Our MissionTo care for patients and educate the Otolaryngologists of tomorrow using the most advanced evidenced based medicine available. To lead the field of Otolaryngology with innovative basic, translational, and clinical research.Our Faculty & Providers Faculty & Providers Claire Bock, PA-C Claire Bock, PA-C Physician Assistant Department of Otolaryngology Reasons for Referral General Otolaryngology Undergraduate Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon, BS Biology, 2017 Masters UTMB Health, Galveston, Texas, MPAS, 2019 Deborah Carlson, PhD Deborah Carlson, PhD Associate Professor Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Director – Center for Audiology and Speech Pathology Department of Otolaryngology Dr. Carlson is an Audiologist and has worked for the Center for Audiology & Speech Pathology since October 1989. Dr. Carlson obtained her Ph.D. degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in August 1986. She holds a dual Master's of Science Degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences and in Rehabilitation Administration and Services and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Pathology from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL granted in May 1980. Dr. Carlson received Fellows Honors from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2007 and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Audiology. She has participated on a variety of Boards and Committees for AAA and ASHA, served on the Texas State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, is a past President and Founding Member of the Texas Academy of Audiology, and is a Past President of the American Academy of Audiology. Reasons for Referral Amplification Assistive Listening Devices Central Auditory Processing Disorders Electrophysiology Otoacoustic Emissions Speech Pathology: Augustana College, BA, 1980 Communications Disorders & Sciences (Audiology) Rehabilitation Administration: Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, MS 1982 Communications Disorders & Sciences (Audiology): Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, PhD, 1986 Certification Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) Board Certified in Audiology Orly M. Coblens, MD Orly M. Coblens, MD Assistant Professor Residency Program Director Department of Otolaryngology Reasons for Referral Endocrine Head and Neck Surgery Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Saliendoscopy Sentinel Lymph Node Skin Cancer Skull Base Surgery Transoral Robotic Surgery Medical/Professional School: Tel Aviv University - Sackler School of Medicine, MD, 2011 Internship: Intern in General Surgery, University of Pennsylvania Health Systems, 2012 Residency: Resident in Otorhinolaryngology, University of Pennsylvania Health Systems, 2016 Fellowship: Fellow in Head and Neck & Microvascular Surgery University of California, Davis Health Systems Certification: Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology Shiva Daram, MD Shiva Daram, MD Assistant Professor Department of Otolaryngology Pediatric Otolaryngology Reasons for Referral Airway Evaluations Foreign Body Removal Recurrent Ear Infections Tonsil and Adenoid Problems Medical/Professional School: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, MD, 2013 Residency: Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery UT Southwestern, Dallas, Texas, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 2018 Fellowship: Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Pediatric Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Fellow 2019 Robert Darling, MD Robert Darling, MD Assistant Professor Department of Otolaryngology Dr. Darling attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison and graduated with a BS in chemistry. He attended the Chicago Medical School where he was invited to join the Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Societies before receiving his MD in 2012. He completed his Residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2017 and immediately joined the faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology at UTMB Health. Reasons for Referral General Otolaryngology Medical/Professional School: Chicago Medical School, MD, 2012 Residency: Otolaryngology, University of Texas Medical Branch, 2017 Reagan Davis, PA-C Reagan Davis, PA-C Physician Assistant Department of Otolaryngology Reasons for Referral General Otolaryngology Undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in Medical Humanities, Cum Laude Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 2014 Masters Master of Physician Assistant Studies University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, 2018 Certification National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, PA-C, 2018 Kelly Drago, PA-C Kelly Drago, PA-C Physician Assistant Department of Otolaryngology Reasons for Referral General Otolaryngology Catherine Drescher, AuD, CCC-AUD Catherine Drescher, AuD, CCC-AUD Assistant Director of Audiology Reasons for Referral Amplification Tinnitus Dizziness Cochlear implants Central Auditory Processing Disorders Undergraduate BA English, University of Alabama, 1993 BA Communication Disorders, Auburn