School of Medicine

Department of Otolaryngology

Resident Research

The research studies produced by the department are shepherded by our Otolaryngology Research Committee. The committee is comprised of esteemed faculty and associated staff whose primary goal is to support and guide our physician investigators through the process of research study development, implementation and scholarly output.

All residents are encouraged to engage in research studies and collaborative efforts with institutions locally, nationally and internationally. Specifically for our resident physicians, the department hosts an annual Resident Research and Alumni Day at the culmination of each academic year to allow Residents and Fellows to present their studies to other physicians and associated alumni in the field. The Otolaryngology Department at LSUHSC-NO is a group of devoted mentors who are as passionate about their research activities as they are about the patients for which they are called to serve.

Annual Resident Research and Alumni Day

Dedicated to Dr. Mervin L. Trail, MD

An annual event each spring that coordinates with resident graduation, the Resident Research and Alumni Day (RRAD) is designed to recognize the scholarly activities of our residents, students, fellows, and faculty, and to acknowledge the contributions made by the alumni of our Department in support of the educational process.

Every year, each resident is required to conduct a scientific research project. An exception is for the PGY2 class, who may present a case report if they do not yet have a full scientific project completed as they do not have their research block until their PGY3 year. Upon completion of the project, each resident is to write a summary manuscript that is fit for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. We emphasize the principles of research that are important for clinical practice, including focus, strategy, planning, scientific reasoning, problem-solving, critique, documentation, and presentation skills. The research must conform to generally accepted standards of experimental designs, data collection, and analysis. 

These studies are then presented during the RRAD to the faculty, alumni, and a panel of judges, with an award presented to the resident with the best overall project and presentation. A Guest of Honor is selected annually to give a lecture of their choice and serve on the panel of judges. Additional awards giving during the RRAD include Alumnus of the Year and Teacher of the Year.

25th Annual Resident Research and Alumni Day

The 25th Annual Resident Research Day was held June 17th, 2022 from 8:30am to 1:30pm.

Distinguished Guest Speaker to be announced. 

The annual event is dedicated to Mervin L. Trail.


Resident Research and Alumni Day 2022

Previous Resident Research Winners

  • 1997 - Matthew K. Money, MD and Kathy L. Chauvin, MD
  • 1998 - Michael J. Hammett MD
  • 1999 - Chen Xie, MD
  • 2000 - P. Elise Scallan-Lalonde, MD
  • 2001 - Matthew H. Steele, MD
  • 2002 - Darryl T. Mueller, MD
  • 2003 - Jason P. Hunt, MD
  • 2004 - Robert E. Ostendorf, MD
  • 2005 - Justin M. Tenney, MD
  • 2007 - Emily L. Burke, MD
  • 2008 - Amy G. Rabalais, MD
  • 2009 - Brad W. LeBert, MD
  • 2010 - Jacques E. Gaudet, MD
  • 2011 - Jacques E. Gaudet, MD
  • 2012 - Jacques E. Gaudet, MD
  • 2013 - Neal M. Jackson, MD
  • 2014 - Kevin Taheri, MD
  • 2015 - Evan Longfield, MD
  • 2016 - Rachel A. Barry, MD
  • 2017 - Tyler W. Crosby, MD
  • 2018 - Tyler W. Crosby, MD
  • 2019 - Vilija Vaitaitis, MD
  • 2020 - Tyler W. Crosby, MD
  • 2021 - Kelsey Doguet, MD



LSU SOM Research Enhancement Program Resident Research Grants

A Microlaryngoscopy Surgical Simulator for Resecting Vocal Fold Carcinoma Incorporating Phantom Tumor Modeling and Oncologic Margin Detection

Sara Bressler, MD and Michael Dunham, MD (PI)

A Surgical Site Evacuator for Open Airway Surgery

Kody Bolk, MD and Michael Dunham, MD (PI)

Characterization of the Metabolic Phenotype in Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Christine Settoon, MD and Larissa Sweeny, MD (PI)

