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HeadLines - Our Caring Commitment

HeadLines Winter 2013

Our Caring Commitment

By: David W. Eisele, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Date: December 12, 2012

David W. Eisele, M.D., F.A.C.S.

One of the biggest reasons that my colleagues and I chose to become otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons is the opportunity to care for patients with head and neck surgical and medical conditions and improve their lives in significant ways. That ability is on full display in this issue of HeadLines.

On page 2, we showcase a new technique that members of our head and neck endocrine surgery team, including Ralph Tufano and Jeremy Richmon, now offer, allowing them to operate on patients’ thyroid glands and parathyroid glands through an inconspicuous incision near the ear that is similar to the one used for facelifts—providing patients a way to avoid the telltale scar these surgeries usually leave in the lower neck. On page 3 we tell about Kofi Boahene’s unique approach to plastic surgery procedures, one that takes patients’ ethnicities into account and produces a more natural result that doesn’t belie their heritage. We highlight otologist Matt Stewart’s caring approach on page 3, in a story on how he and his colleagues restored a patient’s hearing, which in turn restored the career about which the patient is so passionate.

Our ability to care for head and neck patients extends beyond our national borders. On the cover, we describe how head and neck surgeon Wayne Koch and senior resident Ryan Li headed to Cameroon to treat patients in this developing country who lack access to even simple specialized operations commonly available in the United States.

Along with teaching and research, caring for our patients has been one of the pillars of Hopkins’ tripartite mission since it opened in 1889, and it’s one of the values that have kept our department ranked top in the nation for the past 15 years by U.S. News & World Report. We will always keep our commitment to provide the very best care possible.

David W. Eisele, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Andelot Professor and Director

Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery