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Otolaryngology expands faculty and clinical services in Indy suburbs

Two of the newest Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery physicians have not only added to the expertise of the faculty, but they’ve expanded the department’s clinical coverage of ear, nose and throat care in suburban Indianapolis.

Alhasan Elghouche, MD, MS, and Satyan Sreenath, MD, both joined the department in 2021 as assistant professors of clinical otolaryngology—head and neck surgery.

Elghouche earned his medical degree and, in 2021, completed his otolaryngology residency at IU School of Medicine. Sreenath comes to the department from the Cleveland Clinic, where he completed a subspecialty fellowship in advanced rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery.

The additions of Elghouche and Sreenath have allowed the team to deliver care to patients at two new suburban locations, bringing the number of clinic locations to nine across the greater Indianapolis area. Sreenath has expanded coverage to patients at IU Health Methodist Medical Plaza South, while Elghouche serves at IU Health Saxony in the northeast suburban area.

We spoke with the two physicians to learn more about their background in otolaryngology.

Alhasan Elghouche, MD

Why did you choose the field of otolaryngology?

The wide variety of patient presentations and the diverse types of operations to address problems in a very intricate area of the head and neck. The ability to make meaningful and lasting positive impacts for patients dealing with significant issues that impact their quality of life.

What drew you to IU School of Medicine?

The strength of the system and its delivery of quality, cutting edge care.

What is your otolaryngology specialty? What are your research and clinical focuses?

General Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. I practice all aspects of Ear, Nose and Throat care and enjoy caring for pediatric and adult patients with a wide variety of conditions including nasal airway obstruction, sinusitis, hearing loss, thyroid/parathyroid disease, obstructive sleep apnea, salivary gland disease, voice problems, and more. My research focuses are also broad and have encompassed basic science research, translational science, quality improvement studies, clinical trial work, and systematic reviews/meta-analyses. The topics are varied and include stem cell research, head and neck cancer, process improvement, and more.

Satyan Sreenath, MD

Why did you choose the field of otolaryngology?

I chose to pursue the field of otolaryngology, or ENT, because I was fascinated by the wide breadth of anatomy and pathophysiology of the head and neck.  As an otolaryngologist, you can both medically and surgically intervene on a vast array of disease that can significantly impact and improve a patient’s day-to-day quality of life.

What drew you to IU School of Medicine?

Across the country, there are many incredible academic institutions but none that in the unique position of IU School of Medicine.  As the sole academic institution in the state of Indiana, IU stands alone as the sole tertiary provider for complex otolaryngologic disease.  Additionally, with an exponentially growing faculty, visionary leadership, and nationally recognized department, I knew the opportunity to establish roots and start my career would be life changing.

What is your otolaryngology specialty? What are your research and clinical focuses?

My sub-specialty in otolaryngology is Advanced Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery.  I provide focused clinical and surgical management for a variety of diseases affecting the nasal airway and paranasal sinuses. Through collaborative efforts with colleagues in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Neurosurgery, I treat diseases of the orbit and anterior skull base through minimally invasive, endoscopic techniques. My research interests primarily lie in outcome analysis of chronic rhinosinusitis treatment, cerebrospinal fluid leak management, and minimally invasive techniques in endoscopic skull base and orbital surgery.

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Ben Middelkamp

Ben Middelkamp is a communications manager for the Department of Neurology, Department of Neurological Surgery and Stark Neurosciences Research Institute at Indiana University School of Medicine. Before joining the Office of Strategic Communications in December 2019, Ben spent nearly six years as a newspaper reporter in two Indiana cities. He 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.