Kourosh Parham received his Ph.D. degree from Northern Illinois University after studying effects of age-related hearing loss (ARHL) on the acoustic startle response (ASR) and the role of subnuclei of the inferior colliculus in modulation of the ASR. He underwent a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in central auditory neurobiology at the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC). He completed medical school in 2000 followed by a residency in otolaryngology, head and neck, surgery in 2005 at the University of Connecticut SOM. He has been an Assistant Professor of surgery/otolaryngology HNS at UCHC since 2005. He is currently the Director of research at the Division of Otolaryngology-HNS. He is active as a practicing general otolaryngologist and a researcher. Areas of active research include the following: (1) ototoxicity: emphasis is on ameliorating cisplatin-induced ototoxicity through intratympanic (IT) application of steroids, (2) ARHL: emphasis is on how aging interacts with ototoxicity to produce worse outcomes and in particular whether IT drugs that help protect the young ear are also effective in the aged ear, (3) otosclerosis: a tissue culture model for otosclerosis based on osteoblasts is used to better understand the pathogenesis of this disease and determine how bisphosphonates serve to treat otosclerosis, (4) benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV): a pilot prospective clinical trial is underway to further evaluate an association between BPPV and osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, (5) head and neck cancer screening: a prospective clinical trial is underway to determine whether screening with Narrow band imaging (NBI) is advantageous to the conventional white light examination in identification of early head and neck mucosal lesions, (6) transnasal esophagoscopy: a retrospective study is underway to determine if tolerance of this in-office procedure varies as a function of age.
Biography Updated on 21 March 2011