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, M.D., F.A.C.S. is Chief of the Division of Otology/Neurotology and Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Cincinnati / Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA. Dr Ravi N. Samy has been a Neurotologist at the University of Cincinnati / Cincinnati Children's Medical Center Gardner Neuroscience Institute and the program director of the Neurotology Fellowship at the UC College of Medicine since 2005. He is also the director of the Adult Auditory Implant Program as well as a Professor of Otolaryngology.
Dr Samy was born in what is now known as Chennai, India, and immigrated to the United States at the age of 4. After living for one year in Canton, Ohio and 3 years in Connecticut, he spent most of his formative years living in Texas. He went to Duke University in North Carolina for his undergraduate education. After graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in zoology, Dr. Samy attended the Duke University School of Medicine until his graduation in 1995. He then completed his resident training at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he developed a love for otology, neurotology and skull base surgery. Dr. Samy spent two years at the University of Iowa as a Neurotology fellow before moving back to Texas to be an assistant professor at the UT-Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Dr Samy decided to move to Cincinnati because he was enamored with the phenomenal academic opportunity he found in the Department of Otolaryngology at UCMC and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). During his time at UCMC he has created an ACGME accredited, two-year Neurotology fellowship, which is one of approximately 20 in the country.
His research interests include cochlear and auditory brainstem implantation as well as acoustic neuromas, neurofibromatosis type 2, facial nerve tumors and other diseases and disorders of the lateral skull base.
Dr Samy is also interested in using novel techniques and technologies to eradicate tumors, such as the use oncolytic virotherapy. He is collaborating with researchers in India to incorporate these technologies to enhance global health and increase collaboration between UC and international institutions, thus benefiting both US citizens and those of other nations.
Dr Shoman is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Dalhousie University. He was the previous Director of Research for the Department of Surgery at the University of Saskatchewan, and served as the previous Director of the Saskatchewan Pediatric Auditory Rehabilitation Center (SPARC). He graduated from the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, before attending residency in Otolaryngology at the University of British Columbia. He then completed fellowship training in Otology and Neurotology at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital. His clinical interests involve management of adult and pediatric patients with balance disorders, skull base tumors, hearing loss, and implantable hearing devices including cochlear implants, bone anchored hearing devices, and middle ear implants.
Rodney C. Diaz
Rodney C. Diaz, MD FACS is Professor of Otolaryngology –Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, Davis, in Sacramento, CA, USA. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he obtained his baccalaureate with distinction in Astrophysics. He received his MD degree from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. He remained at UC Davis completing his general surgery internship and residency training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He then completed his clinical fellowship in Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery at the Michigan Ear Institute. Dr. Diaz serves as the Residency Program Director for the Otolaryngology Department at UC Davis Medical Center. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology with subspecialty board certification in Neurotology. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of several otolaryngology organizations, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, the American Neurotology Society, the North American Skull Base Society, the Politzer Society, the Society of University Otolaryngologists, and the Otolaryngology Program Directors Organization. Dr Diaz's clinical practice is centered on otology and neurotology and the management of lateral skull base lesions including acoustic neuromas and other tumors. His research interests include development of new methods for repopulating the hair cell depleted sensory epithelium of the cochlea. Dr Diaz serves as the otolaryngologist board member for the Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board of the Department of Consumer Affairs for the State of California.
Arnaud F. Bewley
Dr Arnaud F. Bewley is an Associate Professor in Otolaryngology at the University of California – Davis, USA, where he specializes in head and neck cancer surgery and microvascular free-flap reconstruction. He is the Director of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery and the Director of the Head and Neck Cancer and Microvascular Surgery Fellowship.
Dr Bewley grew up in Connecticut and completed his undergraduate degree in physics at Yale University, USA. He spent a year volunteering at a health clinic in Jeremie, Haiti before studying medicine at Columbia University in New York, USA. His professional training began at University of Pennsylvania, USA, where he completed a general surgery internship followed by residency in otolaryngology. He then completed a fellowship in head and neck cancer surgery and microvascular reconstruction at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), USA.
His primary clinical interests include the surgical management of benign and malignant tumors of the face, mouth, throat, neck, and thyroid. He has a special interest in using advanced microvascular free-flap techniques to maximize patient post-operative function. In addition, he has an interest in using minimally invasive transoral robotic techniques to treat cancers of the tonsil and base of tongue. Dr Bewley's primary research interest is the study of oncologic outcomes following treatment of head and neck tumors. He has a particular interest in studying outcomes for advanced non-melanomatous skin cancers of the head and neck given the relative paucity of data guiding treatment of these tumors. In addition, he is involved in research to optimize post-operative care of patients after free-flap surgery and translational research on the use of fluorescence imaging to assess margin status. Dr Bewley is involved in teaching at multiple levels at UC Davis. In addition to daily proctoring of residents in the otolaryngology residency program, he is the Director of the Head and Neck / Microvascular fellowship and directs an annual otolaryngology resident bootcamp.