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At Kaiser Permanente Oakland, there is a wealth of active research projects and opportunities for residents. In conjunction with the Department of Research (DOR), we have access to the large database of northern California KP system. Our longstanding EMR system, large, long-term enrolled patient population and supportive research infrastructure result in quality projects published in the prominent scientific journals of our specialty. Our researchers take full advantage of this resource to participate in large retrospective studies that will improve the health outcomes of our patients. Residents have access to epidemiologists and biostatisticians in the DOR, and research project managers in the Graduate Medical Education (GME) office. Residents projects have included prospective interventional studies, retrospective chart reviews, systematic reviews with meta-analysis, database analysis studies, quality improvement projects, and case series and case reports. We highly encourage residents to take full advantage of the research opportunities and resources.

At least four months of dedicated time is allotted to each resident for research. During their research rotations, residents meet with research faculty mentor, assistant program director for research, and research project managers. Residents also complete at least one patient safety/quality improvement project during their residency. Allocation of resident research month is as follows:

PGY 1: 1 week
PGY 2: 1 month
PGY 3: 1 month
PGY 4: 2 months

Residents are encouraged to submit their projects to national, regional, and local conferences for presentation. Annual local conferences that residents are expected to participate in include:

  • Bay Area Resident Research Symposium (BARRS)
  • Kaiser Permanente East Bay Academy of Medical Educators Research Symposium

Scholarly activity is an essential part of resident education. We expect all residents to pursue clinical research during their training. For detailed information about resident research expectations, please see Resident Research Guidelines:

OTO Resident Research Guidelines


Select department publications from the last year

Chiao W, Durr ML. An Analysis of Sleep Studies Received by Medicare Beneficiaries. Laryngoscope. 2017 Dec;127(12):2891-2896.

Amos J, Durr ML, Nardone HC, Baldassari CM, Ishman SL. Systematic Review of Drug-induced Sleep Endoscopy Scoring Systems. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Feb;158(2):240-248.

Rivero A, Durr ML. Lingual Tonsillectomy for Pediatric Persistent Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Dec;157(6):940-947.

Harless L, Jiang N, Schneider F, Durr M. Herpes Simplex Virus Laryngitis Presenting as Airway Obstruction: A Case Report and Literature Review. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2017 May;126(5):424-428.

Calixto NE, Chiao W, Durr ML, Jiang N. Factors Impacting Online Ratings for Otolaryngologists. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2018 Aug;127(8):521-526.

Durr ML, Meyer AK, Kezirian EJ, Mamlouk MD, Frieden IJ, Rosbe KW. Sleep-disordered breathing in pediatric head and neck vascular malformations. Laryngoscope. 2017 Sep;127(9):2159-2164.

Wang KH, Song BH, Gilde JE, Darbinian JA, Weintraub MLR, Wu TJ, Yang EL, Salazar JW, Gurushanthaiah D. Diagnostic Pathway of Oral Cavity Cancer in an Integrated Health Care System. Perm J. 2018 Mar 30;22.

Gilde J, Song B, Masroor F, Darbinian JA, Ritterman Weintraub ML, Salazar J, Yang E, Gurushanthaiah D, Wang KH. The diagnostic pathway of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma in a large U.S. healthcare system. Laryngoscope. 2018 Aug;128(8):1867-1873.

Wang KH, Austin SAChen SH, Sonne DC, Gurushanthaiah D. Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Diagnostic Challenge in a Nonendemic Setting: Our Experience with 101 Patients. Perm J. 2017;21.

Meltzer C, Klau M, Gurushanthaiah D, Tsai J, Meng D, Radler L, Sundang A. Surgeon Volume in Parathyroid Surgery-Surgical Efficiency, Outcomes, and Utilization. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Aug 1;143(8):843-847.

Calixto NE, Gregg-Jaymes T, Liang J, Jiang N. Sinus procedures in the Medicare population from 2000 to 2014: A recent balloon sinuplasty explosion. Laryngoscope. 2017; 127(9):1976-1982.

