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Exponential Growth Noted at Otolaryngology Research Symposium

June 23, 2014

 

From left, Drs. Jennifer Cracchiolo, Farrel Buchinsky, Max Ronis (past Department Chairman), John H. Krouse, and Mursalin Anis

(From left to right) Drs. Jennifer Cracchiolo, Farrel Buchinsky, Max Ronis (past Department Chairman), John H. Krouse, and Mursalin Anis

 

In just five years’ time, Temple University School of Medicine’s (TUSM) Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery has nearly tripled its number of full-time faculty members, added two clinical sites, and increased its yearly patient visits to over 20,000.

 

The robust program, which includes 10 residents and 19 full-time faculty members (three of whom are Fox Chase-employed faculty, and two of whom have NIH-funded research projects) showcased a selection of their talents to more than 40 attendees during the first Resident Graduation and Alumni Weekend Research Symposium on June 20.

 

“While we have hosted a day each year during which our residents and faculty present their research findings and we have invited our alumni to join us, this is the first time we have tied the event to our graduating residents,” said John H. Krouse, MD, PhD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education at Temple University School of Medicine. “It was a true delight to bring everyone together to celebrate and recognize the extraordinary talent in our department,” Dr. Krouse added.

 

Farrel Buchinsky, MD, a Pediatric Otolaryngologist at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, delivered the symposium’s keynote speech, during which he discussed his research on laryngeal papillomatosis, or vocal cord growths in children.

 

Dr. Buchinsky completed his residency at TUH in 1999, but said “it feels like just last week!”

 

“An education at Temple stays with you forever. Dr. Glenn Isaacson was my mentor here, and I still hear his voice in my head when I’m performing certain procedures,” he added. “At Temple, I learned self-confidence as a young physician and respect for my peers.”

 

Co-chief residents PGY-5 Mursalin Anis, MD, and PGY-5 Jennifer Cracchiolo, MD, on the eve of their graduation, echoed Dr. Buchinsky’s sentiments. “It’s been exciting to have been a part of a department that has grown so much in a five-year period of time,” said Dr. Cracchiolo.

 

Added Dr. Anis: “The dramatic pace of the evolution here at Temple has given us more perspective as doctors entering the field and helped us to work more collaboratively.”

 

Farrel Buchinsky, MD, during his keynote address at TUSM on June 20, 2014

Farrel Buchinsky, MD, during his keynote address at TUSM on June 20, 2014