Otolaryngology Residency

About the Program

The Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is one of the oldest departments in the United States and one of the most comprehensive in the world.

Our institute is among the largest of its kind and is a, world-class facility housing 28 exam rooms, a surgery center, and separate reception areas for different groups of patients. Clinical research centers include: a Balance Disorders Center, a Cochlear Implant Center, and a Voice and Swallowing Center.

Annually we receive $5 million in grants from the NIH to pursue our research goals. We have two highly competitive ACGME accredited fellowships in otology/neurotology and pediatric otolaryngology and a world-class head and neck microvascular fellowship.

U.S. News has consistently rated the department among the top otolaryngology programs in the United States since 1990. Best Doctors®, an online database of peer evaluated physicians, has consistently included members of our faculty.

First Magnet Hospital in Iowa

Inaugurated in February 2000, the Department of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery is located on the second floor of the Pomerantz Family Pavilion, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

Covering an area of 40,000 square feet, the facility offers 29 exam rooms spread over four clinical specialty areas: Otology/Neurotology, Pediatric Otolaryngology, General Otolaryngology/Rhinology and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Exam rooms for each of the specialty areas are specifically equipped for the needs of that specialty.

Otology/Neurotology rooms all have ceiling mounted microscopes, while Pediatric rooms are softened by the inclusion of activities and games for children. The new Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery clinic is designed as a "clinic with a clinic" in order to streamline the patient experience and to offer a more private waiting room area. Each exam room is equipped with an endoscopic imaging system with monitors for patient viewing.

For minor procedures patients have immediate access to our surgery center fitted with state of the art equipment. The surgery center provides the department with the flexibility it needs to perform smaller procedures and biopsies without having to arrange time in the Main Operating Room suite.

We have an additional 35,000 square feet of dedicated research space that support the research goals of our investigators–this includes the Center for Auditory Regeneration occupying the fifth-floor of the Carver Biomedical Research Building. Directed by Bruce Gantz, MD and Richard Smith, MD, the center offers a unique environment for multi-disciplinary research into new treatments for permanent inner ear diseases and disorders that cause hearing loss and deafness. This work complements UI expertise and innovation in cochlear implants, including brain stem implants and short electrodes for high frequency hearing loss.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Iowa Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency program is to provide comprehensive training in the field of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery to generate physicians who are dedicated to delivering outstanding and compassionate patient care. We are committed to creating new knowledge and innovations that will improve our delivery of excellent, patient-centered care. Our program provides a stimulating environment that creates life-long learners who possess the tools needed for critical analysis and scholarly appraisal of the medical literature. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) primarily serve the state of Iowa and the surrounding areas, and are the primary site and sponsoring institution of this program. The Otolaryngology residency program and UIHC share the common mission of providing superior patient care while educating the next generation of exceptional physicians.

Chair Welcome

Marlan Hansen, portraitI would like to thank you for your interest in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Founded in 1922, the UI Department of Otolaryngology is among the oldest in the United States and one of the most comprehensive in the world. It is situated in one of the largest university- owned teaching hospitals in the country.

U.S. News & World Report has rated this department among the top otolaryngology programs in the United States for over 25 years. Our faculty bring tremendous skill to a state-of- the-art clinical facility, allowing for the comprehensive management of the most complex patients.
 
Each year we admit five trainees to our residency program. Three will enter the clinical track, while the remaining two will spend two years in research before beginning their second year of otolaryngology residency. 

We have two highly competitive ACGME accredited fellowships in Otology/Neurotology and Pediatric Otolaryngology as well as a world-class Head and Neck Microvascular fellowship. The Department prides itself in both excellent training of medical professionals and superlative patient care. Our commitment is to produce better practitioners of otolaryngology and increase the number of teacher- investigators in the field.

I am glad that you are considering the University of Iowa for your residency training.

Sincerely,

Marlan Hansen, MD

Program Director Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Otolaryngology– Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Thank you for your interest in considering our program for your residency training.

Kristi E. Chang, MD

Theresidency program at the University of Iowa follows a structured, progressive curriculum that focuses on consistency and continuity in patient care. Rotations are organized based on a team system, with residents rotating through each specialty area throughout the course of a year. This structure provides residents with the opportunity to follow the same patient from the initial clinical consultation, to surgery, and through the postoperative period.

During your R1 year at Iowa, you will spend six months in Otolaryngology, a valuable rotation that allows you to integrate into the Department. The remaining six months include one month each in 

Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Anesthesia, Neurosurgery, and Oral-MaxillofacialSurgery and rotations on some of the following services: Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Plastic Surgery, and Surgical Oncology.

The educational program includes weekly conferences like the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Clinical Conference, Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Tumor Board, Melanoma Tumor Board, Endocrine Conference and Grand Rounds. There are also conferences every Monday morning that are directed by the faculty and senior residents on a rotating basis. Monthly meetings include the Multidisciplinary Airway Conference, Pediatric Otolaryngology Conference, Otology Rounds, and Morbidity and Mortality Conference.
The Temporal Bone course is a year-long course that consists of anatomic dissection labs as well as didactic tutorials.

