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Rhinology Fellow
Pronouns: he/him/his
Hometown (Birthplace): Baltimore, MD
Undergraduate Degree:  Princeton University (chemistry)
MD: VCU School of Medicine
Residency:  Mayo Clinic
Hobbies: Tennis, piano, exploring local restaurants, spending time with my wife and son

Why Otolaryngology?

Otolaryngology is unique in that you learn a variety of surgical techniques while staying focused on a single anatomic region. We also treat patients of all ages and our procedures provide significant and often immediate improvement in the quality of life of our patients.

Why UNC?

UNC is one of the only rhinology fellowships in the country that provides an even balance between inflammatory and skull base cases (both open and endoscopic). Additionally, the opportunity to learn from six different faculty members will equip me well for practice in an academic setting after.
Recent Publications:
Awadallah A, Armstrong M, Aden A, Weidermann J, Bayan SL, Ekbom DC. Life-Threatening Subglottic Thrombus Formation after Administration of Nebulized Tranexamic Acid. Laryngoscope. 2024;134(3):1356-8.
Armstrong MF, Orbelo DM, Wallerius KP, Lebechi CA, Lohse CM, Dey JK, Bayan SL. Visual Gaze Patterns in the Analysis of Glottic Lesions: Does Experience Increase Diagnostic Accuracy? Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2024;133(1):22-9.
Wallerius KP, Bayan SL, Armstrong MF, Lebechi CA, Orbelo DM. Visual Interpretation of Vocal Fold Paralysis in Flexible Laryngoscopy Using Eye Tracking Technology. J Voice. 2023; Mar 31:S0892-1997(23)00091-7.
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