Every year, four trainees are selected for the Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery residency program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. The group is comprised of unique, intelligent, and kind individuals who come from all paths of life but are united by a common passion for Otolaryngology and New York City. Peer-to-peer teaching is heavily emphasized through resident-led didactics and a PGY-1 and PGY-4 "buddy call" system. Cherished residency traditions include Thursday evening Happy Hours at our favorite neighborhood establishments, as well as the Annual Chief Resident Roast.
Wesley Davison, MD
Hailing from Santa Cruz, California, Dr. Davison is a graduate of the University of California in Berkley, where he graduated with a degree in Japanese Language. After college, he worked hanging doors before volunteering at an orphanage in India which inspired him to go into medicine. He then taught Health and Physical Education to high school students in New York City, before completing a post-baccalaureate program at Bryn Mawr College. He attended Weill Cornell Medical College before beginning his otolaryngology residency. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Davison enjoys running, lifting weights, horticulture, and practicing a vegan lifestyle.
- Davison WL, Pearlman AN, Donatelli LA, Conley LM. Respiratory epithelial adenomatoid hamartomas: An increasingly common diagnosis in the setting of nasal polyps. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2016;30(4):139-146. doi:10.2500/ajra.2016.30.4338
- Reisacher WR, Davison W. Immunotherapy for food allergy. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017;25(3):235-241. doi:10.1097/MOO.0000000000000353
Madeleine Drusin, MD, Msc
Originally from New York City, Dr. Drusin is a graduate of Columbia University, where she graduated with a degree in Architecture. Between college and medical school, she earned a Masters of Science at the K.U. Leuven in Belgium. She then attended medical school at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her current clinical and research interests include surgical education, hearing loss, cleft palate and velopharyngeal insufficiency, and pediatric airway disorders. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys cooking, architecture/design exhibitions, and roaming around Central Park with her son. After residency, Dr. Drusin plans to attend Pediatric Otolaryngology fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle.
- Drusin MA, Lubor B, Losenegger T, Selesnick S. Trends in hearing rehabilitation use among vestibular schwannoma patients. Laryngoscope. 2020;130(6):1558-1564. doi:10.1002/lary.28316
- Drusin MA, Pereira NM, Modi VK. Intralingual Thyroglossal Duct Cyst Excision [published online ahead of print, 2020 Apr 2]. Laryngoscope. 2020;10.1002/lary.28610. doi:10.1002/lary.28610
Ade Obayemi, MD
Hailing from Brooklyn, Dr. Obayemi is a graduate of Yale University, where he graduated with degrees in Biology and African Studies. After college, he worked as a global health associate for Johnson & Johnson, as well as traveled to South Africa as a research fellow. He then attended medical school at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. His current clinical and research interests include facial trauma, facial nerve reconstruction, Mohs reconstruction, cleft lip, global facial plastics surgery and head and neck cancer outcomes. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys making music with friends, teaching/mentoring younger students, traveling, competitive sports, and having a good time with good people! Dr. Obayemi plans to pursue a fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
- Trujillo O, Obayemi A, Askin G, et al. The Effects of Primary Defect Characteristics on Reconstruction Type and Adjunctive Intervention in Mohs Micrographic Surgery: A Retrospective Review. J Drugs Dermatol. 2020;19(3):264-270
- Obayemi A Jr, Cracchiolo JR, Migliacci JC, et al. Elective neck dissection (END) and cN0 hard palate and upper gingival cancers: A National Cancer Database analysis of factors predictive of END and impact on survival. J Surg Oncol. 2019;120(7):1259-1265. doi:10.1002/jso.25706
Chetan Safi, MD
A rare East and West coast hybrid, Dr. Safi grew up in California and the suburbs of Philadelphia. He attended college at Pennsylvania State University, where he studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In devotion to his studies, a poster of the Krebs cycle was displayed in his apartment. He then went on to attend medical school at the Temple University School of Medicine. As a medical student, he became interested in Otolaryngology through his fascination with head and neck anatomy. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys playing basketball, watching Pennsylvania State football and traveling with his wife (whom he met in medical school and recently completed a Neurology residency at Cornell). Dr. Safi plans to pursue a fellowship in Rhinology.