The Resident-Program Director Meeting is also held monthly. This an important venue as it provides our residents with an opportunity to be proactive in ensuring that our program maintains its posit

ion as one of the premier training opportunities in the United States.

Our goals as a faculty are to facilitate your development as an otolaryngologist who is accomplished in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the head and neck; to foster a sense of critical thinking and excellent judgment; and to help you hone your skills as an investigator and a scholar.

Again, I am very pleased you have taken this opportunity to visit our institution, and I hope that you enjoy your stay in Iowa City.

Sincerely,

Kristi E Chang, MD Associate Professor Residency Program Director

Why Iowa?

I loved the emphasis on academics and research, and the faculty and residents were the best I had met -- it was an easy choice!

Marisa Buchakjian, PhD, MD; Class of 2018 and current faculty member

What stood out to me was the tight knit group and camaraderie amongst the residents and how approachable and committed the faculty were to training.

Amanda Ngouajio, MD; Class of 2023

The aims of the University of Iowa Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency program are to:

The aims of the University of Iowa Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency program are to:

  • Train future physicians to be lifelong learners, committed to self-reflection, self-assessment and improvement
  • Deliver a core curriculum that allows residents to gain knowledge encompassing the entire breadth of the field of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Generate understanding in the art of inquiry and science of discovery to improve patient care and expand our specialty
  • Develop clinical reasoning and judgment skills necessary to approach complex as well as common problems that present to Otolaryngologists
  • Develop the necessary skills and knowledge used in the areas of teaching, quality and safety, and scholarship
  • Provide clinical experiences allowing residents to learn and practice delivering team-based care that reflects respect for patient values and preferences
  • Provide opportunities and flexibility supporting individualized career plans
  • Foster a learning environment that promotes progressive responsibility and graduated autonomy
  • Maintain a supportive culture which prioritizes residents’ wellness and enhances camaraderie and mentorship

World-class faculty, friendly residents, incredible research opportunities.

Eliot Shearer, PhD, MD; Class of 2019

We have a very strong academic program here, but then we also have multiple private practice rotations.

Ryan Smith, MD; PGY-4; Class of 2022

Excellent training reputation with outstanding and approachable attendees in all subspecialties, research in hearing loss genetics, cleft clinic run by ENT, sense of camaraderie among residents and faculty, night float system.

Richard Tilton, MD; Class of 2020

Great people, established program, fun things to do.

McKay Moline, MD; Class of 2020

Facilities

The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is one of the oldest departments in the United States and one of the most comprehensive in the world.

Our institute is among the largest of its kind and is a, world-class facility housing 28 exam rooms, a surgicenter, and separate reception areas for different groups of patients. Clinical research centers include: a Balance Disorders Center, a Cochlear Implant Center, and a Voice and Swallowing Center.
 
Annually we receive $5 million in grants from the NIH to pursue our research goals. We have two highly competitive ACGME accredited fellowships in otology/neurotology and pediatric otolaryngology and a world-class head and neck microvascular fellowship.

UI Facial Surgery clinic
The Facial Plastic Surgery clinic provides patients with a more private environment.

U.S. News has consistently rated the department among the top otolaryngology programs in the United States since 1990. “Best Doctors”, an online database of peer evaluated physicians, has consistently included members of our faculty in its database.

First Magnet Hospital in Iowa

Inaugurated in February 2000, the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery is located on the second floor of the Pomerantz Family Pavilion, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Covering an area of  40,000 square feet, the facility offers 29 exam rooms spread over four clinical specialty areas: Otology/Neurotology, Pediatric Otolaryngology, General Otolaryngology/Rhinology and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Exam rooms for each of the specialty areas are specifically equipped for the needs of that specialty.

Otology/Neurotology rooms all have ceiling mounted microscopes, while Pediatric rooms are softened by the inclusion of activities and games for children. The new Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery clinic is designed as a “clinic with a clinic” in order to streamline the patient experience and to offer a more private waiting room area.

For minor procedures patients have immediate access to our surgicenter fitted with state of the art equipment. The surgicenter provides the department with the flexibility it needs to perform smaller procedures and biopsies without having to arrange time in the Main Operating Room suite.

We have an additional 35,000 square feet of dedicated research space that support the research goals of our investigators–this includes the Center for Auditory Regeneration occupying the fifth-floor of the Carver Biomedical Research Building. Directed by Bruce Gantz, MD and Richard Smith, MD, the center offers a unique environment for multidiscplinary research into new treatments for permanent inner ear diseases and disorders that cause hearing loss and deafness. This work complements UI expertise and innovation in cochlear implants, including brain stem implants and short electrodes for high frequency hearing loss.

Residency Program Overview

Two Oto residentsResidency Program

Each year five applicants are chosen to begin their residency here. Three residents are matched to the clinical track (five years) and two residents are matched to the research track (seven years). All residents are required to complete their general surgery internship year at UI Hospitals and Clinics. During the internship year, each resident’s schedule will include a six-month rotation in Otolaryngology.

