American Board of Otolaryngology
Indiana University School of Medicine, 1988
Medical College of Wisconsin/Surgery
Medical College of Wisconsin/Otolaryngology
I was trained as a surgeon that medical management, when appropriate, is the first approach to a problem. Surgery should be performed when medical management has failed to achieve the desired result and the patient fully understands the risks and potential benefits of the proposed surgery. I also have learned that the most effective, informed consent for surgery, especially complex surgery, is best performed with a trusted family member or friend. Frequently in Otolaryngology, our difficult challenges require a team approach to include our primary care doctors and medical specialists.
Zenker’s Diverticulum: This is a specific disorder that causes a particular type of difficulty swallowing. The diagnosis requires a barium swallow, which both defines the problem as well as helps with surgical planning. It is most common in the older population and is a progressive problem, so treatment is usually recommended. I am interested and experienced in the surgical treatment of this disorder, which can frequently be performed endoscopically in an overnight post-op setting.
Vocal Cord Dysfunction: I work closely with our speech pathology colleagues diagnosing and treating these challenging diseases. I am particularly interested in the management of permanent vocal cord paralysis.
Facial Reconstruction: I work closely with our Mohs Surgeon, as well as our primary care doctors to plan and carry out repair of defects resulting from skin cancer resections.