Six members of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery have been selected by their peers as Super Doctors® in Texas. Following an extensive independent nomination and research process, the results were published in the June 2016 issue of Texas Monthly magazine.
Martin J. Citardi, MD, who specializes in the treatment of complicated sinus and nasal disease and is a core member of the Texas Sinus Institute and Texas Skull Base Physicians, has been named to Super Doctors list for the sixth consecutive year. Dr. Citardi is chief of otorhinolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and professor and chair of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at McGovern Medical School. An internationally recognized ear, nose and throat surgeon, he has specialty interests that include difficult-to-treat chronic sinusitis, revision sinus surgery and minimally invasive surgery for tumors of the nose and sinuses.
Ronda Alexander, MD, was named a Super Doctor for the second consecutive year. An assistant professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Dr. Alexander helped establish the Texas Voice Performance Institute, which she directs. Her clinical interests include evaluation of hoarseness, spasmodic dysphonia, vocal tremor, vocal cord paralysis, extra-esophageal reflux and swallowing disorders. She is specially trained to manage the unique needs of professional voice users. She also has interests in neuromuscular disorders of the head and neck, including tension and migraine headache.
Named to the Super Doctor Rising Stars list for 2016 are Tang Ho, MD, Ron Karni, MD, Amber Luong, MD, PhD, FACS, and Ibrahim “Trey” Alava, MD.
Tang Ho, MD is chief of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and an assistant professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is double board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. His clinical interests include aesthetic and reconstructive surgeries of the face, including facial rejuvenation procedures (facelift, brow lift, Botox® injection, injectable fillers), rhinoplasty, facial reanimation procedures for patients with facial paralysis, reconstructive surgery of skin cancer defects, and complex microvascular facial reconstruction.
Ron Karni, MD, who specializes in transoral robotic surgery (TORS) and thyroid/parathyroid surgery, is chief of the division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and an associate professor in the Department. His practice focuses on the management of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck, including throat cancer, oral cancer, larynx cancer, locally advanced skin cancer, salivary gland tumors and thyroid/parathyroid disease. He also leads a multidisciplinary ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration clinic for thyroid nodules and neck masses, as well as a survivorship clinic for head and neck cancer patients.
Amber U. Luong, MD, PhD is an associate professor and research director in the Department and also directs a laboratory at the Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases. Her primary research interest focuses on understanding the role of the innate immune response in the pathophysiology of chronic rhinosinusitis, with a particular interest in the role of environmental fungi in initiating these innate immune responses.
Dr. Luong’s clinical interest parallels her research interest in allergic fungal rhinosinusitis as well as the medical and surgical management of refractory chronic rhinosinusitis, sinonasal tumors, CSF leak repairs, and endoscopic orbital and dacryocystorhinostomy surgery.
Ibrahim “Trey” Alava, MD is an assistant professor of otorhinolaryngology-head and neck surgery. His clinical interests include innovations in treatment of subglottic stenosis, endocrine head and neck surgery, skin cancers of the head and neck and all aspects of general otolaryngology. Dr. Alava’s research interests revolve around patient-centered outcomes and health care disparities in the underserved.
Dr. Alava, Dr. Citardi, Dr. Ho, and Dr. Karni were also named to Houstonia magazine’s 2016 listing of Top Doctors in Houston. Joining them on the list for the second consecutive year are Soham Roy, MD , FACS, FAAP, and Sancak Yuksel, MD. Physicians named to the 2016 list were selected based on nominations solicited from nearly 16,000 medical professionals practicing in eight counties in the Greater Houston area.
Soham Roy, MD, FACS, FAAP serves as director of pediatric otolaryngology at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and is a professor of otorhinolaryngology at McGovern Medical School. An internationally renowned speaker and author, Dr. Roy is a recognized expert in operating room safety issues and serves as a consultant in the development of innovative and safer surgical devices. He has become a recognized thought leader on the subject of operating room fires and lectures around the world about fire prevention during surgery.
Sancak Yuksel, MD is an associate professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. His clinical interests include pediatric ear diseases, cochlear implantation, newborn and pediatric swallowing and airway problems, and congenital head and neck lesions. He is also an expert in pediatric and adult complex ear and hearing problems and sialendoscopy, minimally invasive endoscopic management of salivary gland stones.