June 29, 2020 Robert Koch is a former student of Dr. Sumit Agrawal, Dr. Hanif Ladak, and Dr. Leigh Sowerby. Robert completed his BESc degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering and his MESc in Biomedical Engineering at Western, and he appeared on the June 23, 2020 CTV News. Please click the title header to watch.
June 05, 2020 A company founded in London, and still doing its medical research here, wants to improve testing for COVID-19. Ahead Simulations is making models to help teach health care professionals how to properly swab a nose, a difficult procedure when testing for the coronavirus, said Rob Koch, company founder...
May 05, 2020 Maya Sardesai, MD, MEd will begin her new role as Assistant Dean for Student Development on July 1, 2020. Dr. Sardesai is currently an Associate Professor in Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Washington...
April 28, 2020 London researchers are joining the global coronavirus fight, sniffing around for answers about an odd symptom of the infection. Scientists at Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute, the medical research arm of London’s hospitals, are joining a global consortium studying the sudden loss of smell reported by many COVID-19 patients...
February 11, 2020
When Randy Bowden lost his taste buds, he says it was one of the lowest points in his life. It may seem like an insignificant side effect, given other complications that can come with cancer treatments. Yet to someone who cared so much about food, it was worse than the cancer diagnosis itself...
November 28, 2019 In early 2020, third-year resident Dr. Hannah Ernst will travel to Mekelle, Ethiopia on a global surgery rotation. She’ll be working with Dr. Joshua Wiedermann, a Fellow at the School, who has been joining more than a year to establish a sustainable education program at the hospital in Mekelle.
September 24, 2019 One of only two surgeon/scientists of his kind in Canada, Dr. Adrian Mendez recently joined the Head and Neck Cancer team at LHSC! Dr. Mendez has contributed a vast body of knowledge to the field of head and neck cancer research – most recently developing a brand new method aimed at improving the quality of life of his patients...
July 30, 2019 Developed by Western Engineering graduates in consultation with the National Centre for Audiology, CARL has quickly become an invaluable tool for students and professionals in training, research and product demonstrations...
July 30, 2019 The AAO-HNS/F leadership and SAGE, publisher of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, have identified a need to train otolaryngologists in the conduct and publication of systematic literature reviews... (For more information, visit: https://www.entnet.org/content/cochrane-scholars-program)
June 27, 2019 Using advanced techniques at the Canadian Light Source (CLS) at the University of Saskatchewan, scientists have created three-dimensional images of the complex interior anatomy of the human ear, information that is key to improving the design and placement of cochlear implants.
May 28, 2019 The use of opioids to manage acute pain has increased substantially, with serious consequences. The total amount of opioid tablets prescribed to patients in acute pain settings has increased over time, with Ontario having the highest rate of opioid dispensing...
March 24, 2019 On March 5th, 2019, Dr. Danielle MacNeil directed the first London Regional Cancer Program Head and Neck Cancer Disease Site Survivorship Retreat. This event centred around a multidisciplinary discussion of ways to improve services to Head and Neck Cancer patients from diagnosis through treatment and long-term...
February 19, 2019 To help address the severe opioid crisis in Ontario, some changes to how these drugs are prescribed for acute pain care are now in effect for our London and region hospital partners. A special Opioid Stewardship Council of the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) of London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care...
October 17, 2018 Robert Koch, a former Masters student in the School of Biomedical
Engineering has received the 2018 Governor General's Gold Medal. This is a highly prestigious award
and a great honor. Congratulations to Robert and his supervisors Dr. Hanif Ladak (Medical Biophysics
and ECE) and Dr. Sumit Agrawal (Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery), who are also active members
of the School of Biomedical Engineering, for this great achievement.
September 26, 2018 Please join us for the Inaugural Global Surgery, Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine Journal Club. Presentations including: "Teaching the Teacher: Developing a Residency Training Program for Guyana", and "The Lancet Global Surgery Commission 2030 - An introduction". This event will be held Thursday, October 11, 2018, in the Advanced Medical Group boardroom (230 Victoria St., London) from 6:30-8:00 pm. Presentation will be given by Dr. Leigh Sowerby. Parking available. RSVP by October 09, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org
September 19, 2018 Please save the date for our 45th Annual Residents' Research Day, to be held Friday, May 10th at King's University College. Our Distinguished Visiting Professor will be Dr. Albert Merati, with Dr. Gregory Chernoff as our Distinguished Guest Alumnus.
