5th YEAR RESIDENTS – CLASS OF 2021

Undergraduate University of Louisville
Medical School University of Louisville
Future Plans General Otolaryngology Practice
Research Interests Rhinoplasty, Facial analysis, Epidemiology/Public health
Publication Hyman AJ, Khayat S, Toriumi DM, Correction of Nasal Pinching. Facial Plastic Clinics of North America – Nassif P, Frisenda J Revision Facial Plastic Surgery: Correcting Bad Results. Elsevier; 2019. Chapter 6.
“UIC is a truly unique program in that it offers exposure to so many practice sites and attending faculty that you learn many surgical techniques to address the same issue. I cannot stress enough the importance of camaraderie between and among residents and faculty. I feel at home in my training program.”

Undergraduate
University of Louisville

Medical School
University of Louisville

Future Plans
General Otolaryngology Practice

Research Interests
Rhinoplasty, Facial analysis, Epidemiology/Public health

Publication
Hyman AJ, Khayat S, Toriumi DM, Correction of Nasal Pinching. Facial Plastic Clinics of North America – Nassif P, Frisenda J Revision Facial Plastic Surgery: Correcting Bad Results. Elsevier; 2019. Chapter 6.

“UIC is a truly unique program in that it offers exposure to so many practice sites and attending faculty that you learn many surgical techniques to address the same issue. I cannot stress enough the importance of camaraderie between and among residents and faculty. I feel at home in my training program.”

Undergraduate Pitzer College
Medical School Oregon Health & Science University
Future Plans Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship
Research Interests Chronic Rhinosinusitis, Cerebrospinal fluid leaks
Publication Ahmad FI, Means C, Labby A, Cross C, et al. Osteocutaneous radial forearm free flap in non-mandible head and neck reconstruction. Head and Neck. 2017 Sep;39(9):1888-1893
“There are few, if any, programs available that give you both the incredible exposure to many talented mentors as well as the opportunity to treat the entire spectrum of the patient population like ours.”
Undergraduate The Ohio State University
Medical School University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Future Plans Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, Cincinnati Children’s
Research Interests Tonsillectomy Pain Control, Intracapsular vs. Extracapsular Tonsillectomy, Quality Improvement
Publication Soaper AL, Richardson ZL, Chen JL, Gerber ME. Pediatric tonsillectomy: A short-term and long-term comparison of intracapsular versus extracapsular techniques. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2020;133:109970. doi:10.1016/j.ijporl.2020.109970
“UIC has been a phenomenal place to train and I have been so happy with my experience. The camaraderie amongst residents and attendings is a strength of the program as well as the case volume and autonomy we are provided.”

4th YEAR RESIDENTS – CLASS OF 2022

Undergraduate Webster University
Medical School University of Missouri-Columbia
Future Plans Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
Research Interests Rhinoplasty, Aesthetics, Neurotoxin, Filler, Non-Surgical Cosmetic Therapy
Publication Cristel RT, Dayan SH, Akinosun M, Russell PT. Evaluation of Selfies and Filtered Selfies and Effects on First Impressions. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 2020:1-9.
“UIC allows for residents to pursue their interests with support from faculty clinically and in research. We have the ability to train at several surgical sites in Chicago which offers a unique opportunity to learn different techniques. The relationships among the residents is one of the best parts of the program being able to work well as a team and hang out together in our free time.”
Undergraduate Rice University
Medical School University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston
Clinical Area of Interest General Otolaryngology
Research Interests Cochlear Implants, Operative Efficacy and Functionality
Current Project Jeu, C. “A CI simulation study of transposing frequencies in an individualized programing approach”, Pilot study to investigate the effect of transposing input from mismatched cochlear implant electrodes on localization and discrimination.
“Chicago has proved itself to be a great 5 year home exceeding all expectations from great food, beautiful cityscape, and a glimmer of hope that is Chicago summers amidst not so bad winters. The UIC program has become my second family with an amazing group of residents who are more than just colleagues, always lending a hand and looking out for one another. Faculty truly makes an effort to better the residents any chance they get and make these 5 years of training something I will be proud to take anywhere.”
Undergraduate Brandeis University
Medical School Georgetown University School of Medicine
Future Plans Sleep Medicine Fellowship
Research Interests Neurotology, Obstructive sleep apnea, Medical education
Publication Wickemeyer J, Achim V, Redleaf M. Stapedectomy Is Rewarding: But How to Prove It? Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2019 Oct;128(10):911-914. doi: 10.1177/0003489419849615.
“UIC is a well-balanced program. It offers excellent surgical training at numerous and diverse subsites, good support for research endeavors, and a caring team of co-residents. Here, you have the scaffolding to shape your career into whatever you want it to be.”

