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Interns walk the halls of Duke University Hospital during their first day of residency in 2021. | Photo credit: Dr. Charles Woodard, Duke HNS&CS

Charles Woodard, MD Associate Professor of HNS&CS Director, Otolaryngology Residency Program

A Message from Dr. Woodard:

“We’ve come to the time of year where we wish our graduating chief residents the best as they embark on the next stage in their careers.  They are the leaders of tomorrow. 

We also welcome in new team members who are beginning their journey in otolaryngology-head & neck surgery. The future is bright for all of us!”

2022 Duke HNS&CS Residency Graduates

Congratulations to the following graduates of Duke HNS&CS residency programs:

Emily Commesso, MD

Sleep Surgery Fellowship
USC Keck School of Medicine

Sarah Kortebein, MD

Otology Fellowship
Pittsburgh Ear Associates

Blaine Smith, MD

Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship
UNC Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery

Anna Lazutkin, MD

Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center, Israel

Incoming Duke HNS&CS Residents

Welcome to the following incoming residents of Duke Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences:

Hannah Crowder, MD

Medical School: George Washington University

Nicholas Frisco, MD

Medical School: Duke University

Lisa Earnest-Noble, MD

Medical School: Weill Cornell Medical College
Preliminary Year: Duke General Surgery Residency Program

Trevor Torgerson, DO

Medical School: Oklahoma State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Duke Medical School Graduates

Congratulations to the following graduates of Duke University School of Medicine who are entering into Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residencies:

Nicholas Frisco, MD

Hometown: Tampa, FL
Undergrad: Johns Hopkins University
Residency: Duke University

Ryan Huang, MD

Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Undergrad: Harvard University
Residency: Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York

Elish Mahajan, MD

Hometown: Cary, NC
Undergrad: Duke University
Residency: Stanford University (research track)

Allison Oliva, MD

Hometown: Fort Myers, FL
Undergrad: Harvard University
Residency: University of Miami

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