In the past several years, the Department of Otolaryngology has significantly expanded its research endeavors and through these efforts, continues to make important contributions to science and medicine.

Otolaryngology Research Initiatives

  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Sinus/Allergy
  • Pediatrics
  • Cleft Palate/Lip
  • Laryngology
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Otology and Audiology
  • Sleep
  • 3D Printing
  • Regenerative Therapies
  • Geriatric Care
  • Quality Improvement

Please contact our Clinical Research Team, for more information on current research and clinical trials: 



Recent Publications:

Cochlear implantation in children under 12 months of age

McKinney, Samantha.
Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery: October 2017 - Volume 25 - Issue 5 - p 400–404
doi: 10.1097/MOO.0000000000000400

Perioperative care of head and neck free flap patients.

Kinzinger MR, Bewley AF.
Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Oct;25(5):405-410. doi: 10.1097/MOO.0000000000000384.
PMID: 28604404

Evaluation and management of nonsyndromic congenital hearing loss.

Funamura JL.
Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Oct;25(5):385-389. doi: 10.1097/MOO.0000000000000398.
PMID: 28682819


Oral leukoplakia and oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma.

Bewley AF, Farwell DG.
Clin Dermatol. 2017 Sep - Oct;35(5):461-467. doi: 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2017.06.008. Epub 2017 Jun 27.
PMID: 28916027


Office-based procedures for diagnosis and treatment of esophageal pathology.

Wellenstein DJ, Schutte HW, Marres HAM, Honings J, Belafsky PC, Postma GN, Takes RP, van den Broek GB.
Head Neck. 2017 Sep;39(9):1910-1919. doi: 10.1002/hed.24819. Epub 2017 May 12. Review.
PMID: 28497587


What is global surgery?

Tollefson TT.
Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Aug;25(4):255-257. doi: 10.1097/MOO.0000000000000381. No abstract available.
PMID: 28639960


Altered pharyngeal structure and dynamics among patients with cervical kyphosis.

Randall DR, Strong EB, Belafsky PC.
Laryngoscope. 2017 Aug;127(8):1832-1837. doi: 10.1002/lary.26417. Epub 2016 Nov 29.
PMID: 27896816


The current status of human laryngeal transplantation in 2017: A state of the field review.

Krishnan G, Du C, Fishman JM, Foreman A, Lott DG, Farwell G, Belafsky P, Krishnan S, Birchall MA.
Laryngoscope. 2017 Aug;127(8):1861-1868. doi: 10.1002/lary.26503. Epub 2017 Feb 22. Review.
PMID: 28224630


Complications of turbinate reduction surgery in combination with tonsillectomy in pediatric patients.

Yuen SN, Leung PP, Funamura J, Kawai K, Roberson DW, Adil EA.
Laryngoscope. 2017 Aug;127(8):1920-1923. doi: 10.1002/lary.26421. Epub 2016 Nov 22.
PMID: 27873326


3D Printing: current use in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Hsieh TY, Dedhia R, Cervenka B, Tollefson TT.
Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Aug;25(4):291-299. doi: 10.1097/MOO.0000000000000373.
PMID: 28639959


Normal fluoroscopic appearance status post-successful endoscopic Zenker diverticulotomy.

Venkatesan NN, Evangelista LM, Kuhn MA, Belafsky PC.
Laryngoscope. 2017 Aug;127(8):1762-1766. doi: 10.1002/lary.26446. Epub 2017 Jan 4.
PMID: 28052332


Altered pharyngeal structure and dynamics among patients with cervical kyphosis.

Randall DR, Strong EB, Belafsky PC.
Laryngoscope. 2017 Aug;127(8):1832-1837. doi: 10.1002/lary.26417. Epub 2016 Nov 29.
PMID: 27896816


Association of Velopharyngeal Insufficiency With Quality of Life and Patient-Reported Outcomes After Speech Surgery.

Bhuskute A, Skirko JR, Roth C, Bayoumi A, Durbin-Johnson B, Tollefson TT.
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2017 Jul 20. doi: 10.1001/jamafacial.2017.0639. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 28727858


Characterizing mortality in pediatric tracheostomy patients.