October 13, 2017 Auditory Biophysics Laboratory: Dr. Mai Elfarnawany's article on visualizing the middle ear using synchrotron radiation phase-contrast imaging (SR-PCI) made the cover of the journal Hearing Research.
September 14, 2017 Stryker's Mobile Lab was at University Hospital on September 6th, 2017. Trainees and consultants from the Department of Otolaryngology took part in a T-bone course sponsored by Stryker inside their one of a kind M.O.R.E. (Mobile Operating Room Experience) Lab.
February 09, 2017 Peng You (PGY2) won the best overall presentation for the Division of Paediatric Surgery 2nd Annual Research Day for his talk "Improving learning and confidence through structured otoscopy teaching - A prospective interventional study".
February 03, 2017 Financial accountability, cost savings and streamlining are very familiar terms for hospitals in Ontario. Publically funded health care organizations constantly have to find savings wherever possible. And as hospitals tighten their belts they depend on bright ideas from staff and physicians. Surgeons Dr. Leigh Sowerby and Brian Rotenberg with St. Joseph’s Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Program, found savings not only in equipment costs but also in time.
January 19, 2017 Hanif Ladak has partnered with MED-EL, a company that develops cochlear implants, on yet another project. “One of the challenges with cochlear implants is programming the implant after surgery,” explained Ladak. “We are using imaging to assist with development of programming methodology to optimize hearing outcomes,” he added. The University’s strength in Otolaryngology and imaging make it a natural leader in this research area.
May 20, 2016 Collaboration between healthcare providers from different fields is essential for optimal patient care. Interprofessional teamwork is linked not only to improved patient outcomes, but also to decreased healthcare costs and a more efficient and effective working environment for healthcare providers.
August 03, 2015 Dr. Anthony Nichols has received $515,090 for his research on head and neck cancer. The disease and its treatment can have a profound negative impact on patient quality of life in terms of speech, the ability to eat, facial disfigurement and pain. Only one half of patients with advanced disease survive making the need to develop more effective and less toxic therapies important. PI3K inhibitors are a class of drug that have shown promise in treating a variety of cancers. Dr. Nichols research will focus on identifying the genetic changes involved in cancer cells to determine which tumours are susceptible to these drugs and how drug resistance can be prevented.
January 09, 2015 It isn't commonly known, but head and neck cancers have quietly become the second fastest growing form of the disease in North America.
In an effort to combat this problem, the men and women behind the Manuary Campaign are preparing for the 5th annual London event, in which the Head and Neck Surgery Department at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) aims to raise $25,000 to support ongoing research.
April 23, 2021 Research excellence was the theme of the day at the 44th Annual Residents’ Research Day in May 2018. With presentations from residents, special lectures from Dr. Konstantina Stankovic and resident alumnus Dr. Shamir Chandarana, and industry exhibitors, the annual event was engaging and inspiring.
April 23, 2021 The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, is a top performing academic department in Canada, across all pillars of our tripartite mission.
April 23, 2021 With two basic science labs focusing on head and neck cancer, and auditory biophysics and a number of other research programs exploring health economics, patient safety, quality improvement, big data, simulation and competency based education, the Department is invested in the future of health care and medical education, and pushing the limits of discovery.
April 23, 2021 Alumni from the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery are doing great things in their careers, enjoying life and having fun with family, friends, travel and more. Catch up with Doug Angel, Patrick Gullane, Mark Raymond, Hatim Shawli and so many others.
April 23, 2021 What began as a discussion between colleagues about how to fill a training gap for residents, has grown into a nationally and internationally known boot camp, that puts trainees through their paces.
April 23, 2021 Dr. Shawn Legall has spent the past 10 months completing a fellowship with the Department under the mentorship of Dr. Leigh Sowerby. Now, he's heading back to Guyana as the Program Coordinator for a new postgraduate training program.
April 23, 2021 Meet Drs. Benjami van der Woerd, PGY3, Hannah Ernst, PGY2, Neil Mundi, PGY4 and Rakhna Araslanova, PGY5 - four of our outstanding residents. Find out about what's inspired them, what challenges them and how they are enjoying their residency experiences.
April 23, 2021 Working alongside leaders in Otolaryngolgy, from every field within the specialty and having access to high surgical volumes gave Dr. Chin the confidence he needed to continue with his fellowship training and now his practice.
April 23, 2021 Dr. Amanda Hu now serves as a Clinical Associate Professor and Undergraduate Medical Education Director in the Division of Otolaryngology – HNS at the University of British Columbia, and she credits her training and mentorship from Dr. Fung for changing her career.