3rd YEAR RESIDENTS – CLASS OF 2023

Undergraduate University of Arizona
Medical School University of Nebraska Medical Center
Clinical Area of Interest Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Research Interests Facial Plastics
Publication Are C, Caniglia A, Sharma A, & Gold JP. (2018). Burnout, substance abuse, and suicide: A surgical perspective. In Practical Ethics for the Surgeon (pp. 229-262). Wolters Kluwer Health Adis (ESP).
“This is a truly great ENT program. We rotate at multiple hospitals which affords us different clinical experiences and the ability to work with attendings all throughout the city. We start operating early in our clinical training and graduate fully autonomous and competent surgeons. As a resident group, we get along well and often hang out during our free time. Also, the city of Chicago has something to offer for everyone.”
Undergraduate The George Washington University
Medical School Eastern Virginia Medical School
Clinical Area of Interest Head & Neck Surgical Oncology
Research Interests Head & Neck Cancer, E-Cigarettes/Vaping, Outcome Improvement
Publication Perdoni CJ, Santarelli GD, Koo EY, Karakla DW, Bak MJ. Clinical and functional outcomes after total laryngectomy and laryngopharyngectomy: Analysis by tumor subsite, salvage status, and extent of resection. Head Neck. 2019; 41(9):3133–3143. doi:10.1002/hed.25807
“A strength of our program are the various rotation sites that provide resident autonomy within the operating room and clinic. We work and learn from a multitude of faculty throughout the city, providing residents with a diverse training experience preparing them for any career in Otolaryngology.”
Undergraduate University of Illinois
Medical School University of Illinois College of Medicine
Clinical Area of Interest Otology, General, Pediatrics
Research Interests Otology, Cochlear Implantation and Sound Perception Quality, Evolution in Surgical Techniques
Publication Mularczyk C. Moynihan M. Yu J. Mucocutaneous Lesions in an Adult Man Who Recently Moved From Mexico. JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, 2019; 145(10):965-966.
“Chicago is an awesome city with something for everybody. I personally enjoy it for the music. UIC is the best representation of Chicago as a program. We see an extremely diverse patient base, which varies location to location. We work in various hospital systems that not only prepares us for patient care, but also exposes us to the wide variety of practice styles that exist in order to tailor how and where we would like to practice in the future. The resident group is awesome, and they keep me constantly laughing, even on the most exhausting of days”.

2nd YEAR RESIDENTS – CLASS OF 2024

Undergraduate Florida State University
Medical School Florida State University College of Medicine
Clinical Area of Interest Pediatrics, Facial Plastics, General
Research Interests Facial Plastics, Women In Surgery, Quality Improvement
Presentation Tanner B, Livingston F, Muszynski MJ. The Effect of Comorbid Cystic Fibrosis and Rheumatologic Disease on Outcome: A retrospective chart review. Poster. Celebration of Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep, Orlando, Florida. February 2019.
“What drew me to the program was the relationships within the program. Everyone gets along so well and is so supportive and that is the type of environment that I want to work in. I also love how many different rotation sites we get to experience. I think that provides such a versatile learning experience.”
Undergraduate Loyola University
Medical School The University of Illinois College of Medicine
Clinical Area of Interest Pediatrics, Otology, Head & Neck
Research Interests Pediatric Hearing Loss, Instrument Design, Medical Education, Quality Improvement
Publication Samra S, Steitz JT, Hajnas N, Toriumi DM. Surgical Management of Nasal Valve Collapse. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2018;51(5):929‐944. doi:10.1016/j.otc.2018.05.009
“What I love about being a resident here is the supportive environment I work in every day. The residents all strive to help each other, and are very attentive to each other’s needs. The attendings are constantly teaching and genuinely interested in our education, and go out of their way to push us to grow and improve.”
Undergraduate The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Medical School The University of Illinois College of Medicine
Clinical Area of Interest Rhinology, Sleep, Pediatrics, Facial Plastics
Research Interests Sleep/Airway, Neurotology, Interspecialty Perceptions, Quality and Process Improvement
Publication Wilson J, Reid KJ, Braun RI, Abbott SM, Zee PC. Habitual light exposure relative to circadian timing in delayed sleep-wake phase disorder. Sleep. 2018. doi:10.1093/sleep/zsy166
“This program couples rigorous and broad surgical training across all subspecialties with immensely supportive co-residents and faculty. I chose UIC because I knew I would learn everything I need to become an accomplished surgeon surrounded by colleagues who care and want me to succeed.”

