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 David Bracken, MD Close David Bracken, MD Dr. Bracken is a Laryngologist, an ENT who specializes in disorders of the voice, swallow, and airway. He is the Director of UTMB Voice and Swallow services and board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.He completed an advanced fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice at the University of California San Francisco, under the training of three Laryngologists: Drs. Clark Rosen (a U.S. leader in the field of Laryngology), VyVy Young, and Yue Ma. He completed his ENT residency at the University of California San Diego and a year of research with the National Institutes of Health with a focus on neurolaryngology and development of non-invasive skin surface electrode technologies for evaluation of voice and swallow activity. He graduated from the University of Texas School of Medicine in Houston and is thrilled to be back in the Houston area.Dr. Bracken's understanding of the voice has grown from his perspectives as both a physician and a performing artist himself. He previously performed with Houston Grand Opera and has undergraduate training in vocal performance and choral education (Sam Houston State University). This training and life experiences have led to expertise in developing treatment plans for occupational voice demands of all types, musical genres, age groups, and professional levels. His care and treatment extend beyond the voice to full-spectrum airway and swallowing complaints as well. His surgical training includes specialization in advanced awake endoscopic procedures, laser microsurgery, delicate vocal fold microsurgery, and throat and tracheal surgeries. He is moved to help those struggling with consequences of prior therapy and surgery in difficult situations, and this passion focuses on optimizing and restoring quality-of-life losses from impacts of all voice, swallow, and breathing disorders. He practices with an integrated, team-based, and patient-centered philosophy. He works hand-in-hand with UTMB’s expert Speech-Language Pathologists (voice and swallowing rehabilitation specialists). Collaborative care is critical, and he enjoys working with other disciplines in optimizing patient care (Head and Neck Cancer Surgery, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Neurology, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, etc).For Dr. Bracken, the practice of medicine is a team-based sport, and he would love to help in building your team.During his free time, Dr. Bracken enjoys music, traveling, and hiking with his lovely wife, a pediatric occupational therapist.Reasons for ReferralHoarseness / DysphoniaProfessional Voice CareBenign vocal fold masses and lesionsChronic Cough/Throat ClearingEarly Laryngeal Cancer / Transoral Laser Microsurgery Swallowing Disorders/Dysphagia Vocal fold weakness/paralysisSpasmodic DysphoniaRecurrent Respiratory PapillomatosisZenker’s DiverticulumChronis Aspiration/Frequent Pneumonia Breathing Disorders of Upper Airway/DyspneaAirway stenosis Post-COVID 19 Airway DisordersSubglottic StenosisPosterior Glottic StenosisMedical/Professional School:University of Texas Medical School at Houston,Houston, TX 2015Residencies: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of California – San Diego San Diego, CA, 2021Fellowship:Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice, University of California - San Francisco,San Francisco, CA, 2022 Research Fellow, National Institute of Health, University of California – San Francisco, 2018 Certification: Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology Deborah Carlson, PhD Close 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, FACS Close Orly M. Coblens, MD, FACS Associate ProfessorResidency Program Director Department of OtolaryngologyReasons for ReferralEndocrine Head and Neck SurgeryMicrovascular Reconstructive SurgerySaliendoscopy Sentinel Lymph NodeSkin CancerSkull Base SurgeryTransoral Robotic SurgeryMedical/Professional School:Tel Aviv University - Sackler School of Medicine, MD, 2011Internship:Intern in General Surgery, University of Pennsylvania Health Systems, 2012Residency:Resident in Otorhinolaryngology, University of Pennsylvania Health Systems, 2016Fellowship:Fellow in Head and Neck & Microvascular SurgeryUniversity of California, Davis Health SystemsCertification:Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology Shiva Daram, MD Close 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 Close 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 Close 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 Close Kelly Drago, PA-C Physician Assistant Department of Otolaryngology Reasons for Referral General Otolaryngology Susanna Green, PA-C Close Susanna Green, PA-C Physician Assistant Department of Otolaryngology Reasons for Referral General Otolaryngology Yusif Hajiyev, MD, PhD Close Yusif Hajiyev, MD, PhD Assistant Professor Dr. Hajiyev graduated from the Istanbul University in Turkey and completed a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas, one of the nation’s top pediatric specialty hospitals. He specializes in providing the newest medical and surgical treatment for the full spectrum of pediatric ENT disorders, including hearing loss and ear infections, cochlear implants, and BAHAs, airway and breathing issues, swallowing dysfunction, allergies, sinusitis, and sleep apnea. During his free time, Dr. Hajiyev enjoys to garden, riding a bike, and spending time