University, Montgomery 1999 Doctorate University of Louisville, 2004 Certification Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-A) Board Certified in Audiology Susanna Green, PA-C Susanna Green, PA-C Physician Assistant Department of Otolaryngology Reasons for Referral General Otolaryngology Yolanda Heman-Ackah, MD, MS, FACS Yolanda Heman-Ackah, MD, MS, FACS Professor Department of Otolaryngology Yolanda D. Heman-Ackah, MD, MS, FACS subspecializes in professional voice care and laryngology. Her background as a trained musician, dancer, and singer makes her uniquely qualified to understand the vocal demands of the performing artist, and to tailor treatment of professional voice disorders based on this understanding. Her primary practice focus is in treating the professional voice user (singers, actors, public speakers, physicians, lawyers, teachers, etc.), but she also treats other voice and airway problems such as laryngopharyngeal reflux disease, spasmodic dysphonia, laryngeal papillomatosis, airway stenosis, vocal fold paresis and paralysis, arytenoid dislocation, and laryngeal cancer. Her approach to the care of the professional voice is multidisciplinary and includes the active involvement of speaking voice therapists, acting voice therapists, singing voice therapists, gastroenterologists, neurologists, pulmonologists, general surgeons, and other healthcare professionals, as indicated by the individual patient's needs. Dr. Heman-Ackah received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and her Doctor of Medicine degree from Northwestern University as part of the Honors Program in Medical Education. She completed a residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Minnesota where she also received a Master of Science degree in Otolaryngology Research. Her fellowship training was in Professional Voice Care and Laryngology, which was completed in Philadelphia, PA. She is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. Heman-Ackah is known nationally and internationally for her pioneering research on the laryngeal chemoreflex, which has furthered our understanding of how laryngeal reflexes can contribute to sudden infant death syndrome, as well as for her research in developing the cepstral peak prominence as a measure for voice analysis and in describing strobovideolaryngoscopic findings in singers. Dr. Heman-Ackah has received numerous awards and grants for her research, including awards from the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, the American Laryngological Association, and the American Laryngological Voice Research and Education Foundation. She has been elected to membership in the International Association of Phonosurgeons, the American Laryngological Association, the Triologic Society, and the American Broncho-Esophagological Society. She has also held memberships in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the Voice and Speech Trainer's Association (VASTA), the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and of the Voice Foundation and has held the position of the National Medical Advisor for VASTA. She continues to pioneer advancements in voice care through her basic science and clinical research, as well as through educational programs for medical students, residents, singing teachers, speech-language pathologists, otolaryngologists, and other physicians and voice professionals. Reasons for referral: Professional voice care Voice problems Vocal fold polyps, cysts, and nodules Vocal cord paresis and paralysis Spasmodic dysphonia Laryngeal stenosis Laryngeal papilloma Laryngeal tumors and cancers Airway problems and difficulty breathing Swallowing problems Katherine Hicks, MD Katherine Hicks, MD Assistant Professor Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Reasons for Referral: Nasal deformity or concern with appearance Nasal obstruction/congestion Skin cancer reconstruction Facial scars Facial injuries & trauma Aging face, eyes, and neck Other cosmetic concerns of face, eyes, and neck Cleft lip/palate Microtia (ear absence or deformity) Medical/Professional School: MD, Medical University of South Carolina – Charleston, SC (2013) Residency: Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Northwestern Memorial Hospital – Chicago, IL (2018) Fellowship: Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Northwestern Memorial Hospital – Chicago, IL (2019) Fellowship: Pediatric Otolaryngology, Cleft & Craniofacial Surgery, University of California Davis – Sacramento, CA (2020) Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery (2019) Dr. Katherine Hicks grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and graduated from Clemson University Honors College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biosystems Engineering. She was a four-year member of Clemson’s Varsity Swimming & Diving team and earned the ACC Athletic Director’s Academic Excellence Award. She also earned a Master’s degree in Bioengineering from Clemson University prior to attending medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed her residency in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She then pursued a fellowship