• Feature: Thinking big

    February 25, 2022
    As Chair/Chief of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Dr. Kevin Fung isn’t so much its leader as the conductor of an orchestra. And the music his department makes is being heard around the world.

  • Nova Scotia Mom Inspired to Help Others

    February 08, 2022
    Kiersten Rajaraman, an ear, nose, throat surgeon from Halifax, says she wasn't prepared for the challenges of breastfeeding her newborn.

  • Robert Koch and AHead Simulations in the News

    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.

  • COVID-19 nasal testing an opportunity for former London-based business

    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...

  • Alumnus in the news - Dr. Maya Sardesai - Assistant Dean for Student Development at UW School of Medicine

    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...

  • London researchers probe odd symptom of COVID-19: Sudden loss of smell

    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...

  • Randy Bowden

    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...

  • Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery resident to improve global surgery care in Ethiopia

    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.

  • Head and Neck Cancer: A Focus on Surgery and Survivorship

    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...

  • CARL revolutionizing audiology education

    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...

  • Congratulations Dr. Danielle MacNeil: 2019 Cochrane Scholar

    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:

  • Helping People to Hear

    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.

  • The Opioid Crisis: Intervention from the Ground Up

    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...

  • Gene mutation may mean better outcome for smokers who develop cancer

    April 17, 2019
    A new discovery when it comes to head and neck cancer could improve treatment options for patients. Head and neck cancer is the fifth most common cancer in Canada...

  • Inaugural 2019 Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Retreat

    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...

  • Tackling area opioid crisis with prescribing changes

    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...

  • Robert Koch 2018 Governor General Gold Medal Winner

    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.

  • Inaugural Global Surgery, Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine Journal Club

    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

  • Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 45th Annual Residents' Research Day

    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.

  • Excellence in our Department!

    June 28, 2018
    Congratulations to the 'Triple A' Administrative Team (Ann Jones, Allison Berger & Angelika Edwards), Dr. Brian Rotenberg, and Dr. Leigh Sowerby.

  • Memo to faculty and staff: Process to appoint Acting Dean

    June 27, 2018
    Colleagues, as you are all now aware, Dean Michael Strong will be assuming his new role as President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research on October 1, 2018...

  • Congratulations to Dr. Horace Cheng (PGY4) on his 1st Place Poster Prize at COSM 2018

    May 24, 2018
    COSM 2018 | April 18 - 22 in National Harbour, Maryland.

  • Visiting Professor - Dr. Richard J. Wong (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center)

    May 24, 2018
    "Cancer's got some nerve: understanding perineural invasion"

  • Congratulations to Dr. Julie Strychowsky!

    January 02, 2018
    Dr. Strychowsky (Pediatric Otolaryngologist) has been accepted to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

  • Article on visualizing the middle ear makes the cover of Hearing Research

    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.

  • The faces of CBD: Dr. Brian Rotenberg

    October 03, 2017
    Early insights: implementing CBD.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Sumit Agrawal and his team for winning the AAOHNS Simulation competition!

    October 03, 2017

  • ENTtoday features article on 3D modeling!

    September 28, 2017
    Constructing a patient-specific computer model of the upper airway in sleep apnea patients.

  • Stryker's M.O.R.E. (Mobile Operating Room Experience) Visits University Hospital!

    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.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Anthony Nichols (Otolaryngology) and Dr. David Palma (Radiation Oncology) on completing accrual of their multi-centre randomized trial ORATOR

    June 14, 2017
    Phase II Randomized Trial for Early-stage Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx: Radiotherapy vs Trans-oral Robotic Surgery (ORATOR)

  • CBME: Lessons from Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

    March 14, 2017
    As an early adopter of CBME, members of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery provide insight into competency-based medical education.

  • Peng You (PGY2) wins for best overall presentation (February 6, 2017)

    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".

  • Tray Bien! Reducing the number of instruments on operating room trays in otolaryngology is adding up to savings

    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.

  • The entrepreneur: Hanif Ladak

    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.

  • Dr. Leigh Sowerby inducted

    June 15, 2016
    Congratulations to Dr. Leigh Sowerby who was inducted as a fellow to the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society in May 2016

  • Students' business plan for ear health software takes first place

    May 21, 2016
    A team of students mentored by Dr. Sumit Agrawal, WORLDiscoveries and ENT Simulation Technologies, Inc have won the Proteus Innovation Competition.

  • 400+ students from four healthcare professions team up for Interprofessional Education Day

    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.

  • Anthony Nichols announced as a 2016 Awards of Excellence award recipient

    April 18, 2016
    The Department of Otolaryngology would like to congratuate Anthony Nichols for being a 2016 Awards of Excellence award recipient.

  • Triological Residents Bowl - January 2016

    January 28, 2016
    Every year the Triological Society hosts a "Resident Bowl" competition during which programs from across the USA send resident teams to try and bring home the trophy.

  • Annual Bootcamp in The Pulse

    December 17, 2015
    The annual Emergencies in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Bootcamp is quickly becoming an international affair.

  • Otolaryngology Graduate

    November 26, 2015
    Dr. Doug Angel aims to have an impact on patients and doctors-in-training

  • Dr. Anthony Nichols receives grant for head and neck cancer research

    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.

  • Recent Interview with Dr. Leigh Sowerby

    July 30, 2015
    Showing surgeons massive cost of disposable supplies leads to big savings for hospitals.

  • Interview with Dr. Kevin Fung

    February 24, 2015
    Dr. Kevin Fung shares his insights on choosing a specialty, what makes a suitable candidate, and achieving a work-life balance.

  • Wild whiskers the recipe for Manuary

    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.

  • Dr. Christopher Chin – Home is where the heart is

    January 08, 2015
    Some residents need to travel far from their hometowns to attend the best programs in their field, but not Dr. Christopher Chin.

  • From the desk of George Kim – Building on our momentum

    January 08, 2015
    It’s exciting to see the momentum build on the initial work for the DEN Strategic Plan. The Committees continue to meet regularly and action is being taken on a variety of fronts.

  • Faculty Evaluation – a powerful process that enriches the faculty and student experience

    January 08, 2015
    Faculty evaluation is a bit of a numbers game.

  • The importance of the research experience in undergraduate medical education.

    January 08, 2015
    The development of strong research skills and the provision of medical care are inextricably linked.

  • New Faculty

    September 11, 2014
    The arrival of two New Faculty members.

  • CBC News Interview with Dr. Sowerby

    December 13, 2022
    CBC The Current (31:32) interviewed Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Professor Dr. Leigh Sowerby about how the COVID-19 virus impacts a person’s sense of smell.

  • Otolaryngology Research Day

    December 13, 2022
    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.

  • Chair/Chief Newsletter Message

    December 13, 2022
    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.

  • Pushing the limits of discovery

    December 13, 2022
    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.

  • Alumni Updates

    December 13, 2022
    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.

  • Transition to CBME - a success story

    December 13, 2022
    Dr. Brian Rotenberg has been leading the department's transition to competency-based medical education. This is the biggest change to the residency program in many years.

  • International influence

    December 13, 2022
    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.

  • A message from Dr. Parnes, CME and Alumni Liaison

    December 13, 2022
    I hope you enjoy our first department e-newsletter. There are some great stories, news on research, training and our new world of CBME, as well as some great updates from all of you.

  • Global Impact

    December 13, 2022
    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.

  • Resident Profiles

    December 13, 2022
    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.

  • Training excellence

    December 13, 2022
    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.

  • Set up for success

    December 13, 2022
    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.