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The Team

 Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Skull Base Surgery Team at BMC

Head and Neck Surgery Physicians

Scharukh Jalisi, MD, MA, FACS
Director, Division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Skull Base Surgery
Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Department of Neurosurgery, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Head and neck cancer; skull base and temporal bone tumors; neuro-otology; transoral robotic surgery; microvascular reconstructive surgery; minimally invasive/endoscopic skull base tumor resection; salivary gland tumors; thyroid and parathyroid tumors

Waleed H. Ezzat, MD
Director, Microvascular Surgery
Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Facial plastic surgery; microvascular surgery; head and neck reconstructive surgery; cancers of the skin; facial paralysis surgery; facial trauma; head and neck cancer

Anand Devaiah, MD, FACS
Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery (Joint appointment)
Clinical Interests:  Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, Open Skull Base Surgery, Anterior skull base surgery, Lateral skull base surger, Otologic Surgery and Diseases, Paranasal Sinus Diseases and Disorders, Head and Neck Oncology, Head and Neck Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, General Otolaryngology.

Andrew Salama, DDS, MD, FACS
Director, Advanced Specialty Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Assistant Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Clinical Interests: Head and neck oncology; oral cancer; benign jaw tumors; microvascular reconstruction; benign and malignant salivary gland disease; craniofacial trauma

Gregory Grillone, MD, FACS
Director, Center for Voice and Swallowing
Associate Professor and Vice-Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck; transoral robotic surgery; disorders of voice and swallowing; laryngology; surgery of the upper aerodigestive tract; sinus surgery; sleep surgery

J. Pieter Noordzij, MD
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Adult and pediatric otolaryngology; airway disorders; care of the professional voice; care of swallowing disorders; head and neck cancer; snoring; thyroid and parathyroid disorders

Maryann Lyons, NP
Nurse Practitioner, Maxillofacial Oncology Service
Clinical Interests: GI; Feeding tubes for cancer patients

Katie McDonough, NP
Nurse Practitioner, Head & Neck Cancer Center
Clinical Interests: Head and neck cancer; head and neck tumors; skull base tumors; ear, nose, and throat disorders

Theresa Paskell
Patient Navigator, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

Susan Franey, RN
Program Coordinator, Department of Otolaryngology

Skull Base Surgery Physicians

Scharukh Jalisi, MD, MA, FACS
Director, Division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Skull Base Surgery
Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Department of Neurosurgery, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Head and neck cancer; skull base and temporal bone tumors; neuro-otology; transoral robotic surgery; microvascular reconstructive surgery; minimally invasive/endoscopic skull base tumor resection; salivary gland tumors; thyroid and parathyroid tumors

Anand Devaiah, MD, FACS
Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery (Joint appointment)
Clinical Interests:  Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, Open Skull Base Surgery, Anterior skull base surgery, Lateral skull base surger, Otologic Surgery and Diseases, Paranasal Sinus Diseases and Disorders, Head and Neck Oncology, Head and Neck Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, General Otolaryngology.

James W. Holsapple, MD
Chief, Department of Neurosurgery
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: brain tumors and meningiomas, cerebrovascular neurosurgery, aneurysms, Cyberknife® radiosurgical procedures, hydrocephalus, pituitary gland surgery, trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, and pediatric neurosurgery

Nirav Patel, MD
Attending Neurosurgeon, Boston Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: cerebral or brain aneurysm, subarachnoid hemorrhage, cerebral arteriovenous malformation or AVM, carotid stenosis, cerebral revascularization, surgical management of stroke, skull base surgery, pituitary surgery

Radiation Oncology Physicians

Minh Tam Truong, MD
Chief, Department of Radiation Oncology
Chair and Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Head and neck cancer; central nervous system tumors; skin cancer; breast cancer; lymphoma; sarcoma; airway amyloidosis; benign diseases; intensity-modulated radiotherapy; image-guided radiotherapy; CyberKnife® stereotactic radiosurgery; functional imaging in radiotherapy; quality-of-life and disparity outcomes research; prospective clinical trial design

Medical Oncology Physicians

Timothy Cooley, MD
Physician Director, Cancer Clinical Trials Program
Attending Physician, Department of Medicine, Section of Hematology and Oncology
Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Head and neck cancer; thoracic oncology; the treatment of malignancies in HIV-infected people

Pathology Physicians

Robert Pistey, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Head and neck; breast; prostate; cytopathology

Carmen Sarita-Reyes, MD
Attending Pathologist, Department of Pathology
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Developmental and pediatric pathology

Huihong Xu, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Anatomic pathology; clinical pathology; cytopathology

Radiology Physicians

Thanh Nguyen, MD
Director, Interventional Neuroradiology and Interventional Neurology
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Radiology, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Acute stroke intervention; Cerebral aneurysms and AVMs; Carotid stenting; Dural AV fistulas, Embolization of nose bleeds & head/neck tumors; Neurocritical care; Vasospasm; Vertebroplasty

Osamu Sakai, MD, PhD
Chief of Neuroradiology
Director of Head and Neck Imaging
Professor of Radiology,
Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and Radiation Oncology, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Neuroradiology; head and neck radiology

Nuclear Medicine Physicians

Gustavo Mercier, MD, PhD
Chief, Molecular Imaging and Nuclear Medicine
Attending Physician, Department of Radiology
Assistant Professor of Radiology, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Oncology Imaging

Sara Meibom, MD
Medical Advisor, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Associate Editor, Case in Point, American College of Radiology
Assistant Professor of Radiology, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Education

Neuro-opthalmology Physician

Crandall Peeler, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Neuro/Comprehensive, Specialty Eye Care

Medical Endocrinology Physicians

Sonia Ananthakrishnan, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism

Alan P Farwell, MD
Director, Endocrine Clinics
Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Thyroid diseases; Thyroid nodules; Thyroid cancer; General endocrinology

Stephanie Lee, MD, PhD
Associate Chief, Section of Endocrinology, Nutrition and Diabetes
Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Thyroid nodules; Thyroid ultrasound; Thyroid cancer and dosimetry for thyroid cancer

Reconstructive Surgery Physicians

Waleed H. Ezzat, MD
Director, Microvascular Surgery
Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Facial plastic surgery; microvascular surgery; head and neck reconstructive surgery; cancers of the skin; facial paralysis surgery; facial trauma; head and neck cancer

Scharukh Jalisi, MD, MA, FACS
Director, Division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Skull Base Surgery
Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Department of Neurosurgery, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Head and neck cancer; skull base and temporal bone tumors; neuro-otology; transoral robotic surgery; microvascular reconstructive surgery; minimally invasive/endoscopic skull base tumor resection; salivary gland tumors; thyroid and parathyroid tumors

Speech Language Pathology Specialists

Hadas Golan, B.Ed. Mus., MS/CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist, Registered Buteyko Breathing Educator and Trainer, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Center for Voice and Swallowing
Clinical Interests: Care of the professional voice; muscle tension dysphonia; breathing disorders

Michael J. Walsh, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist, Department of Otolaryngology, Voice and Swallowing Center
Clinical Interests: Voice disorders involving videostrobolaryngoscopy of laryngeal behavior; acoustic and physiological evaluation; head and neck cancer; swallowing disorders (dysphagia) involving flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing and sensation