Resident Research

During the four years of otolaryngology training, each resident enjoys up to two research rotations to explore those aspects of research that are of interest to them.

Clinical Track

The clinical track program includes four years of concentrated clinical study in all aspects of otolaryngology. Residents rotate through the Head and Neck, Otology/Neurotology and Pediatric Services within the clinic during their second and third years. As their skills progress, residents assume responsibility for the services at UIHC and at allied training facilities within Iowa.

Research Track

The research track is designed for the applicant interested in a research career in otolaryngology. After internship, the resident completes two years of research training followed by 4 years of clinical training. The interaction of clinicians and basic scientists from several departments affords the resident the opportunity to be involved in a wide spectrum of research.

This varies from electrophysiology of the auditory system to the genetics of head and neck cancer and gene therapy.

Training Conferences

Basic Science course in Otolaryngology

The PGY-2 resident begins their training with a 6 week intensive Basic Science course. This is divided into an anatomy component allowing the resident to meticulously dissect all structures of the head and neck under staff supervision.

During the remaining five-week lecture series, residents are presented over 120 hours of topics detailing the study of Otolaryngology and all its interrelated disciplines.

Head and Neck Course

Every May or June the “Head and Neck” series of courses is hosted by the Department of Otolaryngology drawing international participants as well speakers regarded as leaders in their specialties. Residents participate in the Head and Neck Course during their third and fifth years.

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Course

This is a two-day course designed to provide information and laboratory experience regarding advanced techniques and approaches in endoscopic sinus surgery. The participants will receive hands-on experience using endoscopic instruments and power instrumentation to perform FESS on fresh cadaver specimens. Fourth year residents attend this course.

The department also hosts an annual Management of the Tinnitus Patient course.

A Team Approach

The team approach was created and implemented not only to expand on the learning capacity for residents, but also to generate more personal time and flexibility. It allows residents to take charge of their patients as part of a continuous care process and ultimately results in more surgical experience earlier in their training.

The Department recognizes the importance of a healthy work/life balance. Residents enjoy more time to study and/or free time as a result of the team approach. Weekly working hours are capped and limited to ensure the well–being of our residents.

House Staff Benefits

Medical Care

As a service to residents, the UIHC provides comprehensive medical, dental and hospital care for house staff physicians, dentists and their dependents.

Counseling services

The UIHC recognizes that graduate medical and dental education places increasing responsibility on house staff members and requires sustained intellectual and physical effort. It is further recognized that for some these demands will at times cause emotional or physical stress. In all such instances, house staff physicians, dentists and members of their immediate families are encouraged to seek help. In that regard, a list of contacts and resources is provided.

Residency Programs Rotations

Resident Year 1

University of Iowa General Surgery – 12 months:

  • Six month rotation, Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery.
  • Remaining six months include one month each in Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Anesthesia, Neurosurgery, and Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery and rotations on some of the following services: Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Plastic Surgery, and Surgical Oncology.

Call: Determined by individual services.

Surgical experience: Assist with major head and neck cases and primary surgeon on minor cases.

Resident Year 2*

University of Iowa – 52 weeks:

  • Basic Science Course – 6 weeks
  • Head and Neck service – 9 weeks
  • Pediatrics/Plastic Surgery/General service – 18 weeks
  • Otology/Rhinology/General service – 18 weeks

Night Float: Two rotations of 3 weeks.

Surgical experience: Primary surgeon on myringotomy and tubes, tonsillectomies, minor head and neck cases, minor plastics cases. Assist on major head and neck, otology, pediatric cases, facial plastics and endoscopic sinus surgery.

*Residents in the clinical-research combined program do two years of research between R1 and R2 Otolaryngology.

Resident Year 3

University of Iowa – 32 weeks:

  • Head and Neck service – 12 weeks
  • Pediatrics/Plastic Surgery/General service – 10 weeks
  • Research Elective – 10 weeks
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center – 10 weeks. Mason City Clinic ENT in Mason City – 10 weeks.

Call: Night float 3 weeks x 1. Home call when at the VA or in Mason City.

Surgical experience: Competency of minor surgeries and increasing autonomy on major head and neck or otology cases. Primary surgeon on adult and pediatric airway cases and some sinus surgeries.

Resident Year 4

University of Iowa – 52 weeks:

  • Head and Neck service – 10 weeks
  • Pediatrics/Plastic Surgery/General service – 10 weeks
  • Otology/Rhinology – 10 week
  • Multi-Disciplinary Float – 10-12 weeks
  • Research – 10-12 weeks

Call: 1:6 at home while on University rotations shared with PGY-5.

Surgical experience: Primary surgeon on major head and neck, plastics, sinus and pediatric cases.

Resident Year 5

University of Iowa – 40-42 weeks:

  • Head and Neck – 10 weeks
  • Pediatrics/Plastic Surgery/General – 20 weeks
  • Otology/Rhinology – 10 weeks
  • Veterans Administration in Iowa City – 10 weeks

Call: 1:8 at home while on University rotations shared with R-4s. Back-up call at the VA Hospital.

