ENT Doctors and Staff

Head and Neck Surgery

Alfred Simental, MD has served as the chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery since 2003. Under his leadership, the department has grown from five faculty members to nineteen faculty members with all sub-specialties within otolaryngology represented by fellowship trained attending staff. He is a graduate of the medical school as well as the residency program at Loma Linda University. He then completed a fellowship in head and neck oncologic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. His primary clinical interests are in minimally invasive thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and he is one of the busiest thyroid surgeons in the country.

Steve C. Lee, MD, PhD finished his MD/PhD at Loma Linda University and then went to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for residency in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery. Afterward, he completed a two year fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in skull base surgery and head and neck surgical oncology. He also spent time at the University of Pennsylvania to train in robotic surgery of the head and neck. His clinical interests are in minimally invasive skull base surgery of pituitary, anterior cranial fossa and clival lesions, robotic head and neck surgery was well as all aspects of head and neck oncology. His research interests are in clinical outcomes in head and neck surgery and head and neck tumor immunology.

Nathaniel Peterson, MD received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Indiana University in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery in 2013. He went on to advanced training in head and neck oncologic surgery and microvascular reconstruction at the University of California at Davis under the direction of Dr. Gregory Farwell. Dr. Peterson is Board Certified in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. His clinical and research interests are in head and neck cancer and reconstructive surgery, with a special interest in free tissue transfer reconstructive surgery.

Paul Walker, MD received his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and then attended Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in otolaryngology at the University of Iowa, which is consistently ranked as one of the top ten programs in the country according to US News and World Report. Following residency, Dr. Walker completed an advanced fellowship training in head and neck oncologic surgery and microvascular surgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. Walker is Board Certified in Otolaryngology and a member of the American Head and Neck Society. His clinical and research interests include head and neck cancer surgery, advanced microvascular reconstructive surgery and endocrine surgery.

Neurotology

Charles Stewart III, MD is primarily responsible for the otology and neurotology teaching of the residents in our division. He directs the temporal bone dissection course with Dr. Timothy Jung and presents many of the didactic lectures in otology and neurotology to the residents. He works with the residents in performing ear surgery at both Loma Linda University Medical Center and Riverside Community Regional Medical Center.

Helen Xu, MD received her medical degree at Zhejiang University, School of Medicine in China. She completed a residency in Otolaryngology at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science at Los Angeles. Afterward she received a one year fellowship in Otology/Neurotology at Paparella Ear, Head & Neck Institute in Minnesota.

Dr. Xu's main clinical interests are chronic ear infection; surgeries for hearing loss with ossicular chain reconstruction, bone anchored hearing aid, and cochlear implant; vertigo/dizziness; lateral skull base surgery for acoustic neuroma; temporal bone tumors; tinnitus and Eustachian tube dysfunction. Her main research interests are sensorineural hearing loss; inner ear hair cell regeneration, and alternative medicine for tinnitus.

Pediatric Otolaryngology

Robin Dyleski, MD is a graduate of the medical school and residency program at University of Southern California. She then completed a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology and cleft lip/palate surgery at University of Arkansas. Before coming to Loma Linda, she had served as the Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology at New York eye and Ear Infirmary. Her clinical interests are in all facets of pediatric otolaryngolgy but she has a special interest in cleft lip and cleft palate surgery.

 

Sinus and Allergy

Christopher Church, MD is the director of the Sinus Center. He completed his residency in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery at Loma Linda University. He then spent a dedicated year pursuing a fellowship in advanced sinus surgery & rhinology at Stanford University. His special interests include chronic sinusitis functional endoscopic sinus surgery.

Kristin Seiberling, MD completed her residency at Northwestern Medical Center in Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery. She then completed her fellowship in Academic Rhinology, Advanced Sinus Surgery and Skull Base Surgery with the world renowned surgeon Dr. PJ Wormald in Adelaide, Australia. Dr. Seiberling directs our allergy practice. She is certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA.) Her clinical interests lie in advanced management of sinus diseases, allergy and skull base tumors.

Voice and Swallowing

Priya Krishna MD, MS, FACS is a fellowship trained laryngologist and co-director of the Loma Linda University Voice and Swallowing Center. She did her undergraduate and medical degrees in a combined six year BA/MD program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She then did a surgical internship at Northwestern University (now Feinberg School of Medicine) and otolaryngology residency training at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She completed a two year laryngology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and served on faculty there for five years before joining Loma Linda University School of Medicine. She is a member of the American Laryngological Association, American Broncho-Esophagological Association, American Academy of Otolaryngology –Head and Neck Surgery and American College of Surgeons. She has been funded extramurally in the past for her research in the area of vocal fold wound healing and tissue remodeling.

Brianna K. Crawley, MD is a fellowship-trained laryngologist specializing in disorders of voice and swallowing. Dr. Crawley received her undergraduate degree from Duke University where she studied vocal performance before attending the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. She then completed her residency in Otolaryngology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Following residency, Dr. Crawley studied laryngology at the New York Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders. Dr. Crawley is a member of the American Broncho-Esophagological Association.

