Alexander Hillel received his M.D. from the Tulane University School of Medicine, completed his residency at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a fellowship in Laryngology at the Emory Voice Center. Dr. Hillel specializes in the medical and surgical management of patients who have scar tissue blocking their larynx and/or trachea, a condition called laryngotrachealstenosis. This condition occurs in patients who have had prolonged intubation, autoimmune disease, and a rare disease called idiopathic subglottic stenosis. He also treats patients with voice and throat problems, including spasmodic dysphonia, and swallowing difficulty.
Dr. Hillel’s research seeks to better understand why scar forms in the larynx and trachea. He and his team investigate the relationship among the immune system, bacteria, and scar formation in the airway in an effort to improve treatment. They are also testing drugs that may halt the progression of, or reverse, scar formation and engineered a drug-eluting stent which is being tested to translate to patients with laryngotrachealstenosis. Dr. Hillel holds sponsored grants from the National Institute of Health, surgical foundations, and the medical device industry to conduct his research.
In addition to clinical and research work, Dr. Hillel holds a leadership role within the Department, serving as the Residency Program Director and Vice Director of Education. He leads 25 resident physicians and serves as the critical communication node between faculty and residents.