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Speaker Topics: Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Speaker Topics: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery




  • Head and neck cancer
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
  • Thyroid tumors
  • Salivary gland tumors

Nishant Agrawal, M.D.
Associate Professor

Dr. Agrawal earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital/Otolaryngology.  He also completed a fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/Oncology in New York.

Currently an associate professor, Dr. Agrawal specializes in the treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck.  He has published widely, including a landmark paper on the genomic landscape of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.  In addition to the genetics of head and neck tumors, Dr. Agrawal's research is focused on the development of biomarkers for screening, monitoring and surveillance of head and neck tumors.  He serves on several committees of national organizations, including American Head and Neck Society and American Thyroid Association.



  • Anatomy and Physiology of Voice
  • Evaluation of Dysphonia
  • Dysphonia Case Presentations
  • Transnasal Esophagoscopy
  • Laryngopharyngeal Reflux
  • Office-based Techniques in Laryngology
  • Advances in Laryngeal Surgery
  • Pulsed Laser Treatment in Laryngology
  • Early Glottic Cancer
  • Saving Your Voice/Voice Health

Lee M. Akst. M.D.
Assistant Professor, Director of Johns Hopkins Voice Center

Lee Akst attended the Yale University School of Medicine then completed his residency in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  He received his fellowship training in laryngology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. 

Dr. Akst's clinical interests include:

  • Care of the professional voice
  • Pulsed laser photoangiolysis for treatment of laryngeal dysplasia, papilloma, and early cancer
  • Voice disorders and laryngeal surgery, including vocal cord nodules, polyps, cysts, cancer, papilloma, paralysis, spasmodic dysphonia, and laryngopharyngeal reflux

Evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders, including dysphagia, odynophagia, aspiration, stricture, and diverticulum

Simon Best, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery


  • Hoarseness Evaluation and Treatment
  • Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Office-based Laryngeal Surgery
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia

Dr. Simon Best is a fellowship-trained laryngeal surgeon whose clinical interests are focused on voice and airway disorders, including the comprehensive care of professional voice users and performers, recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP), vocal cord paralysis, laryngeal cancer, precancerous vocal cord dysplasia, spasmodic dysphonia and laryngeal and tracheal stenosis. Dr. Best has particular expertise in laser surgery (KTP laser) for RRP, early glottic cancer, and glottis dysplasia, including office-based laser management of papillomatosis and dysplasia. He practices at the Johns Hopkins Voice Center at the East Baltimore campus and at GBMC.


  • Nasal obstruction - what every practitioner needs to know
  • Skin cancer update: diagnosis and management including surgical reconstruction
  • Anterior skullbase lesions
  • Facial paralysis: management of chronic sequelae

Kofi Boahene, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Kofi Derek O. Boahene M.D., graduated Summa Cum Laude  from Meharry Medical College, completed a five-year surgical residency training program in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and received fellowship training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Minnesota.  As the recipient of the prestigious Mayo Brother’s Distinguished Fellowship Award, Dr. Boahene was awarded additional craniofacial surgery training in Adelaide, Australia. He also received the Jack R. Anderson Award in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for attaining the highest score nationally on the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery certification exam.

Dr. Boahene’s practice covers the entire expanse of pediatric and adult plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face, including cosmetic surgery, microvascular surgery, craniofacial reconstruction, trauma and approaches to anterior skull base lesions.

His special clinical interests consist of functional and cosmetic nasal surgery, nasal obstruction, minimally invasive techniques in facial enhancement and rejuvenation, skin lesions and Moh's reconstruction, facial cosmetic techniques in ethnic groups, otoplasty, scar revision, facial nerve injury and sequelae, facial trauma, keloids, anterior skull base surgery, parotid gland lesions and microsurgery. Dr. Boahene’s research interests include keloids, wound healing and tissue engineering.


  • Nasal obstruction - what every practitioner needs to know
  • Skin cancer update: diagnosis and management including surgical reconstruction
  • Anterior skullbase lesions
  • Cleft lip and palate: current status
  • Human face: evolution, expression and aesthetics

Patrick Byrne, M.D.
Director and Assistant Professor, Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Patrick Byrne, M.D., has presented many lectures in the United States and around the world. He is the author of numerous journal articles and textbook chapters on topics within facial plastic surgery.  

Dr. Byrne completed medical school at the University of California, San Diego, and an internship in General Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He then completed a five year residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of California, San Diego, where he trained under several nationally recognized leaders in Facial Plastic Surgery, gaining expertise in facial cosmetic surgery, rhinoplasty and reconstruction that included a vast experience in the treatment of skin cancers of the face. Dr. Byrne has received numerous honors for his research and clinical work, including the Chairmans prize and a prestigious fellowship position in the highly competitive Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship program administered by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).

