ENT/Head and Neck Surgery In the News

New Medical Tools and Technology

New medical tools and technology are forging the way to removing brain tumors without having to make an incision.

New medical tools and technology are allowing Rashid Janjua, M.D., assistant professor of neurosurgery, and Drew Plonk, M.D., assistant professor of otolaryngology at Wake Forest Baptist to remove tumors at the base of the skull without having to make an incision. They are able to perform brain surgery through the nose.

The team of surgeons from two specialties takes a multidisciplinary approach in the technique offered at Wake Forest Baptist. Plonk is joined by assistant professor of otolaryngology, John Clinger, M.D., on the otolaryngology side, and Janjua is joined by John Wilson, M.D., professor of neurosurgery, on the neurosurgery side. Together all four make up the Medical Center's endoscopic skull base surgery team. 

Fox 8 video of tumor removal through the nose.


Otolaryngology's-Hearing and Speech Department work with Mr. Busta Brown with Channel 12.

Busta Brown begins voice therapy at WFBMC Voice and Swallowing Center with voice pathologist Amy Fields MM,MA,CCC-SLP

Channel 12 video of Busta Brown's voice therapy.

Bust Brown's continued therapy

Channel 12 video of voice therapy

Busta Brown meets with otolaryngologist Dr. Carter Wright and sees a video of his vocal folds (video laryngostroboscopy). Surgery next?

Channel 12 video of a laryngostroboscopy

Otolaryngology's - Speech Pathology Department  aided in patients recovery.

This young man experienced a cardiac arrest and anoxic brain injury and went from his medical team thinking "he would not survive" to returning to his work as a chef after receiving extensive speech pathology and other rehabilitation at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Winston-Salem Journal- A Mother's Faith

Otolaryngology's - Speech Pathologist Holly Hinshelwood has published an article "Helping Them Hold On"

Phased treatment enables clients with primary progressive aphasia to function as normally as possible - for as long as they can. 

Helping Them Hold On- article





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