Thomas Murry, PhD, CCC-SLP is co-director of the Loma Linda University Voice and Swallowing Center and has published extensively on paradoxical vocal fold motion and chronic cough. He is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and received the ASHA Honors in 2010. He is a member of Scientific Advisory Boards of the Voice Foundation, Pan European Voice Consortium, International Association of Phonosurgery and Associate member, American Laryngololgical Association.

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Jared Inman, MD, FACS, and Professor of Surgery received his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Dr. Inman finished his residency at Loma Linda University in OtolaryngologyHead and Neck Surgery in 2009. Dr. Inman completed his fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery under Dr. Yadro Ducic through the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Inman also spent a year receiving advanced training in Head & Neck Oncology and Reconstruction, Transoral Microlaser Surgery & Transoral Robotic Surgery at Mayo Clinic Arizona. Dr. Inman is Board Certified in Otolaryngology and Board Eligible in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Inman's clinical and research interests are in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, head and neck cancer surgery, robotic and minimally invasive transoral laser surgery for cancers of the head and neck, and microvascular reconstructive surgery of the head and neck.

Farhad Ardeshirpour, MD is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who treats aesthetic and functional conditions of the head and neck. Dr. Ardeshirpour completed his fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle after his residency in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Minnesota. He received his undergraduate and medical doctorate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Ardeshirpour's practice includes Cosmetic and Functional Rhinoplasty, Facial Rejuvenation Surgery (Facelift, Browlift, Blepharoplasty), Skin Cancer Reconstruction, Oculoplastic surgery (Eyelid Ptosis, Ectropion), Botox and Facial Fillers, Skin Resurfacing (Chemical Peels, Laser), Ear Reconstruction, Facial Trauma Reconstruction, Facial Nerve Paralysis, and Hair Restoration Surgery.

Research Faculty

Wei Dong

Dr. Dong received her BA from NanKai University, her Masters in Biophysics from the China Medical School, China and her PhD in physiology from University of Bristol, UK. She also completed postdoctoral fellowship training in Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at Columbia University respectively. Dr. Dong's research interest is to explore how the peripheral auditory system works and focuses on the understanding of signal processing of sound in the ear in both forward and reverse propagation directions under normal and pathological conditions. Her research program provides physiological measurements of the activities of the outer, middle, and inner ear at micro-mechanics level, thus, provides evidence pertinent to some long-existing fundamental questions. The ultimate goal of Dr. Dong's research is to guide and improve clinical diagnoses and treatment, with the aim of establishing improvements in the design of assistive-listening devices. Her current research focuses on acoustic emissions (OAEs) and related middle ear transmission and cochlear mechanisms.

Timothy T.K. Jung

Dr. Jung completed his medical degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and then went on to residency at the University of Minnesota. He is responsible for the otology training of our residents at the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center on a weekly basis. In addition, he supervises their temporal bone dissection bench work at the temporal bone lab at the VA Hospital. He directs and supervises the residents in their efforts in basic research projects. Within the past five years Dr. Jung has over 35 manuscripts published in scientific journals. He has over 10 research grants and has research projects in "Inflammatory Mediatros in Otitis Media and Inner Ear Function" and "Ciliary Abnormality and Dysfunction in the Pathogenesis of Radiation Induced Otitis Media with Effusion." Dr. Jung is also featured in Who's Who in America, in the West, Science and Technology, and World.

Marjorie Leek

Dr. Leek received her PhD in 1980 in speech and hearing sciences from the University of Kansas. Following graduation, she completed a Clinical Fellowship Year in Audiology, and subsequently, a postdoctoral research fellowship at Boys Town National Research Hospital. She has held academic appointments at Arizona State University and the University of Minnesota, and served for many years as Senior Researcher at the Army Audiology & Speech Center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She has received continuous extramural funding of her laboratory since 1989 through the National Institutes of Health, and the VA Rehabilitation and Research Development Service. Dr. Leek's research interests include auditory perception of complex sounds and speech by normal-hearing and hearing-impaired individuals; speech recognition in noise; modeling of the auditory system; auditory attentional mechanisms; and comparative auditory processes across species.

Dr. Leek is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and the American Academy of Audiology, and a member of a number of professional societies that represent research in the basic and clinical sciences of hearing. She serves on the editorial board of Ear & Hearing, one of audiology's premier journals. She has also served numerous times on NIH grant review panels and has mentored many residents, postdocs, graduate students and junior investigators.

Brenda Lonsbury-Martin

Dr. Lonsbury-Martin received her BA from the University of Victoria, her Masters in neuroscience/cell biology from the University of Oregon Medical School, and her PhD in biopsychology from Oregon Health and Science University. She also completed postdoctoral fellowship training in psychobiology and in physiology and biophysics at the University of California, Irvine and the University of Washington, respectively.Her research interests include the early detection of hearing loss using physiological measures of ear function, basic mechanisms of noise-induced hearing loss, the role of the cochlear efferent system in protecting the ear from noise damage, and cochlear plasticity. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Lonsbury-Martin is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and a member of a number of professional societies that represent research in the basic and clinical sciences of hearing. Dr. Lonsbury-Martin also serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals in the hearing science and audiology areas and on the review panels of several private foundations that fund research on hearing loss and tinnitus.

Administrative Staff

Tammie Wharton, Senior Administrator
Christina Noble-Macomber, Academic Manager
Cynthia Greber, Residency Coordinator
Katie Wisegarver, Administrative Assistant