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UPMC Ear, Nose, and Throat Physicians and Faculty

Cuneyt M. Alper, MD

Dr. Cuneyt 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. In 1992, Dr. Alper came to Pittsburgh to continue his research on otitis media. He 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-certifie​d 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.

David H. Chi, MD

Dr. David H. 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 and completed his residency at the University of Virginia. He received his clinical and research fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.


Dr. Chi's 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. Joseph E. Dohar is a professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is a full-time staff pediatric otolaryngologist at UPMC’s Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. 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.


Dr. Dohar 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. Umamaheswar 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.

Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD, FACS

Dr. Robert 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. Joseph 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.

Jackie Gartner-Schmidt, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology
Associate Director, University of Pittsburgh Voice Center

Director of Speech-Language Pathology-Voice Division


Jackie Gartner-Schmidt, PhD, CCC-SLP, is co-director of the UPMC Voice Center, director of the Speech-Language Pathology-Voice Division and associate professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She holds a secondary appointment in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. After receiving her master’s degree in speech-language pathology, she joined the Vanderbilt Voice Center in Nashville, Tenn., and later earned her doctorate in hearing and speech sciences from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Gartner-Schmidt's clinical research specializes in care of the performing voice, as well as clinical effectiveness of voice therapy and psychological considerations in the assessment and management of patients with voice and breathing disorders. Dr. Gartner-Schmidt is also a singing voice specialist and sings locally with the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale. Amongst her frequent national and international speaking engagements, she currently directs two of the country's largest conferences related solely to voice and breathing therapy. Dr. Gartner-Schmidt's federally-funded research focuses on the development and efficacy of different voice therapy programs.

Amanda Gillespie, PhD, CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology

Director of Clinical Research at the Voice Center


Amanda Gillespie, PhD, CCC-SLP, is the director of clinical research at the 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. Following her clinical fellowship year at UPMC, she worked at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. She later returned to the University of Pittsburgh to complete her PhD in Communication Science and Disorders. 


Dr. Gillespie specializes in the evaluation and treatment of voice and breathing problems. Her research interests are in the relationship between voice and breathing, particularly how the respiratory and voice systems interact in the development, and then treatment, of voice disorders. Dr. Gillespie is the principle investigator on a research grant from the National Institutes of Health for her voice therapy research.

Grant S. Gillman, MD, FRCS

Dr. Grant 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. 

Dr. Gillman  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.

Rachelle Gish, MSN, CRNP

Suman Golla, MD, FACS

Dr. Suman 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.

Bridget C. Hathaway, MD

Dr. Bridget 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. Barry 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. 


Dr. Hirsch 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. Jonas 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. Seungwon 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. Dennis 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.

 

Dr. Kitsko 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. Stella 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. Andrew 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. Mariann 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.

Catherine V. Palmer, PhD

Dr. Catherine 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.

Clark A. Rosen, MD

Professor, Department of Otolaryngology


Clark A. Rosen, MD, 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. Barry 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.

Jeffrey P. Simons, MD

Dr. Jeffrey 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.

 

Dr. Simons 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, FAOCO

Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology

Director of the Swallowing Center


Libby J. Smith, DO, FAOCO, is an associate 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 completed 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. Her current research activities are in vocal fold paralysis, laryngeal electromyography and ergonomics of microlaryngeal surgery. Her background in music and love of the larynx led her to a career in voice.

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.

 

Dr. Snyderman 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. Ryan 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.

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.

VyVy N. Young, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology

Associate Program Director, Otolaryngology Residency Program

Associate Director for Otolaryngology Medical Students


VyVy Young, MD, is an assistant professor and associate residency program director in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Young received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Louisville, in Kentucky, where she also pursued her otolaryngology training. 


Drawn to taking care of patients with voice difficulties due to her own talkative nature, she completed a fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice at the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center.  Her clinical practice covers all aspects of laryngology including disorders affecting voice, breathing, coughing, swallowing and other throat symptoms, although her current research efforts focus on the aging voice, vocal fold paralysis and voice outcomes research.

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