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John Mayer thanks Dr. Berke at Hollywood Bowl Performance

October 6, 2013
In a recent sold-out show at the Hollywood Bowl, singer-guitarist John Mayer dedicated a song to Dr. Gerald Berke, chair of Head and Neck Surgery at UCLA. He thanked Dr. Berke for getting him "singing on the stage again."

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September 19, 2013
The Agoura Hills Acorn reported Thursday on a woman who underwent a specialized, minimally invasive surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center to treat her extreme vertigo, which resulted from an inner-ear disorder known as Meniere's disease. Her surgeons, Dr. John Frazee, UCLA professor of neurosurgery, and Dr. Akira Ishiyama, UCLA professor of head and neck surgery, were quoted.

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August 29, 2013
A five-year study led by Dr. Marilene Wang, a professor-in-residence in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery, has found that head and neck cancer patients receiving radiation as part of their treatment were less likely to suffer unwanted side effects such as worsening of diet, need for a feeding tube, or narrowing of the throat passage if they complied with a set of prescribed swallowing exercises called a swallow preservation protocol (SPP) during therapy.

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Kindergartner undergoes very rare robotic surgery at UCLA

December 21, 2012
Under the care of Head and Neck Surgeons Nina Shapiro, MD and Abie Mendelsohn, MD, 5-year old patient, Leonidas Hill recently made history at UCLA when he became the first pediatric patient in the western U.S. to undergo transoral robotic surgery to repair his laryngeal cleft.

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UCLA launches first face transplantation program in western U.S.

May 24, 2012
Demand for state-of-the-art face transplant procedures is rising, surgeons say, resulting in part from prolonged U.S. military action overseas. The UCLA program will integrate specialists from throughout the UCLA Health System, including the areas of head and neck surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, oral surgery, psychiatry, pathology, anesthesia, internal medicine, radiology, neurology, ethics, and rehabilitation services. Head and Neck Surgeons include Dr. Keith Blackwell, professor of head and neck surgery and Dr. Vishad Nabili, assistant professor of head and neck surgery.

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Dr. Quinton Gopen Treats Woman's Mysterious Malady

March 9, 2012
Dr. Quinton Gopen, assistant professor of head and neck surgery, was featured in a KNBC-Channel 4 news report of a patient whom Dr. Gopen discovered had a tiny hole in one of her ear canals, which allowed sounds from inside and outside her body to reverberate inside her brain. After he plugged the hole during surgery, the woman’s symptoms vanished and her hearing returned.

Special Event with Dr. Nina Shapiro

March 8, 2012
Dr. Nina Shapiro, M.D.,
author of Take a Deep Breath, provided information for parents and caregivers about children's breathing issues and the latest research in pediatric breathing issues and airway safety. She also discussed her current research with RAND Corporation that studies and identifies food that lead to high choking incidents in children. Using these findings, she plans to recruit a national panel of pediatric experts, including otolaryngologists, pulmonologists, anesthesiologists, emergency-room physicians, and intensivists (intensive-care-unit specialists) to create guidelines for food products and submit them to the Food and Drug Administration to create a standard for food labeling similar the current framework in place for toys.

Celine Dion Prescribed Voice-Rest Until the End of April

February 28, 2012
The Feb. 28 Hollywood Reporter ran an article after singer Celine Dion was experiencing weakness in her vocal cord. Dr. Gerald Berke prescribed 6-8 weeks of voice rest for Celine to recover from her condition. VarietyLas Vegas Sun and others also covered Celine's visit to the UCLA Department of Head and Neck Surgery.  

UCLA Clinical Update: Transoral robotic surgery

February 8, 2012
Dr. Abie Mendelsohn, 
assistant professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery, discusses performing Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) for patients with both benign and cancerous lesions of the throat, including the oropharynx, larynx and hypopharynx. For those patients who require it, TORS resection can significantly decrease the overall dose of radiation for head and neck cancer patients, limiting the adverse effects of radiation therapy.

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Study finds race, ethnicity impact access to care for children with frequent ear infections

October 25, 2010
A study published in the journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, co-authored by Dr. Nina Shapiro, associate professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at UCLA, found that racial and ethnic disparities among children with frequent ear infections can significantly influence access to health care resources.

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UCLA Clinical Update: Expanded Endoscopic Endonasal Approach for treating skull-base tumors

October 25, 2010

A team of UCLA surgeons, including Dr. Marilene Wang and Dr. Jeffrey Suh, are now routinely performing endonasal tumor resections using the expanded endoscopic endonasal approach (EEEA), a revolutionary technique with the benefit of greatly improved visualization and freedom of movement that allows precise, bi-manual microsurgery. With superior illumination and remarkable magnification combined with a much wider field of view, UCLA surgeons are able to confidently and precisely remove tumors near the midline of the skull base.

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