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Program Director Changes; Graduating and Incoming Residents
Program Director Changes
The job of residency program director can often be a thankless one. Like a referee at a sporting event, it often seems nobody pays much attention to the program director unless a mistake is made or there is some sort of problem. Since 2002, Dr. Mark Pyle has held the position of program director for the Otolaryngology Residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. During his tenure, the UW Otolaryngology program has not received much — if any — negative attention. In fact, our program remains in excellent standing despite experiencing significant growth of our faculty, changes in residency requirements and the addition of new training sites. Indeed, our residency program has recently been approved by the ACGME for an increase to three residents per year, a process that is highly scrutinized and is typically only approved for extremely strong programs. The UW Otolaryngology program enjoys a very favorable national reputation, attracts top notch resident applicants and continues to produce exceptional graduates. Much of this success can be attributed to the outstanding work and guidance of Dr. Pyle.
Effective July 2015, Dr. Pyle stepped down from his position as program director. He will, however, remain involved in the management and operations of the residency program in the role of associate program director. I will be taking on the program director position, and I know that I have big shoes to fill. Already, I am finding that Dr. Pyle ran a tight ship and managed to make it look easy! Having served as the associate director for the last six years, I was very fortunate to work closely with Dr. Pyle, and he will surely continue to be a strong mentor and excellent resource for me going forward.
In celebration of the time and energy Dr. Pyle has given to the program, we are asking for you to share any stories, memories, photographs, etc., so we may compile these into a Remembrance Book for Dr. Pyle. Please forward these items via mail or email to:
University of Wisconsin
Every June, the Otolaryngology program must bid farewell to first-rate graduates, and this year is no different. Drs. William Brand and Dylan Lippert were superb residents, and they will undoubtedly continue to be high achievers. Both are pursuing further training and academic careers, and they have landed positions in very strong fellowship programs — Dr. Brand in pediatric otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama, and Dr. Lippert in advanced head & neck microvascular and reconstructive surgery at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. We are proud to call them UW Otolaryngology alumni, and we wish them luck on all their future endeavors.
We would like to welcome our three newest Otolaryngology PGY-1 residents: Drs. Chad Ennis, Matthew Hoffman, and Tyler Willman. Drs. Ennis and Hoffman completed their medical school training at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, while Dr. Willman completed his medical school training at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. All three of these residents were highly ranked, and we feel they will succeed within our program and within the field of Otolaryngology.
Graduating Laryngology Fellow
Dr. Chad Whited successfully completed his clinical laryngology fellowship at the end of June, and started his new position in private practice in Austin, Texas. Although he did not stay in Madison, it clearly had a positive impact on him. He attended at many Badger sporting events, was a member of a local running group, and frequented the many local parks and restaurants. His technical skill was outstanding, and his academic productivity impressive, with several manuscripts and two book chapters in just one year. We will miss him, and happily welcome him back for the laryngeal dissection course in the spring.
Incoming Head & Neck Fellow
Dr. Cheryl Nocon will be completing a year-long Head and Neck Oncology & Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery fellowship with us starting July 2015. She comes to us after successfully completing her Otolaryngology residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals. Dr. Nocon completed medical school at Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. We eagerly welcome her to our team!