Surgical experience: Primary surgeon or resident instructor on major cases.

Conferences, Lectures, and Rounds

Weekly

Monday:

7 a.m. —Resident Didactic Sessions

Tuesday:

7 a.m. —Grand Rounds (M&M’s 1st Tuesday of the month)

5 p.m. —Temporal Bone course

6:30 p.m. —Peds Journal Club, every other week

Wednesday:

5:30 p.m. —Ear rounds – Dr. Gantz first Wednesday of the month

Thursday:

Every other week Melanoma rounds

Friday:

6:30 a.m. —Head and Neck Oncology Tumor Board

Annually

  • March: In-service exam
  • May: Head & Neck Cancer Course; Endoscopic Sinus Course 
  • June: Management of Tinnitus Patient Course
  • June: Clinical Conference/Resident Research Day
  • July/August: Basic Science Course
  • October: Fall Clinical Conference 
  • Various Dates: Visiting Professor Series

Each resident is entitled to 3 weeks per year

Life in Iowa City

Kinnick Stadium

Iowa City is a vibrant town that offers far more than its population-size would suggest. Home to the University of Iowa and a medical center that is over 3,000,000 square-feet, Iowa City draws people from all over the world, providing a diverse and rich cultural experience.

The world-renowned Iowa Writer’s Workshop is only one example of Iowa City’s commitment to the arts. The Englert Theater hosts the Landlocked Film Festival and numerous other live concerts and performances throughout the year. In the summer, Iowa City sponsors several events as part of its Summer of the Arts program. These include the Iowa City Jazz Festival, the free Friday night concert series and outdoor summer movies.

…a city that provides for 3 million people that has 60,000 people.

Harry Hoffman, MD

Whether watching the Hawkeyes in Kinnick Staduim or bicycling across the state as part of RAGBRAI, the world’s largest organized bicycle ride, athletics are an important part of the Iowa City experience. Just a few miles north of the pedestrian mall, Coralville Lake and Marina offers boating, fishing, and swimming activities for the whole family.

Opportunities for shopping also abound. Coral Ridge mall offers year-round ice skating, a Children’s Museum, 120 stores and a 10-screen movie theater.

Families with children are happy to discover the area’s emphasis on education. Whether it is the excellent public and private schools or the fact that Iowa City has highest percentage of adults holding a Bachelor’s degree or higher than anywhere in the country, Iowa’s commitment to education is readily apparent.

Iowa City is a UNESCO City of Literature, earning that distinction in November 2008 and becoming only the 3rd city to do so. USNews & World Report ranks The University of Iowa #33 for best universities among public, private and for profit institutions for 2017.

Life in Iowa City has all the cultural benefits of a larger metropolitan area without the congestion. With an affordable cost of living and short commute times, Iowa City offers an easy lifestyle.

History

Oto group photo

The department of Otolaryngology had its inception at the State University of Iowa in 1871, when a lectureship was established in ophthalmology and otology. Dr. E. F. Hagen was the first to occupy the lectureship position. He was followed by Dr. C. M. Hobby, who held the position from 1875 to 1879. A lectureship in dental surgery was given by Dr. I. P. Wilson of Burlington.

Dr. James W. Dalby succeeded Dr. Hobby in 1879, and in 1893 ophthalmology and otology were given full professorships with the appointment of Dr. Dalby as head of ophthalmology and Dr. Charles Robertson as head of otology. In 1898, the first University Hospital was opened for patients in the building now designated as East Hall. By 1900, the four medical courses were extended from 16 weeks to nine months, and the medical department assumed a truly academic status and became the College of Medicine.

When Dr. Dalby resigned in 1903 as professor of ophthalmology, Dr. Lee Wallace Dean was appointed his successor. Dr. Dean had received his BS Degree at the University of Iowa in 1894. and his MS and MD degrees in 1896. He was a demonstrator of pathology and bacteriology from 1894 to 1896, and in anatomy from 1896 to 1898.

He served as acting professor of physiology from 1898 to 1899, and professor of physiology from 1899 to 1901. For the next three years he was professor of otology and rhinology and assistant in ophthalmology. In 1903 he became professor and head of the Department of Ophthalmology and Otology.

Ultimately, Dr. Dean assumed additional responsibilities as Dean of the College of Medicine, a position he held until his resignation in 1927. In approximately 1920, Dr. Dean established a dental surgical service within the Department of Otolaryngology, and designated Ralph Fenton, DDS, to serve as professor.

In 1925, ophthalmology became a separate department, with Dr. Dean continuing as head of the Department of Otolaryngology and dean of the College of Medicine.

Following his resignation, he became professor and head of the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University, St. Louis, MO., until his retirement in 1941. He died in 1944.

After the resignation of Dr. Dean in 1927, Dr. D.M. Lierle became acting head of the Department of Otolaryngology and Oral Surgery. In 1928 he was named professor and head of the department. It was in this year that the present University Hospitals were dedicated. In 1952 the Department of Oral Surgery became autonomous, and the Department of Otolaryngology became known as the Department of Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery. In 1959 the Board of Regents approved the title of Hospital Dental Department of the hospital dental service.

