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Department of Otolaryngology

Welcome New Chairman

department chair Dr. GillespieThe UTHSC Department of Otolaryngology welcomes M. Boyd Gillespie, MD, MSc, FACS, as the new department chair. Dr. Gillespie comes to UTHSC from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, where he was a professor and vice chair of Clinical Outreach in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck in the College of Medicine, and director of the MUSC Salivary Clinic and the Karl Storz U.S. Reference Center for Salivary Endoscopy.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he completed his residency and fellowship, Dr. Gillespie earned a master’s in Clinical Research from the MUSC Department of Biometry and Epidemiology. He is board certified in otolaryngology and sleep medicine.

Throughout his career, Dr. Gillespie has focused on the treatment of head and neck cancer, thyroid tumors, voice and airway disorders, swallowing disorders and sleep apnea. He was one of the first four surgeons in the United States to perform endoscopic salivary surgery, and has educated many of the surgeons who perform the technique in the U.S. He is also the author of a textbook on salivary gland preservation surgery.

He has received more than $1 million in research funding over the course of his career and has published more than 120 academic papers. Gillespie received the Presidential Citation from the American Head and Neck Society in 2014 and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

Langsdon Named President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

faculty imagePhillip R. Langsdon, MD, FACS, professor and chief of the division of Facial Plastic Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennnessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), is now president-elect of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). He was elected during the organization’s annual fall meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. As president, he will oversee the world’s largest organization of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons. He takes office in October 2018.  Read More

New Faculty

new faculty imageJohn Gleysteen, MD

Dr. John Gleysteen joins us from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, where he completed his fellowship in Head & Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Gleysteen brings expertise and interest in the treatment of malignant and benign tumors of the head and neck, including trans-oral robotic surgery(TORS), microvascular free flap reconstruction, and laryngeal surgery. He completed his residency training in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR.

new faculty imageSanjeet Rangarajan, MD

Dr. Sanjeet Rangarajan joins the University of Tennessee Health Science Center as an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery with specialized fellowship training in Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery. Born in Ohio and raised in Michigan, he first moved to Tennessee to earn his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. He then returned to Michigan to complete his medical training at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. After medical school, he completed his residency in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, and an advanced fellowship in Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Rangarajan's clinical practice will focus exclusively on the medical and surgical management of disorders of the nose, sinuses, as well as minimally invasive approaches to the skull base and orbit through his partnership with the University of Tennessee Department of Neurological Surgery.

faculty imageJoshua Wood, MD

Dr. Joshua Wood, one of our own superstar residents, joins us after he completed a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. His expertise is in the treatment of the full spectrum of Ear, Nose and Throat disorders in children with a special interest in childhood hearing loss, including cochlear implantation, and other childhood ear diseases as well as training on endoscopic ear surgery. Originally from Idaho, he obtained his medical degree at Creighton University School of Medicine, and completed his Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He joins our faculty as an Assistant Professor, and is on staff at UT Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists. He sees patients at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, and St. Jude Children Research Hospital.

Last Published: Apr 23, 2018