Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery was launched in 1993. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The fields of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery are divided into 11 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Journal's Section Editors for this issue.
Ravi N. Samy
Ravi N. Samy, MD, FACS, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA. Dr Samy's practice includes pediatric and adult otology, neurotology, and skull base surgery. He also serves as the Director of the neurotology fellowship and the Adult Cochlear Implantation Program. He earned his MD from Duke University School of Medicine, USA and then completed a residency at Stanford University Medical Center, USA followed by a fellowship in otology, neurotology and skull base surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, USA. He is an active member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery (AAOHNS) and the American Neurotology Society (ANS). He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology with a Certificate of Added Qualitifications in neurotology. Dr Samy's special interests are pediatric and adult otology, neurotology, skull base tumors (such as acoustic neuromas) and a prototype surgical robotic system. His robotic studies have recently focused on simulation applications for otologic training. His publications have appeared in such journals as Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Archives of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Otology and Neurotology and Laryngoscope.
Rodney C. Diaz
Rodney C. Diaz, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California at Davis, USA. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, USA, where he obtained his baccalaureate in Astrophysics. He received his MD degree from the University of California at Davis. He remained at UC Davis for his postdoctoral medical training, completing his general surgery internship and residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. He then completed a clinical fellowship in otology, neurotology, and skull base surgery at the Michigan Ear Institute, USA.
Dr Diaz currently serves as the Residency Program Director for the Otolaryngology Department at UC Davis Medical Center. He is an active member of several otolaryngology organizations, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, and the American Neurotology Society. Dr Diaz's clinical practice is focused on otology, neurotology, and tumors of the lateral skull base. His research interests include the electrophysiologic and molecular biologic mechanisms of inner ear potassium cycling and lateral wall transport processes in the regulation of the endocochlear potential, as well as in novel methods for the regeneration of inner ear sensory epithelium. Dr Diaz serves as a board member of the Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board of California.
Mohamed A. Hamid
Mohamed A. Hamid, MD, PhD, EE, is a Professor of Audiology, Otolaryngology, and Neuroscience. He is the founder and Medical Director of the Cleveland Hearing and Balance Center in Lyndhurst, Ohio, USA. He has been recognized for his clinical and research activities in auditory and vestibular medicine by many national and international organizations.
Dr Hamid earned his electrical engineering (EE) degree at Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt in 1968, followed by audiology training in Denmark in 1970, and his PhD in vestibular neurophysiology and biological signal analysis in 1978 from the Royal National ENT Institute and the Imperial College of Science and Technology, UK.
In 1980, Dr Hamid was invited by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF), Cleveland, Ohio, USA, ENT Department to establish and develop their vestibular medicine program. During his 16 years tenure at CCF, Dr Hamid completed medical school at Case Western Reserve University, USA, in 1994, followed by a preceptor tailored post-grad training at CCF that focused on medical and office-based surgical ENT, otology, neurotology and neurology.
In 1996, Dr Hamid left CCF and established the Cleveland Hearing and Balance Center (CHBC), USA, to provide comprehensive clinical care, research and education in auditory and vestibular medicine. Dr Hamid is a Clinical Professor and adjunct faculty of audiology, otolaryngology and neuroscience at several national and international institutions. He is a fellow and a member of several national and international societies and is the Vice President of the International Association of Physicians in Audiology (IAPA). He serves on several editorial boards including Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery and Audiological Medicine. He has published extensively and is a coauthor of the book Medical Otology-Neurotology (Thieme, USA, 2006). His current research focuses on clinical and socio-economical aspects of auditory and vestibular medicine and medical neurotology.