When Dr. Lierle retired as head of Otolaryngology in 1964, he was succeeded by Dr. Brian F. McCabe. Under Dr. McCabe’s leadership, academic excellence became the department’s goal. Multiple divisions were established that reflect the primary subspecialty services provided in the department: otology and neurotology, head and neck oncology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, pediatric otolaryngology, speech pathology and audiology, and craniofacial surgery.

Long-term research projects in cleft lip and palate and cochlear implants were initiated during Dr. McCabe’s tenure. In 1980 name of the department was officially changed to the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.

Auditory Electrophysiology Lab

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How to Apply

ERAS logoEach year, the faculty interviews approximately 60 applicants for five residency positions. Two groups of residents are selected; three residents are selected for the five-year clinical training program, and two residents are selected for the seven-year research track. The two residents in the research track begin two years of advanced research training and enter their clinical otolaryngology training at the end of their research training; the three residents in the clinical track enter their clinical training immediately after their internship year.

Applications are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).

US medical students should contact their Dean's Office or ERAS.

International medical graduates should contact the ECFMG. Sponsorship of J-1 visas is preferred.

An ECFMG certificate must accompany the ERAS application.

A complete ERAS application includes:

  • Personal statement
  • Dean's letter
  • Three letters of support
  • Passing USMLE scores
  • Medical school transcript
  • A recent photograph (optional)

All applicants must also register with the National Resident Matching Program (Phone: 1-202-828-0566).

Deadlines and Criteria For Candidacy

Resident virtual interviews will be held on the following dates:

Clinical Track:

  • Monday, November 29, 2021
  • Tuesday, December 7, 2021
  • Saturday, December 11, 2021
  • Saturday, January 8, 2022

Research Track:

  • Tuesday, January 11, 2022
  • Monday, January 24, 2022

Interviews will be conducted virtually, via Zoom.

Interviews will be by invitation only and you will be notified by e-mail whether you have been granted an interview.

For further information regarding our program, please call or write:

Julie Kobliska
Otolaryngology Residency Coordinator
Phone: 1-319-384-8277
Email: julie-kobliska@uiowa.edu

Criteria For Candidacy

If you are interested in applying to the Otolaryngology Residency Program, applications are accepted only through ERAS. Please include your USMLE scores, Dean's letter, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.
The otolaryngology residency program at UI Hospitals & Clinics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, ACGME.

Contact Us

If you are interested in applying to the Otolaryngology Residency Program, applications are accepted only through ERAS. Please include your USMLE scores, Dean's letter, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.

To reach us:

Julie Kobliska
Residency Program Coordinator
University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics
Department of Otolaryngology
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Phone:1-319-384-8277
Email: julie-kobliska@uiowa.edu​

Otolaryngology Board Certification

Medical specialty certification in the United States is a voluntary process which serves multiple purposes for the trainee and the public.

Certification is:

  • One mission of the training program to produce trainees who meet board eligibility criteria
  • Distinguishes a physician as someone with a distinct level of expertise
  • Provides more opportunities when applying for employment
  • Presents resources and tools by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
  • A commitment to life-long improvement for providing the best patient care
  • Elevates physicians into the ranks of doctors committed to the highest standards of healthcare

For more information visit the American Board of Otolaryngology for specifics on board certification requirements.

Our People

It takes a special person to dedicate his or her life to the care and healing of patients.

At Iowa, you will be exposed to some of the best clinicians, researchers and teachers in our profession. Through formal mentoring programs as well as an open-door philosophy, we provide high-powered opportunities for you to learn career-long lessons from these dedicated professionals.

Our Resident Directory

Current Residents

R-1 class

Jackie Devries, MD

Jackie Devries, MD  (Research Track)

Hometown: San Clemente, Calif.
Medical School: University of California San Diego
Hobbies: In my downtime, I enjoy walking and hiking with my husband and our dog.I also like calligraphy, cross-stitch, embroidery, doodling, and writing prose. Some of these items have been published in my medical school's annual art and literature magazine as well as online.I enjoy horseback riding and rodeo. I trained horses, worked with cattle, and competed semi-professionally in team penning and ranch sorting prior to starting medical school and was ranked 10th in the world at one time.
Why I chose Iowa: Excellent surgical  and clinical training, abundant research opportunities, and a friendly, team-based atmosphere. Quality people and quality training all around.

Paul Escher, MD

Paul Escher, MD

Hometown: La Crosse, Wis.
Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
Hobbies: Hanging out with my wife and son, running, watching Formula 1 racing
Why I chose Iowa: Excellent training, amazing co-residents, great program and city for families.

Nick George, MD

Nick George-Jones, MD  (Reaserch Track)

Hometown: Bryan, Texas
Medical School: University of Texas
Hobbies: For exercise I like to run and swim. I also enjoy hiking, camping, and visiting national parks. I enjoy playing piano and guitar. I enjoy learning about technology and coding, including one project where I created a website that sent out automated alerts when campgrounds that were full at Yosemite and Big Bend had new vacancies.

