Research Lectureship and Otolaryngology Graduation

Purpose and Objectives

The University of Florida College of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology presents an update of current research and clinical management of disorders of the ear, nose, throat and head & neck. Faculty and  Residents will provide lectures and panel discussions to improve understanding of current diagnosis and management of ENT disorders. The goal of this program is to foster educational interaction between practitioners.

About Our Visiting Speakers:

Adams Lecturer: Troy Woodard, MD

Troy Woodard

Dr. Troy  Woodard  is originally from Nashville, TN.   He received High Honors  and a bachelor of science degree from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.  While attending DePaul University,  Dr. Woodard was a recipient of the esteemed  Presidential science scholarship.  He was a competitive NCAA Division I collegiate track and field athlete and a cofounder of the DePaul Gospel Choir.   After completing undergrad, Dr. Woodard successfully attended and graduated from The John Hopkins School of Medicine in 2003. Subsequently, Dr. Woodard attended Loyola University Medical Center where he successfully completed  his Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery residency training  and was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in 2008. While in residency, Dr. Woodard served on the governing council and was the BOG Legislative Representative for the Section for Residents and Fellows in the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.   Following his otolaryngology residency, Dr. Woodard pursued additional clinical training as a clinical fellow in Advanced  Rhinology and Sinus Surgery at Medical College of Georgia.

Since completion of his medical training in 2009, Dr. Woodard has practiced Rhinology, Sinus and Skull Base Surgery at Cleveland Clinic.  Dr. Woodard’s specialty interests include acute and chronic sinonasal disease, CSF leak repairs, and benign and malignant anterior skull base neoplasms.  He has maintained his commitment to scholarly work and teaching.  Dr. Woodard has published  numerous peer reviewed articles, several book chapters, and has given countless lectures.  He is currently Co –director of the Advanced Rhinology, Sinus and Skull base fellowship at Cleveland Clinic.

In addition to his work in rhinology, Dr. Woodard has a strong desire to give back to the community and engage in student mentorship.  Dr. Woodard is currently the president of  the Harry Barnes Medical Society, Chair of the Section of Otolaryngology of the National Medical Association and Co-Chair of the Minority Physician Resource Group at the Cleveland Clinic.

Fink Lecturer: Theodoros N. Teknos, MD

Theodoros Teknos

Dr. Theodoros Teknos comes to UH from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where he has served in several leadership roles since 2008. He is currently Professor and Chair, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. Prior to Ohio State, he was Division Chief, Head and Neck Oncology Division, Department of Otolaryngology, at the University of Michigan Health System. From 2007 to 2014, Dr. Teknos co-chaired a Task Force on Recurrent and Metastatic Disease for the National Cancer Institute’s Head and Neck Cancer Steering Committee.

Dr. Teknos earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his otolaryngology residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard Combined Program and then a fellowship in head and neck oncology, skull base, and microvascular reconstruction at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Singleton Lecturer: Oliver F. Adunka, MD

Oliver Adunka

Oliver Adunka joined the Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Nationwide Children’s, while serving as Director of Otology, Neurotology and Cranial Base Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Adunka specializes in otology, neurotology and lateral skull base surgery and will share his time between The Department of Otolaryngology at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital as full Professor, the Division Director for Otology, Neurotology, and Cranial Base Surgery and the Director of the University’s Hearing Program.

He attended the University of Vienna Medical School, completed his Otolaryngology Residency at J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany and completed his Neurotology Fellowship at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Adunka conducted research that established temporal bone histology data that served as the basis for cochlear implant electrode insertion trauma, helping re-educate cochlear implant surgeons to utilize proper cochleostomy and insertion techniques that reduce damage within the inner ear and thus facilitate hearing conservation. Also, Dr. Adunka has been developing technology that may ultimately allow surgeons to use feedback during the cochlear implant electrode insertion process, a step that will likely improve hearing preservation rates and device performance.

Research Lectureship

  • Date: June 7, 2019
  • Time: 9:00AM – 4:05PM
  • Location:
    1345 Center Drive
    Communicore Room C1-9
    Gainesville, FL. 32603
8:30-8:59AM Coffee, light breakfast (Room C1-7)
9:00-9:04AM Welcome
Neil Chheda, MD, Program Director
9:05-9:35AM Troy Woodard, MD
Contemporary Management of HHT
9:40-9:50AM Varun Varadarajan, MD
Radiographic Patency of the Cochlear Basal Turn
9:55-10:05AM  William Reschly, MD
Reducing Post Discharge Patient Call Burden in Laryngectomy Patients
10:10-10:20AM Claire James, MD
Biofilm Analysis of Explanted Facial Hardware
10:21-10:39AM BREAK
10:40-11:10AM Theodoros Teknos, MD
HPV in Head & Neck Cancer
11:15-11:45AM Oliver Adunka, MD
Electrocochleography in Cochlear Implantation
11:50-12:00PM Dustin Lang, MD
Rat Model of External Auditory Canal Stenosis
12:01-12:59PM LUNCH (Room C1-7)
1:00-1:10PM Mohamed Shama, MD
p16 Negative Oropharyngeal Cancer Survival Analysis: Primary Surgery versus Primary Chemo-Radiation
1:13-1:23PM Julia Comer, MD
The Transverse Turbinate Line: A Reliable Landmark for Identification of the Maxillary Sinus Natural Ostium
1:27-2:01PM Theodoros Teknos, MD
RhoC in Head & Neck Cancer
2:07-2:41PM Oliver Adunka, MD
Programmatic Considerations for a Pediatric Hearing Program
2:41-2:51PM BREAK
2:52-3:26PM Troy Woodard, MD
Contemporary Management of the Frontal Sinus
3:31-4:01PM Alumni Panel
Joshua Weiss, MD (’17)
Sanjeev Balahoman, MD (’18)
4:01-4:05PM CLOSING

Target Audience: Otolaryngology physicians, physicians assistants and nurse practitioners.

Educational Objectives:
1. To identify ongoing areas of research within the UF Department of Otolaryngology, and provide collaborative knowledge.
2. To recognize the role of HPV and the utility of Rho C in Head and Neck Cancer
3. To identify the challenges and construct a strategy of establishing a pediatric hearing program

Accreditation: The University of Florida College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit: The University of Florida College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure: Oliver Adunka has disclosed that he is a consultant to Advanced Bionics, MED-EL, Spiral Therapeutics, and AGTC Inc. He has also disclosed that he owns stock in Advanced Cochlear Diagnostics.  Troy Woodard has disclosed that he is a consultant to Acclarent and Intersect ENT. Jeb Justice has disclosed that he is a consultant to Intersect ENT and Medtronic. No one else in a position to control content has any other financial relationships to disclose.

Dinner and Awards Ceremony

  • Date: June 7, 2019
  • Time: 6:30PM – 10:00PM
  • Location:
    Florida Museum of Natural History
    3215 Hull Road
    Gainesville, FL. 32611
6:30 PM Social
7:00 PM Group Photo
7:15 PM Dinner and Awards

For directions and parking information, please contact Casey Willits.