I am the Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at UT Memphis. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Davidson College with a BA (Classics), I then graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1994. I also completed my residency in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins, followed by a one year fellowship in general academic otolaryngology. In 2004, I received a Masters in Clinical Research from the MUSC Department of Biometry and Epidemiology. I’m board certified in both Otolaryngology and Sleep Medicine.
During my professional career, I’ve focused on the care of patients with head and neck cancer, thyroid tumors, voice and airway disorders, swallowing disorders, and sleep apnea. As one of the first 4 surgeons in the United States to perform endoscopic salivary surgery, I’m currently the busiest endoscopic salivary surgeon in the U.S. I’m also proud to be involved in the education and training of many of the surgeons in the U.S. who currently perform endoscopic salivary surgery.
I’ve published over 120 academic papers, including one in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2014 on hypoglossal nerve stimulation therapy for sleep apnea. I’ve been invited to be a guest professor at numerous institutions, including Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Emory, Georgetown, the University of Erlangen – Nuremburg, and Oxford.
Over the course of my career, I have received over 1 million dollars in research funding. I was inducted as an honorary member of the German Society of Otolaryngology in 2013, and in 2014 received the Presidential Citation from the American Head and Neck Society and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. I have proudly served as question writer and oral examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology, along with national committees on head and neck cancer, evidence-based medicine, and sleep apnea. I’m currently an associate editor for JAMA Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
I love living in in midtown Memphis with his wife Charlotte, and our three children. When I’m not working, I enjoy international travel, inspiring my participation in humanitarian missions to Africa and Latin America. I’m excitied to be an integral part of the UT Memphis and Methodist healthcare system.