Undergraduate Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School University of Illinois College of Medicine – Peoria
Clinical Area of Interest Pediatrics, General Otolaryngology
Research Interests Pediatric Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Oncology, Clinical Outcomes
Publication Kozak KJ, Achim VD. Individual head and neck screening: Initiating a dialogue about best approach. Am J Otolaryngol. 2022 Mar-Apr;43(2):103302. doi: 10.1016/j.amjoto.2021.103302. Epub 2021 Dec 3. PMID: 34894446.
“From the day I stepped foot in the ENT department here following my first year of medical school, I was made to feel at home. The faculty are all approachable, incredibly supportive of the residents, invested in our success, and genuinely nice people to be around. The resident room is an impressive but friendly and down to earth group who are great examples of the well-rounded training at this program. “
Undergraduate University of Kansas
Medical School Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Clinical Area of Interest Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, General Otolaryngology
Research Interests Head and Neck Reconstruction, Surgical Innovation
Publication Pankey AN, Chandar A, Isaacson G. Safety of Ibuprofen in Children With G6PD Deficiency: A Systematic Review. Laryngoscope. 2022 Jun;132(6):1300-1305. doi: 10.1002/lary.29868. Epub 2021 Sep 21. PMID: 34546579.
“UIC embodies everything I was looking for in a residency program and it is an honor to train here. Our faculty are truly invested in resident education and the variety of clinical training sites provides a comprehensive and robust training experience. I am grateful to live in such an energetic city and it is a privilege to serve the incredibly diverse population of Chicago.
Undergraduate Johns Hopkins University
Medical School University of Illinois College of Medicine
Clinical Area of Interest Head and Neck, Otology, General Otolaryngology
Research Interests Head and Neck Cancer, Facial Trauma, Clinical Outcomes Improvement
Publication Trapp LP, Koo EY, Lee V, Yu J. Metastatic hepatocellular carcinoma to the sinonasal cavity: A case report and literature review. Oto Case Reports 2022;24:100449. doi:10.1016/j.xocr.2022.100449
“As a medical student, I was struck by the friendliness, collegiality, and professionalism of the residents and attendings in this department. From day one, everyone in the department will help you challenge yourself and succeed. I’m very excited to continue my training within a group that brings this kind of energy to our patients in Chicago.” 


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

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.”

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.”

Brandeis University

Medical School
Georgetown University School of Medicine

Future Plans
Sleep Medicine Fellowship

Research Interests
Neurotology, Obstructive sleep apnea, Medical education

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.”