Department News
February 2018

Congratulations to:

Dr. Shubhi Singh was this years recipient of the Dr.  Diane Biehl Research Award from the postgraduate Medical Education, College of Medicine, Max Rady Faulty of Medicine, Dr. Singh was awarded a monetary award for her research project.

June 2017

Congratulations to:


Dr. Michael Gousseau who has completed his Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Residency and was successful on his Royal College Fellowship exam.
The Department wishes Dr. Gousseau all the best in his future career.  Dr. Gousseau plans to relocate to Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

Dr. Nickolas Tkaczyk (PGY 2) and his supervisors Candace Myers and Dr. Paul Kerr who won Second Prize in the Poliquin Resident Research Competition at the 2017 CSO Meeting held in Saskatoon, SK this past week.

His manuscript and podium presentation “Late effects of treatment following radiation for advanced oropharyngeal cancer”    This work demonstrated deteriorating function 3-7 years post RT/CRT in the largest prospective cohort of oropharyngeal cancer patients in the literature to date. The results support the use of non-radiation based treatments in younger patients with HPV positive OPC.

Dr. Darren Leitao was recently nominated by the family of one of his patients for the  “Heart Your Hospital.”   This is an ongoing campaign by The Children’s Hospital Foundation that allows patients and families to nominate exceptional hospital staff who they felt made a difference in their child’s life.

Dr. Thilemann  won 3rd prize on her poster presentation "Do lateral neck x-rays predict epiglottitis? An institutional experience" at the Postgraduate Medical Education Resident Research Competition held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.


Resident Research Day May 11 & 12, 2017


 Dr. Paige Moore 2017 Book Prize winner for her presentation on:
"Quality of the patients with velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI)"

The annual Resident Research Day was held on May 12, 2017 In the Apotex Centre. and was a huge success.

A special thank you goes out to our Visiting Professor Dr. Robert V. Harrison from the University of Toronto who presented at Grand Rounds on May 11, 2017 and was our adjudicator for the resident presentation.

 March 22, 2017


Dr. Adrian Gooi on his recent University of Manitoba promotion to Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

 February 1, 2017




2017 CMA President-Elect

Congratulations to Dr. F. Gigi Osler who has been elected the 2017 CMA President elect nominee.  Dr. Osler has been practicing in Manitoba
since 1998 and is Head of the Section of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at St. Boniface Hospital.  Pending confirmation of the nominations
by the General Council in August, Dr. Osler will service as President elect until August 2018 were she will then become CMA President.

The Department wishes Dr. Osler all the best as CMA President elect.

August 19-21, 2016

The Prairie Otolaryngology

Join us for the 3rd annual Prairie Otolaryngology Weekend at the beautiful Elkhorn Resort, Spa and Conference Centre located in central Manitoba!

The Prairie Otolaryngology Weekend is designed to provide Otolaryngologist - Head & Neck Surgeons from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Northwestern Ontario an opportunity for continuing professional development.

Click HERE to download a conference agenda. 

We hope to see you there!


July 1, 2016

Dr. Kerr is pleased to announce the following:   

Dr. Norbert Viallet has been appointed the Postgraduate Residency Program Director.  Dr. Viallet takes on this position from Dr. Donna Sutherland as she steps down after five years in this position.

Dr. Darren Leitao has been appointed as the Undergraduate Program Director for the Department.  Dr. Leitao takes on this position from Dr. Adrian Gooi who will be relocating to British Columba.

We wish them much success.

June, 2016


This year we had three residents graduate from our Program.

Dr. Dana Wong will start her private practice in Otology in Nanaimo, BC
Dr. Diana Khalil will be doing her Head & Neck Fellowship at the University of Ottawa, ON
Dr. Ali Esmail will doing his Plastics and Reconstruction Fellowship at Princeton University, New Jersey

The Department wishes them much success in their careers!



May 12 & 13, 2016


Dr. Michael Gousseau this years Book Prize recipient at the annual Resident Research Day on his presentation:

"A Novel Temporal Bone Dissection Scale for Use in Resident Assessment and Qualification"

A special thank you to Dr. David Schuller our visiting Professor and Grand Rounds presenter from the Ohio State University, College of Medicine.

June, 2015



Dr. Trung Le on the successful completion of his Royal College Final Exam.  Dr Le has accepted a Fellowship in British Columbia.





May 7 & 8, 2015


Dr. Pahwa was the Book Prize winner at the Department of Otolaryngology Resident Research Day for his  presentation on:

"Systematic review of Respiratory Complications in Tonsillectomy" 

Special thanks to Dr. Sam J. Daniel, McGill University, for joining us as this year's visiting professor and Grand
Rounds presenter/adjudicator for this year's Resident Research Day Presentations.



February 25, 2015




Dr. Adrian Gooi 

The College of Medicine Teacher Recognition and MMSA Teaching Awards Dinner was held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the Brodie Atrium.  Medical students from the class of 2017 honored some of the teachers who made an impact on their lives.  There were over 20 nominees in the Med I and Med II Pre-clerkship

This year the MMSA presented Dr. Gooi with the Class of 2017 Innovation and Mentorship Award.  Congratulations for a job well done.           



