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Department of Otolaryngology - Research Report

Ongoing Research Projects

Research Report

In the year 2014-2015, Drs. Kollmar, Sundaram, Silverman, Stewart, Harris, Thakkar and Alessi continued their work supported by an AAOHNSF Percy Memorial Research Grant studying the restoration of recurrent laryngeal nerve function after injury in a rat model.  The team was successful in obtaining an R21 sponsored by the NIDCD to continue their studies.  The team has also collaborated with Dr. Stewart and Dr. Arjomandi to study post-obstructive pulmonary edema as a cause of sudden death in seizures, also in the rat model.  Drs. Chernichenko and Kollmar are studying perineural invasion in a zebrafish model and Dr. Kollmar is continuing his work studying the molecular genetics of otolith formation in the zebrafish.  Drs. Butts and Gitman were awarded the SUNY Downstate President's Health Disparities Grant studying epidemiological factors associated with orofacial clefting in New York City. Dr. Rosenfeld completed his term as the Editor-in–Chief of the journal Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and chaired the AAO-HNS Guidelines Development Task Force that sponsored panels to develop clinical practice guidelines on adult sinusitis and otitis media with effusion, a clinical consensus statement on nasal septoplasty and a clinical consensus statement development manual. Drs. Butts and Floyd presented A Systematic Review of Peri-operative Pain Management in Patients with Mandibular Fractures at AAFPRS and Drs. Silverman, Lewis, Earley. Arjomandi and Rosenfeld presented Systematic Review of Treatment of Adult Laryngotracheal Stenosis at the Triological Combined Section Meetings and Dr. Lewis was the recipient of the John J. Conley, MD Resident Research Award.  Drs. Arjomandi and Floyd presented their research at the 10th Metropolitan NY Resident Research Day Symposium.  Notable publications include Dr. Goldstein's, Dr. Fishkin's and Dr. Abramowitz' The Prevalence of Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Children with Asthma and its Behavioral Effects published in Pediatric Pulmonology and Dr. Rosenfeld's Clinical Practice Guideline (Update):  Adult Sinusitis published in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Dennis Lee, MD, a graduate of our residency program, has made a generous contribution to fund the SUNY Downstate Department of Otolaryngology Dr. Frank E. Lucente Resident Research Grant.  This $5000 resident research grant will be awarded annually starting in 2015.


Research Projects

Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH

  1. AAO-HNS clinical practice guideline on adult sinusitis
  2. AAO-HNS clinical practice guideline on otitis media with effusion
  3. AAO-HNS clinical consensus statement on nasal septoplasty
  4. AAO-HNS clinical consensus statement development manual
  5. Multiple ongoing projects assisting otolaryngology residents with research design, systematic review, and data analysis

Krishnamurthi Sundaram, MD

  1. RLN reinnervation in a rat model
  2. Marital status and survival in head and neck cancer in Brooklyn
  3. Review of flaps in salvage nasopharyngectomy
  4. SUDEP: study of RLN function in sudden death during epileptic seizures

Sydney Butts, MD

  1. Epidemiological factors associated with orofacial clefting in New York City. Principal Investigator-Sydney C. Butts, MD. Collaborators-Simone Reynolds MPH PhD, Michael Joseph MPH PhD

Natalya Chernichenkor, MD

  1. A novel xenograft zebrafish model of perineural invasion

Nira Goldstein, MD

  1. Developmental delay in young children with sleep-disordered breathing before and after tonsil and adenoid surgery
  2. Angioedema – Prospective Study
  3. The impact of adenotonsillectomy on pediatric asthma
  4. Multi-Institutional Validation of the Clinical Assessment Score-15 (CAS-15) for Pediatric Sleep-Disordered Breathing

Richard Kollmar, PhD

  1. Molecular genetics of otolith formation in the zebrafish
  2. Restoration of recurrent-laryngeal-nerve function after injury in a rat model
  3. Laryngospasm during seizures
  4. A Novel Zebrafish Xenograft Model to Study Perineural Invasion of Cancer

Joshua Silverman, MD, PhD

  1. Restoration of recurrent- laryngeal-nerve function after injury in a rat model'
  2. Angioedema – Prospective Study

Abraham Shulman, MD

  1. Noise induced tinnitus animal model drug efficacy – ALA
  2. TBI animal model drug efficacy ALA
  3. Functional brain Imaging QEEG/LORETA and Tinnitus


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