Novel Transoral Approach to the Hyoid Bone - Reinventing Thyroglossal Duct Excision

Ashley Kraft, MD and Rohan Walvekar, MD (PI)

Computational Modeling of Laryngotracheal Stenosis: Correlation with Pulmonary Function Measures and Disease Characterization

Tyler Crosby, MD and Michael Dunham, MD (PI)


Current Resident Research Publications and Presentations

Mays, A., Phalke, N., Poche, N., Settoon, C. Opioid Prescribing Patterns Across Head and Cancer Oncology Teams and Otolaryngology Providers. AHNS - COSM 2022 Poster Presentations.

Kraft, A., Mueller, K., Hernandez, S. Retrobulbar amphoteric B in the Treatment of Invasive Fungal Rhinosinustiis with Orbital Involvement: a Case series. ARS - COSM 2022 Poster Presentations.

Bolk, K., Hernandez, S. , Sowder, J. Composite Reverse Septal Flap after Oncologic Resection Including subtotal septectomy for reconstruction and re-establishment of nasal tip support. ARS - COSM 2022 Poster Presentations.

Hernandez, S. , Phalke, N. Comparison of Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block vs Topical Anesthetic for Post-operative Pain Control after Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery. ARS - COSM 2022 Poster Presentations.

Matthews, C., McWhorter, A. Xanthogranulomatous Inflammation of Trachea Resulting from Vape-related Inhalation injury. ABEA - COSM 2022 Poster Presentations.

Crosby TW, Adkins L, McWhorter AJ, Kunduk M. Predicting need for operative intervention in recurrent laryngotracheal stenosis using interoperative changes in spirometric measures. ABEA Section - COSM 2020 Virtual Poster Session

Poynot, W. J., Gonthier, K. A., Dunham, M. E., & Crosby, TW. (2020). Classification of tracheal stenosis in children based on computational aerodynamics. Journal of Biomechanics, 104, 109752.

Mcdaniel LS, Poynot WJ, Gonthier KA, Dunham ME, Crosby TW. Image-Based 3-Dimensional Characterization of Laryngotracheal Stenosis in Children. OTO Open. 2018;2(1):2473974X17753583

Crosby TW, Dunham, ME; Gonthier KA, Poynot WJ. Computational Fluid Dynamics Evaluation of Pediatric Laryngotracheal Stenosis. 2019 Triological Society Annual Meeting Poster Session (First Place Winner in Laryngology)

Crosby T, Phillips J, Carbo A, Babcock K, Nathan CA. Use of modified barium swallow study to measure posterior airway space in obstructive sleep apnea. Acta Otolaryngol. 2016;136(6):592-7.

Smart SE, Crosby T, Jeyakumar A. An Adolescent with a Skin Lesion. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014;140(10):979-980. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2014.1837

Crosby TW. Predicting need for operative intervention in recurrent laryngotracheal stenosis using interoperative changes in spirometric measures - ongoing research into the utility of spirometric measures in predicting need for surgery in recurrent laryngotracheal stenosis patients. COSM - ABEA Section Virtual Poster Session - Spring 2020. Submitted for publication to Laryngoscope, peer review pending

Green S, Nuss D, Cullichia F, Walvekar R (2020). Surgery of the Anterior and Middle Cranial Base. In P.W. Flint (Ed.). Cummings Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, 7th Edition. Elsevier Pub.

Kong K, Hu A. Readability Assessment of Online Tracheostomy Care Resources. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2015, Vol. 152(2) 272-278.

Kong K, Sevy A. Temporal bone fracture requiring facial nerve decompression or repair. Oper Techniques Otolaryngol. (2017) 28:277-83. 014

Kong K, Mehta R, Tenney J, Mclaughlin K, Peden R, Anderson D, Nuss DW. Nasal Extrusion of Internal Carotid Artery Coil in the Setting of Osteoradionecrosis: A Case Report. Journal of Neurological Surgery Part B: Skull Base. 2017. 78. S1-S156. 10.1055/s-0037-1600772.

