What we offer
The Department of Otolaryngology is proud to offer several excellent undergraduate and postgraduate learning opportunities.
Watch a brief video to learn more about our department and what we offer.
Our department is committed to the advancement and improvement of patient outcomes across the field of otolaryngology, engaging in several research projects across our areas of specialty including head and neck cancer, otology and animal research on ototoxicity.
We also conduct studies in epidemiology and outcomes for a number of otolaryngology illnesses.
Education and innovation
- Development of 3D projected temporal bone anatomy dataset that could be ultimately used as a teaching tool for medical students and residents - a collaboration with the Virtual Reality Centre
- Collaboration on the creation of a multispecialty surgical simulation lab
Head and neck oncology
Dr. Paul Kerr and Dr. Norbert Viallet
Functional outcomes after treatment of cancer of the upper aerodigestive tract - a prospective database of functional outcomes from CancerCare Manitoba.
Otology - neurotology
- Effect of steroids in ear drops in protecting against ototoxicity in mice
- Prevention of age-related hearing loss with Omega-3 fatty acids
- Evaluation of nerve growth factors in hearing restoration in guinea pigs
- Prevention of totoxicity of aminoglycoside antibiotis in mice
- Use of protective agents used to increase the safety and efficacy of antibiotics
- Limitations in using animal models to study hearing loss
- Development of a novel implantable device to improve hearing loss
- Design of a novel tracheostomy tube for use in difficult patients
- Olfactory and gustatory manipulation and their role in weight loss
- Effect of locus of control on treatment results in patients with dizziness
- Evaluation of tinnitus as a disability
Dr. Darren Leitao and Dr. Jodi Jones
- Development of a database of pediatric sensorineural hearing loss in Manitoba
- Management of T-tube otorrhea
- Meta-analysis of respiratory complications in post-tonsillectomy in children with obstructive sleep apnea
- Otolaryngologic manifestations of 22q11 deletion syndrome
- Vaccination penetrance among cochlear implant recipients in Manitoba
Laboratory for Surgical Modeling, Simulation and Robotics
Our goal is to meet the ever-increasing need to integrate technology into clinical practice and medical education with a mission to create and promote a safer medical experience.
The lab focuses on developing 3D models and equipment for training medical students and professionals in the intricacies of surgical and medical procedures ranging from simple to complex.
Areas of interest include augmented reality systems and human-computer interaction. Specifically, we are interested in the use of rapid-prototypes for surgical training and pre-planning, 3D stereoscopy for learning complex anatomy and the use of haptic interfaces for procedural skills training.
Learn more about the laboratory
The doctors at the Laboratory for Surgical Modeling, Simulation and Robotics are combining advanced graphics technology, 3D printing technology and sheer computer power to improve surgical outcomes for head and neck surgery.
Dr. Bertram Unger and Dr. Jordan Hochman have teamed up with incredible colleagues in UM's Faculty of Engineering to develop novel technologies and simulations to enhance patient care.
Using a combination of 3D modeling, computerized sense of touch and 3D printing, backed by powerful computers, their research is evolving techniques to provide physical models with a real-life feel that can be handled in ways that are almost as real as actual surgery.
The team has also developed one of the world's first and most advanced haptic temporal bone simulations—a computer generated 3D image that students can feel—and they are at the beginning of a mixed reality surgical simulation.
All of these simulation approaches allow the opportunity to practice on a patient without any inherent risks involved.
“There is a really broad array of positive benefits here with this combination of technology,” says Dr. Unger. “From the perspective of younger surgeons, this provides an opportunity to practice skills, with real-time physical feedback and without impacting the patient.
At the other end of the spectrum, more senior, specialized surgeons have the potential to review very specific, detailed, real information on complicated cases—they can even practice if they feel it is necessary. The applications as we go forward are numerous.”
“Human anatomy is incredibly complex, and the details can be incredibly variable,” says Dr. Hochman. “We are beginning to evaluate the benefits to patient outcomes. Our aim is to improve the risk profile by providing surgeons an opportunity to appreciate potential challenges before the patient ever enters the operating theatre. It's essentially a dress rehearsal, specific to each patient,” he said.
“We are grateful to the donors of the HSC Foundation for their support in helping us continue our research.”
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Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Max Rady College of Medicine
Health Sciences Centre GB421 - 820 Sherbrook Street
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada