PGY-1&2 Simulation Training Boot Camp

In August, our department participates in the University of Mississippi’s Southeastern ORL Simulation Training Boot Camp in Jackson, MS. The curriculum includes hands-on simulated emergency scenarios and numerous skills stations, including airway management technique, epistaxis management, airway foreign body removal, and more. Faculty members Dr. Jennifer McLevy, Dr. Anthony Sheyn, and Dr. Rose Mary Stocks join the UM faculty to help teach junior residents. All the PGY1 & 2 residents attend.

American Academy of Otolaryngology Annual Meeting

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In September, our department attends the American Academy of Otolaryngology Annual Meeting. Our department is always well represented.

Resident poster presentations include:

  • Petty – Treatment of Rhinophyma with an Ultrasonic Debrider: A Novel Method
  • Smith – Pyriform Aperture Stenosis: A Novel Approach to Stenting
  • Smith – New Versus Reprocessed Coblator Wands: Wire Degradation and Tissue Efficacy in a Porcine Tongue Model
  • Smith – Emergent Pediatric Tracheostomy
  • Giurintano – Intratonsillar Abscess: A Not So Rare Clinical Entity
  • Giurintano – CT for Peritonsillar Abscess, Are We Overly Reliant?

American Academy of Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery Annual Meeting

In October, our department attends the American Academy of Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery Annual Meeting. Several residents attend, and recent resident poster presentations are:

  • Tompkins - Hypothyroidism Facelift Edema
  • Smith - Palate Trauma in US ERs 2006-2010

John Shea Jr. Memorial Otology Workshop

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The first Friday & Saturday in November our department hosts

the John Shea Jr. Memorial Otology Workshop & Temporal Bone Course designed for residents and otolaryngologists to deepen knowledge and enhance technical abilities in otologic surgery. Every year there is a guest visiting lecturer.

John M. Hodges International Humanitarian Fund            

Dr. John Hodges behind an award trophyDr. John M. Hodges has been recognized numerous times in his nearly 40 year illustrious career for his humanitarian outreach, which has included more than 70 trips to places such as Egypt, Vietnam, China, the Philippines, Belize, Kuwait, Cambodia, and Honduras. He has received the Eugene Tardy Award from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (2010) as well as the Humanitarian Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (2012).

PYG-4 resident, Vikrum Thimmappa is utilizing the John M. Hodges International Humanitarian Fund to assist with travel to Rajasthan, India for a mission trip. Dr. Thimmappa will concentrating on cleft lip and palate procedures while he is there.

Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM)

In May, our department attends the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM). Numerous residents and faculty attend.

Resident poster presentations include:


  • Wood - Management Pediatric Deep Neck Infections
  • Wood - Pharyngo-esophageal Duplication Cysts
  • Giurintano - Airway Foreign to Get “Charged Up About”
  • Giurintano - Rigid Bronchoscopy Through Tracheotomy for Foreign Body


  • Giurintano - “Defatting Starplasty” Trach in Morbidly Obese


  • Moak - Sleep Surgery For Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea In Children Younger Than Two
  • Smith - Pediatric Fungal Invasive Rhinosinus Disease: A Systematic Review and Quantitative Synthesis of the Literature
  • Smith - Comparison of Intraoperative and Traditional Thyroid Storm


  • Smith - Angioedema NIS
  • Tompkins - Kenalog Posterior Glottic Stenosis
  • Smith - Institutional Rankings H Index
  • Wood - Use of Propranolol in Hemangioma, Cleft Lip
  • Wood - Mirror Image Twins with Vestibulocochlear Dysfunction

Ed Cocke Research Symposium

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In June, the department hosts the Annual Ed Cocke Research Symposium. Numerous research presentations are given by all residents; clinical, basic science, and translational. Every year there is a nationally recognized guest speaker who gives multiple lectures and acts as judge for the resident awards.

Fellowship Matches

Congratulations to Drs. Jonathan Giurintano & Adam Singleton who have both matched in two prestigious fellowships in San Francisco, CA.

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Jonathan Giurintano, MD
Head & Neck Oncologic Surgery, Anterior Skull Base Surgery, and Microvascular Reconstruction
University of California - San Francisco, CA

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Adam Singleton, MD

Facial Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery
The Maas Clinic - San Francisco, CA

Graduation Dinner & Awards Ceremony

The resident graduation and awards ceremony is held the last Saturday in June at the Memphis Chickasaw Country Club.

  • Resident Teacher of the Year – Aaron Smith, MD, PGY-3
  • The Van Nguyen Resident Basic Science Award – Aaron Smith, MD, PGY-3
  • The Van Nguyen Resident Clinical Science Award – Vikrum Thimmappa, MD, PGY-3
  • Resident Translational Award – Jared Tompkins, MD, PGY-5
  • Resident Neuroscience Teaching Award – Cecil Rhodes, MD, PGY-2

Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery

910 Madison Avenue
Suite 430
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Phone: 901-448-5885
Fax: 901-448-5120