Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery


Faculty Honors

Dr. Kenneth Byrd

Dr. J. Kenneth Byrd was promoted to Associate Professor effective July 1, 2019 and was co-PI on a project entitled, “CD73 expression on cancer-associated fibroblasts of Head and Neck Cancers shapes the immune landscape”, which was awarded an NIH R21 grant.



Dr. Michael Groves

Dr. Michael Groves was promoted to Associate Professor effective July 1, 2019.




Dr. Gregory Postma

Dr. Gregory Postma presented the Daniel C. Baker, Jr. Lectureship: Mentoring in a Changing World at the American Laryngologic Association, received the ABEA Chevalier Q. Jackson award and was named to America’s Top Doctors for 2019.



Dr. David Terris

Dr. David Terris was named to America’s Top Doctors and America’s Top Doctors for Cancer for 2019.




Selected Publications

Geltzeiler M, Bertolet M, Albergotti W, Glysteen J, Olson B, Persky M, Gross N, Li R, Anderson P, Kim S, Ferris
RL, Duvvuri U, Clayburgh D. Staging HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer: Validation of AJCC-8 in a surgical
cohort. Oral Oncol 84:82-87, 2018.

Unsal AA, Booth JR, Rossi NA, Byrd JK, Kountakis SE. Basaloid nasopharyngeal carcinoma: A population-based
analysis of a rare tumor. Laryngoscope 2019 Jan 10. doi: 10.1002/lary.27788. [Epub ahead of print]

Fang J, Kornfield, Clavijo A, Vyas S, Schroeder C, Byrd JK, Kleven D. Clear cell myoepithelial carcinoma arising
from the hard palate with metastasis to the lungs. Case Rep Path 3863270, Jan 6, 2019.

Sharbel D, Chat V, Blumenthal D, Biddinger P, Byrd JK. Cervical nodal metastasis after malignant conversion of
sinonasal inverted papilloma: Report of a rare case and literature review. Oral Oncol 90:45-47, 2019.

Leto C, Sharbel D, Wang CW, Bone TM, Liebman RM, Byrd JK, Groves MW. Work-up of suspected chest
metastases on 18F-FDG-PET/CT in head and neck cancer: Worth the wait? Ear Nose Throat J 98(3): 158-164,

Canning M, Guo G, Yu M, Myint C, Groves MW, Byrd JK, Cui Y. Heterogeneity of the head and neck squamous
cell carcinoma immune landscape and its impact on immunotherapy. Front Cell Dev Biol 7:52, 2019.

Unsal AA, Dubal PM, Pfaff JA, Friedel ME, Eloy JA, Kountakis SE. Doctor Google: Correlating internet search
trends for epistaxis with metropolitan climates. Am J Otolaryngol 2019 Feb 18. pii: S0196-0709(18)31045-7. doi:
10.1016/j.amjoto.2019.02.001. [Epub ahead of print]

Ito C, Sharbel D, McMullen A, Kountakis SE. In vitro analysis of growth patterns of invasive fungal species on
commonly used endonasal hemostatic agents. Am J Otolaryngol 40(1):101-105, 2019.

Li M, Sharbel DD, White B, Tadros S, Kountakis SE. Reliability of the supraorbital ethmoid cell versus Keros
classification in predicting the course of the anterior ethmoid artery. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol 2019 Feb 4. doi:
10.1002/alr.22307. [Epub ahead of print]

Edelmayer L, Ito C, Kimbrough J, Kountakis SE, Byrd JK. Conversion to chronic invasive fungal sinusitis from
allergic fungal sinusitis in immunocompetence. Laryngoscope 2019 Mar 9. doi: 10.1002/lary.27884. [Epub ahead of print]

Espitalier F, Fanous A, Aviv J, Bassiouny S, Nerurkar N, Postma G, Crevier-Buchman L. International consensus
(ICON) on assessment of oropharyngeal dysphagia. Eur Ann Otorhinolaryngol Head Neck 135(1S):S17-21, 2018.

Howell RJ, Khosla, Postma GN. Open versus endoscopic surgery of Zenker’s Diverticula: A systematic review and
meta-analysis. Dysphagia 2019 Mar 12. doi: 10.1007/s00455-019-09994-9. [Epub ahead of print]

Walsh NJ, Sullivan BT, Duke WS, Terris DJ. Routine bilateral neck exploration and four-gland dissection remains
unnecessary in modern parathyroid surgery. Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol 4(1):188-192, 2018.

Eltelety AM, Terris DJ. Neck dissection in the surgical treatment of thyroid cancer. Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am
48(1):143-151, 2019.

Walsh NJ, Caten AJ, White JJ, Terris DJ. Protocol driven outcomes in renal parathyroid surgery. Head Neck
41(4):880-884, 2019.

Duke WS, Omesiete WI, Walsh NJ, Terris DJ. Baseline intraoperative intact parathyroid hormone levels in
parathyroid surgery. Head Neck 41(3):592-597, 2019.

Dean’s Leadership Academy

Two of our Department’s division leaders have successfully completed the inaugural Dean’s Physician Leadership Academy. This was a six-month program, designed to produce “home-grown” physician leaders, who would have the skills to lead our institutional efforts to improve patient safety, hospital processes, innovation and overall outcomes for our patients. Dr. Ken Byrd, Chief of the division of Head and Neck Surgery, and Dr. Drew Prosser, Chief of the division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, were both selected to be part of the inaugural class of 10 participants.

The monthly seminars and workshops were provided by current AU leaders in partnership with faculty leaders from the Hull College of Business, the AU Medical Center, AU Medical Associates, and the Office of Learning, Leadership, & Development. The program covered topics from finance and business of medicine, to process improvement, and team building/development skills. Participants were chosen through a nomination process and were selected by AU leadership. The fact that two of our departmental faculty were selected is quite a remarkable feat for a department our size and reinforces the importance and high regard for which the institution holds our department.

We look forward to seeing these two put what they have learned into action, as our department strives to lead the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University in quality improvement initiatives designed to better patient outcomes.