in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Northwestern, followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Cleft & Craniofacial Surgery at University of California – Davis. Dr. Hicks specializes in functional and cosmetic nasal surgery (rhinoplasty or “nose job”), cosmetic facial surgery (facelift, eyelid surgery), skin cancer reconstruction, scar revision, facial trauma, and pediatric cleft & craniofacial procedures. When she’s not working, she is a full-time Clemson Tigers fanatic and enjoys watching football, running, reading, painting, and spending time with her family, friends, and beloved four-legged companion. Rohan Joshi, MD Rohan Joshi, MD Assistant Professor Department of Otolaryngology Reasons for Referral Head & Neck Surgery Reconstructive Surgery Medical School: John Hopkins School of Medicine Baltimore, Maryland Internship: Cornell and Columbia, Presbyterian Hospital New York, New York Residency: Cornell and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center New York, New York Fellowship: University Hospitals Case Western Reserve Cleveland, Ohio Kate Kerr, MS, CCC-SLP Kate Kerr, MS, CCC-SLP Assistant Director of Audiology and Speech Pathology Reasons for Referral Adult Neurogenics Adult and Pediatric dysphagia Voice Disorders Undergraduate BS Communications Disorders University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, 1993 Masters MS Speech and Hearing Science University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 1995 Certification Lee Silverman Voice Therapy - LSVT Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment of Swallowing MBSimp Swallow Protocol Katherine A. Lees, MD Katherine A. Lees, MD Assistant Professor Department of Otolaryngology Reasons for Referral Sinusitis Nasal Polyps Deviated Septum Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks Nasal and Sinus Tumors Sinus Surgery Tonsillitis Medical/Professional School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine - Saint Louis, MO, MD 2014 Residency: Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Mayo Clinic - Rochester, MN, 2019 Fellowship: Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery, University of Utah - Salt Lake City, UT 2020 Dr. Katie Lees grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and graduated from St. Olaf College magna cum laude with a BA in biology. She attended medical school Saint Louis University, where she was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and received several awards including Surgery, Neurological Anatomy and Pathology Departmental Awards. She returned to Minnesota to complete her residency in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at the Mayo Clinic. She received several research accolades both regionally and nationally for her work on vestibular schwannomas and opioid use, as well as the Chief Resident Teacher of the Year award. Following residency, she pursued an additional year of training in Rhinology and Anterior Skull Base Surgery at the University of Utah. Dr. Lees specializes in problems of the nose and sinus, such as sinusitis, deviated septum, nasal congestion, and tumors of the nose, sinus and base of the skull. Outside of work, she enjoys playing volleyball, camping, hiking, and going on adventures with her chocolate lab. Tomoko Makishima, MD, PhD, FACS Tomoko Makishima, MD, PhD, FACS Associate Professor Department of Otolaryngology Dr. Makishima received her Medical Degree (1992) and PhD in Philosophy (1998) from Kyushu University School of Medicine, Fukuoka, Japan. She completed her Residency and Clinical Fellowship at the Department Otorhinolaryngology at Kyushu University Medical Hospital in 1994, as well as her Clinical Fellowship in 1998. She is Board Certified by The Otorhinolaryngological Society of Japan. She joined UTMB in 2005. Reasons for Referral Balance Disorders Hearing Otolaryngology Otology Medical/Professional School: Kyushu University - Fukuoka, Japan, MD, 1992 Residency: Otolaryngology, Kyushu University - Fukuoka, Japan, 1994 Fellowship: Otolaryngology, Kyushu University - Fukuoka, Japan, 1998 Certification: Otolaryngology,Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Society of Japan Click here to visit Dr. Makishima's UTMB Health page and to make an appointment. Brian McKinnon, MD, MBA, MPH, FACS Brian McKinnon, MD, MBA, MPH, FACS Associate Professor and Chair ad interimDepartment of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck SurgeryJ.M. Robison Distinguished ProfessorReasons for ReferralChronic Ear InfectionsHearing Loss and DeafnessVestibular and Balance DisordersCochlear and Implantable Hearing DevicesCholesteatomaMeniere’s DiseaseFacial Nerve Weakness or ParalysisTumors of Hearing & Balance NervesMedical/Professional School:Boston University School of MedicineBoston, MassachusettsInternship:National Navel Medical CenterBethesda, MarylandResidency:National Navel Medical CenterBethesda, MarylandFellowship:Otology/NeurotologyOtolaryngology - Head & Neck SurgeryUniversity of VirginiaHealth Sciences CenterMBA:Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore, MarylandMPH:University of Memphis Concentration in BiostatisticsMemphis, TennesseeCertification:Otolaryngology - Head & Neck