Heba Isaac, MD

Heba Isaac, MD

Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa (current), and Aleppo, Syria (hometown)
Medical School: University of Iowa
Hobbies: Baking/cooking, running, biking and playing the piano.
Why I chose Iowa: Great mentors and people invested in your success. Excellent support system and comprehensive training.

Zack Tanenbaum, MD

Zack Tanenbaum, MD

Hometown: Leawood, Kan.
Education: MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine, MS, Georgetown University Special Master’s Program in Physiology, BS, Brown University
Hobbies and Interests: Wrestling, coaching, camping, hiking, meditation, piano, vocabulary, fitness, sports
Why I Chose Iowa: Iowa is a world-renowned program with brilliant faculty, friendly co-residents, and it’s even close to home. The University of Iowa has a strong reputation for developing competent and caring surgeons.

R-2 Class

Tatiana Correa, portrait

Tatiana Correa, MD, MPH

Hometown: Medellín, Colombia
Medical school: MD, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, MPH, University of Iowa, College of Public Health, Iowa City, Iowa
Hobbies: Running/Snowboarding/Reading/Backyard astronomy
Why I chose Iowa: Great mentors/Innovative culture/Excellent research resources/Comprehensive training.

Nathan Kemper, portrait

Nathan Kemper, MD

Hometown: Crestline, Ohio
Undergraduate: BS in Biomedical Engineering, University of Cincinnati
Medical School: MD, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Hobbies: Road cycling, running, hiking, traveling, cooking, home-brewing
Why I chose Iowa: Incredible faculty and residents to work with. A great hospital with stellar opportunities to learn. Its an overall strong program.

Ryan Thorpe, MD

Ryan Thorpe, MD

Hometown: Horseheads, N.Y.
Undergraduate: SUNY Buffalo
Medical School: Temple University
Hobbies: Skiing, guitar, running, hiking
Why I chose Iowa: For the world class research facilities and the great impression the residents and faculty left on my interview day.

Austin Walker, portrait

Austin Walker, MD

Hometown: Roca, Neb.
Undergraduate: Washington and Lee University
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Hobbies: Get outside! I love backpacking, camping, fishing, cooking, smoking meats.
Why I chose Iowa: I couples matched with my wife Karen into ENT/pediatrics. We both loved the programs, the people, and Iowa in general. We loved that in Iowa City we could experience the outdoors while still having the amenities of a college town. We bought our first house and are so far loving it.

Cori Walker, portrait

Cori Walker, MD

Hometown: Champaign, Ill.
Undergraduate: Southern Illinois University
Medical School: The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Hobbies: Spending time with my husband and our twin toddlers, traveling, hiking, playing volleyball
Why I chose Iowa: Amazing program! The resident group and faculty are great. Perfect place to raise a family.

R-3 class

Jackson Deere, portrait

Jackson Deere, MD

Hometown: Alpine, Utah
Undergraduate: Brigham Young University
Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School
Hobbies: Running, biking, hiking, reading, eating great food, spending time with family
Why I chose Iowa: Top-notch training, supportive and approachable faculty, and wonderful co-residents, all in a very comfortable, beautiful place to live.

Megan Jensen, portrait

Megan Jensen, MD

Hometown: Las Vegas
Undergraduate: University of Nevada
Medical School: University of Nevada School of Medicine
Hobbies: Running, yoga, golf, Golden Knights hockey, Hawkeye football, reading fiction/historical fiction.
Why I chose Iowa: Reputation for excellent training, unlimited research opportunities, supportive faculty, cohesive group of residents.

Alexander Michael, portrait

Alexander Michael, MD

Hometown: Phoenix
Undergraduate: Biochemistry, Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University
Medical School: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Hobbies: Soccer, trying and failing to make latte art, running and biking, making sourdough, hanging out with my wife, all things food.
Why I chose Iowa: Staff were easy to get along with and approachable, research opportunities are plentiful, and this program has a history of excellence in the field.

Amanda Ngouajio,portrait

Amanda Ngouajio, MD

Hometown: Okemos, Mich.
Undergraduate: Michigan State University
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Hobbies: In my spare time, I enjoy exploring the different hiking trails in Iowa by foot or bike, cooking, vinyl record collecting, traveling, and seeking out new experiences.
Why I chose Iowa: Track record of excellent training and camaraderie.

Vivian Zhu, portrait

Vivian Zhu, MD

Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa
Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Hobbies: running and lifting, cooking, reading, drawing/crafts, eating desserts
Why I chose Iowa: Excellent surgical as well as clinical training, faculty and residents who care about each other in and out of the hospital, great quality of life.

R-4 class

Zaid Al-Qurayshi, portrait

Zaid Al-Qurayshi, MBChB, MPH

Hometown: Baghdad, Iraq
Medical School: Baghdad University School of Medicine
Why I chose Iowa: Distinguished faculty and top-notch training.

