The department has a full staff of attending physicians with expertise in all subspecialties of otolaryngology, including head and neck surgery and reconstruction, minimally invasive head and neck surgery, otology, neuro-otology, skull base surgery and pediatric otolaryngology.
Rush Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery
Pete S. Batra, MD | Samer Al-Khudari, MD | David Caldarelli, MD
Paul J. Jones, MD | Phillip LoSavio, MD | Thomas J. Nielsen, MD
R. Mark Wiet, MD
Pete S. Batra, MD, FACS, is an internationally recognized rhinologist who currently serves as professor and chairman of the department. He completed his internship and residency at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and then pursued fellowship training in rhinology, sinus surgery and endoscopic skull base surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. Batra is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Otolaryngology, American Rhinologic Society, and the Triologic Society.
Batra has given more than 150 invited presentations nationally and abroad on sinonasal and skull base disease. His research has resulted in more than 110 peer-review articles and book chapters. He serves on the board of directors of the American Rhinologic Society and recently received the American Academy of Otolaryngology Distinguished Service Award. His special clinical interests include management of refractory sinusitis and polyps, revision sinus surgery, management of CSF rhinorrhea, endoscopic orbital surgery, and minimally invasive skull base surgery for benign and malignant tumors.
Samer Al-Khudari, MD, completed medical school at Rush Medical College, his residency in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery at the Henry Ford Health System, and his fellowship in head and neck oncology and microvascular surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Head and Neck Institute.
Al-Khudari is board-certified with a clinical interest in head and neck cancer surgery, microvascular reconstruction of the head and neck (free-flap surgery), minimally invasive (robotic) head and neck surgery, thyroid cancer and goiters, and Zenker diverticulum.
He belongs to several organizations, including the Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, American Head and Neck Society, Michigan Otolaryngological Society, and the Syrian American Medical Society.
David D. Caldarelli, MD, completed medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, his surgical internship at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital and his ENT residency at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary Research and Education Hospitals.
Caldarelli is a board-certified otolaryngologist with over 40 years of medical experience. He acted as chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at Rush for 38 years and now serves as chairman emeritus. He is a senior attending physician at Rush University Medical Center and professor at Rush Medical College.
Caldarelli’s clinical interests include nasal and sinus surgery, oral cancer, throat cancer, sleep apnea, voice disorders and general ENT issues in adult patients.
Caldarelli is a member of numerous specialty societies, has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in otolaryngology journals, and authored numerous text book chapters. He received the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Prestigious Honor Award in 1999 and has also been named a Castle Connelly America’s Top Doctor several times, most recently in 2012.
Paul J. Jones, MD, is a 1983 graduate of Rush Medical College. He served his residency at Rush and has been on the teaching staff since 1988. Jones, who performs over 350 surgeries per year at Rush, is a Castle-Connolly Chicago Magazine Top Doctor for the past 10 years and was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top doctors in his specialty. He has been the section head of pediatric otolaryngology since 1992. His professionalism and communication skills are lauded in his patient satisfaction surveys, which consistently place him high above the national average and are among the highest in the department.
Jones was elected a member of the Rush Medical College Lepper Society in recognition for outstanding teaching skills. He has published in the area of medical students choosing a career path and making a specialty choice. He volunteers at the Community Health Clinic, providing free care to underserved and uninsured residents on Chicago's West Side. He has participated on medical missions to Vietnam and Belize. Jones is a longtime Chicago resident and lives in the Logan Square neighborhood.
Phillip LoSavio, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Rush University Medical Center and has a full-time clinical practice at Rush. He completed his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and attended Rush Medical College, where he received the medical staff prize for clinical excellence and the Anthony Schmidt Award for outstanding work in the anatomical sciences and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society in his junior year. He completed his otolaryngology residency at Rush, which included rotations at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and Children’s Memorial Hospital. He served his fifth year of residency as chief resident. He currently serves as the otolaryngology medical student course director for Rush Medical College.
LoSavio was honored as Rush’s clinical employee of the quarter in July of 2012. He practices general otolaryngology in adults and children with a special interest in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, paranasal sinus and allergic disease. He also treats patients with a wide range of otolaryngology issues, including salivary gland and thyroid disease. LoSavio works in the Rush Comprehensive Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center, providing a collaborative approach to patients with complex and treatment resistant upper-airway disease.
Thomas J. Nielsen, MD, completed his medical training at Rush University and his residency at Rush University Medical Center. He is a board-certified otolaryngologist with more than 20 years of experience. His clinical interests include head and neck cancer, head and neck surgery, thyroid conditions and surgery, and general ENT issues.
Nielsen is an assistant professor at Rush Medical College and is the program director of resident education and a member of the Comprehensive Head and Neck Cancer Clinic at Rush.
Nielsen has received the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Achievement Award continuously since 1992 and the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition award continuously since 1991.
R. Mark Wiet, MD, is section head of the Otology, Neurotology and Lateral Skull Base Surgery Program at Rush University and is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology. Wiet received his medical degree from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and completed a residency in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus. After his residency, he completed a two-year accredited fellowship in otology, neurotology and skull base surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. During his fellowship, Wiet received a European Skull Base Society Fellows Award and an American Neurotology Society Fellows Award. An interest in lateral skull base disease management led him to Gruppo Otologico in central Italy, where he worked closely with Mario Sanna, MD, a leader in the field of lateral skull base surgery.
