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Wendell Gray 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

Research Interests

DNA Damage; Head and Neck Neoplasms; NF-kappa B; Tumor Suppressor Proteins; Human Papillomavirus DNA Tests; 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

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)

Clinical Interests

Adult

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

Lecturer in Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Doctor in Clinical Audiology

Clinical Interests

Hearing Aids; Otolaryngology

Heather Haversat, Au.D. recently finished her yearlong residency at the Yale Hearing and Balance Center and has now joined the team as a Clinical Audiologist. She completed both her B.A. and Au.D. at the University of Connecticut. Heather's principle interests are pediatrics diagnostics, (re)habilitation, and cochlear implants. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competancy from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.

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Jennifer Hopper, AuD

Lecturer in Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Manager, Yale Hearing and Balance Center

Staff Affiliate Surgical Otolaryngology

Clinical Interests

Hearing Disorders

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

Research Interests

DNA Repair; DNA Replication; Head and Neck Neoplasms; Oncogenes; Otolaryngology; Genes, Tumor Suppressor; Tumor Suppressor Protein p53; Human papillomavirus 11

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

Research Interests

Neoplasms; Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases

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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Alexandra Eva Kejner, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery - Otolaryngology

Research Interests

Head and Neck Neoplasms; Health Literacy; Optical Imaging; Robotic Surgical Procedures

Clinical Interests

Cysts; Fractures, Closed; Fractures, Open; Head and Neck Neoplasms; Hypopharynx; Laryngeal Diseases; Larynx; Leukoplakia; Nasopharynx; Neck; Oral Manifestations; Oropharynx; Otorhinolaryngologic Neoplasms; Paraganglioma; Paranasal Sinus Neoplasms; Pharyngeal Diseases; Pharynx; Salivary Gland Neoplasms; Scalp; Fractures, Comminuted; Parotid Region; Free Tissue Flaps; Robotic Surgical Procedures

Alexandra Kejner is an otorhinolaryngologist (Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor)/head and neck surgeon who is dedicated to the treatment of head and neck patients including those with malignant (cancerous) and benign tumors of the head and neck including skin, sinus, oral cavity, oropharynx, voice box, neck, and salivary glands as well as the reconstruction of those areas after surgery.

She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and Spanish Literature at Wake Forest University, graduating with...

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Roxanne Kohilakis, AuD

Lecturer in Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Doctor in Clinical Audiology

Clinical Interests

Hearing Aids; Hearing Loss, Noise-Induced; Otolaryngology

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

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Research Interests

Inflammation; Nose Neoplasms; Otolaryngology; Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases; Paranasal Sinus Neoplasms; Sinusitis; Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures

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)

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

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

Clinical Interests

Hearing Disorders

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

Lecturer in Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Clinical Interests

Hearing Disorders

Carol Powell, MS, CCC/A is an Audiologist in support of the Head and Neck Rehabilitation Program. She received her BA from the University of Connecticut and MS from Gallaudet University. Hearing rehabilitation remains her highest priority for both adults and children.

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Joseph Santos-Sacchi, PhD

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

Research Interests

Hair Cells, Auditory; Ear, Inner; Neurosciences; Otolaryngology; Physiology

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)

Clinical Interests

Medical Oncology; Speech Disorders

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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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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