ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR




Alumnus of the Year

Taher Valika, MD

Taher Valika, MD, is a pediatric otolaryngologist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. His academic expertise is in pediatric airway reconstruction and managing complex sleep related airway disorders. Dr. Valika’s clinical interests include multilevel airway obstruction in patients with obstructive sleep apnea, laryngeal clefts and feeding disorders, complex laryngotracheal stenosis, and tracheostomy management.

Dr. Valika’s research focuses on improving patient outcomes through innovation. His lab based research focuses on 3D printing for airway reconstruction using biologic implants. Additional areas of work include improving tracheostomy outcomes using machine learning.

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Recent Graduates


Lisa Brown, MD

Faculty at Central DuPage and
Delnor Hospitals of Northwestern Medicine

Michael Gorelik, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngology,
Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
(McGaw Northwestern)

Elise Lippmann, MD

Comprehensive Otolaryngologist,
Massachusetts Eye and Ear,
Harvard Medical School,
Boston, MA

Sheena Samra, MD

Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship,
Lasky Clinic,
Beverly Hills, CA

Auddie Sweis, MD

Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship,
University of Pennsylvania

Katherine Nickley, MD

Private practice, Chelmsford, MA

Neela Rao, MD

Facial Plastics Fellowship,
University of Texas- Houston

Rishi Zaveri, MD

Otology Fellowship, Wilmington, DE