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Pediatric Otolaryngology Faculty

Richard Smith, MD
Professor & Vice Chair Pediatric Otolaryngology
Director, Molecular Otolaryngology and Renal Research Laboratories and Iowa Institute of Human Genetics
Professor of Internal Medicine Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Richard Smith, MD, was appointed a  Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 1990 and followed that appointment with a research sabbatical at the Medical Research Council Institute of Hearing Research in Nottingham, England. Currently he is Vice-Chairman in the Department of Otolaryngology where he specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology. He is also a professor in the Interdepartmental Genetics PhD program. The University of Iowa College of Medicine awarded him the Sterba Hearing Research Professorship in 1999 to recognize his work with the Molecular Otolaryngology Research Laboratory (MORL). In October 2006 he was elected into the Institute of Medicine.


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Deborah S. Kacmarynski, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Deborah Kacmarynski, MD earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa and worked nearly a decade at 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota. She then completed her medical degree from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities and remained there to complete her residency in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. She also completed a Master of Science in Otolaryngology during her training Dr. Kacmarynski moved back to Iowa City for a two-year Pediatric Otolaryngology fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She joined the faculty in 2009.She works closely with the Department of Biomedical Engineering for her research work developing physical and computer models to understand pediatric laryngotracheal diseases causing obstruction. She also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Pediatrics and is faculty in the Health Informatics graduate program. The University of Iowa College of Medicine awarded her the Paul N. Johnson Professorship in Craniofacial Abnormalities.


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Sohit P. Kanotra, MD
Pediatric Otolaryngology
Associate Professor
Director, Pediatric Aerodigestive Program
Clinical Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
 

Dr. Sohit Paul Kanotra is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, at University of Iowa and part of the pediatric otolaryngology team.  He is dual fellowship trained in Pediatric Otolaryngology from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and Thyroid Parathyroid surgery from St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in Columbia University, New York. Dr. Kanotra has an expertise in management of complex pediatric airway disorders including open airway reconstruction, management of pediatric swallowing disorders and head and neck vascular anomalies as well as endoscopic ear surgery.  Apart from having a very active clinical practice, Dr. Kanotra is involved internationally in various humanitarian efforts. He is actively involved in research and fosters a strong interest in basic science research in airway reconstruction, airway injury as well as clinical research focused on pediatric dysphagia, and thyroid disorders.

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Jose M. Manaligod, MD
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology

José Manaligod, MD received his medical training from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He completed a residency in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery and a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology through University of Iowa College of Medicine. Following his formal training he was appointed as an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery/Division of Otolaryngology and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He accepted the position of assistant professor at the University of Iowa in 2001. His clinical interests focus on pediatric sinus disease, and airway reconstruction, while his research is directed towards the molecular genetics of voice and airway disorders.

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Marlan Hansen MD Associate Professor
Otology, Neurotology, Skull Base Surgery
Marlan Hansen, MD began his medical training by graduating with honors from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He then moved to the University of Iowa for subsequent training; first as an intern in the Department of Surgery, followed by two years of NIH-funded research. He remained to complete his residency in the Department of  Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery before moving to the House Ear clinic in California to pursue a fellowship in neurology and skull base surgery. Dr. Hansen’s research interest lies in the study of the development of vestibular schwannomas.

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