I am an Otolaryngologist who specializes in the treatment of benign and cancerous head & neck tumors. I was born and raised on Long Island, New York and thereafter moved to the Chicago area to attend college at Northwestern University. I then completed medical school at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and this was followed by residency in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery back at Northwestern University. Finally, I completed a fellowship in advanced head & neck cancer surgery and microvascular reconstructive surgery at the University of California, Davis, prior to joining the faculty here at UT.
One aspect of my job that I really enjoy is being able to educate my patients and also my resident and medical student trainees. Many of my patients who are newly diagnosed with head & neck tumors have never heard of their diseases before and, understandably, they have many questions. I take great pride in trying to make sure that they understand the treatment options they have, what their treatment will be like and how being diagnosed with and treated for head & neck cancer will affect their lives. Treating head & neck cancer always requires a multi-disciplinary approach, and I work very closely with other specialists such as radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, speech pathologists, nutritionists, oral surgeons, dermatologists, neurosurgeons and ophthalmologists. I also work closely with my fellow head & neck surgeons and am often called upon to perform reconstructive surgery after a head & neck tumor is removed. I have extensive training and experience reconstructing the jaws, the soft tissues of the mouth, soft tissues of the neck, face and scalp and also the throat. These reconstructions are performed with the goal of restoring my patients’ speech, voice, swallow and visual appearance as best as possible.
Outside of my professional life I enjoy playing the cello and writing music, cooking, traveling and chasing around my boxer dog, Gunner.