Demonstrating continued excellence in the field of Head and Neck Surgery, the UCLA Department of Head and Neck Surgery along with its varied Centers of Excellence, is often the subject of stories in newspapers, magazines, and journals. The Department also frequently issues news releases to keep the community informed on the latest developments in Head and Neck Surgery, the treatments available at UCLA, and various milestones within the Department. We include here a collection of recent stories, and an archive of older articles, for your further information.
December 9, 2020
Dr. Maie St. John, professor and chair, is co-editor of this up-to-the-moment , comprehensive reference for addressing the complex problems inherent in delivering optimal cancer treatment during a pandemic. Written in the midst of the crisis, a major motivation for its publication was the simple fact that delaying treatment for cancer is frequently not an option.
January 21, 2021
Dr. Dinesh Chhetri has been invited to speak as part of the Esophageal Insights Zoom Series sponsored by the UCLA Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases:
Time: 5:30 pm, PST
Meeting ID: 966 2866 1800
December 2, 2020 @ 5PM (PT)
Dr. Ashley Kita will serve as moderator for the second installment of the "Building the Bionic Human" series, exploring new advancements in engineering the nervous system. View more information and register >
Oct 23, 2020
Though the prevalence has climbed steadily in the past decade, long-term prognosis is good. The diagnoses and a death of some high-profile celebrities in recent years have shined a light on oropharyngeal cancer — sometimes generically referred to as throat cancer. Oropharyngeal cancer is a disease in which malignant cancer cells form in the tissues of the oropharynx, which includes the back of the throat, the base of the tongue and the tonsils. Between 70% and 90% of cases are caused by HPV-16, one of the subtypes of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a disease transmitted primarily through oral sex, says Dr. Maie St. John, MD, PhD, FACS, Chair of the Department of Head and Neck Surgery and co-director of UCLA’s Head and Neck Cancer Program. View Full Story >
Jul 01, 2020
Our Head and Neck Surgeons became first in Southern California to use the Single Port (SP) Robot for Trans Oral Robotic Surgery (TORS) and performed resection of oropharyngeal cancer. This latest state-of-the-art robotic system is used by our surgeons to perform precise surgical removal of oropharyngeal cancer and other benign and malignant growths in the throat. If you have been diagnosed recently with head and neck cancer, call us to learn if robotic surgery is right for you.
Apr. 08, 2020
Dr. Maie St. John Featured in ENTtoday - A review of the literature tells a story about septoplasty for nasal obstruction that differs from what many otolaryngologists might think: Very young patients can be considered for the procedure, well before facial growth is complete, an expert said here in January at the Triological Society Combined Sections Meeting.
Article on ENTtoday >
Oct. 10, 2019
Dr. Ashley Kita, Dr. Maie St. John and their collaborators, Dr. Daniel Kamei and Daniel Bradbury, were awarded one of the 2019 UCLA Health Innovation Challenge Awards in Medical Technology in the amount of $50,000.
See winners here >
Sep 7, 2019
Dr. Nina Shapiro responded to an LA Times article that touched on vaccinations and the anti-vaxx movement.
See her letter >
May 16, 2019
Dr. Jody Kreiman recieved the prestigious inaugural 2019 Academic Senate Service Award. The award is to recognize a member of the UCLA Division of the Academic Senate for their outstanding and dedicated service to the campus and/or the larger community.
May 3, 2019
The second annual UCLA NF2 & Schwannomatosis Symposium is set to take place on Saturday, May 18. Dr. Marco Giovannini will be one of this year's symposium directors. He is joined by Dr. Akira Ishiyama who will present on "Auditory Rehabilitation in NF2/SWN".
Event materials >
Feb 11, 2019
The Association for Research in Otolaryngology held a symposium focusing on the accomplisments of the late Dr. David Lim. Faculty members Dr. Sung Moon and Dr. Federico Kalinec were among the speakers who paid tribute. Dr. Lim's research on the Inner Ear and Utilization of Audtoriy Cell Lines were some of his contributions discussed at the symposium.
Mar 18, 2019
Dr. Ronald Canalis, Professor Emeritus of Head and Neck Surgery, was named the recipient of the 2018-19 Carole E. Goldberg Award. The award was created in 2015 to recognize the extraordinary service by an emeritus/emerita professor. Dr. Canalis retired in 2010 after thirty-seven years at UCLA as a surgeon-scientist with extraordinary skill as a teacher and mentor. He is a world-renowned authority on the facial nerve and has offered special anatomy labs to resident physicians who praise his intellectual nimbleness, civility and graciousness. He was, and remains, a beloved figure for his numerous trainees.
