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Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Team

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.

Pete S. Batra, MD

Pete S. Batra, MD, Chairperson, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

Pete S. Batra, MD, is professor and chairman of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at Rush. He holds the Stanton A. Friedberg, MD, Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology. He also serves as head of Section of Rhinology, Sinus Surgery and Skull Base Surgery and co-director of the Rush Center for Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery. 

After completing his internship and residency at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Batra then pursued fellowship training in rhinology at the Cleveland Clinic. He has co-authored more than 140 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has lectured extensively — both nationally and internationally — on sinus disease and minimally invasive skull base surgery. His academic distinctions include the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Distinguished Service Award, Best Doctors in America, the Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award, and the Cleveland Clinic Head and Neck Institute Teacher of the Year Award.  

Batra is active in the American Rhinologic Society (ARS), currently serving as secretary. He previously served on the ARS Board of Directors and is the past chair of the Patient Advocacy Committee. He is also active in the American Academy of Otolaryngology, serving on multiple committees. He is a peer reviewer for multiple scientific journals, including the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology, Laryngoscope and Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. 

Batra is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a fellow of the Triological Society, American College of Surgeons and American Rhinologic Society. 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.

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Samer Al-Khudari, MD

Samer Al-Khudari, MD, head and neck cancer surgeon, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

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

David Caldarelli, MD, otolaryngologist, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

David 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 chairperson 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 and professor at Rush Medical College.

His 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 85 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.

Inna A. Husain, MD

Inna Husain, MD, laryngologist, Voice, Airway and Swallowing Disorders Program, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

Inna Husain, MD, is head of the Voice, Airway and Swallowing Disorders Program and Professional Voice Program at Rush.

She completed medical school at University of Texas Southwestern, her residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Northwestern University, and her fellowship in laryngology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. 

Husain is board certified in laryngology. She focuses on the evaluation and treatment of voice, airway and swallowing disorders. Her clinical interests include airway stenosis and endoscopic management, care of the professional voice, dysphonia/hoarseness, chronic cough and vocal cord paresis/paralysis.

She belongs to the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery where she is a member of the Voice and Laryngology and Bronchoesophagology Education committees.

Ashok Jagasia, MD

Ashok Jagasia, MD, Director, Rush Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Rush Oak Park Hospital, Oak Park, Ill.

Ashok A. Jagasia, MD, PhD, is the director of the Rush Oak Park Otolaryngology Department. He is also the director of the Rush ENT Global Health Program.

Jagasia graduated with a PhD from Rush University and was one of the first to determine the role of the p16 tumor suppressor gene in the development of chondrosarcoma. He also did a two-year research fellowship in the area of leukemia and lymphoma at Loyola Medical Center and has published several articles establishing the role of p16 tumor suppressor gene in the pathogenesis of both solid and hematopoietic malignancies. Jagasia also completed his medical training and residency in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery at Rush University Medical Center and is board certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.

He has been actively engaged in the Rush Global Health Program, with multiple surgical trips to the Dominican Republic, in addition to several projects in rural parts of India. He has also been working with the homeless population in Chicago, addressing needs related to otolaryngology.

Jagasia has particular interest and expertise in both pediatric and adult otolaryngology, including the area of paranasal sinus disease, endoscopic sinus surgery, thyroid, parathyroid, malignant salivary gland tumors and sleep apnea.

Jill Jeffe, MD

Jill Jeffe, MD, pediatric otolaryngologist, Pediatric Aerodigestive Program, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

Jill Jeffe, MD, is head of the Pediatric Aerodigestive Program at Rush. She completed medical school at Northwestern University, her residency in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at Northwestern University, and her fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

Jeffe is board-certified in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. She has many clinical interests in diseases of the head and neck in children, with special emphasis on pediatric airway stenosis, endoscopic airway surgery, laryngotracheal reconstruction, vascular anomalies, chronic sinusitis, chronic ear disease and sleep apnea.

She belongs to several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology and the Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children.

Phillip LoSavio, MD

Phillip LoSavio, MD, head, Section of Sleep Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

Phillip LoSavio, MD, is head of the Section of Sleep Surgery and an assistant professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at Rush.

LoSavio 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.

