Happy New Otologist!

January 2019

Happy New Year!  

Happy 1st surgery as an Otologist!

2019 has brought about some great changes and progress. Meet Dr. Asnake Bitew, otologist from Bahir Dar Hospital. Since completing his otology training, he is now able to lead a surgical campaign at the University of Gondar Hospitial.  

Congratulations Dr. Asnake!

The American Otological Society

On Saturday May 4, 2019 at the start of the American Otological Society Spring Meeting, Dr. Carol Bauer - AOS president - awarded Dr. Miriam Redleaf the AOS Presidential Citation for the UIH otology work in Ethiopia. 


Congratulations Dr. Redleaf!! 

Summer 2019 (May-August)

We made two trips this summer, one in May and the other in August.

In May, the team went to Mekelle and Addis Ababa. While there, we focused on patient care. Dr. Gabrielle Cager, audiologist performed auditory brainstem response testing (ABR) on children who were too young for play audiometry. The ability to perform ABR testing has allowed for early diagnosis as the test does not need the child to respond in any way. She also does follow up evaluations and management on children who obtained cochlear implants in other countries. 

In August Dr. Miriam Redleaf, otologist oversaw numerous surgeries while in Mekelle as our otology fellowship continues. Delicate surgeries such as stapendectomy, tympanoplasty, and mastoidectomy were performed.


In Addis Ababa, two of the Ethiopian otologist performed cochlear implant surgery (supervised by Dr. Redleaf) using Med El implants on a 6 year old and 39 year old. Dr. Cager will assist in their programming via telemedicine as well as when she is there on her next visit. These surgeries including the repair of a CSF leak were done at MCM-Korean Hospital.


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