Safi C, Li C, Tabaee A, Ramakrishna R, Riley CA. Outcomes and imaging findings of respiratory epithelial adenomatoid hamartoma: a systematic review. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2019;9(6):674-680. doi:10.1002/alr.22298
Safi C, DiMango E, Keating C, Zhou Z, Gudis DA. Sinonasal quality-of-life declines in cystic fibrosis patients with pulmonary exacerbations. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2020;10(2):194-198. doi:10.1002/alr.22485
Amit Arunkumar, MD
Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Arunkumar is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology and minor in Global Poverty and Practice. He then divided a year studying Hepatitis C treatment outcomes at the San Francisco VA and backpacking through parts of southeast Asia. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. While in medical school, he was fortunate to be awarded a year-long clinical and translational science grant to study and help develop a biobank for neurologic and immunologic illnesses at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom. Now at New York Presbyterian, his research interests have included applications of 3D printing technology to surgical simulation. Outside of the hospital, he’s enjoyed all the excitement of being a new parent (baby + bulldog), attempting to cook, reading, any and all sports, and exploring NYC with his wife.
- Jain V, Arunkumar A, Kingdon C, Lacerda E, Nacul L. Prevalence of and risk factors for severe cognitive and sleep symptoms in ME/CFS and MS. BMC Neurol. 2017;17(1):117. Published 2017 Jun 20. doi:10.1186/s12883-017-0896-0
- Bernard JB, Arunkumar A, Chung ST. Can reading-specific training stimuli improve the effect of perceptual learning on peripheral reading speed?. Vision Res. 2012;66:17-25. doi:10.1016/j.visres.2012.06.012
Sei Chung, MD
Originally from South Korea, Dr. Chung is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with degrees in Biology and Anthropology. She then attended medical school at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, where she was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and received the Excellence in Otolaryngology Award and Scholarship. She was an active member in various mentoring and tutoring programs within medical school and to marginalized students in Newark, NJ. Her current clinical and research interests include sinonasal inflammatory disorders, exercise physiology affected by functional rhinologic surgery, and quality of life outcomes after rhinologic surgery. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, long walks, golfing, and cooking. She hopes to pursue a rhinology fellowship after graduation.
Chung SY, Govindan A, Babu A, Tassler A. Thyroidectomy Complications in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019;161(1):46-51. doi:10.1177/0194599819835793
Chung SY, Sylvester MJ, Patel VR, et al. Impact of obstructive sleep apnea in transsphenoidal pituitary surgery: An analysis of inpatient data. Laryngoscope. 2018;128(5):1027-1032. doi:10.1002/lary.26731
Daniel Spielman, MD
Hailing from Randolph, New Jersey, Dr. Spielman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Biology. He graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2013. During medical school, he also worked as an Emergency Medical Technician in New Jersey. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys cycling in Central Park, hiking, and traveling with his wife. Following residency training, Dr. Spielman plans to pursue a fellowship in Rhinology.
- Spielman DB, Kim M, Overdevest J, Gudis DA. Locating and Preserving the Sphenopalatine Ganglion in Endoscopic Endonasal Pterygopalatine Fossa Surgery: An Anatomical Study. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2020;34(3):348-351. doi:10.1177/1945892419896543
- Spielman DB, Kim M, Overdevest J, Gudis DA. Zero-Degree Endoscopic Visualization of the Frontal Sinus Predicts Improved Topical Irrigation Delivery [published online ahead of print, 2020 Apr 11]. Laryngoscope. 2020;10.1002/lary.28654. doi:10.1002/lary.28654
Joshua Sturm, MD, PhD
Originally from Ossining, New York, Dr. Sturm is a graduate of Vassar College, where he graduated with degrees in Biochemistry and Cognitive Science. He then spent the following six years at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he completed PhD and MD degrees as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program. Dr. Sturm’s doctoral research focused on using electrophysiological methods to study the development and plasticity of synaptic circuitry in the central auditory system. In particular, his work focused on examining the effects of noise trauma on local synaptic circuits in the auditory midbrain of a mouse model of tinnitus. During medical school, he was inducted in the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys cooking, dancing, playing music (guitar, drums, and electronic composition) and hiking with his wife Camilla and their beautiful pit bull Lyra.
Dr. Sturm’s research interests are focused on emerging applications of neurostimulation in Otolaryngology and on the central effects of hearing loss during development and in adulthood. He is currently working on a human neuroimaging study investigating the effects of cochlear implantation on brain activity in individuals with single-sided deafness He plans to pursue a career in Otology/Neurotology.
