Greetings to all. It seems like summer just began and fall is around the corner. It is time for Husker Football Season, which is usually a good signal that summer is coming to a close. This is the beginning of my sixth year as chairman of otolaryngology, and it seems like only yesterday it all started.
This year has been a year of many firsts for the Department of Otolaryngology.
This is the first academic year we have matched three residents per year since 1984. Estelle Chang, MDCM, became the first surgeon in Nebraska and at our institution to do a robotic thyroidectomy avoiding a scar on the patient’s neck. The patient is from central Nebraska and is doing very well. Our first department professorship, The Anthony J. Yonkers Professorship was established and named this year. Jason Talmadge, M.D. was the first resident in our department ever to be named resident of the year for the entire medical center resident population. This is also the first year that the department has had a full time rural resident rotation where our residents spend two months learning in a true rural resident otolaryngology practice. Furthermore, this is the first year our audiology department has had four practicing audiologists.
Finally, this is the first year that our department has EVER been named as a top-ranked program in U.S. News and World Report. This ranking is thanks to the hard work of all nine faculty in our department and our most excellent residents, nurses, audiologists, physician assistants, and administrative support staff. It gives me great honor and pride to work with such an outstanding group of people.
I also want to extend a warm welcome to Zafar Sayed, M.D. who joined our department just this past August 2017. Zafar was born, raised and resident trained in Indiana. He did his Head and Neck Fellowship at Memorial Sloan in New York City and brings great talent to our department. He will be joined by two more Head and Neck Surgeons in the not too distant future. Soon, there will be 13 faculty in our department, another first.
Thanks to ALL of you who have donated your time for teaching or your money to help move our department forward in these past months. All you do does not go without notice and it is appreciated very much. As always, please let us know how we can help you in your practice or with your complicated patients.
Dwight T. Jones, M.D., FACS
Anthony J. Yonkers Professor and Chair