Mar 1, 2019
Dr. Marco Giovannini, Director of the Neural Tumor Research Laboratory, and Dr. Andrea McClatchey, Principal Investigator at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, received a collaborative three-year grant on Defining the Role of Macropinocytosis in NF-Mutant Tumors from the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. The Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP) was established in 1996 when the efforts of NF advocates led to a congressional appropriation to fund research in NF.
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Feb 28, 2019
Join UCLA otolaryngologist Dr. Gerald Berke from the UCLA Voice Center for Medicine and the Arts for a conversation about voice management for performing artists.
Nov 2, 2018
The UCLA Head and Neck Surgery Department is thrilled to be featured in the Fall 2018 UCLA Health Physicians update.Learn about the vision of the future from new department chair, Maie St. John, MD, PhD, and the exemplary work of some of our programs. Click on the headline to read the full articles.
Advances in facial reanimation are restoring smiles; featuring Dr. Irene Kim Center is a national resource for treating the full range of voice problems, from common to complex; featuring Dr. Gerald Berke & Dr. Dinesh Chhetri Researches explore pharmacological approaches to treat NF2 tumors; featuring Dr. Marco Giovannini New chair of head and neck surgery looks to the future; featuring Dr. Maie St. John Taking steps toward personalized treatment for patients with head and neck cancers; featuring Dr. Elliot Abemayor & Dr. St. John Program established to address needs of head and neck cancer survivors UCLA center offers management of complex nasal and sinus problems; featuring Dr. Jeffrey Suh Multidisciplinary expertise is best approach to treating balance disorders; featuring Dr. Akira Ishiyama & Dr. Quinton Gopen
Oct 3, 2018
Dr. Vishad Nabili has been appointed to the Residency Review Committee. Training programs in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery in the United States are evaluated by the RRC. The committee is made up of representatives of the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons and the ABOHNS, and are accredited by the ACGME.
Oct 7, 2018
UCLA Head and Neck Surgery will be hosting a casual dinner after day 1 at the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Join the department at FLIP Burger Boutique at 6 pm on Sunday, October 7. Enjoy locally sourched ingredients and signature cocktails while catching up with colleagues.
Jul 31, 2018
MSN syndicated a Q&A with Dr. Nina Shapiro on what the color and consistency of earwax can reveal about your health. The article was originally published by Well + Good. Shapiro is a pediatric head and neck surgeon at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital.
May 6, 2018
Dr. Nina Shapiro published her newest book titled "Hype: A Doctor's Guide to Medical Myths, Exaggerated Claims, and Bad Advice - How to Tell What's Real and What's Not". There is a lot of misinformation thrown around these days. Headlines tell us to do this, not that”all in the name of living longer, better, thinner, younger. Dr. Shapiro's jargon-free, balanced book distinguishes between the falsehoods and the evidence-backed truth. She's bringing those lessons to life here with a blend of personal storytelling and science. Hype covers topics as diverse as exercise, nutrition, supplements, alternative medicine, vaccines, and the benefits and drawbacks of medical testing
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Feb 26, 2018
This work will provide the research community with novel model systems and databases of gene expression profiles from each model that can be used to design and perform pre-clinical tests of agents to relieve pain and tumor growth in schwannomatosis. The successful completion of this study will lead to a major leap forward in our understanding of schwannomatosis manifestations and in the availability of tools that can used over the next decade, to develop novel, efficacious therapies to control tumorigenesis and treat this pain.
Research details >
Dec 12, 2017
Maie St. John, MD, PhD has been named the Chair of the Department of Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. St. John was selected for this position following a national search. She is succeeding Dr. Gerald Berke, who lead the department for 26 years.
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Sept. 26, 2017
Dr. Vishad Nabili, Program Director of the Head & Neck Residency Program, was awarded the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award. The honor is presented to program directors who find innovative ways to teach trainees and provide quality health care while remaining connected to the initial impule to care for others.
May 19, 2016
Dr. Gerald Berke recieved the American Laryngological Association Award for his outstanding contribution to the practice of larynx disorders and upper aerodigestive tract.
Oct. 22, 2015
Dr. Gerald Berke was named one of the west coast's best throat doctors for musicians. His treatment of multiple singers, including John Mayer, have made him popular as he often opts for out-patient procedures for voice treatment. The article appeared in Billboard magazine.
