is the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, and a Presidential Citation from the American Head and Neck Society. He is a member of the North American Skull Base Society. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and lectures frequently at local, national, and international scientific meetings.

Ryan J. Soose, MD

Dr. Soose is an assistant professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is a member of the clinical staff at UPMC Cranberry, UPMC Passavant, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed a residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at UPMC. Dr. Soose's clinical interests encompass all aspects of general adult and pediatric otolaryngology, including sinus infections, allergies, nasal congestion, tonsils/adenoids, ear infections, hearing and balance problems, skin cancer, snoring/sleep apnea, and voice and swallowing disorders. He has particular special interest in the surgical and non-surgical treatments for sleep apnea and is also fellowship trained in Sleep Medicine through the UPMC Sleep Medicine Center.

Jonathan M. Urffer, MD

Dr. Urffer is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at UPMC. Dr. Urffer is a medical otolaryngologist and is board-certified in internal medicine. He earned his undergraduate degree in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Urffer received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency training at UPMC. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Society of Internal Medicine, Pennsylvania Medical Society and Allegheny County Medical Society. Dr. Urffer’s clinical interests include office-based evaluation and non-surgical treatment of general ear, nose, and throat problems.

Eric W. Wang, MD

Eric W. Wang, MD is assistant professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and specializes in endoscopic sinus and anterior skull base surgery. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Wang completed his residency training in otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine and fellowship training in rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina. During his residency, Dr. Wang dedicated two years as a NIH research fellow to the study of chronic head and neck infections. Dr. Wang has special interests in endoscopic anterior skull base surgery, management of sinonasal tumors, cerebrospinal fluid leak repair, and revision endoscopic sinus surgery. His research interests include quality of life outcomes associated with endoscopic skull base surgery and prospective trials in the management of chronic rhinosinusitis.

Robert F. Yellon, MD

Dr. Yellon is a professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and co-director of the Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology and director of ENT Clinical Services at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Yellon earned his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University and completed his medical degree at the State University of New York. He completed his pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1993 and has practiced as a faculty member for 15 years. A board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Yellon is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, the American Medical Association, the Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, and the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. His areas of expertise include reconstructive surgery for microtia and aural atresia (cosmetic and hearing reconstruction for children born without ears). He also specializes in airway reconstruction for children. Dr. Yellon has been recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America® for many years.

Vy Vy N. Young, MD

Dr. Young is an assistant professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  She earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Louisville, in Kentucky.  She received her otolaryngology training at the University of Louisville, and then completed a fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice at the University of Pittsburgh.  A board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Young specializes in the care of the professional voice and the treatment of voice disorders at the UPMC Voice Center.

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