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Otolaryngology Research

Early detection tips for head and neck cancers

Miriam O'Leary, MD identifies the causes, symptoms and importance of early detection steps.

The Otolaryngology Research Center at Tufts Medical Center is dedicated to basic and applied research in advanced endoscopic and minimally-invasive otolaryngologic surgery. It provides the opportunity to develop and test instruments, undertake laboratory and animal research, and provides training in new techniques in both conventional and laser surgery.

The entire Department of Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery) participates in research activities in otolaryngology and allied specialties. These efforts have produced numerous innovations in the diagnostic and surgical applications of lasers. These have lead to improvements in patient care by providing surgeons with advanced knowledge of laser-tissue interaction and the optimal application of technology towards more effective and safer procedures.

The Otolaryngology Research Center is also utilized for the education of residents in the training program. Each resident completes a three month research block in their third year of training (PGY-3). Many residents have participated in research projects within the Otolaryngology Research Center and have presented and/or published their research.

Recent published papers
  • Nassif SJ, Ruiz D, Callahan A, Rebeiz EE. Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction: An Unusual Presentation of Sarcoidosis. Ear Nose Throat J. 2020 Aug 31:145561320950494.
  • Harb JL, Shah AT, O'Leary MA, Rebeiz EE. Breast Cancer Metastases to the Paranasal Sinuses Mimicking Inflammatory Sinus Disease. J Craniofac Surg. 2020;31:e525-e527.
  • Tracy LF, Jabbour N, Rubin BR, Sobin LB, Lawlor CM, Basa KC, Levi JR, Tracy JC. Satisfaction in Academic Otolaryngology: Do Physician Demographics Impact Press Ganey Survey Scores? Laryngoscope. 2020;130:1902-1906.
  • Noonan KY, Lopez IA, Ishiyama G, Ishiyama A. Immune Response of Macrophage Population to Cochlear Implantation: Cochlea Immune Cells. Otol Neurotol. 2020;41:1288-1295.
  • Manayan RC, Haser EK, Shah AT, Crawford KL, Vecchiotti MA, Scott AR. Prophylactic Flexible Bronchoscopy Immediately following Open Airway Reconstruction in Children. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2020 Jul 16:3489420942566.
  • Compton RA, Konstantinou EK, Kapadia MK, Scott AR. Optimizing aesthetics following surgical management of periorbital necrotizing fasciitis. Am J Otolaryngol. 2020;41:6.
  • Harb JL, Pascal E, Compton RA, Scott AR. What is the optimal management of pediatric nontuberculous mycobacterial cervicofacial lymphadenitis? Laryngoscope. 2020;130:1359-1361.
  • Nassif SJ, Scott AR. Pediatric Septal Perforation Repair With the Endoscopic Anterior Ethmoid Artery Flap. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020;Jul 21:194599820942219.
  • Compton RA, Scott AR. Use of the facelift incision for excision of non-tuberculous mycobacterial lymphadenitis in children. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2019;125:182-186.
  • Simmonds JC, Hollis R, Tamberino RK, Vecchiotti M, Scott AR. Comparing the real and perceived cost of adenotonsillectomy using time driven activity based costing. Laryngoscope. 2019;129:1347-1353.
  • Marston AP, Costello MS, Farhood Z, Brandstetter KA, Murphey AW, Nguyen SA, Discolo CM, Patel KG. Association of Pediatric Patient Demographic Factors and Scar Anatomic Features With Scar Outcomes After Surgical Repair of Cleft Lip.
    JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2019;21:452-457.
  • Ruiz D, Rebeiz EE. Endoscopic Approach for Excision of Venous Malformation of the Orbital Apex. J Craniofac Surg. 2018;29:733-734.
  • Simmonds JC, Patel AK, Mildenhall NR, Mader NS, Scott AR. Neonatal Macroglossia: Demographics, Cost of Care, and Associated Comorbidities. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2018 Sep;55(8):1122-1129
  • Simmonds JC, Patel AK, Mader NS, Scott AR. National trends in tongue reduction surgery for macroglossia in children. J Craniomaxillofac Surg. 2018;46:498-503.
  • Simmonds JC, Rebeiz EE. Surgical resection of sinonasal hemangiopericytoma involving anterior skull base: Case reports and literature review. Am J Otolaryngol. 2017;38:87-91.
  • Simmonds JC, Scott AR. Spontaneous CSF rhinorrhea from the trigeminal canal in an adolescent. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2017 Jul;98:162-165
  • Rudnicki PA, Tsang C, Vecchiotti MA, Scott AR. Palatal Motion After Primary and Secondary Furlow Palatoplasty. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017;143:111-115.
  • Tracy JC, Mildenhall NR, Wein RO, O'Leary MA. Breast cancer metastases to the head and neck: Case series and literature review. Ear Nose Throat J. 2017;96:E21-E24.
  • Remenschneider AK, Lookabaugh S, Aliphas A, Brodsky JR, Devaiah AK, Dagher W, Grundfast KM, Heman-Ackah SE, Rubin S, Sillman J, Tsai AC, Vecchiotti M, Kujawa SG, Lee DJ, Quesnel AM. Otologic outcomes after blast injury: the Boston Marathon experience. Otol Neurotol. 2014;35:1825-1834.
  • Shah AT, Dagher WI, O'Leary MA, Wein RO. Squamous cell carcinoma presenting with trigeminal anesthesia: An uncommon presentation of head & neck cancer with unknown primary. Am J Otolaryngol. 
  • Chung V, Lee AS, Scott AR. Pediatric nasal 2017;38:153-156.valve surgery: short-term outcomes and complications. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2014;78:1605-1610.
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