Thomas J. Nielsen, MD

Thomas Nielsen, MD, otolaryngologist, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

Thomas Nielsen, MD, a Chicago native and an attending physician at Rush for more than 25 years, sees adults and children with all general ear, nose and throat problems. He graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University and received his medical degree from Rush University, where he also completed his otolaryngology residency. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Nielsen has particular interest and expertise in the management of head and neck endocrine disorders, including thyroid and parathyroid tumors. He helped establish the Comprehensive Head and Neck Oncology Clinic, which brings together a team of experts to manage cancers involving the head and neck. Other areas of interest include management of all types of both benign and malignant salivary gland tumors, voice disorders (including management of vocal cord paralysis), nasal and sinus disorders, and sleep apnea.

Nielsen is program director of the otolaryngology residency program. Research interest includes reduction of morbidity and improvement of quality of life in people with head and neck cancers.

Peter C. Revenaugh, MD

Peter Revenaugh, MD, head, Section of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

Peter Revenaugh, MD, is head of the Section of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Rush. He completed advanced fellowship training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins University following residency at the Cleveland Clinic.

Revenaugh is an active member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters related to complex aesthetic and reconstructive techniques. He also has an passion for humanitarian work and has traveled extensively, providing surgical care to areas of the developing world.

Revenaugh leads a team of surgeons known for their comprehensive and collaborative approach to aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. The team's clinical expertise and research interests include noninvasive and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures for facial rejuvenation, cosmetic and functional nasal surgery, rehabilitation for facial paralysis, and advanced facial reconstructive and microvascular surgery following head and neck cancer.  

Ryan M. Smith, MD

Ryan M. Smith, MD, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

Ryan M. Smith, MD, is an instructor in the Section of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Rush.

He earned his BS in biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he joined the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research investigating the genomic basis of colon cancer with an interest in cancer epigenetic — an experience that inspired his decision to pursue a medical career. He received his medical degree from Rush Medical College, then stayed at Rush to complete his residency in head and neck surgery, serving as chief resident during his final year of training. While in residency, Smith authored numerous journal articles and book chapters related to complex aesthetic and reconstructive techniques.

Smith joined the faculty at Rush in August 2018 after completing his fellowship at Johns Hopkins, where he concentrated on facial aesthetic surgery, facial reconstruction following cancer resection and traumatic injury, and facial reanimation options for patients with facial paralysis.

Kerstin Stenson, MD

Kerstin Stenson, MD, director, Head and Neck Cancer Program, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

Kerstin Stenson, MD, is director of the Head and Neck Cancer Program and section head of the Head and Neck Surgical Oncology at Rush.

She completed her residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at University of Illinois in Chicago, and her fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology and microvascular reconstruction at the University of Michigan. She is an active member in the American Head and Neck Society and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. She serves on the editorial board of Head and Neck, and has more than 100 head and neck-related publications and book chapters.

She has expertise in all aspects of head and neck surgical oncology for head and neck tumors, from those with early-stage cancer who require local reconstructions, to those with advanced tumors whose care entails a multidisciplinary treatment approach. She has special interest in patients with recurrent tumors and those who have recurrences, complications after chemoradiation and complex wounds.

Bobby A. Tajudeen, MD

Bobby Tajudeen, MD, co-director, Rush Sinus Program, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

Bobby A. Tajudeen, MD, is the director of otorhinolaryngology research and co-director of the Rush Sinus Program.

He received his medical degree from the NYU School of Medicine, graduating with the highest honors, and was inducted to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at UCLA Medical Center, followed by a prestigious fellowship in rhinology, sinus surgery and endoscopic skull base surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, where he trained with leaders in the field of rhinology.

Tajudeen has given numerous presentations nationally and has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the last five years. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and belongs to several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology, the American Rhinology Society, the Triological Society and the North American Skull Base Society.

R. Mark Wiet, MD

R. Mark Wiet, MD, head, Otology, Neurotology and Lateral Skull Base Surgery, director, Acoustic Neuroma Program, and director, Auditory Implant Program, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

R. Mark Wiet, MD, is section head of the Otology, Neurotology and Lateral Skull Base Surgery Program at Rush University and director of both the Acoustic Neuroma Program and Auditory Implant Program.

Wiet received his medical degree from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine 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.

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