As a clinician, I have particular expertise in the treatment of head and neck tumors, thyroid cancer, and diseases of the anterior skull base. I typically spend one day a week in the clinical setting and one day a week in the surgical setting. Ultimately, my plan is to expand the UTHSC clinical operation while focusing on quality patient outcomes and cutting-edge advancements and technologies.
As a researcher, I am the founder and former co-leader of the program in tumor immunology and immunotherapy in the University of Maryland’s comprehensive cancer center. I’ve been a National Institutes of Health-funded researcher and is the co-founder of Gliknik Inc., a biotechnology company developing novel therapeutics to treat cancer and autoimmunity. Highlights of my research career include: roles in helping to define the translational potential of manipulating PDL-1: PD-1 interactions for the treatment of cancer; discoveries that are being employed for the treatment of patients with malignant disease; the development of a new class of drugs for the treatment of autoimmune/inflammatory diseases.
I’ve been an associate consultant of otorhinolaryngology at the Mayo Clinic, and an assistant professor of OTO-HNS and an associate professor of OTO-HNS at Mayo Medical School. I was proud to join University of Maryland Medical School in 2005, and in addition to serving as professor and chair of the Department Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, held a secondary appointment as a professor of immunology and microbiology. I was interim chair of both the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and the Department of Dermatology.
I hold professional memberships in many organizations, including the American Academy of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. I’m also proud to be a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Head & Neck Society, the American Laryngological Association, and the Triological Society.
I have published more than 120 papers, books, and chapters, and has received numerous awards, including the American Laryngological Association Presidential Citation; U.S. News & World Report “Top Doctors,” and University of Maryland Baltimore’s Entrepreneur of the Year.