A Day to Celebrate Research

University Hospitals’ annual ENT research symposium set for June 8

UH Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery - Summer 2018

Chad Zender, MD


Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Translational Research, UH Cleveland Medical Center; Associate Professor, Otolaryngology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Keeping up with the latest discoveries and innovations in the field of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery is challenging, to say the least. On Friday, June 8, Northeast Ohio researchers and health care practitioners have an opportunity to find out what’s new. The 2018 University Hospitals,Ear, Nose and Throat Institute Otolaryngology Symposium will showcase the latest research in pediatrics otolaryngology, head and neck surgery and rhinology conducted by students, faculty and collaborators.

The annual ENT research symposium is held on campus at Case Western Reserve University. Chad Zender, MD, an organizer of the event and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Translational Research at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, says that the symposium allows residents to develop skills related to research and to gain valuable experience from presenting projects to larger audiences. Many of the projects are developed by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine students and residents and are later published in well-regarded journals on various subspecialties in otolaryngology, Dr. Zender notes.

The symposium covers topics of interest to both general and specialty trained otolaryngologists. Nurses, allied health professionals, residents/fellows and medical students can also benefit from presentations. A discussion period follows all presentations.

Scheduled topics and speakers for the 2018 ENT Research Symposium include:

Pediatric Sinus Disease by Carol Liu, MD
Endoscopic Ear Surgery by Carissa Wentland, DO
Balloon Sinuplasty by Brian D’Anza, MD
Approach to the Cystic Neck Mass by Rod Rezaee, MD
Use of Stents in Sinus Surgery by Kenny Rodriguez, MD
Updates to the AJCC 8th Edition by Chad Zender, MD
UH ENT Quality Update by Nicole Maronian, MD

As part of the annual James E. Arnold, MD, Lectureship, this year’s keynote address, “Advances in the Management and Treatment of Sinusitis,” will be delivered by Alex Chiu, MD. Dr. Chiu is the Russell E. Bridwell, MD, Endowed Chairman and Professor of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Actively involved in research on chronic rhinosinusitis, sinonasal tumors, and outcomes of sinus and skull base surgery, Dr. Chiu is widely recognized as a leader in the treatment of disorders of the paranasal sinuses and is a well-published author on these topics.

“The ENT research symposium was started by Drs. Kumar Alagramam, Cliff Megerian and James Arnold with a primary focus on ear research,” Dr. Zender says. Over the years, it has evolved to include presentations on head neck cancer, pediatric hearing disorders, quality and outcomes-based research and sinus disorders.

With the creation of the University Hospitals Ear, Nose & Throat Institute Research Center, the symposium now features a morning session on basic science research involving all the ENT-related disciplines and an afternoon continuing medical education session kicked off by the keynote speaker.

Mentoring is a strong emphasis and an integral part of the Department of Otolaryngology.

“We are fortunate to have excellent and motivated students and residents in our program,” Dr. Zender says. “Mentoring and guidance from our faculty is critical to developing such a robust and dynamic research portfolio.”

For those seeking continuing education units, the following learning objectives may be of interest:

  • Ability to identify the key factors in successful utilization of endoscopic sinus surgery to prevent scaring and restenosis.
  • Understanding of which situations medicated stents have the most utility and greatest benefit.
  • Review of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) 8th Edition Cancer Staging Manual’s most important changes to HPV positive and negative head and neck cancer and how those will impact treatments. (The 8th Edition covers significant information on molecular markers and 12 entirely new cancer staging systems.)
  • Ability to assess patient cases for endoscopic ear surgery candidacy.


This continuing education event has been approved for 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. For more information, visit casemed.case.edu/Otolaryngology/research/symposium.php.