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Joseph A. Califano, III, MD, FACSJoseph A. Califano, III, MD, FACS

Medical Director, Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center
Head and Neck Surgeon
Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

 Dr. Califano earned his medical degree from Harvard University, completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and his fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is a practicing head and neck surgeon with an interest in salivary gland tumors, cancers of the mouth, throat, larynx, sinuses, thyroid, and skull base. He is active investigator who described the initial genetic progression model for head and neck cancer development. He is currently the principal investigator of multiple multi-institutional trials focused on head and neck squamous cell carcinoma and premalignant disease of the head and neck. His current laboratory research interests include the molecular biologic basis of head and neck cancer development, with a particular interest in molecular alterations in premalignant lesions, epigenetic regulation, mitochondrial dysregulation, as well as molecular detection and surveillance.

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Lee M. Akst, MD

Lee M. Akst, MD

Fellowship trained laryngologist
Director, Johns Hopkins Voice Center, Department of Otolaryngology

MD: Yale University School of Medicine
Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital, Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation
Residency: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Board Certified: American Board of Otolaryngology

Dr. Lee Akst specializes in treatment of diseases of the larynx (voicebox), with particular emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of patients with voice and swallowing disorders. He is a leader in the performance of office-based procedures such as vocal fold injection medialization, pulsed KTP laser treatment, pharyngeal pH probes, and transnasal esophagoscopy. Pulsed laser use in the operating room is another focus of his practice, allowing for subspecialty care of laryngeal papilloma, laryngeal dysplasia, and early vocal cord cancers while preserving voice quality.

A member of the American Academy of Otolarynology-Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Akst serves on national committees focused on Voice and also on Laryngology/Broncho-Esophagology Education. He also is an active member of the American Laryngological Association and the American Broncho-Esophagological Association. Some of Dr. Aksts research interests mirror his educational mission, as an area of study includes the teaching of laryngology to residents. Other research interests include development of robotic laryngeal surgery, study of voice and swallowing outcomes following neuro-otologic skull base procedures, and the use of pulsed lasers for treatment of laryngeal disease.

Simon Best, MD

Simon Best, MD

MD: Yale University School of Medicine
Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital, Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation
Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital
Board Certified: American Board of Otolaryngology

Dr. Simon Best is a fellowship-trained laryngeal surgeon whose clinical interests are focused on voice and airway disorders, including the comprehensive care of professional voice users and performers, recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP), vocal cord paralysis, laryngeal cancer, precancerous vocal cord dysplasia, and laryngeal and tracheal stenosis. Dr. Best has particular expertise in laser surgery (KTP laser) for RRP, early glottic cancer, and glottis dysplasia, including office-based laser management of papillomatosis and dysplasia.

Dr. Best's primary research focus is the immunobiology of recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP) and the development of novel immunotherapies to target the underlying viral infection. This research is conducted in collaboration with the Head and Neck cancer and Cervical cancer research groups at Johns Hopkins who also study HPV-related diseases.

Kenneth Charles Fletcher, MD

Kenneth Charles Fletcher, MD

Fellowship trained laryngologist

MD: The University of Alabama School of Medicine
Fellowship: Vanderbilt University
Residency: The University of Virginia
Board Certified: American Board of Otolaryngology

Dr. Fletcher attended Auburn University for his undergraduate education. He attended the University of Alabama School of Medicine, and then completed his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Virginia. After practicing general otolaryngology in Saint Simons Island, Georgia, he pursued further training by completing a fellowship in laryngology and care of the professional voice at Vanderbilt University. Upon completion of his fellowship, he joined ENT associates and became Director of Laryngology at GBMC. Dr. Fletcher is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and has a faculty appointment at Johns Hopkins University as a Clinical Assistant Professor as he serves as a laryngologist for the Johns Hopkins Voice Center at GBMC. His interests include voice, laryngeal and tracheal disorders as well as the full breadth of all other general otolaryngologic problems.

James Sciubba, MD

James Sciubba, DMD, PhD

Dr. James Sciubba is a world-renowned Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist, who has published widely and presents nationally and internationally. He is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. He provides clinical expertise in oral mucous membrane diseases, jaw tumors, odontogenic tumors, assessment and treatment of facial pain and salivary gland diseases.

