The Division of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Residents would like to welcome you to our web site. This site has been created for use by faculty, residents, prospective residents, community otolaryngologists and patients. The SIU otolaryngology residency has a long standing commitment to research and resident education. Our program boasts a tremendous faculty to resident ratio and impressive exposure to a wide range of procedures. The otolaryngology division has 8 labs, running full time, staffed by PhD and MD trained faculty. (All of this at a program which accepts only two residents per year!) We are very proud of this outstanding program. We are certain that you will be impressed as well. We hope you enjoy browsing the web site.
David Timme, MD
Hometown?: Vancouver, WA.
Graduated from:? University of Washington School of Medicine
What brought you to SIU?: I was very comfortable with all of the residents and faculty who were welcoming and enthusiastic. There are great clinical faculty here with knowledge and experience, including subspecialty training and expertise.
Areas of Interest: Still in the decision making process, but laryngology and pediatric otolaryngology have piqued my interest.
Jacob Stelle MD
Hometown?: I am from Mahomet, IL
Graduated from:? University of Illinois College of Medicine
What brought you to SIU? The outstanding faculty, the friendly residents and the plentiful operative experience.
Areas of research? I am interested in general ENT or perhaps Head & Neck Surgery.
Stacie Garland, MD
Graduated from? University of Kansas School of Medicine
What brought you to SIU: The residents were fantastic. You could tell they all got along very well both as colleagues and friends. The staff was very friendly and genuine and there was a good rapport between them and the residents. The surgical skills lab was a huge draw as was the operative experience here. In addition all specialties within ENT are well represented at the program, which was something that was very important to me.
Areas of Interest/Research: I'm only an intern so I'm still trying to figure out if I'm drawn to one particular area more than the others. For now I'm looking forward to the exposure to all areas of the field and could see myself as a general practitioner but do have some interest in laryngology as well.
Aditi Mohankumar, MD
Hometown?: Flanders, NJ
Graduated from:? Thomas Jefferson University
What brought you to SIU? I felt SIU offered something unique: the opportunity to receive extensive surgical training in a welcoming and friendly environment.
Areas of interest/research? At this time, it's hard to narrow in on what my specific interests are. I am still exploring everything ENT has to offer.
Coral Tieu, MD
Graduated from:? Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science - Chicago Medical School
What brought you to SIU? Early operative exposure, a wide array of surgical experiences, extremely helpful staff, excellent attending instructors and the feeling of camaraderie amongst the otolaryngology residents. The location also offers exactly what I wanted in a residency: family oriented, great cost of living, friendly and with the ability to live within 5 minutes of both hospitals.
What is your area of interest/research? I love everything about otolaryngology so far. I'm also excited to be involved in Dr. Campbell's research on noise-induced hearing loss. Her impressive work was yet another item in a long list of reasons for me to love SIU.
Mark Query, MD
Hometown?: Indianapolis, IN. I was a chemical engineer in my prior career. I have also served in the US Army Reserve for about 15 years. Married with two daughters.
Graduated from:? Indiana University School of Medicine
What brought you to SIU? The fantastic Otolaryngology program. I attended Indiana University School of Medicine under the Army Health Professions Scholarship Program. I was afforded the opportunity to pursue residency training at a civilian program, and SIU is a great fit for me and my family.
What is your area of interest/research? Undecided. If I had to choose today, I would choose to be a general Otolaryngologist. However, I have not yet ruled out fellowship training.
Scott Montgomery, MD
Hometown?: Santa Cruz, CA
Graduated from? St. Louis University School of Medicine
What brought you to SIU? The faculty's dedication to resident education along with the state of the art simulation lab contributed to my decision to come to SIU. I also found the residents very welcoming and was impressed by the positive working environment.
Areas of interest/research?
While I am trying to keep an open mind throughout residency, I am definitely interested in otology and hearing science.
Joseph White, MD
Hometown?: Tampa, Florida
Graduated from? University of South Florida College of Medicine
What brought you to SIU? SIU offers a great clinical and surgical otolaryngology experience. All of the ENT specialties are well represented and the attendings deeply care about individual residents. The residents have an excellent relationship with each other creating a positive learning environment. Finally, Springfield is a perfectly sized community that has the feeling of small town with all the amenities of a large city, making for a perfect place to live.
Areas of interest/research? As an intern, I still have many things to learn in the field of Otolaryngology. I am unsure at this point whether I want to pursue a fellowship or general otolaryngology. My interests include hearing, otology, and head and neck surgery.
Alexa Castellano, MD
Hometown?: O'Fallon, Missouri
Graduated from? University of Missouri School of Medicine
What brought you to SIU? The welcoming and friendly environment within the Otolaryngology department, great operative experience, and a wonderful city to live in brought my husband & I to SIU. The camaraderie among the department seemed awesome and my husband also loved the emergency medicine residency program.
Areas of interest/research? I still have a lot to learn about Otolaryngology and love everything I have encountered so far. I am unsure if I will pursue a fellowship or decide to practice general ENT, but pediatrics, head & neck, and facial plastics have piqued my interest. I am also interested in clinical research and am looking forward to finding some projects at SIU.
Nnenna Ezeilo, MD
Hometown?: Nigeria, West Africa
Graduated from?: Indiana University School of Medicine
What brought you to SIU?: The comprehensive clinical training and diverse surgical case load in the Department of Otolaryngology, in addition to SIU's focus on resident education and the collegial learning environment.
Areas of interest/research?: I have strong interests in Global Health and I look forward to Global health travel opportunity available to fifth year residents. My research interests are varied and I am keeping an open mind about fellowship training.
Head and Neck Fellow
Jafari, Hosseinali MD
Where are you from? Most recently, Columbus, Ohio where I was as a researcher/observer at the Ohio State University in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. Prior to that, I was in Ankara, Turkey for 5 years at the GAZI University Hospital where I received my ENT training, but originally I am from Iran where I grew up and earned my MD at Yazd University.
What brought you to SIU? The opportunity to continue my training in Head and Neck Surgery with Dr. Robbins.
What is your area of interest/research? My primary interest continues to be in Head and Neck Surgery and I wish to continue with research in this field.