I specialize in otology and neurotology. This is a boarded subspecialty of otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat surgery) that is dedicated to treating issues with the hearing and balance systems. I provide medical care and perform ear surgeries on children and adults over a wide range of complexity from ear tubes all the way to removal of acoustic neuromas. My advanced training in neurotology has allowed me to dedicate a significant portion of my practice to the removal of complex skull base tumors as a part of a multidisciplinary team with neurosurgical colleagues. We work together to access portions of the brain through the ear in a way that minimizes pain and recovery time for patients. I also have advanced training in endoscopic ear surgery: a new technique that allows for surgical treatment of ear conditions without the need for external incisions and minimal time off from work or school.
The ability to hear is one of the important parts of the human experiences. Children with congenital hearing loss can face significant challenges with language development and with school. Adults with advanced hearing loss often find that fundamental human experiences like a dinner with friends, a family reunion, or a child’s graduation become terrifying for fear of missing conversation, or looking foolish for not understanding people. Everyone with hearing loss has a different story and different goals. I work with you to understand your hearing loss and offer a variety of options for treatment, from basic hearing aids to advanced surgeries like cochlear implants.
My academic research interests include the development of new treatments for patients with hearing and balance disorders. Collaborating with physicians at a variety of universities across the US allows us to better understand how we are doing across a greater sample size. I’m also interested in ways to optimize cochlear implant performance and delivery of implant services. I have authored over 40 publications to date. These include peer-reviewed original research in national and international medical journals for otolaryngology, invited expert commentary, and textbook chapters in commercially available otolaryngology textbooks. I’ve been active in presenting research at national meetings for professional societies, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Neurotology Society, American Otological Society, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, North American Skull Base Society, and Triological Society.
I’m also dedicated to education in every sense. I want people to understand what is going on with their bodies and how they can take control of their own treatment. I’m also dedicated to the professional education of exceptionally talented resident physicians who are training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Outside of work, I love spending time with my family. I also enjoy playing the guitar, keyboard, and listening to true crime podcasts.