Meet The Faculty

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Wendell Yarbrough, MD, MMHC, FACS

Section Chief

Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology) and of Pathology

Section Chief, Otolaryngology

Co-Director Molecular Virology Research Program

Director, Head & Neck Cancer Program, Smilow Cancer Hospital

Biography

Wendell Yarbrough, MD, MMHC is the Section Chief of Otolaryngology Department of Surgery, Director of the Head & Neck Disease Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Co-Director of the Molecular Virology Program in the Yale Cancer Center.


Dr. Yarbrough was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he also attended medical school and completed residency and fellowship. He joins Yale from Vanderbilt University where he was the Co-Leader of the Thoracic and Head and...

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Research Interests

Diseases

Clinical Interests

Biopsy; Clinical Trials as Topic; Head and Neck Neoplasms; Laryngeal Neoplasms; Lymphoma; Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin; Medical Oncology; Mouth Neoplasms; Neoplasms; Neoplasms, Unknown Primary; Otolaryngology; Sarcoma; Skin Neoplasms; General Surgery; Thyroid Neoplasms; Tracheal Neoplasms; Antineoplastic Protocols; Early Detection of Cancer; Vocal Cord Dysfunction

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Melynda Barnes, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Biography

Dr. Melynda Barnes is a fellowship-trained Facial Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon with board certification in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Barnes’ practice focuses on aesthetic/cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery of the face, head, and neck including surgical correction of nasal airway obstruction secondary to caudal septal deviation and internal nasal valve collapse. She also offers a variety of non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures including neuromodulators and...

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Clinical Interests

Cosmetic Techniques; Dermabrasion; Nasal Septum; Nose Deformities, Acquired; Otolaryngology; Reoperation; Rhinoplasty; Otologic Surgical Procedures; Surgery, Plastic; Rhytidoplasty; Reconstructive Surgical Procedures; Blepharoplasty; Laser Therapy; Nasal Surgical Procedures

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Mark Bianchi, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Biography

Mark S. Bianchi, MD, is Board Certified in Otolaryngology Surgery and Sleep Medicine. He is passionate about helping patients who have sleep disturbances and health issues due to sinus blockages and pituitary tumors. He offers his patients advanced, minimally invasive surgical treatment and management of their conditions, specializing in sleep disorders, rhinology, general otolaryngology, sinus surgery, and sleep apnea.

Dr. Bianchi earned his medical degree from Yale University and completed his...

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Clinical Interests

Adult

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Natalia Issaeva, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Assistant Professor, Division of Otolaryngology, Surgery Department

Biography

Natalia Issaeva, PhD, received her PhD in cell and tumor biology from the Karolinksa Institute in Stocholm, Sweden and her MSc in biology from the Novosibirsk State University in Novosibirsk, Russia. She also had postdoctoral training at Stockholm University in Sweden and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Dr. Issaeva's research interests include oncogenes and tumor suppressors, DNA replication and repair, p53 regulation and signaling, head and neck cancer, and Human pailloma...

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Benjamin Judson, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Associate Residency Program Director, Otolaryngology

Medical Director, Ambulatory Clinics, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven

Biography

Dr. Judson specializes in the surgical treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck. He is passionate about achieving the best possible results for his patients, tailoring minimally invasive surgical approaches to each patient and their condition, reducing possible aesthetic and functional side effects. His clinical interests include oral cavity, pharynx, and larynx tumors, salivary tumors, thyroid malignancies, skin cancers, and sinonasal tumors. He attended Middlebury...

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Research Interests

Neoplasms; Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases

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Steven Leder, PhD, CCC (SLP)

Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Biography

Steven B. Leder, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor, Dept. of Surgery, Section of Otolaryngology, received his doctorate in speech-language pathology from the University of Conntecticut in 1983. Dr. Leder was the research speech-language pathologist on the first single-channel cochlear implant project in the nation at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, West Haven, CT from 1983-1986. He then worked at Yale-New Haven Hospital before accepting an academic appointment at Yale University School of...

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Research Interests

Circulatory and Respiratory Physiological Phenomena; Population Characteristics; Digestive System and Oral Physiological Phenomena; Diseases; Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment

Clinical Interests

Hearing Disorders; Language Disorders; Speech Disorders

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R Peter Manes, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Biography

R. Peter Manes, MD is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine. He is committed to improving the lives of patients with benign and malignant nasal and sinus tumors. He offers heartfelt care and the latest, minimally invasive techniques.