Board-certified in otolaryngology and neurotology, Wiet specializes in the comprehensive management of acoustic neuroma and lateral skull base tumors; pediatric and adult implantable hearing devices, including cochlear implants; bone anchored hearing aids; and pediatric and adult general otology. Wiet's research involves acoustic neuromas, implantable hearing devices and otosclerosis.
Wiet is a member of many professional societies, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, the American Neurotology Society and the North American Skull Base Society.
University Head & Neck Associates
Neal M. Lofchy, MD, FRCSC | Jay M. Dutton, MD, FACS | Joseph P. Allegretti, MD
Neal M. Lofchy, MD, FRCSC, completed his premedical education at the University of Western Ontario and the Universtiy of British Columbia and earned his medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1986. Lofchy completed a year of plastic surgery research at St. Michael's Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto before his general surgery residency training at the University of California Los Angeles. He then completed his residency training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Toronto followed by a fellowship in advanced rhinology and facial plastic surgery under the direction of Robert Bumsted, MD, at Rush Medical College in 1994. Lofchy is board-certified in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery in both Canada and the United States and is a fellow of the American Rhinologic Society. He has been on staff at Rush since 1995 where he is assistant professor of otolaryngology
Jay M.Dutton, MD, FACS, completed his premedical education at Indiana University in 1990 and earned his medical degree from University of Iowa in 1994. Dutton completed his surgical internship at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich., and his residency training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Iowa in 1999. He then completed a post-graduate fellowship in advanced rhinology and facial plastic surgery under the direction of Robert Bumsted, MD, and William Panje, MD, at Rush Medical College in 2000. He is board certified in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Rhinologic Society and American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. He is chief of the divisions of Rhinology/Sinus Surgery and Facial Plastic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center.
Joseph P.Allegretti, MD, completed his medical education at the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1986 and his medical degree from Loyola University of Chicago in 1990. Allegretti completed his surgical internship and residency at Indiana University in Indianapolis in 1995. He has completed three years of post-graduate fellowship training in laryngoscopy, head and neck, skull base, facial plastic, reconstructive, rhinologic and sinus surgery at both Rush Medical College and the University of Tennessee-Memphis. He completed a prestigious fellowship under William Panje, MD, in advanced rhinology, sinus surgery, skull base and head and neck tumor surgery in 1998. He was hand picked by Panje to take over the care of his patients after he joined the practice. He is board-certified in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery and a member of many professional societies.
Suburban Ear, Nose, & Throat Specialists, Ltd.
David L. Walner, MD, was born and raised in the Chicago area. He attended undergraduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his medical degree at the Chicago Medical School, a general surgery internship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and an otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) residency at the historic University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago, Illinois. Walner then completed a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati.
Walner has expertise and experience with, and has given numerous lectures on, pediatric airway and pediatric ear, nose and throat disorders. These include problems involving the tonsils and adenoids, larynx and trachea, in addition to pediatric sinusitis and ear disease. He has been featured on NBC 5, WGN TV, and CBS, and in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune and Pioneer Press newspapers. Walner was named a Chicago-area Top Doctor 2008 and listed among America's Top Surgeons and Top Physicians in 2010. He holds a teaching appointment at Rush University Medical Center, where he is an associate professor of pediatric otolaryngology.
Walner is board-certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. He is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, American Medical Association and the American College of Surgeons. He is co-director of the Pediatric Airway Center of Chicago.
Walner is on staff at Lutheran General Children's Hospital, Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Rush University Medical Center, NorthShore University Hospitals (Skokie, Highland Park, Evanston and Glenbrook), and the Golf Surgical Center.
Katherine K. Hamming, MD, grew up in north Louisiana. She attended undergraduate school at the University of the South, Sewanee, and received her medical degree from Vanderbilt University. She pursued an otolaryngology-head and neck surgery residency at the University of Minnesota and a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Children's Hospital Colorado. She then moved to the Chicago area to be near family.
Hamming is board-certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. She has expertise in all areas of pediatric ear, nose and throat. She treats problems involving tonsils and adenoids, ear infections, hearing loss and chronic ear disease, airway problems including the larynx and trachea, and pediatric sinusitis. She has special training and interest in cleft lip and palate and infants with airway problems.
Hamming is an assistant professor at Rush University Medical Center. She won multiple teaching awards throughout her training and enjoys continuing to educate the community as well as future surgeons. She has presented at national meetings and published literature related to voice problems in children with cleft palate and aspiration in neonates, and she has done research on topical treatments for sinus disease.
Hamming is on staff at Lutheran General Children's Hospital, Lurie Children's Hospital, Rush University Medical Center, NorthShore University Hospitals (Highland Park, Evanston and Glenbrook), Condell Hospital, and the Golf Surgical Center.
Several physicians in the program have been named among Chicago’s — and America’s — best by Castle Connolly Ltd., a respected source of information about U.S. health care providers and institutions.
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