Sturm JJ, Modik O, Koutsourelakis I, Suurna MV. Contralateral Tongue Muscle Activation during Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020;162(6):985-992. doi:10.1177/0194599820917147
Sturm JJ, Modik O, Suurna MV. Neurophysiological monitoring of tongue muscle activation during hypoglossal nerve stimulation. Laryngoscope. 2020;130(7):1836-1843. doi:10.1002/lary.28341
Sturm JJ, Zhang-Hooks YX, Roos H, Nguyen T, Kandler K. Noise Trauma-Induced Behavioral Gap Detection Deficits Correlate with Reorganization of Excitatory and Inhibitory Local Circuits in the Inferior Colliculus and Are Prevented by Acoustic Enrichment. J Neurosci. 2017;37(26):6314-6330. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0602-17.2017
Alexander Chern, MD
Originally from Jacksonville Florida, Dr. Chern is a graduate of Yale University, where he graduated with a degree in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry and studied violin with Dr. Kyung Yu at the Yale School of Music. He then attended medical school at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. During medical school, he was awarded a year-long grant and fellowship to conduct research in music cognition and perception with Dr. Reyna Gordon. At graduation, he won the the David L. Zealear, Ph.D. Otolaryngology Scholar-Initiative Award. Outside the hospital, he enjoys cooking, dancing, playing the violin, wine, coffee, and creating latte art.
Dr. Chern’s research interests include music perception and cognition, cochlear implantation, and the effects of hearing loss on the brain. He plans to pursue a career in Otology/Neurotology.
- Chern A, Golub JS. Age-related Hearing Loss and Dementia. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2019;33(3):285-290. doi:10.1097/WAD.0000000000000325
- Chern A, Tillmann B, Vaughan C, Gordon RL. New evidence of a rhythmic priming effect that enhances grammaticality judgments in children. J Exp Child Psychol. 2018;173:371-379. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2018.04.007
Arron Cole, MD
Hailing from Stuart, Florida, Dr. Cole is a graduate of Denison University, where he graduated with a degree in Biology. After college, he moved to Chicago to perform neuroscience research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, where he stayed to attend medical school. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys tending to his plants, running in Central Park, and spending time with friends and family exploring different parts of NYC.
- Keisham B, Cole A, Nguyen P, Mehta A, Berry V. Cancer Cell Hyperactivity and Membrane Dipolarity Monitoring via Raman Mapping of Interfaced Graphene: Toward Non-Invasive Cancer Diagnostics. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2016;8(48):32717-32722. doi:10.1021/acsami.6b12307
- Liu DS, Pan XD, Zhang J, et al. APOE4 enhances age-dependent decline in cognitive function by down-regulating an NMDA receptor pathway in EFAD-Tg mice. Mol Neurodegener. 2015;10:7. Published 2015 Mar 5. doi:10.1186/s13024-015-0002-2
Sonam Dodhia, MD
Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Dr. Dodhia is a graduate of University of Illinois at Chicago, where she graduated with a dual degree in Biochemistry and Music Performance in cello. She then attended medical school at Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. In medical school, she enjoyed pursuing research projects on the genetics of cleft lip and palate with Dr. Joseph Haddad and laryngeal nerve reinnervation with Dr. Michael Pitman. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys running, playing the cello, and spending time with family and friends.
- Dodhia S, Celis K, Aylward A, et al. ACSS2 gene variant associated with cleft lip and palate in two independent Hispanic populations. Laryngoscope. 2017;127(10):E336-E339. doi:10.1002/lary.26637
- Dodhia S, Baxter PC, Ye F, Pitman MJ. Investigation of the presence of HPV on KTP laser fibers following KTP laser treatment of papilloma. Laryngoscope. 2018;128(4):926-928. doi:10.1002/lary.27018
Sallie Long, MD
Hailing from Augusta, Georgia, Dr. Long is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she graduated with a degree in Dietetics. After college, she worked as a registered dietitian and underwent post-baccalaureate premedical study. She then attended Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha and graduated magna cum laude. Her current clinical and research interests include head and neck oncology. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys spending time exploring NYC with her husband Jackson and dog Finley.
- Long SM, Lumley CJ, Zeymo A, Davidson BJ. Prescription and Usage Pattern of Opioids after Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019;160(3):388-393. doi:10.1177/0194599818779776
- Long S, Troob S, Yu K. Airway Management & Tracheostomy. In: Lalwani A, ed. CURRENT Diagnosis & Treatment Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 4th Edition.
