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Charles Babb, M.D.

Charles Babb, MDHometown: Kingsport, TN

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

Undergraduate School: Eastman School of Music

Interests in Otolaryngology: Otology/
Neurotology, Laryngology, Professional Voice, Performance Medicine

Hobbies: Hiking, Photography, Running the Dog, Taking Trips to Canada, Jazz Clubs, and Going to Concerts. I Played Trumpet Seriously for Years Before Going into Medicine.

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Zemeta Ethiopian Restaurant, Voula’s, Ugly Duck Coffee, Fuego Coffee, Eastman School of Music, Little Theatre, Dryden Theatre, Mount Hope Cemetery, Durand Park, Taughannock Falls, the Adirondacks, Ithaca, Toronto


Nicolas Casellas, M.D.

Nicolas Casellas, MD

Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Medical School: Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine

Undergraduate School: Saint Joseph’s University

Interests in Otolaryngology: Laryngeal and Esophageal Disorders, Transoral Laser Microsurgery, Sleep Surgery

Hobbies: Big Fan of Spanish Wine (Which You Can Actually Find in Rochester!) Running, Skiing, and Playing Golf

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Visiting Finger Lakes Wineries, Going to the Dog Park at Tower 280's Rooftop, Boating on the Finger Lakes, Enjoying Dinner at Good Luck and Roux Restaurants

Bartholomew Bacak, M.D., Ph.D.

Bartholomew Bacak, MDHometown: Bethlehem, PA

Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine

Undergraduate School: University of Pittsburgh

Interests in Otolaryngology: General Otolaryngology, Sleep Surgery, Laryngology

Hobbies: Tennis, Squash, Traveling, and Hiking. I Caught My First Fish Early In My PGY-3 Year!

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Visiting Tower 280’s Rooftop Dog Park, Hanging in the Upper Falls Neighborhood, Going to Unter Biergarten





Sheela Saidha, M.D.

Sheela Saidha, MD

Hometown: Burke, VA

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School

Undergraduate School: University of Virginia

Interests in Otolaryngology: Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, Global health and humanitarian efforts, working in underserved areas and in countries with limited resources, mentorship to minority female medical students pursuing careers in ENT

Hobbies: Dancer, Creating Artwork, Gardening, Learning to Cook Different Cuisines, Spirituality and Meditation, Running, Biking

Favorite Activities to Do In Rochester: Sitting Out On My Porch and Reading a Good Book, Fall and Spring Hiking in Rochester, Exploring Various Parks and Outdoor Spots in the Area (So Many!) including Cobb's Hill Park, Highland Park, Sunken Garden at Warner Castle, Turning Point Park, Love Swimming in Local Waterfalls and Lakes



Kathryn Bradburn, M.D.

Kathryn Bradburn, M.D.Hometown: Williamston, SC

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

Undergraduate School: Wake Forest University

Interests in Otolaryngology: Pediatric Otolaryngology, Global Health, Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Hobbies: Playing Ultimate Frisbee, Going On Long Road Trips on the Back Roads, Gardening, Birding, and Long Distance Running

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Going to Summer Festivals (Jazzfest!), Exploring New Camping/Hiking Spots in the Adirondacks and Finger Lakes, Going on Day Trips to the Finger Lakes Wine Trails, and Trying New Breweries


Justin Cole, M.D.

Hometown: Cleveland, OHJustin Cole, MD

Medical School: New York Medical College

Undergraduate School: Ohio University

Interests in Otolaryngology: Comprehensive Otolaryngology, Thyroid Surgery

Hobbies: Philosophy, Foreign Languages/Linguistics, Golf, Home workouts, Traveling, Reading, Skiing, Hiking, Camping, Astronomy 

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Golfing, Java Cafe, Highland Park, Finger Lakes


Michael Castle, M.D.