February 25, 2015


Dr. Kerr is pleased to announce that Dr. Andrea Darnbrough has taken on the position of Tracheostomy Service, Physician Lead, at the Health Sciences Centre. In her new position, Dr. Darnbrough has a leadership role in optimizing care of tracheotomy patients within the Centre.  Both administrative and standard of care guidelines will be developed from a multi-disciplinary team approach.  As a Fellowship trained Laryngologist, she will also be providing broader support to the WRHA in the management of complex airway, voice and swallowing disorders.

Dr. Jordan Hochman has been appointed as the Associate Head, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.  He is primarily responsible for providing medical leadership in managing the Adult Otolaryngology Clinic at HSC.  He will be actively involved with implementation of Accuro, the new EMR system in the Clinic.  In addition, he will provide administrative support in my absence where appropriate.

Please welcome Dr. Darnbrough and Dr. Hochman into their new positions.


January 23, 2015

Dr. Trung Le (PGY 5) on being selected to present his research on "Mannitol and the Blood-Labyrinth Barrier" at the upcoming
Triological Society Combine Sections meeting held in Sand Diego, CA from January 22-24, 2015.  Congratulations are also
extended to Dr. Le on Winnipeg First Place Poster award.

November 17, 2014

Surgical Hearing Implant Program Recognized for Milestone Achievement

Mathew Spears, 2, was given cochlear implants after meningitis left him deaf in both ears. (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)The success of the Surgical Hearing Implant Program in providing cochlear implants to Manitobans who are deaf or hard-of-hearing was recently featured by the local media.  The Surgical team at Health Sciences Centre in partnership with the Audiologists and Auditory-Verbal Therapists at Central Speech and Hearing Clinic held a brief press conference to mark the 100th implant patient since the program was initiated in 2011. Several cochlear implant recipients were in attendance to demonstrate how their implants have impacted their ability to communicate with friends and loved ones. 

Please click the links below for more information including video from the event!

Winnipeg Free Press

CTV News Winnipeg

Global News Winnipeg

The Surgical Hearing Implant Program would like to thank the communications staff at HSC for their hard work in making this event a success!

November 17, 2014


The Surgical Hearing Implant Program was initiated in the Summer of 2011 to offer cochlear implants and bone anchored implants to Manitobans who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.  The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority in partnership with the Central Speech and Hearing Clinic, are dedicated to assisting children and adults who are deaf or hard-of-hearing to fully integrate into the hearing world.  Manitobans can now receive preoperative evaluation, surgery, and post-operative rehabilitation without leaving the province. 

Come and learn about cochlear implants and how they impact the lives of Manitobans!

WHEN:        Monday, November 17, 2014 at 1:00pm

WHERE:      AD113 - 720 McDermot Ave. (Health Sciences Centre)

Click the flyer below for more information:






We hope to see you there!

August 22, 2014

Join us for the 2nd annual Prairie Otolaryngology Weekend at the beautiful Elkhorn Resort, Spa and Conference Centre located in central Manitoba!

The Prairie Otolaryngology Weekend is designed to provide Otolaryngologist - Head & Neck Surgeons from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Northwestern Ontario an opportunity for continuing professional development.

Click HERE to register online.

Click HERE to download a conference agenda. 

We hope to see you there!





June 30, 2014


Dr. Bella Wu on the successful completion of her Royal College Final Exam.  Dr. Wu will be practicing in British Columbia.

Dr. Mohammed Alessia for the completion of his Head & Neck Fellowship.  Dr. Alessia will be returning to Saudi Arabia.

The Department wishes both Bella and Mohammed much success in their careers!


May 2, 2014

Dr. Trung Le, PGY-4

Dr. Lee was the Book Prize winner at the Department of Otolaryngology Resident Research Day for his  presentation on:

"Mannitol and the Blood Labyrinth Barrier"

Dr. Dana Wong

Dr. Dana Wong was an honorable mention for her presentation on:

"Comparison of Cadaveric and Isomorphic Virtual Haptic Simulation in Temporal Bone Education"                                                                           

*Special thanks to Emad Massoud from Dalhousie University for coming as
visiting professor, Grand Rounds presenter and Adjudicator of this year's resident presentations.

January 29, 2014

Teacher Recognition and MMSA Teaching Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Adrian Gooi on his recent honors:

Nominated for:

Class of 2016 Med I Teaching Award for Mentorship
"This award recognizes teachers who make themselves accessible through giving of their time, attention, and life experiences to mentor students through the pre-clerkship years."


Class of 2015 Med II Teaching Award for Inspiration
"This award recognizes teachers for their ability to convey the importance of what is being taught in an influential, stimulating and dedicated manner."

Winner of the:

Class of 2016 Med I Teaching Award for Innovation
"This award recognizes teachers for their leading improvement, creativity and development of engaging and flexible learning experiences."

