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Modern Use of Biologic Grafts in Endoscopic Ear Surgery

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 | 2:00 p.m. ET, 1:00 p.m. CT

Webinar participants will learn from leading pediatric otolaryngologist, Ken Kazahaya, MD, MBA, FACS, associate director of the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, director of Pediatric Skull Base Surgery, medical director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program, and co-lead surgeon in the Pediatric Thyroid Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia about advanced techniques in endoscopic ear surgery, as well as a method to potentially reduce intraoperative time, while performing tympanoplasty.

Additionally, participants will learn from Dr. Michael Hiles, PhD and expert on biomaterials and biological scaffolds about the pros, cons and performance of various biologic grafts, as well as autologous graft tissue. Furthermore, participants will learn how the physical properties of each graft type compares and how they effect the healing process in tissue, such as the tympanic membrane.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how different biologic graft's healing properties compare
  • Explain advanced techniques in performing endoscopic ear surgery
  • Illustrate how to save time in the operating room when performing endoscopic tympanoplasty

Dr. Michael Hiles, PhD
Vice President of Research & Development, Chief Scientific Officer
Cook Biotech, Inc.

Dr. Hiles is an expert on biomaterials and biological scaffolds as they are used in tissue engineering applications. Michael received his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue and his Ph.D. in Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology from the Veterinary Medical School at Purdue and holds more than 30 patents.

In his extensive career, he has published articles that span a broad array of tissue engineering topics, including catheter-based medical instrumentation, pharmacological intervention in acute animal disease, composition and structure of biomaterials, and biomechanics of soft tissues. 


Ken Kazahaya, MD, MBA, FACS
Associate Director, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Ken Kazahaya, MD, MBA, FACS, is associate director of the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, director of Pediatric Skull Base Surgery, medical director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program, and co-lead surgeon in the Pediatric Thyroid Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He also has an appointment as Associate Professor of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kazahaya specializes in otology, cochlear implantation, skull base surgery, thyroid surgery, pediatric head and neck oncology, and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He has been named by U.S. News & World Report as a Top Pediatric ENT-Otolaryngologist and, within this list, as an American Top Doctor in 2011. He also been named as a Top Doctor by Philadelphia magazine from 2007–2014 and by Castle Connolly from 2009–2014, and has received multiple citations by Philadelphia region periodicals as a top physician. He has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and has been an invited lecturer nationally and internationally, including in Ireland, Hungary, United Kingdom, Japan, Canada and Mexico.