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.
Travis T. Tollefson
Dr Tollefson has a strong interest in the emerging field of global surgery and improving surgical access and care in low and middle income countries. He has recently completed a MPH in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health, USA. After completing his BS in Biology at Baker University, USA, he attended medical school and residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, USA. His fellowship through the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was completed at the University of California-Davis (UC Davis), USA. As an Associate Professor at UC Davis, his research has focused on using geospatial information systems to create maps of the distribution of cleft lip and palate in Zimbabwe He serves as an advisor to AO's international humanitarian committee, and has chaired multiple craniofacial reconstruction meetings. His research has received international attention for development of an artificial muscle prototype for patients with facial paralysis due to gunshot wounds, facial trauma, tumor resection and congenital causes. He chairs the Awards Committee for the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, and is active in the database Standards Committee of the American Cleft Palate Association.
Sherard A. Tatum
Dr Tatum has dedicated his career to the reconstruction of children and adults with deformities of the face, head and neck. He did his undergraduate work at Rollins College in Winters Park, Florida, USA. He earned his medical degree at the University of South Florida, College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida, USA. He continued on to his residency in general surgery and otolaryngology at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. After his residency training, he went on to complete two fellowship years, one in craniomaxillofacial surgery at the University of Eppendorf in Hamburg, Germany; and one in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, USA. He is Board Certified in both otolaryngology and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
He has been at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, USA, since 1992 and is currently a Professor in Otolaryngology and Pediatrics. He is the Medical Director of the Central New York Cleft and Craniofacial Center, USA. He is Assistant Director of the Otolaryngology Residency and Co-Director of the Craniomaxillofacial Surgery fellowship. He has given over 130 presentations and has authored, co-authored or edited over 100 publications. He is active in the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association. He is on the editorial boards of the Archives of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery.
He specializes in cleft lip and cleft palate repair, orthognathic surgery, correction of craniosynostosis, and craniofacial syndromes such as Crouzon syndrome, Treacher Collins syndrome, Velo-cardio-facial syndrome, Pierre Robin sequence and many others. He also performs trauma repair and microsurgical reconstruction. He has been honored by Best Doctors in America, Patient's Choice, and America's Top Plastic Surgeons.
Dr Tatum has taken his expertise overseas to help children in Ekaterinaburg, Russia; Linyi, China; Ecuador; El Salvador, and most recently Ho Chi Min City and Hanoi, Vietnam. He has also traveled to Zagrab, Croatia to do reconstructive work on those injured by the war and others. He has received service awards from the Onondaga County Medical Society and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for this work.