with his three young children. Reasons for Referral Airway Evaluations Cochlear Implant Congenital Neck Masses Foreign Body Removal Hearing Problems Recurrent Ear Infections Tonsil and Adenoid Problems Medical/Professional School: Trakya University, School of Medicine, MD – Edirne/Tukey, 2005 Residency: Otolaryngology, Istanbuk University – Istanbul/Turkey, 2011 Fellowship: Pediatric Otolaryngology, Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital – Houston, TX, 2022 Charles A. Hughes, MD, MBA, MPH Close Charles A. Hughes, MD, MBA, MPH Professor and Vice Chair, ad interimMedical Director AMB ENT CLC MOB Director MD/MBA Dual Degree Program J.M. Robison Distinguished Professor Reasons for Referral Airway Evaluations Recurring Ear Infections Tonsil and Adenoid Diseases Nasal Obstruction and Sinus Diseases Sleep Apnea Voice Disorders Balance Disorders Masses of the Head and Neck Medical/Professional School: East Carolina University School of Medicine, MD, Greenville, NC, 1991 Internship: General Surgery, Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem, NC, 1992 Residency: Head and Neck Surgery, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1997 Fellowship: Otolaryngology, Vestibular Physiology, John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1993 Laryngology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1996 Pediatric Otolaryngology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Children’s Memorial, Chicago, IL 1999 Certification: Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology Kate Kerr, MS, CCC-SLP Close 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 Tomoko Makishima, MD, PhD, FACS Close 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 Close Brian McKinnon, MD, MBA, MPH, FACS Associate Professor and Chair ad interimDepartment of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck SurgeryHarry Carothers Weiss Chair in OtolaryngologyReasons 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 Taylor Mitchell, PA-C Close Taylor Mitchell, PA-C Physician AssistantDepartment of OtolaryngologyTaylor Mitchell is a Galveston native (BOI) and a graduate of Ball High School. She was a Cum Laude graduate from the University of St Thomas in Houston, Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Psychology. She received her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Medical Branch where she was a member of the Ph Alpha Honor Society. Ms. Mitchell is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and is licensed by the Texas Medical Board. She was awarded the 2022 Rookie of the Year of the Advanced Practice Providers. She sees both adult and pediatric patients with a variety of general ENT complaints and completes in-office procedures. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, fine dining, traveling and spending time with her friends and family.Reasons for ReferralGeneral OtolaryngologyEducationUndergraduateBachelor of Arts in Biology, Cum LaudeUniversity of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas, 2016MastersMaster of Physician Assistant StudiesUniversity of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, 2021CertificationNational Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, PA-C, 2021 Harold S. Pine, MD, FAAP, FACS Close Harold S. Pine, MD, FAAP, FACS ProfessorDepartment 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 ReferralAirway EvaluationsForeign Body RemovalRecurrent Ear InfectionsTonsil and Adenoid ProblemsMedical/Professional School:Rush Medical College - Chicago, IL, MD, 1995Residencies:Otolaryngology, Head and Neck SurgeryUniversity of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC, 2001Fellowship:Pediatric Otolaryngology, Great Ormond Street Hospital - London, UK, 2002 Internship:General Surgery, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC, 1997Certification: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 Close Vicente Resto, MD, PhD, FACS Chief Physician Executive, ad interimVice President for Physician Alignment and Strategic IntegrationProfessor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck SurgeryDr. 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. Sepehr Shabani, MD Close Sepehr Shabani, MD Assistant ProfessorDepartment of OtolaryngologyHead & Neck SurgeryMicrovascular ReconstructionDr. Shabani earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then completed residency at University of South Florida and Moffitt Cancer Center. Following residency, he pursued fellowship in advanced head and neck surgical oncology, transoral robotic surgery, and microvascular reconstruction at Washington University in St. Louis, one of nation’s premier head and neck surgery fellowships.Dr. Shabani takes a multidisciplinary approach to the management of head and neck cancer patients. He is dedicated in providing quality care to his patients. His research interests are transoral robotic surgery, de-escalation therapy for HPV-positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma, and quality of life outcomes in head and neck cancer patients. During his free time, he enjoys exploring new restaurants, jogging, traveling, and spending time with his family.Reasons for referral:Head and Neck SurgeryReconstructive SurgeryThyroid/parathyroid SurgerySalivary Gland SurgeryTransoral Robotic SurgerySkin CancerSkull Base SurgerySleep Apnea Surgery Farrah Siddiqui, MD, FAAOA Close 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 Close 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.