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.
Jacqui E. Allen
Jacqui E. Allen, MBChB, FRACS is a Consultant Otolaryngologist in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at North Shore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Surgery at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Dr Allen's practice includes voice, laryngology with complex airway management, dysphagia and head and neck cancer. She earned her medical degree from the University of Auckland Medical School and completed ORL residency in New Zealand, followed by a fellowship at the University of California, Davis, USA, in the Voice and Swallowing Centre. She is a member of the New Zealand Society of Otolaryngologists Head and Neck Surgeons, the RACS Academy of Surgical Educators and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Dr Allen's research interests include airway stenosis, cough and reflux, and novel dysphagia management. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Laryngoscope, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Head and Neck and Dysphagia.
Dr Lisa Buckmiller is a Pediatric Otolaryngologist at the Children's Hospital of San Antonio, Texas, USA. Dr Buckmiller completed her undergraduate training in molecular biology and biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz, USA, and went on to do her medical training at the University of California, Irvine College of Medicine, USA, and her residency in otolaryngology at the University of California, Davis, USA in Sacramento. She then accomplished her fellowship training in pediatric otolaryngology at Arkansas Children's Hospital, USA, and continued on as faculty from 2002–2012.
Dr Buckmiller directed two multidisciplinary teams, including the Cleft Lip and Palate Team as well as the Vascular Anomalies Team while on faculty at Arkansas Children's Hospital. In 2005, she was awarded the Benjamin and Milton Endowed Chair in Pediatric Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for her work to better the lives of children with facial deformities. She also is dedicated to serving overseas on medical missions several times a year and performs surgeries for both cleft lip and palate as well as hemangiomas and vascular malformations on these trips. She is board certified and is an active member of the: American Academy of Otolaryngology; International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies; American Cleft Palate Association; and the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. Dr Buckmiller's research interests are in the areas of vascular anomalies as well as treatment of velopharyngeal insufficiency and primary rhinoplasty for cleft patients.