Biographies

Dr, Strome new picScott E. Strome, MD 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.



    Photo of Doctor John Biedlingmaier, M.D. John Biedlingmaier, MD 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.




    Photo of Doctor David Eisenman, M.D. David Eisenman, MD 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.


     


    Jewel Greywoode, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

    Dr. Greywoode specializes solely in plastic surgery of the face, head, and neck for both children and adults. As a facial plastic surgeon, his practice encompasses the entire spectrum of aesthetic and reconstructive including rhinoplasty, face and neck lift surgery, eyelid surgery, skin resurfacing, fat transfers, otoplasty (ear reshaping), reconstruction of cancer patients and extensive post-traumatic deformities. He is also an expert in non-surgical techniques including cosmetic Botox and facial augmentation with injectable fillers.

    Dr. Greywoode received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida where he graduated with Honors. He received his MD degree from the University Of Florida College Of Medicine and completed his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He then completed his fellowship training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with Dr. Peter Hilger, at the University of Minnesota.



    Elizabeth Guardiani, MD Dr. Elizabeth Guardianiis an assistant 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.



    Nidhi Gupta, MD is an assistant professor in the department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.  She is a board certified otolaryngologist with special interest in thyroid and parathyroid diseases, head and neck cancer, pediatric otolaryngology and sinus disease.  In her practice, Dr. Gupta places emphasis on education and patient-centered, multidisciplinary care.

    Dr. Gupta recently practiced as faculty at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in Bronx, NY.  Prior to that, she completed a head and neck surgical oncology and microvascular reconstruction fellowship at the University of Cincinnati and did her otolaryngology residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  She earned her medical degree and a degree in psychology from The George Washington University where she was invited to join the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.  She is fluent in Spanish and Hindi.



    Dr. Kyle Hatten is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Hatten was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hatten then went on to complete fellowship training in head and neck oncology, microvascular reconstruction, and robotic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Dr. Hatten’s practice focuses on the care of pediatric and adult patients with malignant and benign tumors of the head and neck including cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, and larynx, tumors of the paranasal sinuses, tumors of the salivary glands, and cutaneous malignancies including melanoma of the head and neck.  Dr. Hatten is trained to perform open and endoscopic approaches for treatment of tumors of the skull base as well as complex reconstruction of head and neck defects using microvascular free flap techniques.



    Photo of Doctor Ronna P. Hertzano, M.D.Dr. Rona Hertzano 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, MD, MS (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, MD 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.




    Kalpesh T. Vakharia, MD, MS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

    Dr. Vakharia specializes in plastic surgery of the face, head and neck for children and adults.  He performs aesthetic facial surgeries, including rhinoplasties, and also performs head and neck reconstructions after trauma.

    Dr. Vakharia received his MD from the University of California, San Francisco Medical School. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and his fellowship in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Foundation.





    Photo of Doctor Jeffrey S. Wolf, M.D.Jeffrey S. Wolf, MD 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.

     



    Photo of Charles Schroder

    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.




    Photo of Mellisa Tibbs

    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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