Douglas Martin Bennion, portrait

Douglas Martin Bennion, MD, PhD

Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
Undergraduate: Brigham Young University
Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine
Hobbies: Spending time with wife and kids, hiking, fishing, disc golf, bicycling, board games, video games, piano, violin, and nap time. As much nap time as possible.
Why I chose Iowa: I'm so grateful that at a place like the University of Iowa, having a healthy marriage and family, doing top-notch surgical training, and diving into truly translational bench to bedside research are not incompatible life goals. What's more, we love how Iowa City combines much of the best of all the memorable stops on our journey to this point. Great place to train, great place to live, great place to grow.

Monica Rossi Meyer, portrait

Monica Rossi Meyer, MD

Hometown: Morton, Ill.
Undergraduate: Molecular and Cellular Biology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria
Hobbies: Running, weightlifting, cooking, outdoor activities, spending time with my husband, our dog, and our families.
Why I chose Iowa: Ease of living, self-motivated and reliable residents, legacy of providing patient-focused care, as well as, a strong tradition of training leaders in otolaryngology.

Madia Chowdhury Russillo, portrait

Madia Chowdhury Russillo, MD

Hometown: East Meadow, N.Y. (I moved from the Middle East before college)
Undergraduate: Stony Brook University
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Hobbies: Interior design and big time DIY'er, gardening (particular love for container gardens), avid foodie and cook, photography, traveling and finding local gems (we've discovered lots in Iowa!), being outdoors (hiking, running, camping, kayaking)
Why I chose Iowa: My away rotation as a sub-I at Iowa was an amazing experience. The strength of the program with its clinical and research opportunities speaks for itself. What ultimately drew me here was the incredible quality of people that make this program's family. 

R-5 class

Elyse Hanly, portrait

Elyse Hanly, MD, PhD

Hometown: Westborough, Mass.
Undergraduate: Washington University in St Louis
Medical School: New York Medical College
Hobbies: Team sports, fishing, mountain biking, anything outdoors, and hanging out with family and friends
Why I chose Iowa: Amazing people, excellent training, and love of the Midwest.

Andrew Liu, portrait

Andrew Liu, MD, PhD

Hometown: Dallas
Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD (BS Electrical Engineering)
Medical School: Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania (MD, PhD Bioengineering)
Hobbies: Cooking, cycling, gardening, woodworking, spending time with family
Why I chose Iowa: Collegial faculty and residents, culture of surgeon-scientist excellence, multidisciplinary research environment and diverse clinical training. Family friendly program, affordable living with very accessible neighborhood parks and excellent schools.

Adam Schwalje, portrait

Adam Schwalje, MD

Hometown: Santa Fe, N.M.
Undergraduate: University of Colorado at Boulder (BM, BA, MM); University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music (DMA)
Medical School: University of California San Francisco
Hobbies: Bassoon!
Why I chose Iowa: Great people, great research and training, great place to raise a family. Fit with co-residents and faculty in a supportive environment were most important to me.

Kristen Seligman, portrait

Kristen Seligman, MD

Hometown: Medina, Minn.
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Medical school: University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Hobbies: Running, reading, fighting Irish football, Hawkeye football, spending time with friends and family
Why I chose Iowa: I knew I wanted to stay at Iowa for residency because of the many fantastic mentors I worked with in medical school, among both residents and staff physicians.

Ryan Smith, portrait

Ryan Smith, MD

Hometown: Lowell, Wis.
Undergraduate: Bob Jones University
Medical School: University of South Carolina - Greenville
Hobbies: Grilling, football (watching more than playing), running
Why I chose Iowa: I rotated here as a med student and loved the world class training atmosphere combined with approachable faculty and friendly co-residents.

Research residents

Nir Ben-Schlomo, portrait

Nir Ben-Shlomo, MD

Hometown: Burlingame, Calif. 
Undergraduate: BA, Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: MD, Medical School for International Health, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Hobbies: Cooking, Backpacking, travel, soccer, puzzles
Why I chose Iowa: Strong program with leaders in all sub-specialties of the field, and a great team atmosphere among the residents.

Miles Klimara, portrait

Miles Klimara, MD

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisc.
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin
Hobbies: Cooking, craft cocktails, guitar
Why I chose Iowa: I chose Iowa for our top notch clinical and research training, in a fun, collegial Midwestern environment.

Alexandra McMillan, portrait

Alexandra McMillan, MD, PhD

Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
Undergraduate: BS, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: MD, PhD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Hobbies: Running, HIIT, traveling, spending time with my twin sister and husband
Why I chose Iowa: Great program, excellent research opportunities.

Osama Tarabichi, portrait

Osama Tarabichi, MD

Hometown: Dubai, UAE
Undergraduate: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland-Bahrain
Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland-Bahrain
Hobbies: Basketball, judo, reading, hiking, video games
Why I chose Iowa: Great group of residents/faculty. Excellent surgical training. Lots of research opportunities.

