Research Division

The Research Division serves to assist residents, medical students, and faculty in initiating and carrying out scholarly activities, with particular emphasis on resident-led studies.  The Division is directed by Dr. Merry Sebelik who is joined by John D. Boughter, Phd to promote and administer research projects and quality improvement activities for otolaryngology residents throughout their training. 

Otolaryngology Research Division
Top: Courtney Shires, MD, GME 2011 and John Boughter, PhD. R: Ryan Meacham, MD, GME 2014. L: Image from recent cadaver ultrasound study

Recent studies have been carried out in collaboration with Dr. Boughter in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Dr. Lawrence Pfeffer of the CRB, members of the Department of Preventive Medicine, and others.  There are opportunities for translational, basic science, systems-based, and outcomes research, allowing residents to participate in scholarly activities from conception to publication. Please see individual faculty information for active research interests.

Recent Publications

Qayyum S, Meacham R, Sebelik M, Zafar N. Sialolipoma of the parotid gland: Case report with literature review comparing major and minor salivary gland sialolipomas. J Oral Maxillofac Pathol. 2013;17(1):95-7. Epub 2013/06/27. doi: 10.4103/0973-029X.110687
JOMFP-17-95 [pii]. PubMed PMID: 23798838; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3687197.

Sabri F, Sebelik ME, Meacham R, Boughter JD, Jr., Challis MJ, Leventis N. In vivo ultrasonic detection of polyurea crosslinked silica aerogel implants. PLoS One. 2013;8(6):e66348. Epub 2013/06/27. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0066348
PONE-D-13-04861 [pii]. PubMed PMID: 23799093; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3683029.

Langsdon P, Petersen D. Management of the aging forehead and brow. Facial Plast Surg. 2014;30(4):422-30. doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1383555. PubMed PMID: 25076450.

Lewoczko KB, Rohman GT, LeSueur JR, Stocks RM, Thompson JW. Head and neck manifestations of langerhan's cell histiocytosis in children: a 46-year experience. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2014;78(11):1874-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2014.08.015. PubMed PMID: 25200852.

Shires C, Samant S. Multiple plasma cell granulomas of the larynx in a young man. Ear Nose Throat J. 2014;93(3):E28-31. PubMed PMID: 24652567.

Smith A, Petersen D, Samant S, Ver Halen JP. Pediatric mandibular reconstruction following resection of oral squamous cell carcinoma: A case report. American journal of otolaryngology. 2014;35(6):826-8. doi: 10.1016/j.amjoto.2014.07.004. PubMed PMID: 25123780.

Somerville JM, Lyman E, Thompson JW, Stocks R. Non-otogenic lateral sinus thrombosis: a complication of acute sphenoid sinusitis. Ear Nose Throat J. 2014;93(8):E25-7. PubMed PMID: 25181671.

Velargo PA, McLevy JD. A "nail-biting" case of an airway foreign body. Ear Nose Throat J. 2014;93(4-5):154, 6. PubMed PMID: 24817228.

Wood J, Halen JV, Samant S. Upper extremity deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolus after radial forearm free flap: a case report and literature review. Journal of reconstructive microsurgery. 2014;30(4):275-8. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1361845. PubMed PMID: 24399695.

Bishop MW, Somerville JM, Bahrami A, Kaste SC, Interiano RB, Wu J, et al. Mesenchymal Chondrosarcoma in Children and Young Adults: A Single Institution Retrospective Review. Sarcoma. 2015;2015:608279. doi: 10.1155/2015/608279. PubMed PMID: 26146478; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPMC4469840.

Jain U, Somerville J, Saha S, Hackett NJ, Ver Halen JP, Antony AK, et al. Oropharyngeal Contamination Predisposes to Complications after Neck Dissection: An Analysis of 9462 Patients. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015. doi: 10.1177/0194599815581808. PubMed PMID: 25917665.

Kim BD, Lim S, Wood J, Samant S, Ver Halen JP, Kim JY. Predictors of Adverse Events After Parotidectomy: A Review of 2919 Cases. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2015;124(1):35-44. doi: 10.1177/0003489414542089. PubMed PMID: 25015926.

Smith AM. Observations: Gross Anatomy Revisited. J Grad Med Educ. 2015;7(3):495. doi: 10.4300/JGME-D-15-00146.1. PubMed PMID: 26457167; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPMC4597972.

Thottam PJ, Silva RC, McLevy JD, Simons JP, Mehta DK. Use of fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) in the management of psychogenic dysphagia in children. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2015;79(2):108-10. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2014.11.007. PubMed PMID: 25522847.

Tompkins JJ, Vaughn CA, Shaikh FA, Stocks RM, Thompson JW. Palatopharyngoplasty with bilateral buccal mucosal graft repair to alleviate oropharyngeal stenosis. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2015;79(9):1579-81. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2015.06.022. PubMed PMID: 26145205.

Wood J, Ver Halen J, Samant S, Florendo N. Radiation-induced sarcoma masquerading as osteoradionecrosis: case report and literature review. J Laryngol Otol. 2015;129(3):279-82. doi: 10.1017/S0022215114003326. PubMed PMID: 25650528.

Wood JW, Thornton B, Brown CS, McLevy JD, Thompson JW. Traumatic tracheal injury in children: A case series supporting conservative management. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2015;79(5):716-20. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2015.02.025. PubMed PMID: 25792031.

Woods CR, Cash ED, Smith AM, Smith MJ, Myers JA, Espinosa CM, et al. Retropharyngeal and Parapharyngeal Abscesses Among Children and Adolescents in the United States: Epidemiology and Management Trends, 2003-2012. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2015. doi: 10.1093/jpids/piv010. PubMed PMID: 26407249.

Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery

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