Dr. Byrne practices at the Johns Hopkins Cosmetic Center at Green Spring Station.  His practice is highly specialized, focusing exclusively on plastic surgery of the face, head and neck. His areas of expertise include aesthetic and functional rhinoplasty (nasal surgery), aesthetic surgery of the face such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), and facelifts, as well as facial reconstruction. Dr. Byrne has a specific research interest in the treatment of facial paralysis, and is very involved in international humanitarian work.


  • Hearing loss and hearing rehabilitation
  • Cochlear implantation
  • Lateral skull base tumors:  diagnosis and management
  • Otosclerosis
  • Chronic otitis media

Wade Chien, M.D.
Instructor, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Wade Chien attended the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, then completed his residency at the Harvard Combined Otolaryngology Program.  He completed his otology/neurotology fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. 

Dr. Chien's research interests include middle ear mechanics, temporal bone histopathology, music perception in cochlear implant users, atraumatic methodologies for cochlear implant insertion, hearing protection/regeneration.



  • Geriatric audiology
  • Everything you’ve always wanted to know about hearing aids but were afraid to ask
  • How to read an audiogram
  • Truths and myths regarding hearing aids
  • Audiology and primary care
  • Audiology and pediatrics

Roni Dinkes, Au.D., CCC-A

Roni Dinkes holds a Doctorate in Audiology and has been part of the faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins since 1997.  She has vast experience in Diagnostic, Digital amplification, as well in acute care audiology.  Dinkes performed her audiology fellowship at R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and her audiology residency at Johns Hopkins.


  • Rehabilitation options for advanced hearing loss in older adults
  • Childhood development after cochlear implantation
  • Contemporary trends in the treatment of acoustic neuroma

Howard W. Francis, M.D.
Associate Professor and Deputy Director
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Director of the Listening Center

Dr. Francis graduated from Harvard Medical School - MIT Division of Health Science and Technology.  He completed his residency, as well as his Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery fellowship, at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

His clinical interests include disorders of the ear and tumors of the skull base.

Dr. Francis' research interests are:

  • Study of cochlear disease mechanisms and their effects on the hearing experience, with the goal of developing new therapies for acquired deafness
  • Identifying determinants of language and educational benefits of cochlear implants in children, with the goal of optimizing outcomes
  • Development of skills and models for the administration of pediatric hearing rehabilitation services in developing countries


  • The Biology of Hearing

Paul Fuchs, Ph.D
Bordley Professor and Director of Research, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Neuroscience

Dr. Fuchs received his doctorate in Neuro-and Bio-behavioral Sciences from Stanford University.  He trained as a NATO Fellow in the Physiological Laboratory at Cambridge University and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Neurobiology at Stanford University.

His research interests include cellular and synaptic physiology of the cochlea, and mechanisms of calcium signaling and cholinergic inhibition in cochlear hair cells.


  • Overview of digital hearing aid technology
  • Diagnostic audiometry
  • Interpretation of immittance tests
  • Pediatric audiometric testing
  • Overview of hearing aids
  • Understanding your hearing loss
  • Use of good communication strategies

Sue Garman, M.S., CCC-A

After completing her B.S. from Penn State University in Human Development & Family Studies with an emphasis in early childhood development, Garman obtained her M.S. in Audiology at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. in 1993.  She went on to participate in a Clinical Fellowship Year at Towson University before joining the faculty of the Division of Audiology within the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins in 1994. 

Within the Division of Audiology, Garman has served the roles of Clinical Coordinator as well as Hearing Aid Coordinator.  Her clinical expertise is in the area of diagnostic audiometry, digital hearing aids and Auditory Brainstem Response testing, and she works with all ages, from birth to seniors, in all clinical areas of her practice.  Conversive in sign language and Spanish, Garman can instruct, redirect and complete all testing using these languages while relying on interpreters for the most accurate translation of the physical therapist's case history information.


  • The Role of the Surgeon in the Management of Head and Neck Cancer
  • Use and Misuse of PET-CT

Christine Gourin, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University
Director, Clinical Research Program in Head and Neck Cancer, Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery

After graduating from the State University of New York- Health Science Center, Dr. Gourin completed her surgical internship, residency and Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery training at the University of Vermont. Dr. Gourin joined Johns Hopkins after serving as the Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery and associate professor at the Medical College of Georgia.