1st YEAR RESIDENTS – CLASS OF 2025

Undergraduate University of California, Berkeley
Medical School Albany Medical College
Clinical Area of Interest Otology, Rhinology, Pediatric ENT
Research Interests Hearing Loss, Skull Base Surgery, and Everything else
Publication Lee JA, Schaffer CE, Mehta CH, Close MF, Nguyen SA, Meyer TA. Impact of early gastroesophageal reflux disease on childhood otologic outcomes. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2020 Apr 27;134:110069. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2020.110069. PMID: 32371356
“The otolaryngology residency program at UIC prides itself in a culture of collegiality and a tradition of clinical excellence. I am excited to become part of the family!”
Undergraduate Northwestern University
Medical School University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine
Clinical Area of Interest Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otology
Research Interests Pediatric Vestibular Function Testing, Innovations in Medical Education
Publication Martin E. “Frustrating and Terrifying: What It’s Like to Be in Medical School During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” ENTtoday. 2020 May 11. Accessible at https://www.enttoday.org/article/frustrating-and-terrifying-what-its-like-to-be-in-medical-school-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/
“While attending medical school at UIC, I was able to see first-hand the many strengths of this program, especially the diversity of training environments and camaraderie among residents and attendings. I am grateful to have the opportunity to continue my training here and excited about my future at UIC.”
Undergraduate Boston University
Medical School Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
Clinical Area of Interest General, Rhinology, Laryngology, Facial Plastics, Pediatrics
Research Interests Facial Nerve Reanimation, Postoperative complications in patients with head and neck cancer undergoing undergoing free flap reconstructive surgeries
Publication Friedman JJ, Schumacher JK, Papagiannopoulos P, Tajudeen BA, Batra PS. Targeted 648-Gene Profiling Demonstrates Low Tumor Mutational Burden in Olfactory Neuroblastoma. International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology. Accepted for publication April 20, 2020.
“I am so excited to have matched at UIC! When rotating here, I experienced firsthand the camaraderie among the residents and was impressed by the strength of surgical training, breadth of exposure to all the subspecialties, the ability to work with various patient populations at multiple sites, and the overall family feel of the program”.

5th YEAR RESIDENTS – CLASS OF 2021

Undergraduate
University of Louisville

Medical School
University of Louisville

Future Plans
General Otolaryngology Practice

Research Interests
Rhinoplasty, Facial analysis, Epidemiology/Public health

Current Project
Hyman AJ, Khayat S, Toriumi DM, Correction of Nasal Pinching. Facial Plastic Clinics of North America – Nassif P, Frisenda J Revision Facial Plastic Surgery: Correcting Bad Results. Elsevier; 2019. Chapter 6.

“UIC is a truly unique program in that it offers exposure to so many practice sites and attending faculty that you learn many surgical techniques to address the same issue. I cannot stress enough the importance of camaraderie between and among residents and faculty. I feel at home in my training program.”

Undergraduate
Pitzer College

Medical School
Oregon Health & Science University

Future Plans
Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship

Research Interests
Chronic Rhinosinusitis, Cerebrospinal fluid leaks

Current Project
Ahmad FI, Means C, Labby A, Cross C, et al. Osteocutaneous radial forearm free flap in non-mandible head and neck reconstruction. Head and Neck. 2017 Sep;39(9):1888-1893

“There are few, if any, programs available that give you both the incredible exposure to many talented mentors as well as the opportunity to treat the entire spectrum of the patient population like ours.”

Undergraduate
The Ohio State University

Medical School
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Future Plans
Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, Cincinnati Children’s

Research Interests
Tonsillectomy Pain Control, Intracapsular vs. Extracapsular Tonsillectomy, Quality Improvement

Current Project
Soaper AL, Richardson ZL, Chen JL, Gerber ME. Pediatric tonsillectomy: A short-term and long-term comparison of intracapsular versus extracapsular techniques. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2020;133:109970. doi:10.1016/j.ijporl.2020.109970

“UIC has been a phenomenal place to train and I have been so happy with my experience. The camaraderie amongst residents and attendings is a strength of the program as well as the case volume and autonomy we are provided.”

