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Dear Hospital Alumni, Faculty, and Colleagues: I am pleased to provide a quick 2022 yearly update of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital. In the last year, the department has made amazing strides. Within a year, we expanded our faculty, matriculated a new residency program, and have exponentially grown our research endeavors. Even more, we are pleased to be a part of the #1 U.S. World News and World Reports ranked Hospital in Texas (#15 in nation), and rightfully, also the #1 place to work in the State of Texas (#2 in the nation!) by Forbes Magazine. In 2022, our department has added 5 new faculty members, expanding our faculty count to 22, 11 of which are subspecialty trained. As a result, we now have at least 2 fellowship trained faculty in all areas of adult otolaryngology, allowing us to provide fully comprehensive OTOHNS care for our adult community.
From an academic perspective, we are making unprecedented strides in both our residency and fellowship endeavors. We matriculated 2 of our own Houston Methodist OTOHNS residents last year. While we continue to enjoy training OTOHNS residents from 3 other programs, we are excited to develop our own residency and eagerly await the Match this year. In July, our inaugural AAFPRS approved fellowship will also begin. This is in addition to our multi-institutionally shared neurotology fellowship. We continue to utilize our award winning simulation and cadaveric training center, Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education (MITIE), for collaborative courses such as our annual endoscopic sinus and skull base course. Our research endeavors continue to grow exponentially with the addition of our departmental research administrator, research coordinator, statistician, and clinical research fellow, resulting in over 40 published peer reviewed articles and book chapters in 2022. This year, we are expanding our research efforts with the addition of another clinical research fellow, along with a nationwide search for 3 PhD researchers to complement our academic program. This is an exciting time for our Department. I look forward to 2023 and expect that it will be another amazing year of growth and productivity. On behalf of the Department, I want to thank you for your support. Mas Takashima, MD Professor and Chair Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Houston Methodist Academic Institute