Martin J. Citardi, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology and vice dean for clinical technology at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston, was the guest of honor at the 13th Sleep, Allergy, and Rhinology Conference (SARC) held in Singapore. He delivered the opening address at the three-day conference and additional lectures on surgical navigation; augmented and virtual reality for endoscopic sinus surgery and endoscopic skull base surgery; and posterior nasal nerve ablation. In addition, he led a panel discussion of clinical, translational, and basic science research in chronic rhinosinusitis and nasal polyposis.
“SARC has emerged with a dynamic ENT conference with an agenda that reflects the diverse needs of the Singaporean, regional and global ENT communities. I am proud to have had the opportunity to participate in this year’s meeting,” Dr. Citardi noted.
Dr. Citardi specializes in the treatment of complex sinus and nasal diseases and is a founding physician of both the Texas Sinus Institute and Texas Skull Base Physicians, subspecialty programs that combine clinical care, research, and education. An internationally recognized ear, nose, and throat surgeon, he has special interests in refractory sinusitis, revision sinus surgery, CSF rhinorrhea, image-guided surgery, and minimally invasive anterior skull base surgery. As chief of otorhinolaryngology at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Dr. Citardi has led the establishment of Houston’s largest hospital ENT service.
In 2008, Dr. Citardi was recruited as chair of the department, which has grown to include 19 fulltime physician faculty members who provide care at locations across the Greater Houston area. The department’s educational programs include a fully accredited residency training program and two fellowships, as well as CME programs. In addition, the department’s faculty members conduct clinical research as part of their mission to improve the health of patients with diseases and conditions of the ears, nose, and throat and related structures.
He was appointed vice dean for clinical technology at UTHealth Houston in 2019. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the implementation of IT systems that support care delivery at UT Physicians, the clinical faculty practice of McGovern Medical School.