50205-Chen, Diane

Diane Chen, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Email dc16@iu.edu
FH 400
Indianapolis, IN
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Diane Chen, MD is a dual fellowship-trained pediatric otolaryngologist and surgical oncologist of the head and neck. She joined Indiana University School of Medicine faculty in 2022.

After growing up in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Chen moved to Houston, Texas to attend Rice University where she graduated summa cum laude in Biochemistry & Cell Biology. She then completed her medical training at Baylor College of Medicine, was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, and stayed at Baylor to complete her otolaryngology residency. During her training, she developed a passion for surgical oncology and managing complex tumors in both adults and pediatric patients. This led her to complete a Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, followed by a Pediatric Otolaryngology fellowship at Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital, Northwestern University in Chicago. She is an active member of the Women in Head and Neck Service in the American Head & Neck Society and the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology.

Dr. Chen is a gifted and compassionate surgeon who have hopes in creating a continuity of care pathway in young patients with head and neck pathologies who reach adulthood. She has published on a variety of topics related to head and neck cancer and airway surgeries. Her warm and approachable disposition combined with technical expertise also makes her an outstanding mentor to residents and medical students. She was a finalist in 2021 Exemplary Senior Trainee Award with the Women in Otolaryngology program with AAO-HNS. Her clinical interests are in pediatric head and neck tumors, complex airway surgery and reconstruction, survivorship, and robotic surgery.

Outside of work, Dr. Chen can be found enjoying yoga, rock climbing, and spending time with her family.

Key Publications

  1. Chen DW, Billings KR, Ida JB, Lavin J, Ghadersohi S, Valika T.  Salivary gland surgery and nonviral respiratory-related hospitalizations in children with neurodevelopmental impairment. Int J Ped Otorhinolaryngol 2022. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijporl.2022.111362.

  2. Pinzas LA, Chen DW, Liou NE, Donovan DT, Ongkasuwan J. “Inpatient type 1 thyroplasty versus injection laryngoplasty for vocal fold movement after extent type I and II aortic repair” Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology. 2022;131(12):1340-1345. doi: 10.1177/00034894211070132

  3. Chen DW, Ellis MA, Horwich P, Sandulache VC, Liou NE, Hernandez DJ, et al. “Free flap inset techniques in salvage laryngopharyngectomy repair: impact on fistula formation and function” Laryngoscope 2021;131:E875-881. doi: 10.1002/lary.28939. 

  4. Chen DW, Wang T, Shey-Sen Ni, Sandulache VC, Graboyes EM, Worley M, Hornig JD, Skoner JM, Day TA, Huang AT. “Prognostic factors associated with achieving total oral diet after glossectomy with microvascular free tissue transfer reconstruction.” Oral Oncol 2019;92:59-66. doi: 10.1016/j.oraloncology.2019.03.005.

  5. Chen DW, Liu YC. “Routine admission to step-down unit as an alternative to intensive care unit after pediatric supraglottoplasty.” Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 2019 Jan;116:181-85. doi: 1016/j.ijporl.2018.11.003

  6. Chen DW, Lewin JS, Xu L, Lai SY, Gunn GB, Fuller CD, Mohamed ASR, Kanwar A, Sturgis EM, Hutcheson KA. “Feeding tube utilization in patients with salivary gland malignancies.” J. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2016 Oct. doi:10.1177/0194599816666038

  7. Richter A, Chen DW and Ongkasuwan J. “Surveillance direct laryngoscopy and bronchoscopy in children with tracheostomies”. Laryngoscope 2015 Oct;10:2393-7. doi: 10.1002/lary.25254

Titles & Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
  • Education
    2022 FEL Fellowship, Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital, Northwestern University
    2021 FEL Fellowship, Indiana University School of Medicine
    2020 RES Otolaryngology Residency, Baylor College of Medicine
    2015 MD Baylor College of Medicine
    2011 BS Rice University
  • Research
    Her research interests center on clinical outcomes in pediatric head and neck tumors, thyroid surgery, airway surgery, and pediatric free flap reconstruction
  • Professional Organizations
    Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
    American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
    American Head and Neck Society
    American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Otolaryngology - Otolaryngology
  • Clinical Interests
    Pediatric head and neck tumors
    Pediatric thyroid disease
    Head and neck cancer
    Airway surgery and reconstruction
    Robotic surgery
  • Awards
    Org: Alpha Omega Alpha
    Date: 2014-01-01

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