November 3, 2015

Rapid Response and Multidisciplinary Teamwork Save a Young Man’s Life

A gunshot wound to the face – a random act of violence in Beaumont, Texas – forever changed the life of 21-year-old Adair Stephens.  The shooting occurred late in the afternoon on a Saturday in September 2013. After being rushed…


October 7, 2015

Surgeon-performed Ultrasound Provides X-Marks-the-Spot Accuracy for Parathyroid Adenoma

A good surgeon’s eye, ultrasound performed in the office and OR, and the availability of an experienced multidisciplinary team turned life around for Mary Fitts, whose past had been a series of doctor visits and undiagnosed ailments dating back to…


August 14, 2015

The Watson Case: An “Impossible” Surgery Makes a Night-and-Day Difference for a Patient with Proteus Syndrome

By the time 39-year-old Ricky Watson saw Amber U. Luong, MD, PhD, he could no longer swallow, eat or talk. His only avenue of communication with his family was writing on a notepad or texting via cell phone.  Diagnosed at…


July 17, 2015

TORS-L Eliminates the Need for Adjuvant Therapies in an Oropharyngeal Cancer Patient

With a diagnosis of stage 2 squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsil, Tony Lentola might have expected a treatment plan that included the traditional six weeks of radiation – and possibly chemotherapy. Thanks to a referral to Ron Karni, MD,…


December 27, 2014

The Story Behind the MicroSeismic Donation

MicroSeismic has made a $50,000 donation to the Memorial Hermann Foundation to help Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at UTHealth Medical School provide hearing aids to underserved pediatric patients in the Greater Houston area. Watch the…


December 1, 2014

A Gift of Hearing

In 2014, Houston-based MicroSeismic, Inc., made a $50,000 donation to the Memorial Hermann Foundation to help Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at UTHealth Medical School provide hearing aids to underserved pediatric patients in the Greater Houston…


December 1, 2014

Breath of Fresh Air

Many of us have a touch of “sinus” from time to time. But for Sandra Butcher, a sinus problem turned into a miserable bout of chronic rhinosinusitis. After two-and-a-half years of discomfort, medication and doctor visits, Butcher’s story ended happily…


November 23, 2014

Sialendoscopy: An Innovative Minimally Invasive Approach to the Treatment of Sialolithiasis

When Vida Smith Compton first saw otorhinolaryngologist Sancak Yuksel, M.D., in late summer 2013, she had pain and swelling beneath the ventral surface of her tongue on the right side, and in her neck under the mandible. “I looked like…


November 23, 2014

Physicians’ Mission Satisfied

Jim Finley, who has been in the newspaper business for more than 30 years, writes a humor column for the Baytown Sun, a community newspaper published five days a week in Baytown, Texas, 25 miles east of Houston. In September…


November 23, 2014

A Second Pair of Ears

Jack Perrell* had no idea what he was missing until he was fitted with hearing aids. The 46-year-old information technology professional and his wife have been fostering cats for 15 years, and it wasn’t until last October, when he was…


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