Zi Yang Jiang, MD, associate professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston, is the new chief of pediatric otolaryngology for the department and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. He recently completed subcertification requirements for complex pediatric otolaryngology by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS). According to the ABOHNS, children often receive better medical and surgical care in tertiary pediatric facilities with interdisciplinary teams, such as Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.
As the new chief of pediatric ENT, Dr. Jiang will set standards for patient care and quality in collaboration with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Among his goals is the creation of a comprehensive center for ENT care offering services ranging from speech and language development evaluation to sleep apnea and treatment for enlarged tonsils and adenoids, recurrent ear infections, and airway problems. He will work with other researchers in the 118-bed Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, which offers the highest level of care available for premature and critically ill newborns. In addition, he will collaborate with UTHealth Houston’s multidisciplinary teams, including the Aerodigestive Program, the Texas Cleft-Craniofacial Team, and the Pediatric Sleep Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.
A magna cum laude biology and chemistry graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Jiang received his medical degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed residency training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. His clinical and research interests include pediatric neck masses and airway surgery, fetal-neonatal health, and clinical outcomes, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness in otolaryngology.
“Our immediate goal is the recruitment of additional pediatric otolaryngologists to ensure timely services to our referring physicians,” he says. “Plans for the future include a clinic currently under construction at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital to provide ENT care and outpatient surgery for patients in West Houston.”