Song TE, Jiang N. Transgender Phonosurgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 May;156(5):803-808.

Rivero A, Liang J. Anti-IgE and Anti-IL5 Biologic Therapy in the Treatment of Nasal Polyposis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2017 Nov, 126(11): 739-747.

Lin JK, Liang J. Sinonasal ewing sarcoma: A case report and literature review. Perm J 2018;22:17-086.

Gilde JE, Xiao CC, Epstein VA, Liang J. Deadly sphenoid fungus—isolated sphenoid invasive fungal rhinosinusitis: A case report. Perm J 2017;21:17-032.

Xiao CC, Anderson M, Harless LD, Liang J. Shortcomings in the diagnosis of chronic rhinosinusitis: evaluating diagnosis by otolaryngologists and primary care physicians. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2018 Jun 14.

Anderson M, Liang J. Trends in inferior turbinate surgery: analysis of patients using the Medicare database. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2018 Jul 10.

Garneau JC, Wasserman I, Konuthula N, Malkin BD. Referral patterns from emergency department to otolaryngology clinic. Laryngoscope. 2018 May;128(5):1062-1067.

Rivero A, Tang CG, Rasgon,BM. Bilateral Basoloid Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Parotid Gland: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Perm J. 2017;21:16-042.

Masehi-Lano JJ, Nuyen BA, Tang CG, Rasgon BM. The coccidiomycoses conundrum: a rare parotid abscess. J Investig Med. 2018 Jan; 66(1): #200

Song BH, Merchant M, Schloegel L. Voice Outcomes of Adults Diagnosed with Pediatric Vocal Fold Nodules and Impact of Speech Therapy. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Nov;157 (5): 824-29.

J Gilde, B Landau, C Tang, C Shih. Endoscopic Removal of Benign Forehead Tumors: Patient Satisfaction with Decision Making and Scar Outcomes. The American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, Dec 2017, Vol 34(4) 187-192

Formeister EJ, Sean Alemi A, El-Sayed I, George JR, Ha P, Daniel Knott P, Ryan WR, Seth R, Tamplen ML, Heaton CM. Shorter interval between radiation therapy and salvage laryngopharyngeal surgery increases complication rates following microvascular free tissue transfer. Am J Otolaryngol. 2018 Sep – Oct;39(5):548-552.

Tamplen M, Fowler T, Markey J, Knott PD, Suva LJ, Alliston T. Treatment with anti-Sclerostin antibody to stimulate mandibular bone formation. Head Neck. 2018 Jul;40(7):1453-1460.

Tamplen ML, Tamplen J, Shuman E, Heaton CM, George JR, Wang SJ, Ryan WR.
Comparison of Output Volume Thresholds for Drain Removal After Selective Lateral Neck Dissection: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Dec 1;143(12):1195-1199.

Tamplen ML, Tamplen J, Torrecillas V, Seth R, Ricceri S, Hemmat S, Heaton C, Ryan WR, Knott PD.
Does a Standalone Cancer Center Improve Head and Neck Microsurgical Outcomes? J Reconstr Microsurg. 2017 May;33(4):252-256.

Chaiet SR, Yoshikawa N, Sturm A, Flanary V, Ishman S, Streed CG Jr. “The Otolaryngologist’s Role in Providing Gender-Affirming Care: An Opportunity for Improved Education and Training.” Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. 2018 Jun;158(6):974-976.

Rzepakowska A, Sielska-Badurek E, Cruz R, Sobol M, Osuch-Wójcikiewicz E, Niemczyk K. Narrow band imaging versus laryngovideostroboscopy in precancerous and malignant vocal fold lesions. Head Neck. 2018 May;40(5):927-936

Rzepakowska A, Sielska-Badurek E, Cruz R, Sobol M, Osuch-Wójcikiewicz E, Niemczyk K.
Voice Profile Recovery and Quality of Life Changes After Microdirect Laryngoscopy in Three Categories of Glottis Lesions: Benign, Precancerous, and Malignant. J Voice. 2017 Nov 30.

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