SurgeryNeurotology Harold S. Pine, MD, FAAP, FACS Harold S. Pine, MD, FAAP, FACS Associate Professor Department of Otolaryngology Dr. Pine graduated in the top 1% of his class at Rush Medical College in Chicago and completed a clinical and research fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, England, one of the top pediatric specialty hospitals in the world. Reasons for Referral Airway Evaluations Foreign Body Removal Recurrent Ear Infections Tonsil and Adenoid Problems Medical/Professional School: Rush Medical College - Chicago, IL, MD, 1995 Residencies: Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC, 2001 Fellowship: Pediatric Otolaryngology, Great Ormond Street Hospital - London, UK, 2002 Internship: General Surgery, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC, 1997 Certification: Otolaryngology,American Board of Otolaryngology Click here to visit Dr. Pine's UTMB Health Page and to make an appointment. Vicente Resto, MD, PhD, FACS Vicente Resto, MD, PhD, FACS Chief Physician Executive, ad interimVice President for Physician Alignment and Strategic IntegrationProfessor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck SurgeryHarry Carothers Weiss Chair in Otolaryngology Dr. Resto graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1992 with a bachelor degree in Chemistry. He then completed the combined MD/PhD program at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2000. His doctoral degree is from the Department of Human Genetics for dissertation work in cancer genetics. He next pursued internship training in General Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by residency training in the Harvard Combined Program in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. In 2006, he completed advanced clinical fellowship training in Head and Neck Oncology, Skull Base, and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. He joined the full time faculty staff at UTMB in July, 2006. Clinically, he focuses on facial plastics, reconstructive surgery, and skull base surgery. Scientifically, Dr. Resto directs a basic science laboratory focused on the study of the molecular mechanisms important for lymphatic metastasis and tumor tolerance.Reasons for ReferralHead and Neck Reconstructive SurgeryMinimally Invasive Surgery of the Salivary Glands, Thyroid, and Parathyroids Skull Base SurgeryMedical/Professional School:John Hopkins University School of Medicine - Baltimore, MD, MD, PhD, 2000Internship:General Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 2001Residency:Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA, 2005Fellowship:Head & Neck Surgery, Skull Base and Reconstruction Surgery, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA, 2006Certification:Otolaryngology, American Board of OtolaryngologyClick here to visit Dr. Resto's UTMB Health page and to make an appointment. Farrah Siddiqui, MD, FAAOA Farrah Siddiqui, MD, FAAOA Associate Professor Department of Otolaryngology Dr. Siddiqui completed her training in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery in 2006 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she also finished her General Surgery Internship. Before joining UTMB in March 2010 as an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, she was in private practice as a general Otolaryngologist in the suburbs of Dallas. Dr. Siddiqui comes to UTMB well-trained, having completed her medical school at the Aga Khan University Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. She also speaks English, Urdu, Hindi, and French fluently, as well as some Thai and Arabic. As a general Otolaryngologist, Dr. Siddiqui enjoys seeing both pediatric and adult patients with a variety of ear, nose and throat problems, such as sinusitis, ear infections, tonsillitis, snoring, sleep apnea, allergy, hearing loss, tinnitus, dizziness, and neck masses. She is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. Reasons for Referral Dizziness Ear Infections Sinusitis Sleep Apnea Snoring Tinnitus Tonsillitis Medical/Professional School: Aga Khan University Medical College - Karachi, Pakistan, MD, 1999 Internship: General Surgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences - Little Rock, AR, 2002 Residency: Otolarynology/Head & Neck Surgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences - Little Rock, AR, 2006 Fellowship: AAOA Allergy Fellowship, 2015 Certification: Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology Click here to visit Dr. Siddiqui's UTMB Health page and to make an appointment. Dayton Young, MD Dayton Young, MD Associate Professor Department of Otolaryngology Reasons for Referral Cochlear Implants Hearing Rehabilitation Neurotology Otology Medical/Professional School: University of Colorado - Denver, CO, MD, 2000 Internship: General Surgery, University of Nebraska - Omaha, NE, 2001 Residencies: Otolaryngology, University of Nebraska - Omaha, NE, 2004 Otolaryngology, University of Florida - Gainesville, FL, 2006 Fellowship: Neurotology, The Silverstein Institute - Sarasota, FL, 2008 Certification: Otolaryngology,American Board of Otolaryngology Click here to visit Dr. Young's UTMB Health page and to make an appointment.