Margaret L. Skinner, MD

Margaret L. Skinner, MD

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Dr. Margaret Skinner is an assistant professor with the Department of OtolaryngologyHead and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Skinners clinical interests include general pediatric otolaryngology, disorders of the pediatric airway, congenital anomalies and tumors of the head and neck, sinus and endoscopic surgery, and chronic ear disease and hearing loss. Dr. Skinners research efforts have focused on disorders of the pediatric airway.

Dr. Skinner has received several accolades for her clinical practice and research, including a University Research Committee resident research grant from the Medical University of South Carolina and recognition for the best record in otorhinolaryngology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Dr. Skinner is a member of the American Academy of OtolaryngologyHead and Neck Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Skinner earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her medical degree from the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She completed a residency in otolaryngologyhead and neck surgery and general surgery internship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Skinner completed a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Childrens Hospital Boston and served as a Clinical Fellow in Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School. 

Patti Bailey, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Pathology Coordinator
The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center

Member of ASHA SID 2, SID 5, SID 13, SID 15

Patti's professional interests include pediatrics (speech, language, feeding, and swallowing) and rehabilitation of neurogenic speech and language disorders in adults and children. She is also an active member of the GBMC Craniofacial team.

Melissa Bidlack, MS, MM, CCC-SLP

Melissa Bidlack, MS, MM, CCC-SLP

Melissa Bidlack, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and singing voice specialist at Johns Hopkins Voice Center. She completed her clinical fellowship at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, specializing in voice, swallowing, and neurological disorders.  Ms. Bidlack received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Columbia University Teachers College. She also holds a Master of Music degree from Rice University in Vocal Performance. Prior to her career in speech-language pathology, she performed as a professional opera singer and served on the voice faculty at Whitman College. Ms. Bidlack is certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) and holds a bilingual speech pathology teaching certificate in French.

Lisa Clossey

Lisa Clossey

Member of ASHA
Certified Brain Injury Specialist
Lisa's clinical interests are in the areas of adult speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders.

 

 

Samantha Gebhart, BS

Samantha Gebhart, BS

Clinical Research Coordinator
ACRP-Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Samantha works with both the Dance Center and the Voice Center to enroll patients in various research protocols. As the primary Research Coordinator for these departments, she is responsible for assessing which patients are eligible for different protocols. Samantha is responsible for informing patients of the studies that they qualify for, and for enrolling patients in those studies when they are willing to participate.

Dorothy Gold, MSW, LCSW-C, OSW-C

Dorothy Gold, MSW, LCSW-C, OSW-C

Senior Clinical Oncology Social Worker
The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head & Neck Center

Board certified oncology social worker, member of the Association of Oncology Social Workers, National Association of Social Workers, and the Academy of Certified Social Workers.

Dorothy has a special interest in assisting head and neck cancer patients and their families with the adjustments related to diagnosis, treatment and recovery. 

Karen Harrer, MSW, LCSW-C

Karen Harrer, MSW, LCSW-C

Clinical Oncology Social Worker
The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center

Member of Association of Oncology Social Workers Karen has a clinical interest in assisting head and neck cancer patients and their families with the emotional adjustments and practical issues related to diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

 

Jamie K. Perez, M.S., CCC-SLPJamie K. Perez, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist 

Member of ASHA, SIG 13

Jaime holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from James Madison University and a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola University.

Professional interests include pediatrics (speech, language, feeding and swallowing), raniofacial disorders, and adult swallowing disorders.

In addition to seeing children in the outpatient clinic, Jaime also works with infants and children in the neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU), newborn nursery, pediatric department, and is a member of the GBMC Cleft Lip & Palate team.

Melissa E. Kim, MS, CCC-SLP

Clinical Specialist, Head and Neck Rehabilitation
The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head & Neck Center

Member of ASHA, SID 3, SID 5, SID 13, MSHA, ACPA

Melissa's clinical interests are in the areas of voice and swallowing disorders, including head and neck cancer rehabilitation and care and treatment of the professional voice user. She is actively involved in evidenced-based research with patients undergoing combination chemotherapy and radiation therapy. She coordinates a community voice screening program and is a member of the GBMC Craniofacial team.

Jason Kortte, M.S., CCC-SLPJason Kortte, M.S., CCC-SLP

Senior Speech-Language Pathologist
The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center

Member of ASHA, SID - 2 Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders; SID-13 Special Interest Group 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)

Jason’s clinical interests are in the areas of adult speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders following neurological impairments including stroke and traumatic brain injury. He has received specialized training in cognitive rehabilitation by the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. As an affiliate faculty member at Loyola University, he has instructed graduate students on the assessment and treatment of aphasia.