Dr. CastleHometown: Albuquerque, NM

Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Undergraduate School: Utah State University

Interests in Otolaryngology: Otology/Neurotology and facial reanimation, head and neck and reconstructive surgery, pediatric otolaryngology

Hobbies: Hockey, Cooking, Grilling, Weight lifting, Snowboarding, Golf, Outdoor activities and Water Sports

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Walking the Erie Canal with my wife, kid and dogs; Mendon Ponds, Ellison Park, Nosh, Lake Ontario, Finger Lakes and Watkins Glen


Catherine Loftus, M.D.

Dr. LoftusHometown: Westwood, MA

Medical School: New York Medical College

Undergraduate School: Boston College

Interests in Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, Otology, Laryngology

Hobbies: Softball, Volleyball, Hiking, Camping

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Going to the Rochester Public Market, Visiting the Seneca Park Zoo

Allison (Tian Yue) Song, M.D.

Dr. SongHometown: Queens, NY​

Medical School: New York Medical College

Undergraduate School: Boston University

Interests in Otolaryngology: Compre-
hensive Otolaryngology, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Hobbies: Cats, Rock Climbing, Crocheting, Bread Making, and Eating!

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Visiting the Rochester Public Market, Fishing by Lake Ontario and Irondequoit Bay, Going to K2 Brother's Brewery for Milkshake IPAs


Andrew Kelly, M.D.

Andrew Kelly, M.D.Hometown: South Orange, New Jersey

Medical School: University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Undergraduate School: New York University

Interests in Otolaryngology: Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, Laryngology, Otology

Hobbies: Playing piano, fencing, seeing live music

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Getting acquainted with the food scene, meeting new people, Lilac Festival

Nicholas Zaccor, M.D., Ph.D.

Nicholas Zaccor, M.D., Ph.D.Hometown: Army Brat

Medical School: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Undergraduate School: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Interests in Otolaryngology: Head & Neck, Facial Plastics, Neurotology, Facial Nerve Regen/Reanimation/Neuroprosthetics

Hobbies: Finance and Investing, Travel, News Junkie, Guitar, Hiking, Snowboarding, Brewery and Vineyard Visits

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Biking along the Erie Canal and downtown river, K2 Brewery



Sai Nimmagadda, M.D. 

Sai Nimmagadda, MD

Hometown: Novi, Michigan

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

Undergraduate School: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Interests in Otolaryngology: Rhinology, Head and Neck Surgery, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Laryngology

Hobbies: Hiking, Basketball, trying new restaurants, attending Red Wings/Bills games and all things related to Michigan/Detroit sports

Why Rochester: The familiarity with the department and continuing to work with great mentors across so many different sub-specialties was greatly appealing to me, as well as the continued growth of the program. Rochester feels like a second home to me after four years of medical school here!

Lee Porterfield, M.D.

Lee Porterfield, MDHometown: Allegany, New York

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

Undergraduate School: Chatham University

Interests in Otolaryngology: General, Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Hobbies: Ice Hockey, Art, Food

Why Rochester: The great surgical experience and the wonderful people!


John Wilson, M.D., M.S.

John Wilson, M.D., M.S.Hometown: Rochester, NY

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

Undergraduate School: University of Rochester

Interests in Otolaryngology: Otology/
Neurotology, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Facial Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery

Hobbies: Piano, Biking, Gardening, Spending time with my wife

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Café Sasso, Finger Lakes Breweries & Wineries, Pittsford Dairy Ice Cream, Letchworth State Park, Hattie’s












Ryan Patrick, M.D.

Ryan Patrick, MDHometown: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Medical School: University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine

Undergraduate School: Harvard College


Interests in Otolaryngology: Otology, Comprehensive Otolaryngology

Hobbies: Golf, Wildlife Photography, Biking

Why Rochester: My wife and I both felt Rochester's residency programs offered everything we were looking for in a training program, and more! The faculty, fellow residents, and community have made us feel welcome and supported as we start our careers. We could not be happier to call ourselves New Yorkers!