University Hospitals Ear, Nose & Throat Residents Choose Fellowship Training

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All five match with top national otolaryngology programs

Innovations in Ear, Nose & Throat | Fall 2019

Sarah Mowry, MD Sarah Mowry, MD

The five physicians who recently completed the acclaimed Otolaryngology Residency Program offered through University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine are making history. With one additional member — each incoming class typically has four students — this group marks the first time all of the residents have opted to enter fellowship programs.

“We are so proud of everything this group of physicians has accomplished during their five years with us,” says Sarah Mowry, MD, Residency Program Director and Interim Director of the Division of Otology/Neurotology at UH Cleveland Medical Center, and Associate Professor, School of Medicine. “It is rewarding to watch them take that next step to complete advanced training.”

BROAD EXPERIENCE

The experience that physicians gain through the Otolaryngology Residency Program enables them to match with top fellowship programs around the country. Throughout the five-year program, participants rotate through ear, nose and throat (ENT) disciplines to gain experience diagnosing and treating the full spectrum of otolaryngology disorders. Hands-on training, specialized labs and faculty mentoring help residents hone their skills in patient care, surgical technique and disease management.

“Our residents care for a broad diversity of cases across Cleveland,” says Dr. Mowry. “By offering training at three quality institutions with distinct patient populations, we are able to produce competent otolaryngologists who are prepared to succeed, whether they choose a general otolaryngology practice or an academic setting.” Residents see patients at UH Cleveland Medical Center, including University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, and MetroHealth Medical Center.

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In addition to developing a well-rounded clinical background, residents actively participate in research studies and have the opportunity to attend and present at national conferences, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology annual meeting. As part of their training, PGY1 and PGY2 residents write and submit grant applications, and PGY3s complete a dedicated research block.

Residents are encouraged to pursue their unique interests within the complex field of otolaryngology. The current group of 20 physicians, comprising 11 men and nine women, enrich the academic diversity of the program. “This past year, we matched a great applicant class, with representation from across the country,” says Dr. Mowry. “Our residents bring tremendous talent and energy. It would be difficult for us to do what we do without their contributions to our patients and our program.”

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2019 RESIDENT GRADUATES

W. Colby Brown, MD 

W. Colby Brown, MD, is completing a one-year fellowship in rhinology and anterior skull base surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Originally from Baltimore, Dr. Brown is a graduate of Harvard University and earned his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Mark Gelpi, MD 

Mark Gelpi, MD, is completing a one-year fellowship in rhinology and anterior skull base surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Gelpi is a graduate of Miami University and earned his medical degree at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

John Gerka Sluyt, MD 

John Gerka Stuyt, MD, is completing a one-year fellowship in rhinology and anterior skull base surgery at the University of California, Irvine. Originally from Maracaibo, Venezuela, Dr. Gerka Stuyt is a graduate of the Universidad del Zulia, where he also earned his medical degree.

Katie Hoppe, MD 

Katie Hoppe, MD, is completing the one-year Bryan Hemming Endowed Fellowship in Head and Neck Cancer at the University of California San Francisco. Originally from Brookfield, Wisconsin, Dr. Hoppe is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse and earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Akina Tamaki, MD 

Akina Tamaki, MD, is completing a one-year fellowship in head and neck ablative and reconstructive surgery at The Ohio State University. Originally from Potomac, Maryland, Dr. Tamaki is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and earned her medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

For more information about the Otolaryngology Residency Program, please call 216-868-8943 or email Sarah.Mowry@UHhospitals.org.

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