Barbara P. Messing, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Barbara P. Messing, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Administrative - Clinical Director
The Milton J. Dance, Jr Head & Neck Center
Johns Hopkins Head & Neck Surgery
Johns Hopkins Voice Center
Clinical Specialist in Head & Neck Cancer Rehabilitation
Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders

Member of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Dysphagia Research Society, International Association of Laryngectomees - Certified Instructor of Alaryngeal Speech, American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.

Barbara Pisano Messing, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S is the Administrative-Clinical Director of the Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center, Johns Hopkins Head & Neck Surgery and Johns Hopkins Voice Center located at GBMC in Baltimore, Maryland. She is an adjunct professor at Loyola University, Baltimore, Maryland. She is recognized as a Clinical Specialist in Head and Neck Rehabilitation and a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She lectures nationally and internationally on dysphagia. Her clinical and research interests are in the area of head and neck cancer rehabilitation, dysphagia and voice disorders.

Keri Ryniak, RD, CSO, LDN, CNSD

Keri Ryniak, RD, CSO, LDN, CNSD

Oncology Dietitian

Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Dietitian
Certified Nutrition Support Dietitian
Member of the American Dietetic Association

Keri has a clinical interest in providing support and management of the nutritional needs of cancer patients.

Marisa Sanders, MFA, MA, CCC-SLP

Marisa Sanders, MFA, MA, CCC-SLP

Marisa received her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northern Illinois University and completed her clinical fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Voice Center. Prior to her career in speech pathology, she worked as a professional actor in New York City and Chicago. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from The Actors Studio Drama School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Clemson University. Marisa is certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment and has extensive training in the Alexander Technique, yoga, and dance.

Dan Sherwood, MS/CCC-SP, HSE

Dan Sherwood, MS/CCC-SP, HSE

Clinical Vocologist

-Focusing on rehabilitation and retraining of the professional voice.

-Special interests include breathing retraining and movement education, with training in alternative/complementary disciplines, including Hanna Somatics®, Associative Awareness Technique™, Optimal Breathing®.

Jessica Silinonte, MS, CCC-SLP

Jessica Silinonte, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Jessica graduated from Loyola University Maryland with her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2011. She completed her clinical fellowship here at the Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Cancer Center.

Her training has been focused on the evaluation and treatment of adult swallowing, and speech-language disorders with special interest in head and neck rehabilitation and voice.

Karen M. Ulmer, BSN, RN, CORLN

Karen M. Ulmer, BSN, RN, CORLN

Oncology Nurse Specialist
The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head & Neck Center

Karen has 20 years experience working with head and neck oncology patients and their families/friends. She enjoys helping patients achieve their individual goals during and after therapy.

Karen has expertise in the management of tracheostomies. She is available for inpatient and outpatient tracheostomy consultations.

Karen is certified in Otorhinolaryngology, Head-Neck Nursing (CORLN) care.

Karen is active in the Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses on both the local and national levels.

Lisa Valasek

Lisa Valasek

Senior Speech Pathologist

Member of ASHA, SID 3

Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) Certified

Lisa's professional interests include diagnosis and treatment of adult voice, speech/language, and swallowing disorders, including head and neck rehabilitation.

 

Courtney Baldwin

Courtney Baldwin

Senior Medical Secretary

Courtney is responsible for patient check in/out, faxes, scanning, answering the phone, making appointments, and verfing insurance.

Colleen Bialczak

Colleen Bialczak

Practice Coordinator

Colleen assists the Administrative-Clinical Director with developing and implementing office practices that assure the best possible experience for our patients, hiring and training of front office staff, establishing objectives for the front office and evaluating performance. She also schedules office appointments and provides clerical support for the physicians and clinical staff.

Amanda Diaz

Amanda Diaz

Senior Medical Secretary

Amanda started working at GBMC in the Wound Care Center in 2011 as a secretary. She transferred to the Milton J. Dance Jr., Head and Neck Center in May 2014. She schedules various appointments for the Voice Center and Head and Neck Center. Amanda handles the phone calls for the Voice Center, checks in (registers) patients and checks out patients. She is responsible for making sure the patients have what they need for their appointment and that the doctor or clinician has all of the notes needed to see the patient.

