Scott E. Strome, M.D. is professor and Chair of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (Oto-HNS). Dr. Strome leads the Department of Oto-HNS with an emphasis on the core themes of clinical practice, research and education.
Dr. Strome received his BA from Dartmouth College in 1987 and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1991. He subsequently completed a combined 6-year internship/residency program at the University of Michigan Medical Center in 1997 and a head and neck surgery/microvascular reconstructive fellowship with Dr. Richard Hayden in 1998. He accepted a faculty position in the Department of Oto-HNS at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in 1998, where he practiced until being recruited to head the Department of Oto-HNS at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Dr. Strome runs a large translational research program, has a long history of federal funding, and has published extensively in leading scientific journals. From a clinical perspective, he is interested in all aspects of head and neck cancer patient care with a particular emphasis on salivary gland disease, laryngeal disease, thyroid disease and head and neck reconstruction.
Bryan T. Ambro, M.D., M.S., is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and director of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. In addition to managing a facial cosmetic surgery practice, he serves as a facial reconstructive surgeon at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center and as a facial specialist at the Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center. His specific interests include rhinoplasty (cosmetic and functional), aging face surgery (browlift, eyelift and facelift), skin cancer reconstruction, otoplasty and ear (microtia) reconstruction. This special interest in reconstructing external ear deformities has led Dr. Ambro to participate in annual medical missions to Cambodia to surgically repair or create ears for children and adults with congenital or traumatic ear deformities.
Dr. Ambro completed his undergraduate education at Georgetown University. He received a master's degree from Cambridge University (England), performing research in the Division of Virology on potential human papilloma virus vaccines. He graduated magna cum laude from the Jefferson Medical College, where he was also inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and received, among other awards, the S. MaCuen Smith Memorial Prize in Otology.
Dr. Ambro subsequently stayed at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and completed an internship in general surgery and a four-year residency in otolaryngology ”“ head & neck surgery. After working for a year as a clinical instructor of otolaryngology at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, he went to the University of Washington Medical Center for fellowship training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, where he trained under two internationally renowned facial plastic surgeons -- Drs. Craig Murakami and Wayne Larrabee, Jr. Throughout his training and practice, Dr. Ambro has performed thousands of surgical procedures on the face, head and neck.
Dr. Ambro sees patients at the Maryland Facial Plastic Surgery office and the University Clinic.
John Biedlingmaier, M.D., has been a member of the University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty since 1980. He is currently spearheading the Medical Center's general Oto-HNS medical practice.
Dr. Biedlingmaier recieved his medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he also completed a residency in otolaryngology.
Dr. Biedlingmaier was most recently based at University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, where he was the Chief of the Department of Otolaryngology. He has also worked as an otolaryngology consultant for Kernan Hospital and University Specialty Hospital.
In addition, Dr. Biedlingmaier is a former president of the Maryland Otolaryngology Society and a former department chairman for University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus. He practices general otolaryngology with an emphasis on ear disorders, nasal and sinus diseases and swallowing function.
David Eisenman, M.D., joined the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery in 2005 and is the Director of Otology and Neurotology. Prior to coming to UMMC, he spent two years as the Chief of Otology & Neurotology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, and three years in private practice in Washington, DC. At Walter Reed he was instrumental in creation of a cochlear implant program, and a multidisciplinary, integrated balance disorder center. He has delivered numerous invited lectures on topics in the field of hearing, balance and facial nerve disorders to students, residents and health care practitioners.
Dr. Eisenman graduated magna cum laude from Columbia College in New York in 1987, and was selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He received his MD from the Yale University School of Medicine in 1992. While at Yale, he was awarded the Logan-Clendening Traveling Fellowship for research in the History of Medicine. He also spent an additional year at Yale working in the Laboratory of Developmental Respiratory Neurophysiology. Dr. Eisenman then completed 2 years of General Surgery training at the New York Hospital Cornell University Medical Center, and four years in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. From there he went to the University of Michigan for fellowship training in Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery, where he also performed and published his research in recovery from inner ear and vestibular injuries, and in cochlear implantation.
Dr. Eisenman specializes in diseases of the ear and lateral skull base. These include evaluation and treatment -- both medical and surgical -- of hearing loss, balance and vestibular disorders, facial nerve paralysis, chronic ear infections, and skull base tumors. Some specific disorders included in these are acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma), otosclerosis, eardrum perforation, cholesteatoma, ear and temporal bone trauma, Bell's palsy and facial nerve tumors, Meniere's disease and other forms of endolymphatic hydrops, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and migraine-associated vertigo.