Sept. 2, 2015
Dr. Akira Ishiyama was awarded the Gold Medal of the Diaspora Ministry in Armenia. Dr. Ishiyama travels to the country annually to perform cochlear implant surgeries with the Armenian International Medical (AIM) Fund.
Full article >
Dec. 24, 2014
Dr. Jeffrey Suh was featured in a profile with Korea Times. Dr. Suh's specialty focus is on complex sinus disease.
Full article >
Dec. 15, 2014
In a groundbreaking new study, UCLA researches have advanced a robotic surgical technique to successfully access a previously unreachable area of the head and neck. The procedure was developed by Dr. Abie Mendelsohn.
Full article >
Oct 6, 2013
In a recent sold-out show at the Hollywood Bowl, singer-guitarist John Mayer dedicated a song to Dr. Gerald Berke, chair of Head and Neck Surgery at UCLA. He thanked Dr. Berke for getting him "singing on the stage again."
Read Full Story at The Hollywood Reporter >
Read the Mar Billboard Story with more details on John Mayer's treatment >
Sep 19, 2013
The Agoura Hills Acorn reported Thursday on a woman who underwent a specialized, minimally invasive surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center to treat her extreme vertigo, which resulted from an inner-ear disorder known as Meniere's disease. Her surgeons, Dr. John Frazee, UCLA professor of neurosurgery, and Dr. Akira Ishiyama, UCLA professor of head and neck surgery, were quoted.
Read Full Story at Agoura Hills Acorn website >
Aug 29, 2013
A five-year study led by Dr. Marilene Wang, a professor-in-residence in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery, has found that head and neck cancer patients receiving radiation as part of their treatment were less likely to suffer unwanted side effects such as worsening of diet, need for a feeding tube, or narrowing of the throat passage if they complied with a set of prescribed swallowing exercises called a swallow preservation protocol (SPP) during therapy.
Read published journal article in 'Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery' >
Dec 21, 2012
Under the care of Head and Neck Surgeons Nina Shapiro, MD and Abie Mendelsohn, MD, 5-year old patient, Leonidas Hill recently made history at UCLA when he became the first pediatric patient in the western U.S. to undergo transoral robotic surgery to repair his laryngeal cleft.
Read full article at UCLA Newsroom >
May 24, 2012
Demand for state-of-the-art face transplant procedures is rising, surgeons say, resulting in part from prolonged U.S. military action overseas. The UCLA program will integrate specialists from throughout the UCLA Health System, including the areas of head and neck surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, oral surgery, psychiatry, pathology, anesthesia, internal medicine, radiology, neurology, ethics, and rehabilitation services. Head and Neck Surgeons include Dr. Keith Blackwell, professor of head and neck surgery and Dr. Vishad Nabili, assistant professor of head and neck surgery.
Read full article at UCLA Newsroom >
Mar 9, 2012
Dr. Quinton Gopen, assistant professor of head and neck surgery, was featured in a KNBC-Channel 4 news report of a patient whom Dr. Gopen discovered had a tiny hole in one of her ear canals, which allowed sounds from inside and outside her body to reverberate inside her brain. After he plugged the hole during surgery, the woman’s symptoms vanished and her hearing returned.
Mar 8, 2012
Dr. Nina Shapiro, M.D., author of Take a Deep Breath, provided information for parents and caregivers about children's breathing issues and the latest research in pediatric breathing issues and airway safety. She also discussed her current research with RAND Corporation that studies and identifies food that lead to high choking incidents in children. Using these findings, she plans to recruit a national panel of pediatric experts, including otolaryngologists, pulmonologists, anesthesiologists, emergency-room physicians, and intensivists (intensive-care-unit specialists) to create guidelines for food products and submit them to the Food and Drug Administration to create a standard for food labeling similar the current framework in place for toys.
Feb 28, 2012
The Feb. 28 Hollywood Reporter ran an article after singer Celine Dion was experiencing weakness in her vocal cord. Dr. Gerald Berke prescribed 6-8 weeks of voice rest for Celine to recover from her condition. Variety, Las Vegas Sun and others also covered Celine's visit to the UCLA Department of Head and Neck Surgery.
Oct 25, 2010
A study published in the journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, co-authored by Dr. Nina Shapiro, associate professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at UCLA, found that racial and ethnic disparities among children with frequent ear infections can significantly influence access to health care resources.