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Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

Who we are

Dr. Blake Papsin  |  Dr. Paolo Campisi  |  Dr. Sharon Cushing  | Dr. Adrian James  |  Dr. Evan Propst  | Dr. Nikolaus Wolter  |   Publications


 STAFF PHYSICIANS

Dr. Blake C. Papsin
Otolaryngologist-in-Chief

Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
University of Toronto

416-813-2190

 

Blake Papsin (MD, M.Sc, FRCSC, FACS, FAAP) was named Otolaryngologist-in-Chief in April 2013. He has been a full-time consultant since July 1996 and was the Director of the Cochlear Implant Program at SickKids for the last fifteen years. He is a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and was the inaugural chair of the Cochlear Americas Chair in Auditory Development at the University of Toronto.  He is currently the inaugural chair of the Jordan and Lisa Gnat and Bastable-Potts Chair in Otolaryngology at the University of Toronto. 

He completed his fellowship training in paediatric otolaryngology at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, England. Papsin has published a considerable number of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has spoken widely on the subject of surgical rehabilitation of hearing loss which is his clinical focus.


 

Paolo CampisiDr. Paolo Campisi, Otolaryngologist
Director – Centre for Paediatric Voice and Laryngeal Function (Voice Clinic)

Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of Toronto

Director, Postgraduate Education, University of Toronto

416-813-6767

 

Paolo Campisi joined the staff at SickKids and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in July 2004. He earned his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario and completed his residency training at McGill University. He completed his fellowship training in paediatric otolaryngology in Toronto. He holds a Master’s level degree in both pharmacology and otolaryngology. His clinical focus is in disorders of the head and neck, airway, voice and saliva management. The Centre for Paediatric Voice and Laryngeal Function is a subspecialty clinic designed for the care of children with voice disorders. He is director of the Saliva Management Clinic at the Holland-Bloorview Children’s Rehabilitation Centre.

Campisi served as Director of Undergraduate Education for the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of Toronto from 2005 to 2012 and the Paediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Director from 2007 to 2012. He was appointed Director of Postgraduate Education in July 2012. He worked with Dr. Vito Forte in the development of an otoscopy simulator used in undergraduate teaching.

In January 2012, Campisi was elected to a two year term as President of the Medical Staff Association of SickKids. He is a member of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology, the Triological Society, the American Academy of Otolaryngology/HNS, the Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children and the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology.


 

Dr. Sharon Cushing, Otolaryngologist
Director, Cochlear Implant Program

Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of Toronto

416-813-2190 

 

Sharon Cushing is a full time paediatric otolaryngologist who joined the staff at SickKids in September of 2010. While Cushing’s practice covers the spectrum of ear, nose and throat conditions in children, she has a clinical and surgical interest in disorders of the external, middle and inner ear, including hearing loss and vestibular dysfunction. Her research interests include vestibular and balance function and dysfunction in children, and its association with hearing loss and cochlear implantation.

Cushing completed her undergraduate degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, followed by medical school and residency training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto. In addition, she completed a Master of Science degree examining vestibular function and balance in children with hearing loss through the Surgeon Scientist Program at the University of Toronto. Cushing completed her fellowship training in paediatric otolaryngology at the Seattle Children’s Hospital prior to returning to Toronto.

In addition, Cushing is the author of the Manual of Pediatric Balance Disorders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Dr. Adrian James, Otolaryngologist

Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
University of Toronto

416-813-6767

 

Adrian James joined the staff at SickKids in March 2005. While maintaining a general interest in ear, nose and throat conditions of childhood, he has a special interest in ear surgery and cochlear implantation. His practice also includes endoscopic sinus surgery for children with systemic disorders such as cystic fibrosis and involvement in the multidisciplinary treatment of airway anomalies. His research interests are in auditory science.

Much of James' medical training took place in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the Universities of Cambridge (Medical Sciences with an MA in Pharmacology, 1987) and Oxford (Clinical Medicine, 1990). Surgical training including experience in neurosurgery, general and plastic surgery was undertaken in Bristol, UK, and otolaryngology training based in Oxford. He completed an extended fellowship here at SickKids. This lead to a consultant appointment at the Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital in the UK, which he held for two years before returning to Toronto. James received his Doctorate of Medicine from Oxford University in 2007.


 

Dr. Evan Propst, Otolaryngologist

Fellowship Director, Residency Site Director and Undergraduate Medical Education Site Director, SickKids

Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of Toronto

416-813-2192

 

Evan Propst joined the staff as a full time Paediatric Otolaryngologist – Head and Neck Surgeon in November 2010. He is the Otolaryngology Fellowship Director and Residency Site Coordinator at SickKids. He completed his residency training and the Surgeon Scientist Program in Toronto followed by fellowship training in Cincinnati, Ohio with Dr. Robin Cotton and his faculty. Propst maintains a broad-based clinical practice with a special focus on complex airway problems, revision laryngotracheal reconstruction, congenital malformations, surgical oncology and complex sleep disordered breathing.

Propst has recently published a book entitled Airway Reconstruction Surgical Dissection Manual (Plural Publishing, San Diego) which is a step-by-step guide for learning how to perform each type of open airway surgery - see http://www.pluralpublishing.com/publication_arsdm.htm.

 


 

Nikolaus Wolter

Dr. Nikolaus Wolter, Otolaryngologist

Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
University of Toronto

416-813-2192

 

A Toronto native, Wolter graduated with distinction from McGill and then Medicine at the University of Toronto. He studied Otolaryngology-HNS at the University of Toronto and during training enrolled in the Clinical Investigator program within the Department of Surgery, graduating with his Master’s degree from the Institute of Medical Science. Prior to his appointment at SickKids, he completed a Fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard University.

Wolter joined the staff at SickKids and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in July 2017. His clinical practice and laboratory research are focused on surgery of the head and neck, airway reconstruction, and diseases of the sinus. 

Wolter has published extensively, won a number of teaching and academic awards, and received several prestigious scholarships.  He also has taken part in medical missions and has a long career in volunteering and community service.

 


PUBLICATIONS

To review recent papers published by our staff otolaryngologists, please visit the Pubmed website and search by name.

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