Dr. Elizabeth Guardiani, M.D. is an assistan professor in the department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. She is a board certified otolaryngologist and specializes in voice, swallowing and airway disorders. Dr. Guardiani treats patients with a wide variety of problems including vocal cord paralysis, vocal cord nodules/polyps/cysts, subglottic stenosis, cricopharyngeal spasm, laryngopharyngeal reflux, cough, presbynphonia, recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, as well as neurologic disorders of the larynx including spasmodic dysphona, tremor and Parkinson's disease. Dr. Guardiani is able to perform a wide variety of procedures in the office including vocal cord injection, augmentation, botox injection, stroboscopy, transnasal esophagoscopy, FEES and trasnasal laryngeal biopsies and laser treatments.
Dr. Guardiani completed a laryngology fellowship at the New Center for Voice and Swallowing disorders at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York, NY with Dr. Andrew Blitzer. She did her otolaryngology residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC and earned her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She attended Penn State University for her undergraduate studies and received a dual degree in Life Science and International Studies. Dr. Guardiani is also fluent in Spanish.
Ronna P. Hertzano, M.D., Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Hertzano's clinical practice is focused on diseases of the ear and lateral skull base, with a particular interest in hearing restoration and genetic hearing loss. As part of her clinical practice, she is developing a comprehensive interdisciplinary genetic hearing loss service at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on genetic hearing and balance impairment, and molecular cascades essential for inner ear development.
Dr. Hertzano received her medical and Ph.D. degrees from Tel Aviv University, where she studied the molecular basis of hearing impairment and was the recipient of a Foulkes Foundation Fellowship physician-scientist award. She completed her internship and residency in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. During residency training she established a collaborative research group that focuses on the molecular basis of hearing loss, and she obtained funding for her research from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery CORE grants and the Deafness Research Foundation. In 2011 she received the prestigious Triologic Society Career Development Grant.
Kevin Pereira, M.D., M.S. (ORL), joined the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 2007 and is Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology. Prior to coming to UMMC, Dr. Pereira was the Chief of Pediatic Otolaryngology and Interim Chief of Otolaryngology at the Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. He was also professor of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics and Vice Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.
Dr. Pereira received his medical degree at St. John's Medical College in Bangalore, India. He completed Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery residencies in India and at the Royal College of Surgeons in England, and a Pediatric Otolaryngology fellowship at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center in Memphis.
Dr. Pereira specializes in sleep apnea in toddlers and infants, airway problems, sinusitis, and neck masses in newborns and children.
Rodney Taylor, M.D. Dr. Taylor, who joined the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2001, is an associate professor of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the director of General Otorhinolaryngology. He completed his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, respectively.
Prior to arriving at UMMS, he completed his residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Oncology at University of Michigan in 2001. He also completed a MS degree in clinical research design and statistical analysis at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Taylor is board certified and has a wide range of clinical interests and expertise, including head and neck cancer, endoscopic sinus surgery, and anterior skull base surgery.
In addition, he has other general otolaryngology clinical interests, which include pediatric, endocrine, and sleep apnea surgery. Dr. Taylor has served both as treasurer (2003) and president (2004) of the Maryland Otolaryngology Society. He is also an active member of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy.
Jeffrey S. Wolf, M.D. joined the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2001. He is an associate professor of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and is the medical director of Otorhinolaryngology. He is also affiliated with the UM Greenebaum Cancer Center. Dr. Wolf graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed his residency in otolaryngology at the University of Maryland.
Clinical interests include general otolaryngology, head and neck oncologic surgery, allergic and sinus disease and obstructive sleep apnea. He is board-certified in otolaryngology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Wolf is the recipient of 2004 American Head and Neck Society Young Investigator award and is a 2003-2004 Clinical Scholar of the American Academy of Otolaryngology ? Head and Neck Surgery. He is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, the Society of University Otolaryngologists, and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy.
Charles Schroder is the administrator of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and has held this position since August 2000. He previously was a financial specialist in the Office of the Dean for the School of Medicine for two and a half years after spending seven and a half years as an internal auditor at The George Washington University.
He received his MBA from The George Washington University in 1993 and graduated summa cum laude from the Salisbury State University Perdue School of Business with a BS in accounting.
* Refers to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine.
Mellisa Lantaya is the assistant administrator for Otorhinolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery and has held this position since September 2005. Mellisa brings over 10 years of extensive knowledge in operations and practice planning and development. She previously held the position of Director of Patient Services for an organization in Washington D.C. and the Northern Virginia area.
Mellisa is an active member in the Association of Otolaryngology Administrators and National Council of University Research Administration.
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