 

Fellow and Resident Directory

Past Fellows and Residents

2017

  • Jonathan Fowlkes, Chief Resident
    • Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Fellowship, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Danielle Liudahl, Chief Resident
    • Private practice, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Nathan Schularick
    • Private practice, Minneapolis
  • Josh Tokita
    • Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Abraham Sheffield
    • Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa

2016

  • Iram Ahmad
    • Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Stephanie Hulstein
    • Private practice, Wagner ENT, Sioux City, Iowa
  • Robert Eppsteiner
    • Private practice, Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England, Northhampton, Mass.
  • Scott Owen
    • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship,Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Jarrett Walsh
    • Rhinology & Skull Base Surgery Fellowship, University of Miami, Miami
  • Joseph Roche, Neurotology Fellow
    • Faculty, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, Wis.
  • Oluwafunmilola Okuyemi, Head and Neck Fellow
    • Faculty, University of Nevada Medical Center, Las Vegas
  • Ala Sharif, Rhinology Fellow
    • Faculty, Ministry of Health Hospitals, Amman, Jordan
  • Brian Liming, Pediatric Fellow
    • Faculty, University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa

2015

  • Sami Bayan
    • Laryngology Fellowship, Massachusetts General, Boston
  • Joseph Clarke
    • Group practice, Medford, Ore.
  • Gabe de la Garza (Julie)
    • Private practice, Wichita, Kan.
  • Siva Elangovan (Shanti)
    • Private Practice, Moline, Ill.
  • Sobia Khaja
    • Head and Neck Fellowship, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C.
  • Elton Lambert, Pediatric Fellow
    • Faculty, Baylor University, College of Medicine, Houston
  • Brian Hughley, Head and Neck Fellow
    • Faculty, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Alokby Ghassan, Rhinology Fellow
    • Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Fellowship, University of Miami, Miami

2014

  • David Gallegos
    • Private practice, Greater Knoxville Ear, Nose & Throat, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Chuka Ifeanyi
    • Private practice, Highland Clinic, Shreveport, La.
  • Kristen Hurst, Pediatric Fellow
    • Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Jonathan Kopelovich
    • Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Colorado, Denver
  • Rick Nelson, Neurotology Fellow
    • Indiana University of Medicine, Indianapolis
  • Nicholas Potter, Rhinology Fellow
    • Head and Neck Fellowship, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia
  • Michael Reed, Chief Resident
    • Private practice, ENT Medical Services, Iowa City, Iowa
  • J. Robert Schleiffarth, Chief Resident
    • Private practice, Rapid City Med Center, Rapid City, S.D.

2013

  • Christopher Barrano, Fellow
    • Academic medicine, University of Oklahoma Medical Center, Oklahoma City
  • Henry Diggelmann, Chief Resident
    • Mason City Clinic, Mason City, Iowa
  • Aaron Fletcher
    • Rhinology and Skull-Base Fellowship, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Jose Gurrola
    • Rhinology Fellowship, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, Ga.
  • Andrew Heaford, Fellow
    • Private practice, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Kristen Hurst
    • Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Rick Nelson, Fellow
    • Neurotology Fellowship, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Grace Nimmons, Fellow
    • Private practice, Park Nicollet Health Partners, St. Louis Park, Minn.
  • Paul Walker, Chief Resident
    • Head and Neck Fellowship, University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Toronto

2012

  • Andrew Heaford
    • Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Rick Nelson
    • Neurotology Fellowship, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Stephen Newton
    • Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston
  • Grace Nimmons
    • Head and Neck Oncology Fellowship, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Andrea Potash
    • Private practice, Kaiser Permanente, Lafayette, Colo.

2011

  • Matt Provenzano
    • Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati
  • George Harris
    • Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C.
  • John Clinger
    • Rhinology Fellowship, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Ore.
  • Andrew Rampey
    • Private practice, South Carolina
  • Geir Tryggvason
    • Academic practice, Norway

2010

  • Hina Gupta
    • Private practice, Dubuque, Iowa
  • Robert Hong
    • Otology Fellowship, Michigan Ear Institute, Detroit
  • Richard Gurgel
    • Otology Fellowship, Stanford University, Stanford Medical School, Stanford, Calif.
  • Ryan Dempewolf
    • Private practice, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Paul Lenkowski
    • Private practice, Virginia

2009

  • Eugene Chang
    • Academic practice, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Maithilee Menezes
    • Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, University of California, San Diego
  • John Renton
    • Private/academic practice, Oregon
  • Bethany Jones
    • Facial Plastics Fellowship, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Michael Telisak
    • Private practice, Wisconsin

2008

  • Erika Woodson
    • Otology Fellowship, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Chad Spanos
    • Private/academic practice, South Dakota
  • Justin Hill
    • Head and Neck Fellowship, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Mace Brindley
    • Private practice, Texas
  • Jonathon Bock
    • Laryngology Fellowship, Tennessee

Otolaryngology Faculty

At Iowa, you will be exposed to some of the best clinicians, researchers and teachers in our profession. Through formal mentoring programs as well as an open-door philosophy, we provide high-powered opportunities for you to learn career-long lessons from these dedicated professionals.