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Research Topics & Presenters

Presenter: R. Bryan Bell, MD, DDS, FACS, FRCS(Ed), Physician Executive and Director, Division of Surgical Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Clinical Programs, Medical Director, Head and Neck Cancer Program, Providence Cancer Institute- Oregon; Member and Director, Surgical Oncology Research, Earle A. Chiles Research Institute,


  • Determine pathologic and clinical response, OS, RFS, baseline QOL of NIRT in resectable HPV- HNSCC
  • Determine whether NIRT enhances T cell infiltration into primary HNSCC and increases the frequency of shared T cell clones and B-cell germinal centers in SLN compared to NSLN

Presenter: James Gates, DMD, MD FACS, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery,


  • Recently, the mutational landscape of this disease has been elucidated (BRAF V600E, FGFR / SMO mutations, NRAS )
  • In case series, targeted treatment has been show to have positive treatment response in neoadjuvant and definitive setting (most are partial response)

Presenter: Lauren Hum, DMD, MD, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Dentistry, Katz Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery,


  • The CBSE was adopted over a decade ago when NBDE went P/F
  • The CBSE is utilized by medical school students in preparation for USMLE Step 1
  • In OMS residency applicants, the CBSE score and subsequent USMLE Step 1 pass rates were found to have a weakly positive correlation
  • USMLE Step 1 is P/F as of Jan 2022, proponents of change feel this improves holistic evaluation of candidates
  • Study questions:
  • How are programs utilizing the CBSE score to evaluate applicants?
  • Is the score predictive of resident success?
  • Is it still the best tool for us to assess applicants?

Presenter: Stanley Y.C. Liu, MD, DDS, FACS, Associate Professor & Director of Sleep Surgery Fellowship, Dept. of Otolaryngology, Stanford University,,


  • An unmet need in OSA care is to bridge the gap between physiology and anatomy.
  • Ideally, a non-invasive, cost-effective way to correlate upper airway anatomy with severity of OSA can direct treatment and optimize outcome.
  • Our first study aims to recruit 200 subjects, who have PSG within 3 years, and underwent nasopharyngoscopy and DISE.
  • We hypothesize that ultrasonography beyond B-mode imaging can be helpful in this effort. We would like to validate our findings

in a multi-center study.