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The Research Division serves to assist residents, medical students, and faculty in initiating and carrying out scholarly activities, with particular emphasis on resident-led studies. The Division is directed by Anthony Sheyn, MD, who is joined by Madhu Mamidala, PhD, and John D. Boughter, PhD, as well as a team of Clinical Research Fellows to promote and administer research initiatives as well as quality improvement activities for otolaryngology residents throughout their training.

Our program has many opportunities for translational, basic science, systems-based, and outcomes research, allowing residents to participate in scholarly activities from conception to publication. The Division has benefitted from the new administrative space of the Center for Learning and Innovation in Ear, Nose, and Throat (CLIENT) which provides a relaxed, lounge-like atmosphere for research collaboration with an up-to-date conference room, offices with computer access, and a security area for clinical trials.

In 2020, our research team of residents and clinical research coordinators is currently managing over 85 IRB-approved protocols, including 7 funded clinical trials. Our department has produced many recent publications in both national and international journals in addition to research presentations across several national platforms. While UTHSC otolaryngology residents have a designated research block built into their PGY-3 year, active projects are carried out throughout the year by residents of all levels, medical students, and faculty. Please see individual faculty pages for active research interests.

director imageMadhu Mamidala, PhD
Director of Clinical Research
Dept. of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
CliENT Lab
847 Monroe Ave, Suite #327 Johnson Building
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901.448.2134

faculty imageJohn D. Boughter, PhD
Anatomy & Neurobiology
331 Wittenborg
855 Monroe Ave
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901.448.1633

2020-2021 Clinical Research Fellows

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Leighton Reed
Undergraduate: University of Memphis
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center

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Timothy Fan
Undergraduate: Texas A&M University
Medical School: Texas A&M College of Medicine

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Nicole Creppel
Undergraduate: Georgia Institute of Technology
Medical School: Tulane University & Johns Hopkins University

May 26, 2022