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As currently the only fellowship trained Rhinologist (sinus expert) in Durham region and Central East LHIN (Local Health Integration Network), I am committed to bringing not only general otolaryngology, but also advanced rhinology care to the patients of the area.
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I had the honour of receiving the Top Reviewer award for 2014 from Rhinology Journal. It was awarded during the European Rhinologic Society meeting in Stockholm in July 2016. I also came in as the second reviewer in 2015.
I am pleased to inform that I was selected as a 2015 Cochrane Scholar of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. This allowed me to participate in the 2015 Cochrane Colloquium in Vienna, Austria. Cochrane is a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers, and people interested in health. Its goal is production of highest quality evidence in medicine, usually in the form of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. I was able to advance my understanding of the methodology of such studies in Vienna.
As reported below, my first Cochrane systematic review on ‘Capsaicin for non-allergic rhinitis’ has already been published. I am working on my second Cochrane review, ‘Intranasal corticosteroids for non-allergic rhinitis’.
As a requirement of the 2015 Cochrane Scholar program, I will be working on another systematic review and hope to publish it in ‘Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’ journal.
Our Cochrane review on Capsaicin for non-allergic rhinitis has been published! Follow the link above to read the abstract and plain language summary. Here is an excerpt from our conclusion:
Capsaicin may be an option in the treatment of idiopathic non-allergic rhinitis. It is given in the form of brief treatments, usually during the same day. It appears to have beneficial effects on overall nasal symptoms up to 36 weeks after treatment, based on a few, small studies (low-quality evidence). Well-conducted randomised controlled trials are required to further advance our understanding of the effectiveness of capsaicin in non-allergic rhinitis, especially in patients with non-allergic rhinitis of different types and severity, and using different methods of capsaicin application.