Dr. Gourin’s research interests include identification of serum biomarkers associated with head and neck cancer, early detection and prevention of malignancy, and the effects of treatment on the quality of life.  She is the recipient of several research grants including an American Head and Neck Society grant investigating protein profiles associated with head and neck cancer.




  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Oropharyngeal Carcinoma
  • Laryngeal Carcinoma
  • Neck Masses
  • Melanoma
  • Skin Cancer
  • Complex Laryngotracheal Obstruction

Young Kim, M.D., Ph.D.Associated Professor

Dr. Young Kim received his M.D. and Ph.D. at University of California, San Diego and completed his clinical training at University of California, Los Angeles.

Currently an associate professor, Dr. Kim's clinical interests include the medical and surgical management of head and neck tumor/cancer, thyroid/parathyroid tumors, and salivary gland tumors.  He also specializes in complex airway management and nasal reconstruction.  He is currently the principal investigator of an NIH-funded lab that is focused on the development of translational cancer vaccines.


* Please note that Dr. Lin requests an honorarium


  • Pediatric Sinusitis
  • Adult Sinusitis
  • Effects of Allergy on Otolaryngic Diseases
  • Sublingual Immunotherapy

Sandra Lin, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Prior to coming to Hopkins, Dr. Lin was an assistant professor of otolaryngology at Southern Illinois University’s School of Medicine, where she established the S.I.U. Otolaryngnic Allergy Clinic.  She has been a national instructor at the American Academy of Otolaryngology continuing medical education courses, teaching other physicians and allied health personnel about the diagnosis and treatment of allergic rhinitis.  She has served on several national committees for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy.

Now an assistant professor with the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Lin’s clinical interests include sinusitis, allergy and general pediatric otolaryngology.  Her research interests include sleep apnea, sinusitis and allergic rhinitis.


  • Sinusitis - A Rational Approach for the Internist and When to Call an ENT
  • Chronic Sinusitis and Treatment Options - 2011
  • Research Advances in Chronic Rhinosinusitis
  • Endoscopic Endonasal Approaches to the Skull Base

Murugappan (Murray) Ramanathan, Jr., M.D.
Assistant Professor

As part of the Johns Hopkins Sinus Center, Dr. Murray Ramanathan specializes in complicated endoscopic sinus surgery, management of nasal polyps, endoscopic repair of cerebrospinal fluid leaks, and endoscopic approaches to sinonasal and anterior skull-base tumors.  His research focuses on molecular and immunologic mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps, and the role of allergy and environmental pollutants in propagating sinonasal inflammation.  Dr. Ramanathan received his Medical Degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Residency: The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and did his residency and fellowship training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.


  • Sinusitis - A Rational Approach for the Internist and When to Call an ENT
  • Endoscopic Techniques in Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR)

Douglas D. Reh, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Reh is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Reh sees patients with sinonasal disorders including sinusitis, nasal polyps, and benign sinonasal tumors. Among his clinical interests are complex and revision endoscopic sinus surgery, revision frontal sinus surgery, and endoscopic repair of cerebrospinal fluid leaks. Dr. Reh’s research focuses on the biomolecular causes of sinusitis and outcomes of endoscopic sinus surgery.

Dr. Reh received his undergraduate degree in Operations Management from Boston College and his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed his residency in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. He received advanced fellowship training in endoscopic sinus surgery from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard University.


  • Vacuum-Assisted Closure in Head and Neck Surgery (use of the Wound-VAC)
  • The History of Hyberbaric Medicine and Applications in Head and Neck Surgery
  • Head and Neck Manifestations of Connective Tissues Diseases
  • Reconstruction of the Hypopharynx
  • Flaps in Head and Neck Reconstruction
  • TransOral Robotic Surgery

Jeremy D. Richmon, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Richmon earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York and completed his surgical internship and residency at the University of California in San Diego. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins Medicine, Dr. Richmon completed a fellowship in head and neck oncology, skull base surgery and microvascular reconstruction at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, a primary teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

Currently an assistant professor, Dr. Richmon’s clinical interests include head and neck cancer; tumors of the oral cavity, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, sinuses, skull base and skin; as well as microvascular reconstruction of the head and neck. His research interests include microvascular reconstructive techniques of head and neck defects, robotic surgery and minimally invasive approaches for head and neck cancer. Dr. Richmon is board-certified in otolaryngology.


  • Hearing aids and assistive listening devices

Colleen Ryan, M.S., CCC-A

Colleen Ryan received her masters of science degree from Northeastern University and is a board certified CCC-A, American Speech and Hearing Association audiologist in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Colleen’s clinical interests include digital and programmable hearing aids and assistive listening devices.


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