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  • Congratulations to our residents who received awards at COSM in National Harbor, MD! Farshad Chowdhury, MD received the AHNS Best Resident Basic Science Paper Award for his work on "Invasive Front or Tumor Core: Cancer Stem Cell Location and Correlations with Cellular Behavior and Patient Outcome." Renee Banakis Hartl, MD, AuD, received the Nicholas Torok Vestibular Award from the American Neurotology Society for her work on "Lateral Semicircular Canal Pressures During Cochlear Implant Electrode insertion: a Possible Mechanism for Postoperative Vestibular Loss."
  • Dr. Renee Bankis Hartl & Dr. Stephen Cass' publication was turned into a podcast. Click here to listen and to read the publication on 'Effectiveness of Transmastoid Plugging for Semicircular Canal Dehiscence Syndrome.'
  • Vijay Ramakrishnan, MD answers the age old question, Is it bad to pick your nose? for Time Health.
  • Dr. Emily Ambrose received a Back to Bedside grant from the ACGME to enhance resident-patient connection, foster joy and create meaning in work. Click here for the press release from the ACGME.
  • Kenny Chan, MD travels with fellow Children's Hospital Colorado physicians on historic trip to Cuba.
  • Vijay Ramakrishnan, MD restores a man's sense of smell after 10 years without it.  
  • Carol Foster, MD has been named as a Champion of Vestibular Medicine.
  • More than 7 million people in the United States can expect to have benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), especially as they age. Unlike Meniere’s Disease, where the cause is often unknown, BPPV is caused by gravity-sensing particles in the ear accidentally entering the spinning-motion sensors of the ear. The symptoms of BPPV can be relieved by maneuvers that relocate the particles. this Maneuver was developed by associate professor Carol Foster, MD​ to combat bouts of vicious dizziness and accompanying nausea.