Dunham M, Kong K, McWhorter A, Adkins L. Optical Biopsy: Automated Classification of Airway Endoscopic Findings Using a Convolutional Neural Network. Laryngoscope. 2020 Apr 28. doi: 10.1002/lary.28708

Kong K, Mehta R, Dunham M. Automated Classifciation of Otoscopic Endoscopic Findings Using Convolutional Neural Networks. Accepted for Poster Presentation at Triological Society 2020 Combined Sections Meeting.

Kong K, Pascal E, McLaughlin K, Anderson D, Nuss DW. Extreme Hyper-pneumatization of the Skull Base and C-Spine Associated with Meningitis: Mechanisms and Management. Accepted for Poster Presentation at 2020 North American Skull Base Society Meeting.

Warrington S and Jeyakumar A. "Unusual case of dyspnea in a child." Ear Nose Throat J. Oct-Nov 2016; 95(10-11):442-443.

Yi-Chun L, McElwee T. 2016. "Bilateral dacryocystocele resection." CSurgeries. [accessed 2016 February 20].;

Yi-Chun L, McElwee T. 2016. "Choanal atresia repair." CSurgeries. [accessed 2016 February 20].;

Yi-Chun L, McElwee T, Musso M, Rosenberg T, Ongkasuwan J. "The reliability of flexible nasolaryngoscopy in the identification of vocal fold movement impairment in young infants." International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. Sept 2017.

Prasanth Pattisapu, Malia Gresham, Tyler McElwee, Jeffrey Vrabec, Matthew Carlson, Alex Sweeny. "Facial Nerve Trauma: A Call for Minimum Reporting Guidelines." Otology & Neurotology. April 2018.

Walton B, Vellucci J, Patel P, Jennings K, McCammon S, Underbrink MP. Post Laryngectomy stricture and pharyngocutaneous fistula: Review of techniques in primary pharyngeal reconstruction in laryngectomy. Clin Otolaryngol. 2017;00:1-8. 10.1111/coa.12905

Patel P., Matthews C., Kemp B., Mays A. Outcomes of Tracheoesophageal Puncture Relative to Surgical Puncture, Ablative and Reconstructive Techniques. Accepted for Podium Presentation, 2020 International Conference on Head and Neck Cancer.

Patel P and Kanotra S. "Surgeon performed preoperative percutaneous nerve mapping in complex head and neck lymphatic malformation." Podium Presentation, Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting 2018.

Foon J, Patel P, and Underbrink M. "Improving the Sensitivity of Oropharyngeal HPV Detection via Brush Sampling of the Palatine-Lingual Tonsil Interface." Poster Presentation, Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting 2017.

C Settoon, A Mays. "Laryngeal Histoplasmosis in the Immunocompetent Patient." Poster Presentation, American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery Annual Meeting, Sept 2020

C Settoon, A Evans. "Health Literacy Rates in Pediatric Tracheostomy Caregivers." Poster Presentation, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology Meeting, May 2020.

C Settoon, D Nuss, and M DiLeo. "Combined Endoscopic Endonasal & Sublabial Approach to a Giant Solitary Fibrous Tumor Involving the Maxilla, Central Skull Base, and Parapharyngeal Space: A Case Study." Poster Presentation, North American Skull Base Society Meeting , Mar 2018.

C Settoon, G Gremillion, and B Moore."Solitary Fibrous Tumor of the Hypopharynx: A Case Report." Poster Presentation, American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery Annual Meeting, Sept 2016.

GJ Preston (presenter), K Scott, C Settoon, M Marble, H Baskind, IV Yosypiv, H Andersson and E Morava "Still Searching: Underlying Genetic Cause of Cutis Laxa and Multiple Aneurysms." The Southern Society for Clinical Investigation- Southern Regional Meeting, Feb 2015.

