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Physician Experts Highlight Research ahead of Otolaryngology’s Annual Meeting

October 5, 2018 - 9:35am

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The latest research on ear health, head and neck cancer, sleep-disordered breathing, rhinology and allergy, facial plastics, laryngology and swallowing disorders, endocrine surgery, and other topics related to otolaryngology-head and neck surgery will be presented in Atlanta, GA, October 7-10, during the 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation.

Abstracts of all the research to be presented are now available online at

The 2018 Annual Meeting includes hundreds of research presentations. The Program Advisory Committee, comprised of physician members, selected 21 Scientific Oral Presentations to highlight in recognition of outstanding scientific merit and innovation. The following selected studies will be presented during the “Best of Orals” session on Sunday, October 7, at 8:30 am in Building B, Room 312, in the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC):

  • Do Surgeons' Biases Influence the Treatment Decisions in Patients with Recurring Tonsillitis? Nish Mehta, PhD, MBBS, FRCS (ORL) (presenter)
  • Effectiveness of Non-opioid/Non-narcotic Postoperative Pain Management Regimen for Patients Undergoing Thyroidectomy and/or Parathyroidectomy James Biery (presenter) and Phillip K. Pellitteri, DO
  • Epidemiology of Vestibular Schwannoma over the Past Half-Century: Population-Based Study in the United States John P. Marinelli BS, (presenter), Christine Lohse, MS, and Matthew L. Carlson, MD
  • Evaluation of the Prognostic Utility of the Hemoglobin-to-Red Cell Distribution Width Ratio in Head and Neck Cancer: Multi-center Cohort Study Tristan Tham, MD (presenter), Caitlin Olson, MD, Josephine Coury, Julian Khaymovich, Sireesha Teegala, Michael Wotman, and Peter D. Costantino, MD
  • Factors Affecting Failure to Complete Sleep Studies in Pediatric Patients with Sleep Disordered Breathing Jocelyn L. Kohn, MD (presenter), Jessica R. Levi, MD, and Michael B. Cohen, MD
  • Five-Year Objective and Subjective Outcomes of Palatopharyngeal Surgery in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Hypopnea Syndrome Jingying Ye, MD (presenter), Guoping Yin, and Yuhuan Zhang
  • If You're Happy, How Do You Show It? Dynamics of Spontaneous Smiles Emily A Waselchuk, MD (presenter) and Sofia Lyford-Pike, MD
  • Increasing Resource Utilization in Treatment and Management of Pediatric Subglottic Stenosis Feras Ackall, MD (presenter), Hui-Jie Lee, Belyu Liu, and Jeffrey Cheng, MD
  • Investigation of Association between Depression: Its Prophylaxis and Long-term Overall Survival for Head and Neck Cancer Survivors in a Randomized Controlled Trial Trevon McGill, MD (presenter), William Lydiatt, MD, Oleg Militsakh, MD, Andrew M. Coughlin, MD, Harlan Sayles, MS, Robert Lindau, MD, Daniel Lydiatt, MD, and Aru Panwar, MD
  • Novel Transgenic Murine Model for Study of Peripheral Nerve Regeneration Suresh Mohan, MD (presenter), Ivan Coto Hernandez, PhD, Shinsuke Shibata, and Nate Jowett, MD
  • Outcomes of Hypoglossal Nerve Upper Airway Stimulation in Patients with Isolated Retropalatal Collapse Ahmad F. Mohmoud, MD (presenter), and Erica R. Thaler, MD
  • Outliers: Predicting High Cost of Care for Otolaryngology Patients Karthik Balakrishnan, MD (presenter), James P. Moriarty, Jordan K. Rosedahl, Colin L.W. Driscoll, MD, and Bijan J. Borah, PhD
  • Pathologic Fibroblasts in Idiopathic Subglottic Stenosis Amplify Local Inflammatory Signals Robert J. Morrison, MD (presenter), Nicolas-George Katsantonis, MD, Christopher Wootten, MD, Kevin M. Motz, MD, Alexander T. Hillel, MD, and Alexander Gelbard, MD
  • Postoperative Opioid Prescriptions and Corresponding Opioid Consumption after Septoplasty or Rhinoplasty Alexander N. Rock, MD (presenter), Corey Cheresnick, MD, Kenneth Akakpo, Benjamin Zmistowski, MD, and Stephen Nogan, MD
  • Postoperative Pain Control and Opioid Usage Patterns Among Patients Undergoing Thyroidectomy and Parathyroidectomy Theresa Tharakan, BA (presenter), Sydney T. Jiang, MD, Judd Fastenberg, MD, Thomas J. Ow, MD, MS, Richard V. Smith, MD, and Vikas Mehta, MD
  • Protective Role of N-Acetylcisteine from Cisplatin-Induced Ototoxicity in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer. Randomized Placebo Controlled Clinical Trial Daniel Munoz, MD, MSc (presenter), Felipe Cardemil, MD, Andres Readi, and Jose Contreras
  • Relationship Between Nasal Steroid Choice and Industry Payments among Otolaryngologists Elliot Morse (presenter), Rance Fujiwara, and Saral Mehra, MD, MBA
  • Resident Understanding of Laryngeal Stroboscopy: Needs Assessment Joel W. Jones, MD (presenter), Mollie Perryman, Paul D. Judge, MD, Cristina Cabrera-Muffly, MD, James David Garnett, MD, Kevin J. Sykes, PhD, MPH, and Shannon M. Kraft, MD
  • Surgical Impact of an Endocrine Surgeon on an Academic Otolaryngology Department Ayka J. Iwata, MD (presenter), Steven S. Chang, MD, Tamer Abdel-Halim Ghanem, MD, PhD, and Michael C. Singer, MD
  • There is No Difference in Tympanoplasty Closure Rates between Collagen Allografts and Temporalis Fascia or Perichondrium Nathan D. Cass (presenter), Herman A. Jenkins, MD, and Stephen P. Cass, MD, MPH
  • Treatment Modalities in Sinonasal Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma: Clinicopathological Features and Comparative Analysis Roshansa Singh (presenter), Sana H. Siddiqui, Loka Thangamathesvaran, MD, Suat Kilic, Wayne D. Hsueh, MD, and Jean Anderson Eloy, MD

 Information for the Media

The AAO-HNSF offers press registration and interview facilitation for credentialed members of the news media, and onsite workspace for those reporting from the meeting in Atlanta. Pre-registration and additional information can be found online at Abstracts are available in advance of the meeting, but in-depth content and quotes collected from author interviews are embargoed until the date and time of presentation at the Annual Meeting & OTO Experience. Interested news media may request author interviews for the Best of Orals or any other education session on the Annual Meeting program schedule by contacting


About the AAO-HNS/F 
The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, one of the oldest medical associations in the nation, represents about 12,000 physicians and allied health professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The Academy serves its members by facilitating the advancement of the science and art of medicine related to otolaryngology and by representing the specialty in governmental and socioeconomic issues. The AAO-HNS Foundation works to advance the art, science, and ethical practice of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery through education, research, and lifelong learning. 

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