Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Esophageal Disorders - Continuing Education

This course consists of one presentation with supporting documents.

CEU Credits and Prices
  • This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional area).
  • You must complete presentation.
  • You will receive a certificate of completion from BRS-S within three weeks of completing the application and submitting to BRS-S.
  • Your ASHA CEU credits will be processed through the Specialty Board on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and submitted to ASHA three times per year in June, September, and January.
  • The regular price for the course is $50.00
    • BRS-S members get a 25% discount - get the coupon code by logging onto your account at
    • Students get a 50% discount, contact Karen Schnieder This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for the coupon code.
    • Groups of four or more get a 50% discount, contact Karen Schnieder This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for the coupon code.
Course Description
This two-hour session will include a discussion of the anatomy and physiology of the esophageal phase of deglutition. A review of the reflexes that may facilitate clinical symptomatology will be included. A discussion of the opening mechanism of upper esophageal sphincter during swallowing will be reviewed as well as current techniques used to evaluate, manage and treat disorders of the upper esophageal sphincter. A systematic classification of esophageal disorders with typical presenting symptoms will be included as well as a discussion of the latest technology used to diagnose esophageal disorders, possible management and treatment techniques used by the treating physician.  CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Research Initatives

Head and neck cancers encompass tumors in the nasal passages, mouth, throat, larynx, salivary glands, neck, skull base, upper esophagus, trachea and thyroid gland. Our staff is dedicated to the development and implementation of highly interactive head and neck clinical research trials targeting elucidation of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of cancer development, and surgical, medical oncology and radiation oncology-based treatment strategies to optimize functional outcomes.

Our team of researchers encompasses a wide range of disciplines including head and neck surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, oral pathology and medicine, speech pathology, oncology nursing, oncology social work, and oncology dietitians. Our highly successful interdisciplinary program is focused on improving patients' quality of life through functional improvements and increased survival.

Our head and neck surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and oral pathologist have published extensively on a wide array of head and neck cancer treatment initiatives and state-of-the-art methodologies.

Over the years our staff has continued to stay in the forefront of cancer care, treating patients with innovative treatment approaches and expanding research initiatives.

Our research focuses on the following areas in head and neck cancer research clinical trials:
  • Cellular and molecular biology of cancer
  • Robotic surgery [daVinci system]
  • Functional outcome studies and quality of life issues
  • New chemotherapy approaches
  • Integration of precancer prevention and treatments
  • Role of human papilloma virus [HPV] in head and neck cancer
  • Image-based radiation therapy
  • Use of ultrasound on swallowing evaluation and rehabilitation

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

For Patients and Families

Dr. Ha with a patient

Johns Hopkins Head & Neck Surgery offers a host of minimally invasive procedures including:
  • Advanced Skin Cancer Surgery
  • GBMC's da Vinci® Robotic Surgery Treatment
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound
  • Endoscopic Laser Resection of Laryngeal Tumors
  • Laryngectomy
  • Management of head and neck premalignancy
  • Mandibulectomy
  • Melanoma Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Skull Base Surgery
  • Neck Dissection
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Parotidectomy
  • Salivary Gland Surgery
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping and Biopsy
  • State-of-the-art video endoscopic instrumentation including flexible endoscopy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Tracheo-Esophogeal Puncture
  • Transnasal Esophagoscopy
  • Transoral Robotic Surgery
Johns Hopkins Head & Neck Surgery team work hand-in-hand with the multidisciplinary team of professionals at the Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center to ensure a coordinated plan of care for patients with head and neck conditions.

Patients and their families receive education and counseling during every stage of care. Individual and group support services are provided by a team that consists of speech-language pathologists, head and neck nurse specialist, oncology social workers and a registered dietitian.

Multidisciplinary team services provided by the Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head & Neck Center include:
  • Head and Neck Nursing
  • Oncology Social Work
  • Speech Pathology Services
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Oral Pathology/Oral Medicine
  • Maxillofacial Pathology

Monday, March 23, 2015

Defeating Cancer and Giving Back

In 2010, I was diagnosed with stage 3 throat cancer and my local primary care physician referred me to Dr. Califano at the Dance Center at GBMC. In preparation for my treatment, Dr. Califano admitted me to GBMC to perform several procedures: relocation of my left salivary gland from the submandibular to under my chin, a surgical biopsy and insertion of a feeding tube. Read more...