Bolk, K. G. September 2017. "Patient-reported outcomes in studies of sinonasal and skull base malignancy: A systematic assessment of study quality and clinical relevance." Oral Presentation at the 63rd Annual American Rhinologic Society Meeting, September 2017.

Jason R. Rudman, Rosemary I. Kabahuma, Sara E. Bressler, Yong Feng, Jing Cheng, Susan H. Blanton, Denise Yan, Xue-Zhong Liu. The genetic basis of deafness in populations of African descent. Journal of Genetics and Genomics. 2017 June;44(6):285-294.

Zhijie Niu, Denise Yan, Sara E Bressler, Lingyun Mei, Yong Feng, Xuezhong Liu. A novel splicing mutation in SMPX is linked to nonsyndromic progressive hearing loss. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2018 Jan;104:47-50.

Jason R Rudman, Christine Mei, Sara E Bressler, Susan H Blanton, Xue-Zhong Liu. Precision medicine in haring loss. Journal of Genetics and Genomics. 2018 Feb;45(2)99-109.

Christine D'Aguillo, Sara E Bressler, Denise Yan, Rahul Mittal, Robert Fifer, Jing Cheng, Susan H. Blanton, Xue-Zhong Liu. Genetic screening as an adjunct to Universal Newborn Hearing Screening: Literature review and implications for non-congenital pre-lingual hearing loss. Int J Audiology, 2019 Jul;58(4)1-17.

Sara E Bressler, Mikhaylo Szczupak, Michael E. Hoffer. Emerging Treatment Modalities. In: Hoffer, ME, ed. Neurosensory Complications of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Elsevier Publishing, December 2018:393-404.

Phalke N, Thomas WW, Azzi J, Li RJ, Petrisor D, Wax MK. Safety and Efficacy of MRI Scans in Patients with Implanted Microvascular Coupling Devices. Laryngoscope. 2019.

Phalke N, Meyers F, Schroeder J, Mays AC. Thyroidectomy with and without laryngectomy: Differences in post-operative hypocalcemia and management. Accepted for Oral Presentation, Summer 2020 American Head and Neck Society 10th International Conference

T. VandeWater, R. Sadud. “Orbital Emphysema after Ethmoid Sinus Surgery” Poster Presentation, American College of Physicians Wisconsin Chapter Meeting. Wisconsin Dells, WI. September 8 - 9, 2017

Carron J, Buck L, Moore C, and Kraft A. Excision of Juvenile Nasopharyngeal Angiofibroma in 14-year-old male. Submitted to Film FESStival.

Marks G and Kanotra S. “An Institutional Paradigm Shift in the Management of Pediatric Graves' Disease after Implementation of a Multidisciplinary Thyroid Case Conference.” Poster Presentation, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology 2018 Spring Meeting

Minehart BR, Rodgers B. “Neurosarcoidosis: A Case Presentation and Overview of Diagnosis and Treatment Strategy.” Journal for The Sciences & Specialties of The Head and Neck. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Kane A., Matthews C., Son L., Walvekar, R. Assessing Disparities related to Advanced Stage presentations of Head and Neck Cancer in Post Katrina New Orleans. Accepted for Poster Presentation, 2020 American Head and Neck Society Meeting

C Mueller & Y Dong. “Prediabetes and associated cardiometabolic risk in U.S. farmworkers of Hispanic origin.” Poster Presentation, Medical Scholars Research Day - Medical College of Georgia, Augusta GA, September 25, 2017

C. Mueller & B Striepen. “Location of kinesin proteins in Toxoplasma gondii.” Oral Presentation, CURO Symposium - University of Georgia, Athens GA

Sobiesk JL and Logan, MS. “Anatomy, Head and Neck, Nasal Cavity.” StatPearls - PubMed.

Briley T, Sobiesk, JL, and Chu Q MD. “Pilomatrix Carcinoma: A Rare Hair Cell Tumor.” - The American Surgeon. Accepted for Publication.