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Dayton Children’s specialist named to lead the division of otolaryngology head and neck surgery at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Ravi Elluru, MD, PhD, begins May 1 as the chief for the division of otolaryngology head and neck surgery at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. In this role, Dr. Elluru's responsibilities will include medical student and resident advising, and directing education and research activities for the division.
"Wright State's Boonshoft School of Medicine is one of the crown jewels of Dayton, and has in many ways, benchmarked contemporary medical education," says Dr. Elluru. "The medical school includes several very strong academic departments including the department of surgery. As chief of the division of otolaryngology, I look forward to working with the faculty, residents and medical students to create a rich clinical and research exposure to field of otolaryngology."
Otolaryngology is typically referred to as ENT – standing for ear, nose and throat. ENT physicians are trained to treat patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose and throat as well as related areas in the head and neck. It can take up to 15 years to become a specialist, including medical and surgical training. Otolaryngology is the oldest medical specialty in the United States.
Dr. Elluru is the medical director of the advanced pediatric ENT and airway department at Dayton Children’s Hospital. His special interests lie in airway reconstruction, head and neck tumors, vascular malformations, chronic ear and sinus disease, and sleep apnea. In the last 13 years of his practice, he has performed about 1,000 airway evaluations and 400 airway reconstructions.
Dr. Elluru has earned international recognition for his research on airway development and pediatric otolaryngology – speaking at conferences in India, Chile, China, Germany, Abu Dhabi and Egypt. He has earned some of his field’s highest honors and his research has resulted in advances in the field, changes in practice guidelines and increased survival rates for patients.
At Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dr. Elluru's goals are to enhance the available resources for otolaryngology education by building a strong network of academic-minded otolaryngologists in the Dayton community.
"I would also like to bring to this network other researchers and practitioners interested in otolaryngologic diseases, with the hope of creating an educational resource with both depth and diversity," says Dr. Elluru. "In addition to facilitating education, the goal for building this academic otolaryngology network will be to maintain the practice of contemporary and evidence-based otolaryngology in the Dayton area."
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