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Our Team

The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head & Neck Center is a pioneer facility; the first ever to take an interdisciplinary approach to the treatment of head and neck cancer. Since our opening in 1980, we have continued to stay in the forefront of care, treating patients from all over the world. 

Lee M. Akst, M.D.

Lee M. Akst, M.D.
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

Patti Bailey, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech Pathology Coordinator
The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head & 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.
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

 Joseph A. Califano, III, MD, F.A.C.S

Joseph A. Califano, III, MD. F.A.C.S.
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.

You can learn more and watch a short video on Dr. Califano by clicking here. Also, feel free to download Dr. Califano's CV by clicking here.

 

Gwen Camacho
Administrative Assistant
Milton J. Dance Jr. Head & Neck Center

  • Gwen is responsible for managing phone calls, scheduling patient appointments and registering them on the date of their office visit.
Kenneth Charles Fletcher, M.D.

Kenneth Charles Fletcher, M.D.
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

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.
Dorothy Gold, M.S.W., LCSW-C, OSW-C

Dorothy Gold, M.S.W., 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 & 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.

 Melissa E. Kim, M.S., CCC-SLP

Melissa E. Kim, M.S., 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.
Barbara P. Messing, M.A., CCC-SLP, BRS-S Barbara P. Messing, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Clinical Director, The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head & Neck Center
Clinical Specialist Head and Neck Rehabilitation
Board Recognized Specialist in Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders
Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head & Neck Center

  • Member of  ASHA, SID 3, SID 13, IAL- certified instructor of alaryngeal speech, MSHA, and DRS (Dysphagia Research Society)
  • Barbara has over 20 years of clinical experience in Speech-Language Pathology treating pediatrics through adults.  Her clinical interests are in the areas of head and neck rehabilitation, voice, swallowing and craniofacial disorders.   She is actively involved in evidenced-based research with patients undergoing combination chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and is a member of the GBMC Craniofacial team.
 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.

 Dr. Sciubba

Dr. James Sciubba

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. 

Jessica Silinonte, M.S. CF-SLP

Jessica Silinonte M.S., 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.
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.

Karen M. Ulmer, B.S.N., R.N., C.O.R.L.N.

Karen M. Ulmer, B.S.N., R.N., C.O.R.L.N.
Otolaryngology Nurse Specialist
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.

 

 

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