Clara Lee, MD
Originally from Cresskill, New Jersey, Dr. Lee is a graduate of Duke University, where she graduated with degrees in Biology and Evolutionary Anthropology. After college, she spent one year at the Duke University Medical Center conducting research on murine models of breast cancer metastases to the bone marrow. She then attended medical school at the Emory University School of Medicine, where she was an active member of the Medical School Senate, was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha and graduated summa cum laude. During medical school, Dr. Lee spent six months investigating predictors of surgical success following hypoglossal nerve stimulation for obstructive sleep apnea. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys travel, attempting to cook, dance cardio classes and spending time with her loved ones.
- Lee CH, Mulholland GB, Dedhia RC. Transoral Versus Endoscopic Examination in Predicting Outcomes of Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation for Obstructive Sleep Apnea [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jun 13]. Laryngoscope. 2020;10.1002/lary.28779. doi:10.1002/lary.28779
- Lee CH, Seay EG, Walters BK, Scalzitti NJ, Dedhia RC. Therapeutic Positive Airway Pressure Level Predicts Response to Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. J Clin Sleep Med. 2019;15(8):1165-1172. doi:10.5664/jcsm.7814
Elliot Morse, DM, MHS
Originally from New York City, Dr. Morse is a graduate of Yale University, where she graduated with a degree in Psychology with a Neuroscience concentration. She then attended medical school at the Yale School of Medicine. In medical school, she served on the medical student council board and as an interviewer for the medical school admissions committee. She spent an additional year completing a masters in health sciences for which she received funding from the Yale-NIH Medical Student Research Fellowship. Her research that year resulted in multiple publications and oral presentations. At graduation, she won the CT Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Prize for excellence in surgery, and the Perkins Prize for excellence on the USMLE Step I examination. Since starting at NYP, she has become involved with research at Memorial-Sloan Kettering. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys long-distance running, skiing, hiking, visiting breweries, and enjoying New York City’s food scene.
- Morse E, Henderson C, Carafeno T, et al. A Clinical Care Pathway to Reduce ICU Usage in Head and Neck Microvascular Reconstruction. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019;160(5):783-790. doi:10.1177/0194599818782404
- Morse E, Hanna J, Mehra S. The Association between Industry Payments and Brand-Name Prescriptions in Otolaryngologists. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019;161(4):605-612. doi:10.1177/0194599819852321
Aaron Oswald, MD
Hailing from Ithaca, New York, Dr. Oswald is a graduate of Cornell University, where he majored in Biology and was a black belt member of the Tae Kwon Do team. He then attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. During this time, he was awarded the Howard Hughes Medical Research Fellowship and spent an additional year at Rockefeller University investigating molecular mechanisms of hearing. At graduation, he won the Frederick M. Brown, M.D. Award for Allergy and Immunology. Outside of hospital, Dr. Oswald enjoys cooking new recipes, running, rock climbing and sailing.
- Cao C, Oswald AB, Fabella BA, et al. The CaV1.2 L-type calcium channel regulates bone homeostasis in the middle and inner ear. Bone. 2019;125:160-168. doi:10.1016/j.bone.2019.05.024
- Bartsch TF, Hengel FE, Oswald A, et al. Elasticity of individual protocadherin 15 molecules implicates tip links as the gating springs for hearing. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019;116(22):11048-11056. doi:10.1073/pnas.1902163116
Andre Shomorony, MD
Hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dr. Shomorony is a graduate of Yale University, where he majored in Biomedical Engineering. After college, he completed a research fellowship at the NIH, developing new methods of scanning electron microscopy for cellular imaging of pancreatic tissue. He then obtained his medical degree from the combined Harvard Medical School / MIT Health Sciences and Technology program. During that time, he used his bioengineering background to develop novel local anesthetic formulations for safer and more effective pain management. While in medical school, Dr. Shomorony was awarded the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Outside of work, he enjoys playing the guitar, playing soccer, and spending time with his family and friends.
- Shomorony A, Santamaria CM, Zhao C, et al. Prolonged Duration Local Anesthesia by Combined Delivery of Capsaicin- and Tetrodotoxin-Loaded Liposomes. Anesth Analg. 2019;129(3):709-717. doi:10.1213/ANE.0000000000004108
- Shomorony A, Puram S, Johnson D et al. A non-oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma and the pitfalls of HPV testing: A case report. Otolaryngology Case Reports. 2019;13:100129. doi:10.1016/j.xocr.2019.100129
David Liao, MD
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Liao is a graduate of the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Hunter College where he earned a degree in Psychology with a focus on Behavioral Neuroscience and was Valedictorian of his class. After college, he worked in an outpatient surgical practice that was at the forefront of the diagnosis and treatment of HPV-related anorectal disease. He then attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he received funding to conduct an additional year of research with distinguished mentors within the Department of Otolaryngology. During medical school, he also took part in community sexual health education, peer mentoring, and advocating for better LGBTQ+ health education in the medical school curriculum. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys Hip Hop dance classes, yoga, and food halls.