Dr. Gooi has done a great job of advancing the department’s profile nationally and within the faculty with all his good work. He has invitations abroad in Canada and the US to discuss novel approaches to medical education. Much of his success with the students has been from his tremendous commitment and his level of availability to both the staff and students.

November 28, 2013

Bringing Hope to Life - Brad Mehling's Story

Brad’s hearing had always been difficult, but he could hear enough to make his way and read lips to fill in any gaps and achieve a very successful career in Education.  However in November, 2010 his world literally went silent, as he lost any residual hearing he had due to a serious infection. His only hope to hear again was to have a Cochlear Implant, revolutionary technology that can restore hearing by placing an electrode along the cochlear nerve.  Brad had out-of-province surgery in March 2011, but unfortunately within the first six months the implant failed.  


Brad remembers that day in November 2010 well, "I woke up, and I couldn’t hear a thing. It was scary, disorienting.  I fell down, couldn’t move around properly. It’s hard to describe how it feels to have absolutely no sound,” says Brad. "I was faced with losing my job, my career ... Click here to read more on Brad Mehling's Story

September 28, 2013

Dr. Jordan Hochman traded his surgical gown for his running gear to participate in the HSC Foundation Celebrity Human Race.  Jordan was one of 5 representing the HSC Corporate Team, which also included (from left to right) Dana Erickson, Leslie Sarchuk, Jan Schneider and Neil Johnston.   For more information on the team, please click here

It was great fun for the participants who got to mingle with invited celebrities throughout the weekend.  Eighteen corporate teams raised an amazing sum of $500,000 for the Foundation. 

The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery would like to thank the Foundation for its generous support in providing some specialized equipment in the Vestibular Lab and capital equipment for the OR theatre including a facial nerve monitor and a CO2 laser for cancer and middle ear surgery.

April 3, 2013

Congratulations are extended to the following members of the Department:

Every year, the MMSA identifies a faculty member who they would like to fill the role of Honorary Senior Stick for the following 12 months.  These identified individuals are commonly people who students feel they can be open with, respect their opinions, care about student issues, and can provide insight into any topics of importance which arise throughout the year.  This year's MMSA Honorary Senior Stick is Dr. Adrian Gooi. 

Congratulations to Dr. Adrian Gooi on his appointment by Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) as Director-Online Learning.  Dr. Gooi will be coordinating online learning for the Faculty of Medicine.

April 3 2013

The Department of Otolaryngology -Head & Neck Surgery members nominated by the  MMSA Teacher Recognition and Teaching Awards Dinner.  

  • Teaching Excellence Med I: Dr. Adrian Gooi and Dr. Jordan Hochman
  • Most Outstanding Clinician, Clerkship: Dr. Paul Kerr

May 7, 2013

Dr. Trung Le, PGY-3

Dr. Lee was the Book Prize winner at the Department of Otolaryngology Resident Research Day for his  presentation on:

"Validity of 1-hour post-thyroidectomy PTH level inpredicting Hypocalcamia"

Our thanks to Corey Moore from the University of Western Ontario for coming
as our Visiting Professor an Adjudicator of this year's resident presentations and Grand Round's presenter.

June 16, 2013

The Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery Relay Teams
ENT Stridors 1 and Stridors 2 who participated in the recent Manitoba Marathon.
Of the 663 relay teams, ENT Stridors 1 came in 76th and the Stridors 2 came in 405th!!!!

Dr. Jodi Jones
Who completed the half Marathon placing 594th out of 3,848 participants

All in all, a great improvement in time as well as great representation from our Department for this event.

July 1, 2013

Summer Research Students in the Department of Otolaryngology

This summer four students are devoting significant time to research with Dr. Blakley.

Stacy McPhee – University of Manitoba.

Stacy is a second year medical student who is performing the first ever attempt at measuring oxidation-reduction potentials in perilymph.  Oxidation-reduction (REDOX) chemistry is thought to underlie many pathological conditions and although the REDOX potential is the main driver of REDOX physiology the REDOX potential has rarely been directly measured in vivo and never in the inner ear.  This project will assess the normal REDOX potential in perilymph and how it changes with large doses of known powerful antioxidants with potential clinical applicability.

Suzete Almeida-Rocha-D-Silva -Universidade Gama Filho

Carlos Eduardo Alves Garcia– Universidade de Brasília

Victor Medeiros Brandão Florêncio Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

These three medical students from Brazil are welcomed to Winnipeg under the Science without Borders program, which is a joint Canadian-Brazilian government initiative.  They are studying the role of electrical synapses in the auditory system.  While chemical synapses are the best known type of synapse, electrical synapses or gap junctions exist and are particularly common in the auditory system of rodents.  Their presence may partially explain the high frequency hearing capability of these animals.  In conjunction with Dr. Nagy of the Physiology Department these three students are studying the role of connexion-36 (Cx36)  gap junctions in hearing in mice.  To this end Cx36 knockout mice and wild type mice are undergoing auditory brainstem response testing and distortion product otoacoustic emission testing to compare threshold differences across different frequencies.