Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

McGovern Medical School

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Guest of Honor: Steven Marc Zeitels, MD

Dr. Steven Marc Zeitels is the Eugene B. Casey Professor of Laryngeal Surgery at Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation. Zeitels’ contributions to voice and laryngeal surgery are highly recognized in the USA and throughout the world. He has received more than 75 awards and honored lectureships for his achievements including the Casselberry Award, the DeRoaldes Medal, Newcomb Award, the Chevalier Jackson Award and the Broyles Maloney Award. Dr. Zeitels is widely regarded as a prolific surgical innovator having designed numerous new voice restoration procedures. He is acknowledged for pioneering novel laser applications to treat precancerous dysplasia and cancer as well as laryngeal papillomatosis, polyps and nodules. Dr. Zeitels has also designed unique procedures to restore the voice of those who have had vocal paresis and paralysis. He has authored more than 200 scientific articles, book chapters, and videos in larynx and pharynx surgery as well as presenting over 300 papers and lectures. His Atlas of Phonomicrosurgery is one of the leading textbooks in microsurgery of the larynx. He serves or has served on the editorial board of 5 national and international journals. Zeitels has been the visiting professor at >35 departments, universities, & hospitals.

Course Director: Ronda Alexander, MD

Ronda Alexander, MD serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology. She obtained her MD degree at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York, New York. After medical school, she went to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine for her Otorhinolaryngology residency. Dr. Alexander has also completed a one year fellowship in Laryngology and Neuro-laryngology at the New York Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders. Since coming to Texas, she has helped establish the Texas Voice Institute, a comprehensive program for the management for the diagnosis and treatment of disorders and diseases that affect the voice and swallowing. Her clinical interests include the 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.

Course Director: Amber U. Luong, MD, PhD

Amber Luong, MD, PhD serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology with a joint appointment within the Center of Immunology and Autoimmune Diseases at the Institute of Molecular Medicine. Dr. Luong obtained her MD/PhD at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas through the NIH sponsored Medical Scientist Training Program. She obtained her Ph.D. under the Nobel laureates Drs. Michael Brown and Joseph Goldstein for the identification and biochemical characterization of a novel human enzyme, acetyl coA synthetase. She then completed her residency training at UT Southwestern and rhinology fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Luong has co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. 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. She receives external funding from the NIH, American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, The Triological Society, and is actively involved in several industry-sponsored multicenter clinical trials. 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.

UTHealth ORL Faculty

Ibrahim Alava, MD
Martin J. Citardi, MD
Ron Karni, MD

UTHealth ORL Residents

Brett Jensen, MD
Uma Ramaswamy, MD
Matthew Tyler, MD
Laura Vandelaar, MD


Course Directors
Ronda Alexander, MD
Amber Luong, MD, PhD
Guest of Honor
Steven Marc Zeitels, MD
UTHealth ORL Faculty
Ibrahim Alava, MD
Martin J. Citardi, MD
Ron Karni, MD