- Liao D, Ishii LE, Chen LW, Chen J, Darrach HM, Juarez MM, Kumar AR, Russell JO, Tufano RP, Ishii M. Transoral neck surgery prevents attentional bias towards the neck compared to open neck surgery. Laryngoscope. 2020;130(6):1603-1608. doi: 10.1002/lary.28305
- Liao D, Ishii LE, Chen J, Chen LW, Kumar AR, Papel ID, Kontis TC, Byrne PJ, Boahene KDO, Ishii M. How old do I look? Exploring the facial cues of age in a tasked eye-tracking study. Facial Plast Surg & Aesthet Med. 2020;22(1):36-41. doi: 10.1089/fpsam.2019.29001.lia
Alexandra Michalowski, MD
Originally from Baltimore, Dr. Michalowski is a graduate of Yeshiva University where she graduated with a degree in Psychology and a concentration in Neuroscience. After college, with the intention of pursing a PhD, she worked as a research coordinator at Mount Sinai School of Medicine investigating the efficacy of combining behavioral modifications with pharmacological intervention in nicotine cessation. During this time, she decided to pursue a career in medicine and completed post-baccalaureate coursework. While applying to medical school, she worked as a medical scribe in the Department of Otolaryngology at Weill Cornell, where she first realized her passion for Otolaryngology. She then attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she was on the board of TEACH and inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha. During medical school, she researched the feasibility of using transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation to treat chronic cough. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys exploring new places with her family, making photo collages, taking barre classes, and trying out restaurants in the city.
- Michalowski A, Erblich J. Reward dependence moderates smoking-cue- and stress-induced cigarette cravings. Addict Behav. 2014;39(12):1879-1883. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.07.032
- Michalowski A, Kacker A. Is sinus surgery indicated for recurrent acute rhinosinusitis?. Laryngoscope. 2017;127(6):1255-1256. doi:10.1002/lary.26437
Michelle Yu, MD
Originally from southern California, Dr. Yu is a graduate of Stanford University where she graduated with a degree in Biomedical Computation. After college, she spent a year developing sustainable natural materials, such as synthetic spider silk, at the biotech company Bolt Threads, Inc. She then attended medical school at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons, where she graduated with a masters degree in Biomedical Sciences. During medical school, Dr. Yu contributed to the development of novel surgical devices, investigating the application of microneedles to the diagnosis and treatment of inner ear diseases. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys ceramics, sailing, Spikeball, and propagating succulents.
- Yu M, Arteaga DN, Aksit A, et al. Anatomical and Functional Consequences of Microneedle Perforation of Round Window Membrane. Otol Neurotol. 2020;41(2):e280-e287. doi:10.1097/MAO.0000000000002491
- Chiang H, Yu M, Aksit A, et al. 3D-Printed Microneedles Create Precise Perforations in Human Round Window Membrane in Situ. Otol Neurotol. 2020;41(2):277-284. doi:10.1097/MAO.0000000000002480
Victoria Yu, MD
Dr. Yu grew up in San Jose, California. She attended Dartmouth College, where she graduated with high honors in Biology and Economics. After college she worked as a management consult at Artisan Healthcare Consulting, advising pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. She attended medical school at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. While there she helped to run CoSMO, a student-run clinic, and investigated proprioception and reinnervation of the larynx. She was awarded the Coakley Memorial Prize for outstanding achievement in otolaryngology and the Alfred M. Markowitz Endowment for Scholars for dedication to patient care, teaching, and scholarship. Outside the hospital she enjoys baking for friends, following fashion blogs, doing nail art, and Chelsea galleries hopping.
- Yu, V. X., Hernandez-Morato, I., Morton, S., Pitman, M.J. “New Insights Regarding Proprioceptive Innervation ofthe Rat Larynx.” Oral presentation at Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation; Sep 2019; New Orleans, LA
- Yu, V.X., Yiu, Y., Pitman, M.J. “False Vocal Fold (FVF) Botulinum Toxin Injection for Central Nervous System (CNS) Related Supraglottic Spasticity Causing Severe Vocal Strain: A Preliminary Study.” Poster presentation at American Laryngological Association’s 2019 Spring Meeting at COSM; May 2019; Austin, TX