4th YEAR RESIDENTS – CLASS OF 2022

Undergraduate
Webster University

Medical School
University of Missouri-Columbia

Future Plans
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

Research Interests
Rhinoplasty, Aesthetics, Neurotoxin, Filler, Non-Surgical Cosmetic Therapy

Publication
Cristel RT, Dayan SH, Akinosun M, Russell PT. Evaluation of Selfies and Filtered Selfies and Effects on First Impressions. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 2020:1-9.

“UIC allows for residents to pursue their interests with support from faculty clinically and in research. We have the ability to train at several surgical sites in Chicago which offers a unique opportunity to learn different techniques. The relationships among the residents is one of the best parts of the program being able to work well as a team and hang out together in our free time.”

Undergraduate
Rice University

Medical School
University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston

Clinical Area of Interest
General Otolaryngology

Research Interests
Cochlear Implants, Operative Efficacy and Functionality

Current Project
Jeu, C. “A CI simulation study of transposing frequencies in an individualized programing approach”, Pilot study to investigate the effect of transposing input from mismatched cochlear implant electrodes on localization and discrimination.

“Chicago has proved itself to be a great 5 year home exceeding all expectations from great food, beautiful cityscape, and a glimmer of hope that is Chicago summers amidst not so bad winters. The UIC program has become my second family with an amazing group of residents who are more than just colleagues, always lending a hand and looking out for one another. Faculty truly makes an effort to better the residents any chance they get and make these 5 years of training something I will be proud to take anywhere.”

Undergraduate
Brandeis University

Medical School
Georgetown University School of Medicine

Future Plans
Sleep Medicine Fellowship

Research Interests
Neurotology, Obstructive sleep apnea, Medical education

Publication
Wickemeyer J, Achim V, Redleaf M. Stapedectomy Is Rewarding: But How to Prove It? Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2019 Oct;128(10):911-914. doi: 10.1177/0003489419849615.

“UIC is a well-balanced program. It offers excellent surgical training at numerous and diverse subsites, good support for research endeavors, and a caring team of co-residents. Here, you have the scaffolding to shape your career into whatever you want it to be.”

3rd YEAR RESIDENTS – CLASS OF 2023

Undergraduate
University of Arizona

Medical School
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Clinical Area of Interest
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Research Interests
Facial Plastics

Current Project
Are C, Caniglia A, Sharma A, & Gold JP. (2018). Burnout, substance abuse, and suicide: A surgical perspective. In Practical Ethics for the Surgeon (pp. 229-262). Wolters Kluwer Health Adis (ESP).

“This is a truly great ENT program. We rotate at multiple hospitals which affords us different clinical experiences and the ability to work with attendings all throughout the city. We start operating early in our clinical training and graduate fully autonomous and competent surgeons. As a resident group, we get along well and often hang out during our free time. Also, the city of Chicago has something to offer for everyone.”

Undergraduate
The George Washington University

Medical School
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Clinical Area of Interest
Head & Neck Surgical Oncology

Research Interests
Head & Neck Cancer, E-Cigarettes/Vaping, Outcome Improvement

Current Project
Perdoni CJ, Santarelli GD, Koo EY, Karakla DW, Bak MJ. Clinical and functional outcomes after total laryngectomy and laryngopharyngectomy: Analysis by tumor subsite, salvage status, and extent of resection. Head Neck. 2019; 41(9):3133–3143. doi:10.1002/hed.25807

“A strength of our program are the various rotation sites that provide resident autonomy within the operating room and clinic. We work and learn from a multitude of faculty throughout the city, providing residents with a diverse training experience preparing them for any career in Otolaryngology.”

Undergraduate
University of Illinois

Medical School
University of Illinois College of Medicine

Clinical Area of Interest
Otology, General, Pediatrics

Research Interests
Otology, Cochlear Implantation and Sound Perception Quality, Evolution in Surgical Techniques

Current Project
Mularczyk C. Moynihan M. Yu J. Mucocutaneous Lesions in an Adult Man Who Recently Moved From Mexico. JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, 2019; 145(10):965-966.

“Chicago is an awesome city with something for everybody. I personally enjoy it for the music. UIC is the best representation of Chicago as a program. We see an extremely diverse patient base, which varies location to location. We work in various hospital systems that not only prepares us for patient care, but also exposes us to the wide variety of practice styles that exist in order to tailor how and where we would like to practice in the future. The resident group is awesome, and they keep me constantly laughing, even on the most exhausting of days”.

