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Otolaryngology

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Reconstructive surgeon Peter Hilger, M.D. (right), helps people experiencing facial nerve paralysis regain at least some movement in their faces—including the ability to smile. (Photo: Scott Streble)

In February 2007, 23-year-old Katie Salomonsen woke up with the right side of her face red and swollen. She went to Fairview Southdale Hospital, where doctors found an abscessed wisdom tooth. Three days later, an oral surgeon extracted the tooth. During the surgery, he discovered that the entire roof of Salomonsen’s mouth was black and scattered with ulcers. He had never seen anything like it and he biopsied the tissue.

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The University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview and University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital are again among an elite group of hospitals named the nation’s best by *U.S. News & World Report*. The annual rankings are based in part on reputation, death rate, and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services.

Neurosurgeon Stephen Haines, M.D., and otolaryngologist Samuel Levine, M.D., work together on a procedure that requires expertise from both specialties. (Photo: Richard Anderson)

Is brain surgery a team sport? Two University of Minnesota faculty members are making a good case that it is.

They're joining forces to treat acoustic neuromas—small tumors that grow on nerves that connect the inner ear with the brain—using new technology to preserve the patient’s hearing.

Bevan Yeuh, M.D., M.P.H.

The Medical School's Department of Otolaryngology has selected Bevan Yueh, M.D., M.P.H., as its new head following a national search.

An accomplished researcher and author of more than 50 journal articles, Yueh also is an award-winning teacher lauded for his ability to mentor students and take an active role in training residents.

Thumbnail image for University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital is one of three buildings in the country to use these distinctive metal panels that reflect blue, green, purple, maroon, or gold, depending on how the sunlight hits them.

University of Minnesota Medical Center made impressive gains in this year's U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" edition.

Andrew Harrison, M.D.

When Linda Williams walked into the clinic for her first appointment with Andrew Harrison, M.D., she had crossed, protruding eyes, and her eyelids couldn't close completely. She was miserable and in desperate need of help.

A couple of years earlier, after the birth of her second child,Williams had been diagnosed with Graves' disease, a hyperthyroid disorder associated with anxiety, high energy, sudden weight loss, and difficulty sleeping. It eventually affects the eyes in about half of the patients with the disease, but only 5 percent of those patients require treatment for their symptoms.Williams was one of them.


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