News & Events May 2015 Ben Crane Awarded Nicholas Torok Vestibular Award by the American Neurotology Society Otolaryngology associate professor, Benjamin Crane, MD, PhD, was awarded the Nicholas Torok Vestibular Award by the American Neurotology Society at the 50th Annual meeting in Boston on April 25th. The title of his presentation was An automated vestibular rehabilitation method for unilateral vestibular hypofunction. The $1500 award is offered by the Society for the best lecture on an innovative observation, experience or technique in the field of Vestibular Basic Science, i.e., physiology, pathology or subjects serving clinical progress. Congratulations Ben! February 2015 Study Participants Sought for Crane Lab The Crane Lab is actively looking for people in the Rochester area to participate in ongoing studies in our laboratory. Subjects are generally paid for participation in addition to getting free parking. Many studies require multiple sessions to complete and for most studies participants need to be at least 18 years of age. In addition to healthy control subjects, we are frequently looking for people with clinical conditions such as loss of peripheral vestibular function and migraine. For more information please visit the Crane Lab's information for prospective subjects. January 2015 Dr. Matthew Miller receives 2014 Excellence Award Each year the University of Rochester Medical Center Board recognizes physicians, nurses, clinicians, and support staff throughout the organization who demon-strate unwavering personal and professional dedication to integrity, compassion, accountability, respect, and excellence. These awards are among the highest honors given at the Medical Center and are the only institution-wide awards whose winners span URMC’s divisions. Dr. Miller’s commitment to excellence motivated him to improve the culture of safety in the operating room. He took the lead to examine the patient’s journey through perioperative services and identify areas to improve that experience. After seeking input of his colleagues, Dr. Miller created tools to facilitate commun-ication among team members, including the Perioperative Checklist and Invasive Plan of Care. Each tool ensures that optimum safety checks are in place and that caregivers have electronic access to the information needed to provide the highest quality of care. Dr. Miller’s work has improved patient safety in perioperative services by making communication a priority and this is only the beginning in his pursuit of making the patient experience ever better. We are very proud of you and we thank you for your efforts! June 2013 During a press conference to kick off an annual fundraiser for the Kelly for Kids Foundation former Buffalo Bills quarterback, Jim Kelly, announced that he has been diagnosed with Squamous-cell carcinoma (cancer) of the upper jaw bone. Area media outlets spoke with otolaryngologist Dr. Paul van der Sloot, specialist in head and neck surgery and microvascular reconstruction, to discuss this ever more prevalent disease and its treatment. February 2013 Reuters included comments by Dr. Li-Xing Man in a recent article: Could Acupuncture help relieve seasonal allergies? Following the results of a German study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. September 2012 The Otolaryngology Department is very pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Orlando, Director of Research and Education in Audiology is being recognized and honored with the Golisano Foundation 2012 Healthcare Leadership Award for his clinical research, contributions to the Special Olympics’ Healthy Athlete program and mentorship of the next generation of audiologists. April 2012 ENT Urgent Care Opens! Now a patient's primary care or referring physician may call URMC Department of Otolar-yngology at (585) 758-5700 for a same-day appointment. The acute care model used by the clinic is designed to increase patient access, as well as avoid unnecessary emergency room visits and trips to urgent care facilities where subspecialty expertise is not available. February 2012 Benjamin Crane, M.D., Ph.D. was awarded the Triological Clinical Scientist Development Award for his research in vestibular disorders. January 2012 The Department of Otolaryn-gology opens new office at Highland Hospital in the Physicians Office Building (POB) at 990 South Avenue, Suite 207. Dr. Sveta Karelsky, is on staff four days a week to provide comprehensive ENT service, and consultative services for inpatients. Click here for map January 2011 Men's Health Magazine included comments by Dr. Matthew C. Miller in a story about the after effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy used to treat oropharyngeal cancer. July 2010 Congratulations to Dr. Timothy Doerr our Residency Program Director! Thanks to his efforts the Otolaryngology Department’s residency program received approval from the Residency Review Committee to increase the number of residents participating in our fellowship based training program over the next five years. July 2010 The Department, in conjunction with The Center for Navigation and Communication Sciences, has been awarded a T32 training grant by the National Institute of Health, NIDCD (National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders) to train residents, medical students, graduate students and post-doctoral trainees in vestibular and hearing-related research. February 2010 Dr. Matthew C. Miller performed the first transoral robotic surgery in western New York. Robotic surgeries of this type were only approved by the FDA in late December 2008, and URMC is one of the few medical centers in the country to offer this type of surgery in the treatment of head and neck cancer.