Rochelle Goode

Rochelle Goode

Senior Medical Secretary

Rochelle came to GBMC Head and Neck Surgery in 2008 as a Patient Services Associate. After 1 year of lay off in 2012, she returned to GBMC in July of 2013 as a Patient Services Associate for the new Center of Neurology. In April of 2014 Rochelle returned to Head and Neck Surgery as a Senior Medical Secretary. Her primary responsibilities are patient registration and check out, new patient intake and taking care of three doctors' schedules.

Keemani Haskins

Keemani Haskins

Patient Accounts Coordinator

Keemani joined GBMC in 2008. She verifies insurance benefits, obtains authorizations and referrals for upcoming procedures and treatment. She bills procedures and ensures correct diagnosis codes are in the patient's record. Keemani assists the front desk with scheduling, patient registration, insurance, scheduling, and billing issues.

Angie Howard-Rivera, RMA, CCMA

Itzel (Angie) Howard-Rivera, RMA, CCMA

Certified Medical Assistant, Lead

Itzel joined the Head and Neck Surgery Department in March, 2006. She is a member of American Registry of Medical Assistant and National Healthcareer Association. Itzel assists physicians in the exam room with direct patient care. She is responsible for taking vitals, updating medication lists, assists with office procedures, processes labs, refills medication requests, tracks diagnostic tests and lab results.

Ewa Lesniak

Ewa Lesniak

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant

Ewa worked for 8 year as a registered nurse in Poland. She joined John Hopkins Voice Center at GBMC in December, 2013 after receiving the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant credential from National Health Career Association. Ewa is responsible for escorting patients, obtaining vitals, updating electronic health record, sending reports, refilling medication requests, setting up instrumentation and procedure rooms.

Sharnet Logan

Senior Medical Secretary

Sharnet joined the Head and Neck Surgery Department in April 2009 as a Patient Service Assistant and became a Senior Medical Secretary in September 2013. Sharnet assists in extensive check-out, scheduling new patients and radiology procedures and making sure patients have referrals and authorizations for certain procedures. Sharnet also sends patients for different referrals such as Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology.  Her role is to make sure all patients are checked-out and scheduled accordingly.

Alelaine Moye

Senior Medical Secretary

Alelaine joined GBMC in 1997 working as a unit clerk on Unit 36 and transferred to the Head and Neck Surgery Department in 2007. 

As Surgical Poster, she meets with patients to coordinate scheduling of surgical and diagnostic procedures, arranges for pre-admission testing, verifies insurance eligibility and authorizes surgical procedures. She also performs office billing, schedules office appointments and provides general clerical support.

Josita Peters

Senior Medical Secretary/Medical Assistant

Josita Peters joined The Milton J. Dance, Jr., Head & Neck Center in August of 2006. She started as an Insurance Specialist, then transferred over to Senior Medical Secretary. Josita's responsibilities are preparing the exam rooms for patients, setting up for different procedures, tracking SLP reports, sending reports to physicians, ordering supplies, obtaining vitals, and lab work.

Susan Plunkett

Susan Plunkett

Senior Medical Secretary

Provides secretarial support for the department. Schedules and coordinates new and follow up patient appointments for The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center and The Johns Hopkins Voice Center with telephone support.  Primary registration for The Johns Hopkins Voice Center.  Prepares and prints daily schedule and distributes to appropriate personal. Review of patient billing sheets, referrals, and office notes in preparation for scheduled appointments daily.  Collects co-pays, processes/closes credit card payments and records patient charges. Performs detailed and precise data entry for patients in Meditech and eCW. Participates in staff orientation and education.

Kandi Smith

Kandi Smith

Patient Accounts Coordinator

Kandi joined GBMC in 2009 as a Senior Medical Secretary. She is currently the Patient Accounts Coordinator for the Johns Hopkins Voice Center. Her duties include verifying insurance eligibility and obtaining authorizations and referrals for procedures. She also does the billing for the Voice Center doctors as well as the speech pathologists. She is also the surgical scheduler for the Voice Center.

Christine Swerdlin

Christine Swerdlin, CST

Senior Medical Secretary

Christine comes to us from the GBMC General Operating Room where she worked as a Surgical Technologist. She transferred to the Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center in July, 2014. You will see Christine at the front desk where she handles phone calls for the Dance Head and Neck Center and the Johns Hopkins Voice Center. She schedules and registers patients primarily for the Dance Head and Neck Center. She also prepares patient charts, requests doctors' notes as needed, and makes follow-up calls for clinicians and staff.

 

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