News & Events

New Years Updates
January 14, 2021


Congratulations Mas Takashima, MD, FACS for being selected to present about nasal obstruction in the era COVID-19 on a live discussion panel with other international experts for the American Rhinologic Society on January 14th, 2021.

Congratulations Mas Takashima, MD, FACS for being elected to become a senior American Board of Otolaryngology Board Examiner. He is part of a select few senior board examiners that helps test and determine who qualifies to be a board certified Otolaryngolgist.

Congratulations Joshua Kain, MD for joining Houston Methodist ENT specialists as a head and neck oncologic ablative and reconstructive surgeon. Dr. Joshua Kain comes to us after completing his residency at the University of Alabama and is currently finishing his head and neck oncologic surgery fellowship at the University California Davis.

Congratulations Omar Ahmed, MD for leading the inaugural endoscopic sinus and skull base resident dissection course for Houston Methodist which was held on January 9th, 2021. He and Dr. Mas Takashima helped teach residents surgical techniques in endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery.

Fall Voice Conference Inaugural Talent Show Winners
October 24, 2020

 

The Houston Methodist Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery faculty members Apurva Thekdi, MD, Yin Yiu, MD, and speech and language pathologists Maurice Goodwin, CCC-SLP and Teresa Procter, CCC-SLP won the prestigious Fall Voice Conference Inaugural Talent show! The Fall Voice annual meeting is a collaborative environment for laryngologists and speech and language pathologists to learn about and discuss the latest cutting-edge research and clinical endeavors in the field. This year, because of the pandemic, the conference was held virtually. To encourage active participation through this virtual platform, the talent show segment was created to close out the conference. Over 30 teams entered internationally and the Houston Methodist- Texas Voice Center team won by a significant margin! They showcased their amazing talents in singing, piano, videography, and creativity by creating a music video with a spin on the song “A Whole New World” (laryngology world) that took spectators on a journey through the past 5 years of the Fall Voice Conference. We are so proud of  Apurva Thekdi MD, Yin Yiu MD, Maurice Goodwin, and Teresa Procter.

 

American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) Appointment
October 18, 2020

 

Houston Methodist Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery clinical faculty member, Anthony E. Brissett, MD, FACS, elected to prestigious national position with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).

 

The AAFPRS conducted its Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, October 17, 2020. Election results confirmed that Anthony E. Brissett MD will serve as AAFPRS Group Vice President for Research, Awards, and Development – elect. This important position will place Dr. Brissett in a significant national leadership role for the current and future direction of the AAFPRS. Please join me in congratulating Anthony E. Brissett MD on his election victory. The Academy is fortunate to have someone of his caliber, character and thoughtfulness in this role of Group Vice President. Congratulations and best wishes!

 

Currently, Anthony E. Brissett MD also serves as Departmental Vice Chair and Division Chief-Division of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery for Houston Methodist Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

 

COVID Journal Club
April 9th, 2020





The focus of this journal club will be on COVID + tracheostomies. At Houston Methodist Hospital, we are getting inquiries about doing trachs on the MICU COVID + patients who have recovered from their pneumonia but can’t get weaned from the vent. Many question have arisen, such as:

  • What precautions do we need to take in the COVID positive patient?
  • What about the timing?
  • Is percutaneous safer than open during the COVID crisis?
  • Can we wait 3-4 weeks?
  • What are the complications?
  • What are the predictors of posterior glottic stenosis?
We will give an update as to our preparations of taking care of these patients, summarize pertinent articles related to this subject and have an open forum discussion.