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March 17th, 2017

Hearing Loss Spurs Doctor to Pay it Forward

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Today, Greta Stamper, Au.D., Ph.D., is a doctor of audiology in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. But her connection to Mayo Clinic dates all the way back to her childhood. Growing up in Iowa, Dr. Stamper was introduced to Mayo at age 10, when her parents took her to see Michael […]

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Tags: audiology, Dr. Greta Stamper, Hearing Loss, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, otorhinolaryngology


January 3rd, 2017

Diagnosis and Treatment for a Rare Disease Brings Back Trish Byrd’s Hearing and Optimism

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In spring 2016, Trish Byrd went deaf. And no one knew why. With constant ear pain and unable to hear, Trish saw seven different doctors in her home state of New Mexico. After months of treatment, there was no improvement in her symptoms. “I kept asking, ‘What’s wrong with me?’” Trish says. “None of my […]

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Tags: Dr. Lester Mertz, Dr. Peter Weisskopf, granulomatosis with polyangiitis, otorhinolaryngology, Rheumatology


November 3rd, 2016

Routine Exam Leads to Successful Tonsil Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

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When Gary Pearson went in for a routine physical required by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to maintain his commercial driving privileges, he left with much more than a renewed driver’s license. The 58-year-old departed his appointment with an urgent directive from the nurse practitioner that examined him to see his primary care doctor. The […]

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Tags: Claudia Swanton, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, otorhinolaryngology, Preventive Medicine, radiation therapy


September 27th, 2016

After Sinus Surgery at Age 82, Charles Metzler Is Breathing Easy

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If you go looking for Charles Metzler, you’ll often find him out on the acreage he owns in the Rocky Mountain foothills near Casper, Wyoming. The 82-year-old spends his days tending his well-manicured lawn, caring for his troop of animals — ducks, rabbits, a pot-bellied pig named Mimi, and a miniature donkey named Haley — […]

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Tags: Deviated Septum, Dr. Erin O'Brien, Endoscopic Surgery, Nasal Polyps, otorhinolaryngology, Septoplasty, Sinus Surgery


May 9th, 2016

Simulation and Reality Meet to Find Ideal Surgical Approach for Florida Patient

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For six months, Chad Thompson slept sitting up to ease debilitating headaches caused by a tumor growing on a nerve in his head. Now, after a successful surgery at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus in March, the 40-year-old Jacksonville resident is having conversations with friends and co-workers that he never expected. “People keep asking, ‘When are […]

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Tags: anatomage, Chad Thompson, Dr. John Casler, Florida, MayoClinicFL, Otorhinolaryngoloyg, Schwannoma, Simulation Center


March 19th, 2016

Back in the Symphony After Surgery to Remove Brain Tumor

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Stewart Rosen was beyond anxious when he learned he had a tumor the size of a walnut by his right ear. The tumor was benign. But Stewart, an accountant by day and violinist by night, worried that removing the tumor, an acoustic neuroma, might affect his ability to play music. “I’d never had any kind […]

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Tags: Acoustic Neuroma, audiology, Dr. Colin Driscoll, Dr. Michael Link, ENT, Neurosurgery, Rochester Campus


January 16th, 2015

New Procedure Helps Patient Strike Back Against Cancer

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Bill Steele, a patient at Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus, shares his story about his battle against Stage 4A cancer in the throat area without undergoing radiation or chemotherapy. In the video he produced, he explains how his surgical care team, led by Michael Hinni, M.D., a Mayo head and neck cancer surgeon, used transoral laser microsurgery […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, Cancer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Transoral Laser Microsurgery


January 2nd, 2015

Becoming Whole Again After Cancer Treatment

By Susana Shephard susanashephard

Kristine Long, a patient at Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus, has had an incredible journey as a three-time Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor. In the course of her struggle, she has also overcome congestive heart failure and subsequent voice impairment. In the video below, she explains how the care provided by her Mayo Clinic physicians, James Slack, M.D., a hematologist; D. […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, Hodgkins lymphoma, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Voice Impairment


October 15th, 2014

Learning to Hear Again

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

There are certain sounds that Scott Malmstrom had never known. He was born with hearing impairment, and it gradually got worse throughout his life. By fourth grade, he began experimenting with hearing aids. Over time, he became what he calls a “professional lip reader.” Hearing aids didn’t help much with the type of hearing loss […]

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Tags: cochlear implants, Dr. Colin Driscoll, Dr. Doug Sladen, Dr. Lee Belf, Hearing Loss


October 6th, 2014

“I Feel Like Me Again”

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Carly Edgar faced a mystery illness, the baffling effects of a rare autoimmune disease, and the prospect of reconstructive surgery, but she found hope and help at Mayo Clinic. In January 2013, Carly Edgar, an otherwise healthy 20-something, found herself in the hospital and in severe pain. The pain seemed to originate from near one […]

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Tags: Dr. Ashley O'Reilly, Dr. Grant Hamilton, Dr. Uma Thanarajasingam, reconstructive surgery, Relapsing Polychondritis


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