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Ben Middelkamp is a communications coordinator for Indiana University School of Medicine, where he supports Stark Neurosciences Research Institute and the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. Before joining the Office of Strategic Communications in December 2019, Ben spent nearly six years as a newspaper reporter in two Indiana cities. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Convergent Journalism from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2014, Ben enjoys translating his background in journalism to the communications and marketing needs of the school and its physicians and researchers.
Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched the United States through achievements and contributions to society. Stark Neurosciences Research Institute at Indiana University School of Medicine proudly celebrates the diversity of the institute's faculty, postdoctoral researchers, students and staff. We spoke with Juan Codocedo, PhD and Nur Jury Garfe, PhD, about their backgrounds and pursuit of science.
David Haggerty, a PhD student in the Medical Neuroscience Graduate Program at Stark Neurosciences Research Institute at Indiana University School of Medicine, has spent the summer as one of about two dozen fellows with Flagship Pioneering, a venture capital firm based out of Cambridge, Massachusetts that creates biotechnology, life sciences, health and sustainability companies. Flagship is best known for incubating Moderna, the company that developed one of the COVID-19 vaccines.
The Department of Otolaryngology has a longstanding history of its residents placing into nationally recognized fellowship programs and hospitals. Most residents—about 60%—enter fellowship programs. The rest go straight to work in hospitals and private practices. And about half of the residents practice academic medicine.
Shortly into the pandemic, Hande Karahan, PhD, and Nancy Carpenter, the donor of a fellowship that supported Karahan’s research a year prior, decided to reconnect.
They could only meet outside, several feet apart, and spent their time together on long walks, hiking in local parks and visiting with horses. Those walks and talks in nature have since led to a strong friendship, a connection both say has changed their lives for the better.
The Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine has grown significantly over the past three years with the addition of 14 new physicians and scientists, nearly doubling the number of department faculty since 2019.
Vijay Ramakrishnan, MD, professor of otolaryngology—head and neck surgery, is the newest faculty member to join the department.
Matthew Partain, MD, Philip Rosen, MD, and Lauren Sowa, MD, joined the department this past fall—all as assistant professors of clinical otolaryngology—head and neck surgery. The pediatric otolaryngology physicians offer clinical care to children and their families at Riley Hospital for Children in downtown Indianapolis as well as at IU Health North in Carmel.
The department’s fellowships are designed to prepare trainees for a career in academic medicine. Outside of clinical duties at multiple IU Health locations across Indianapolis, a strong emphasis is placed on research as well as each fellow’s role as a future educator.