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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

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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Mark S Bianchi, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)

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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Heather Hawley Haversat, AuD, FAAA

Lecturer in Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Doctor in Clinical Audiology

Heather H Haversat has been a pediatric audiologist at Yale Hearing and Balance Center since 2014. She completed both her B.A. and Au.D. at the University of Connecticut and completed her yearlong externship at Yale. Heather's principle interests are diagnostic evaluations, hearing aids, and cochlear implants with experience in working with special populations. She is part of the interdisciplinary Yale Comprehensive Down Syndrome Clinic and provides audiologic support to the Yale Pediatric...

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Jennifer Hopper, AuD

Lecturer in Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Manager, Yale Hearing and Balance Center

Staff Affiliate Surgical Otolaryngology

Jennifer Hopper, AuD completed her BA from The University of Iowa, MS from Southern Connecticut State University and her doctorate of audiology from Salus University’s Osborne College of Audiology. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the Connecticut Academy of Audiology. She sees patients of all ages for comprehensive hearing services and has a particular interest in patients with vestibular problems.

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Natalia Issaeva, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Assistant Professor, Division of Otolaryngology, Surgery Department

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 L. Judson, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Associate Residency Program Director, Otolaryngology

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

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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Roxanne Kohilakis, AuD

Lecturer in Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Doctor in Clinical Audiology

Roxanne Kohilakis, Au.D., received her B.S. from State University of New York at Geneseo and her Au.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. She also completed her yearlong residency at the Yale Hearing and Balance Center. Roxanne is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and is certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Her primary interests are adult amplification, cochlear implants, and diagnostics.

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R Peter Manes, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)

R. Peter Manes, MD is an Associate 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, FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)

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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Elias Michaelides, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology) and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Director, Yale Hearing & Balance Program

Otolaryngology Program Director

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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Carol Powell, MSc, CCC (A)

Lecturer in Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Carol A Powell, MS, CCC/A is an Audiologist in the Hearing and Balance Center. She received her BS from the University of Connecticut and MS from Gallaudet University. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. She sees patients of all ages for diagnostic hearing services.

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Joseph Santos-Sacchi, PhD

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

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 Takashi Sasaki, MD, FACS

Charles W. Ohse Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)

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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Erik Waldman, MD

Chief, Pediatric Otolaryngology

Dr. Waldman attended UCLA for medical school and then completed his residency in Otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He took a gap year as a medical volunteer and performed surgeries on patients with very limited access to health care in Nepal, Vietnam and Cambodia. He then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital Boston. For 8 years he was the Clinical Director of Cochlear Implants as well as the student clerkship director for the Department of...

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Nwanmegha Young, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)

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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