2nd YEAR RESIDENTS – CLASS OF 2024

Undergraduate
Florida State University

Medical School
Florida State University College of Medicine

Clinical Area of Interest
Pediatrics, Facial Plastics, General

Research Interests
Facial Plastics, Women In Surgery, Quality Improvement

Presentation
Tanner B, Livingston F, Muszynski MJ. The Effect of Comorbid Cystic Fibrosis and Rheumatologic Disease on Outcome: A retrospective chart review. Poster. Celebration of Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep, Orlando, Florida. February 2019.

“What drew me to the program was the relationships within the program. Everyone gets along so well and is so supportive and that is the type of environment that I want to work in. I also love how many different rotation sites we get to experience. I think that provides such a versatile learning experience.”

Undergraduate
Loyola University

Medical School
The University of Illinois College of Medicine

Clinical Area of Interest
Pediatrics, Otology, Head & Neck

Research Interests
Pediatric Hearing Loss, Instrument Design, Medical Education, Quality Improvement

Publication
Samra S, Steitz JT, Hajnas N, Toriumi DM. Surgical Management of Nasal Valve Collapse. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2018;51(5):929‐944. doi:10.1016/j.otc.2018.05.009

“What I love about being a resident here is the supportive environment I work in every day. The residents all strive to help each other, and are very attentive to each other’s needs. The attendings are constantly teaching and genuinely interested in our education, and go out of their way to push us to grow and improve.”

Undergraduate
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Medical School
The University of Illinois College of Medicine

Clinical Area of Interest
Rhinology, Sleep, Pediatrics, Facial Plastics

Research Interests
Sleep/Airway, Neurotology, Interspecialty Perceptions, Quality and Process Improvement

Publication
Wilson J, Reid KJ, Braun RI, Abbott SM, Zee PC. Habitual light exposure relative to circadian timing in delayed sleep-wake phase disorder. Sleep. 2018. doi:10.1093/sleep/zsy166

“This program couples rigorous and broad surgical training across all subspecialties with immensely supportive co-residents and faculty. I chose UIC because I knew I would learn everything I need to become an accomplished surgeon surrounded by colleagues who care and want me to succeed.”

1st YEAR RESIDENTS – CLASS OF 2025

Undergraduate
University of California, Berkeley

Medical School
Albany Medical College

Clinical Area of Interest
Otology, Rhinology, Pediatric ENT

Research Interests
Hearing Loss, Skull Base Surgery, and Everything else

Presentation
Lee JA, Schaffer CE, Mehta CH, Close MF, Nguyen SA, Meyer TA. Impact of early gastroesophageal reflux disease on childhood otologic outcomes. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2020 Apr 27;134:110069. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2020.110069. PMID: 32371356

“The otolaryngology residency program at UIC prides itself in a culture of collegiality and a tradition of clinical excellence. I am excited to become part of the family!”

Undergraduate
Northwestern University

Medical School
University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine

Clinical Area of Interest
Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otology

Research Interests
Pediatric Vestibular Function Testing, Innovations in Medical Education

Presentation
Martin E. “Frustrating and Terrifying: What It’s Like to Be in Medical School During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” ENTtoday. 2020 May 11. Accessible at https://www.enttoday.org/article/frustrating-and-terrifying-what-its-like-to-be-in-medical-school-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

“While attending medical school at UIC, I was able to see first-hand the many strengths of this program, especially the diversity of training environments and camaraderie among residents and attendings. I am grateful to have the opportunity to continue my training here and excited about my future at UIC.”

Undergraduate
Boston University

Medical School
Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

Clinical Area of Interest
General, Rhinology, Laryngology, Facial Plastics, Pediatrics

Research Interests
Facial Nerve Reanimation, Postoperative complications in patients with head and neck cancer undergoing undergoing free flap reconstructive surgeries

Presentation
Friedman JJ, Schumacher JK, Papagiannopoulos P, Tajudeen BA, Batra PS. Targeted 648-Gene Profiling Demonstrates Low Tumor Mutational Burden in Olfactory Neuroblastoma. International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology. Accepted for publication April 20, 2020.

“I am so excited to have matched at UIC! When rotating here, I experienced firsthand the camaraderie among the residents and was impressed by the strength of surgical training, breadth of exposure to all the subspecialties, the ability to work with various patient populations at multiple sites, and the overall family feel of the program”.