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Clinical Research

Clinical Trials

Our faculty is actively engaged in clinical trials focused on development of new drugs, new technology, and new interventions that seek to improve the quality of medical care and create novel treatment approaches to common and rare otolaryngologic diseases and head and neck tumors.

The following clinical trials are currently enrolling in our department.

Studies Currently Recruiting Adult Participants

Condition Title Eligibility Criteria Contact Info
Endoscopic ear surgery

PI: Joe Kutz, M.D.
Postoperative Pain in Patients Undergoing Endoscopic Ear Surgery
  • Age 18 years and older
  • Diagnosis of ear drum perforation or chronic ear disease
Otologic Surgery

PI: Joe Kutz, M.D.
Pediatric Pain Following Otologic Surgery
  • Age 8-18
  • Diagnosis of ear drum perforation or chronic ear disease
Oropharynx  squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck

PI: Baran Sumer, M.D.
E3311: Phase II Randomized Trial of Transoral Surgical Resection followed by Low-dose or Standard-dose IMRT in Resectable p16+ Locally Advanced Oropharynx Cancer
  • Newly diagnosed, HPV-associated squamous cell carcinoma of oropharynx
  • No prior radiation
Laryngeal cancer

PI: Baran Sumer, M.D.
A Phase I CyberKnife Accelerated Hemilarynx Stereotactic Radiotherapy Study for Early-stage Glottic Larynx Cancer
  • Age 18+
  • Confirmed laryngeal squamous cancer 
Susan Cooley

Studies Currently Recruiting Pediatric Participants

Condition Title Eligibility Criteria Contact Info
Sleep apnea

PI: Ron Mitchell, M.D.
Impact of treatment of mild sleep-disordered breathing on children’s health
  • Age 3-10
  • Snoring
  • Intact tonsils

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Other Clinical Research

In addition to the trials listed above, our faculty and residents are engaged in a variety of clinical research projects. The range of investigations is as diverse as the field of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery: tumors of the head and neck, sinusitis, tonsillectomy, vocal ford lesions, otitis media, pediatric sleep apnea, hearing loss, and tracheotomy, just to name a few.

The growth of our research enterprise also includes the establishment of departmental Tissue Biorepository. This and other initiatives aim to provide our faculty and residents with the best opportunities to conduct meaningful research.

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