Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

McGovern Medical School

ORL Department Announces Faculty Promotions

Soham Roy, MD

Soham Roy, MD

In recognition of his exemplary track record of clinical care, teaching and research, Soham Roy, MD, FACS, FAAP, has been promoted from associate professor to professor of otorhinolaryngology-head and neck surgery with tenure.  Dr. Roy received his undergraduate degree with highest distinction from Stanford University, received a full scholarship for medical education at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and subsequently completed his residency in otolaryngology at the University of Miami. He went on to complete a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2002 prior to joining the faculty at the University of Miami, where he was named Professor of the Year in 2003.   Dr. Roy serves as director of pediatric otolaryngology at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics. An internationally recognized speaker and author, Dr. Roy has given hundreds of lectures and published numerous scientific articles, book chapters and national research presentations. He serves on specialty committees and is an annual course instructor at the meeting of the AAO-HNS. He has received multiple awards for teaching, clinical care and original scientific research, and received the Honor Award from the AAO-HNS in 2008 for his contributions in research and teaching. He is a recognized expert in operating room safety issues and serves as a consultant in the development of innovative and safer surgical devices. Dr. Roy has become a recognized thought leader on the subject of operating room fires and lectures around the world about fire prevention during surgery.

Ron Karni, MD

Ron Karni, MD

Ron J. Karni, MD, who specializes in transoral robotic surgery (TORS) and thyroid/parathyroid surgery and is chief of the division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, has been promoted to associate professor. He received his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine and completed residency training at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.  Dr. Karni is the author of publications on the novel treatment of occult primary oropharyngeal cancer (the unknown primary) and practical tools to integrate evidence-based methods into the daily practice of medicine.  His current research focus includes de-escalation treatment strategies for throat cancer, morphoproteomic analysis of head and neck cancer, and human papillomavirus-related malignancies of the head and neck.  Dr. Karni is co-principal investigator of a CPRIT grant studying new treatments for head and neck lymphedema using near-infrared fluorescent technology. He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.  Dr. Karni’s 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.

Sancak Yuksel, MD

Sancak Yuksel, MD

Sancak Yuksel, MD, has been promoted to associate professor of otorhinolaryngology-head and neck surgery.  Dr. Yuksel received his medical degree at the Hacettepe University School of Medicine in Ankara, Turkey. He completed his otorhinolaryngology residency at the Istanbul University Cerrahpasa School of Medicine in Istanbul, Turkey. After residency, he pursued advanced training in head and neck and skull base surgery as a fellow in the same Department.  Dr. Yuksel served as a research fellow in the Basic Science Laboratory at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and worked in numerous National Institutes of Health-funded projects focused on the middle ear and Eustachian tube pathophysiology. He completed a two-year clinical fellowship in the Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and also served as an instructor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.   Dr. Yuksel is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. His clinical interests include complex pediatric and adult ear diseases, the Cochlear™ Baha® system and cochlear implantation, complex lateral skull base surgery, sialendoscopy, newborn and pediatric swallowing and airway problems and congenital head and neck lesions

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