Our Team


Yarbrough, Wendell

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.

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 Neck Program at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, as well as Professor of Otolaryngology and Cancer Biology.

Dr. Yarbrough has a longstanding clinical interest in head and neck cancers and research interests in head and neck cancer translational research as well as identification of tumor suppressors and their mechanism of action. Recently, Dr. Yarbrough's lab has focused on identification of molecular defects in subsets of head & neck and salivary cancers to serve as novel targets for therapy. Dr. Yarbrough's lab has expertise in cell and molecular biology and in modeling of tumors for pre-clinical testing. The ultimate goal of Dr. Yarbrough's lab work is to improve outcomes for patients with head & neck and salivary cancers through innovative and rational development of new therapies.

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Bianchi, Mark S

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.

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 residency in Otolaryngology at Yale-New Haven Hospital. His current research includes the use of ultrasound to measure the upper airway in sleep apnea patients.

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Issaeva, Natalia

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.

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 virus.

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Judson, Benjamin L.

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology); Associate Residency Program Director, Otolaryngology

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...

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 College, obtained a Masters Degree at the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated from Jefferson Medical College. He completed a residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Otolaryngology and a fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology. His research interests parallel his clinical focus and include tailoring minimally invasive approaches to the surgical treatment of head and neck cancers using endoscopic laser and robotic techniques. He also conducts small translational clinical trials to improve our understanding of head and neck cancers.

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Leder, Steven B.

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...

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 Medicine in 1991. Dr. Leder has published extensively in the areas of dysphagia diagnostics and rehabilitation, head and neck cancer, voice restoration with tracheoesophageal prostheses, and patients with tracheotomy and ventilator dependency.

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Manes, R Peter

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.

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 and endoscopic skull base surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is a Board Certified Surgeon whose clinical interests include allergic rhinitis, nasal obstruction, chronic sinusitis, cerebrospinal fluid leaks, nasal and sinus tumors, nasal manifestations of systemic disease and endoscopic management of lacrimal obstruction and Graves’ orbitopathy.

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Mehra, Saral

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...

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 Staff award from New York Hospital.

Subsequently, he pursued advanced Fellowship training in Head and Neck and Thyroid Cancer at Beth Israel Medical Center with a special emphasis on Reconstructive Surgery including the use of free tissue transfer through state-of the art microvascular surgical techniques.

Currently, Dr. Mehra’s clinical practice focuses on treating patients with Head and Neck and Thyroid diseases, particularly cancer, including advanced reconstruction and rehabilitation. While trained in treating advanced and recurrent cancers, he also has special training in minimally invasive techniques such as salivary endoscopy, laser surgery, and robotic surgery.

His primary research interests are in measuring and improving the quality of life in patients being treated for head and neck cancers, as well as leveraging his Business education to perform Health Services research with the goal of improving the quality of care delivered to such patients.

Dr. Mehra has presented original research at many National and International meetings, has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has a number of book chapters and research articles soon to be published.

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Michaelides, Elias

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,...

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 stayed on as faculty there for four years. Dr. Michaelides provides comprehensive care of skull base tumors and other tumors of the ear.

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Santos-Sacchi, Joseph

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.


Sasaki, Clarence Takashi

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...

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 Union Against Cancer with Mr. Dai Davies, London, England, 1986.

Dr. Sasaki is listed in "Who's Who in the East," "Who's Who in America," "Who's Who in Cancer," "Who's Who in Medicine and Health Care," "Who's Who in Science and Engineering" and "Who's Who in the World." He is listed among Woodward&White's "Best Doctors in America", Castle Connolly's "Best Doctors in New York Metro Area" and Castle Connolly's "America's Top Doctors."

Dr. Sasaki has developed Yale's Head and Neck Cancer Program and has a widely-based referral practice for tumors of the sinuses, ear, throat and neck.

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Young, Nwanmegha

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.