He attended Georgetown University and received his medical degree from Albany Medical College. After completing a residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Georgetown University Hospital, he completed a fellowship in rhinology...

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Saral Mehra, MD, MBA

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Biography

Dr. Saral Mehra earned his Medical Degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, and a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia Business School. He then completed a residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital / Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. During residency Dr. Mehra was awarded the Department’s research award twice, the Department’s teaching award at his graduation, and the Distinguished House...

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Research Interests

Head and Neck Neoplasms; Health Services Research; Microsurgery; Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures; Reconstructive Surgical Procedures

Clinical Interests

Medical Oncology; Otolaryngology; Reoperation; Skin Neoplasms; General Surgery; Surgery, Plastic; Craniofacial Abnormalities

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Elias Michaelides, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology) and of Pediatrics

Director, Yale Hearing & Balance Program

Otolaryngology Program Director

Biography

Elias Michaelides, MD, is a neurotologist and skull base surgeon who provides compassionate support and advanced surgical care for patients with lateral skull base tumors and tumors of the ears and temporal bone. He received a BA for Cornell University and his MD from SUNY-Stony Brook. He completed a residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the Medical College of Virginia. After completing a Fellowship in Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery at the Michigan Ear Institute, he...

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Clinical Interests

Hearing Disorders

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Joseph Santos-Sacchi, PhD

Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology), of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Neurobiology

Biography

Dr. Joseph Santos-Sacchi, Professor, works on understanding how outer hair cells (OHC) help us hear so well. His lab focuses on electrophysiological assessment of hair cell function and molecular manipulations of the proteins that are important for hearing.

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Clarence Sasaki, MD, FACS

Charles W. Ohse Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Biography

Clarence T. Sasaki, MD, is a tenured Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, Section of Otolaryngology. He received his BA from Pomona College in 1962 and his MD from Yale in 1966. He completed his residency at the Yale-New Haven Medical Center in 1973 and has completed three clinical fellowships: 1) International Union Against Cancer with Professor Ettore Bocca, Milan, Italy, 1978. 2) International Union Against Cancer with Professor Ugo Fisch, Zurich, Switzerland, 1982. 3) International...

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Clinical Interests

Medical Oncology; Speech Disorders

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Nwanmegha Young, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Biography

Nwanmegha Young, MD, has clinical expertise in the medical and surgical treatment of voice disorders, including care of the performing voice. Dr. Young is an expert in the diagnosis of neurologic disorders of the larynx and treatment with botulinum. He serves as the Program Site Director at the West Haven VA.

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Additional Core Faculty

David Astrachan, MD, Assistant Clinical Instructor, Program Site Director at the Hospital of St. Raphael
Eric Baum, MD, Clinical Instructor, Yale Pediatric Otolaryngology
Agnes Czibulka, MD, Clinical Instructor
Mark D'Agostino, MD, Clinical Instructor
Paul Fortgang, MD, Clinical Instructor
Stanley Friedman, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Program Site Director at the Hill Health Center
Neil Gordan, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Program Site Director for The Retreat at Split Rock
Julian Henley, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor
Ronald Hirokawa, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor
Gary Horblitt, DDS, Assistant Clinical Professor
Jeffery Kerner, MD, Clinical Instructor, Hill Health Center
Jason Klenoff, MD, Clinical Instructor
John Kveton, MD, Clinical Professor
Keat-Jin Lee, MD, Associate Clinical Professor
Thomas Lesnik, MD, Clinical Instructor
Steven Levine, MD, Assistant Clinical Instructor
Roger A. Lowlicht, MS, DDS, Associate Clinical Professor, Max-Facial Trauma
Hugh Riley, MD, Clinical Professor
John Schmidt, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor
Thomas Takoudes, MD, Clinical Instructor
Eugenia Vining, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Hospital of St. Raphael
Michael Waltzman, MD, Clinical Instructor
J. Michael Willett, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor
Eiji Yanagisawa, MD, Clincial Professor, Hospital of St. Raphael
Ken Yanagisawa, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Chief of Otolaryngology at the Hospital of St. Raphael