Funamura JL, Yuen S, Kawai K, Gergin O, Adil E, Rahbar R, Watters K.
Laryngoscope. 2017 Jul;127(7):1701-1706. doi: 10.1002/lary.26361. Epub 2016 Nov 3.
PMID: 27808411


The effects of aspirated thickened water on survival and pulmonary injury in a rabbit model.

Nativ-Zeltzer N, Kuhn MA, Imai DM, Traslavina RP, Domer AS, Litts JK, Adams B, Belafsky PC.
Laryngoscope. 2017 Jul 21. doi: 10.1002/lary.26698. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 28730738


Outcomes of laryngohyoid suspension techniques in an ovine model of profound oropharyngeal dysphagia.

Johnson CM, Venkatesan NN, Siddiqui MT, Cates DJ, Kuhn MA, Postma GM, Belafsky PC.
Laryngoscope. 2017 Jul 12. doi: 10.1002/lary.26754. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 28699193


USMLE and Otolaryngology: Predicting Board Performance.

Puscas L, Chang CWD, Lee HJ, Diaz R, Miller R.
Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Jun;156(6):1130-1135. doi: 10.1177/0194599817702874. Epub 2017 Apr 18.
PMID: 28418270


Nasal septal perforation secondary to systemic bevacizumab.

Geltzeiler M, Steele TO.
Am J Otolaryngol. 2017 May - Jun;38(3):354-355. doi: 10.1016/j.amjoto.2017.01.018. Epub 2017 Jan 19.
PMID: 28215816


Novel murine xenograft model for the evaluation of stem cell therapy for profound dysphagia.

Kuhn MA, Black AB, Siddiqui MT, Nolta JA, Belafsky PC.
Laryngoscope. 2017 May 23. doi: 10.1002/lary.26666. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 28543406


The Pediatric Version of the Eating Assessment Tool: a caregiver administered dyphagia-specific outcome instrument for children.

Serel Arslan S, Demir N, Karaduman AA, Belafsky PC.
Disabil Rehabil. 2017 May 5:1-5. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1323235. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 28475381


The effect of aspirated barium sulfate, iodixanol, and diatrizoic acid on survival and lung injury in a lagomorph model.

Siddiqui MT, Litts JK, Cheney DM, Kuhn MA, Nativ-Zeltzer N, Belafsky PC.
Laryngoscope. 2017 May;127(5):E148-E152. doi: 10.1002/lary.26494. Epub 2017 Feb 24.
PMID: 28233902


Subjective Assessment of Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies.

Lee JW, Randall DR, Evangelista LM, Kuhn MA, Belafsky PC.
Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 May;156(5):901-905. doi: 10.1177/0194599817691276. Epub 2017 Feb 14.
PMID: 28195753


Cleft Septorhinoplasty: Form and Function.

Hsieh TY, Dedhia R, Del Toro D, Tollefson TT.
Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2017 May;25(2):223-238. doi: 10.1016/j.fsc.2016.12.011. Review.
PMID: 28340653


Factors Associated with Recurrence and Regional Adenopathy for Head and Neck Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

Harris BN, Bayoumi A, Rao S, Moore MG, Farwell DG, Bewley AF.
Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 May;156(5):863-869. doi: 10.1177/0194599817697053. Epub 2017 Mar 21.


Optimal Perioperative Care in Major Head and Neck Cancer Surgery With Free Flap Reconstruction: A Consensus Review and Recommendations From the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Society.

Dort JC, Farwell DG, Findlay M, Huber GF, Kerr P, Shea-Budgell MA, Simon C, Uppington J, Zygun D, Ljungqvist O, Harris J.
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Mar 1;143(3):292-303. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2016.2981. Review.
PMID: 27737447


Clinical Practice Guideline: Improving Nasal Form and Function after Rhinoplasty Executive Summary.

Ishii LE, Tollefson TT, Basura GJ, Rosenfeld RM, Abramson PJ, Chaiet SR, Davis KS, Doghramji K, Farrior EH, Finestone SA, Ishman SL, Murphy RX Jr, Park JG, Setzen M, Strike DJ, Walsh SA, Warner JP, Nnacheta LC.
Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Feb;156(2):205-219. doi: 10.1177/0194599816683156.
PMID: 28145848