Dean Toriumi, MD

Dr. Toriumi

Tatiana Dixon, MD

Dr. Dixon

Dr. Toriumi is a full-time faculty member of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, and Head of the Division of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery UI Chicago; he is board certified by both the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. He completed his residency in at Northwestern University Medical School (Chicago, IL) and two fellowships in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.More...

As a professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Dr. Toriumi teaches both residents and fellows. He participates in a fellowship program sponsored by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, teaching his specialized techniques. Dr. Toriumi is also the director of resident research and is involved in many research projects with the residents. His research is primarily clinical but also uses animal models to provide insight into his clinical practices.

He’s co-authored and published many medical textbooks including "Open Structure Rhinoplasty" and a "Rhinoplasty Dissection Manual' covering many of the techniques he presently utilizes. He is completing a multiple volume single author rhinoplasty textbook that will be out in early 2018. He has published more than 125 medical papers as well as numerous book chapters. Dr. Toriumi is frequently invited to share his expertise around the world and has made more than 700 presentations at medical meetings.

Dr. Toriumi has previously served as the President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Toriumi is on the editorial boards of Laryngoscope, JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Aesthetic Surgery Journal. His extensive training and consistent attention to detail experience make him one of the best rhinoplasty surgeons in the world.

Tatiana K Dixon, MD, is board-certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and is fellowship trained in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She treats pediatric and adult patients, both in General Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Dixon has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on various aspects of Facial Plastic Surgery. More...

Dr. Dixon has received multiple awards and honors for her research and clinical work, and she has served on medical missions in Central America. Her expertise and research interests include noninvasive and surgical procedures for facial rejuvenation, cosmetic and functional nasal surgery, and rehabilitation for facial paralysis. She joined UI Health in July 2013 as Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.


Rakhi Thambi, MD

Rakhi Thambi, MD

Ari Rubenfeld, MD

Ari Rubenfeld, MD

Dr. Rakhi Thambi is a board-certified in General Otolaryngology. She completed her residency at the University of Illinois Medical Center in 2002, and then returned to practice at the University after working in private practice for a few years. Her clinical work is extensive across adult and pediatric patients with specialties in general ENT, allergy, deviated septum, goiters, masses in the thyroid and neck, salivary gland tumors, sinus diseases, and sleep apnea/snoring. More... Dr. Rakhi Thambi is Medical Director of the ENT Clinic at the University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary and an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Dr. Rubenfeld is a General Otolaryngologist with particular interest and expertise in surgical diseases of the thyroid and parathyroid glands. His practice encompasses the entire range of General Otolaryngology, however. Dr. Rubenfeld's philosophy is deeply rooted in patient safety and quality surgical and clinical outcomes. He acts as the Surgeon Champion for our institution's participation in the American College of Surgeons-National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. More...

Dr. Rubenfeld works closely with the department's mission to develop Quality Improvement initiatives both within the framework of hospital operations in addition to resident programming. Dr. Rubenfeld has and continues to contribute to many leadership roles in the department and hospital serving 6 years as Clinic Medical Director; currently serving as Associate Chief Medical Officer of the Hospital; and sitting at Chair of the Medical Staff Review Board among others. Dr. Rubenfeld's greatest joy comes from his charming and brilliant young daughters and amazing wife. He enjoys cooking for others, is a politics wonk, loves to garden. More often than not, Dr. Rubenfeld relates the day’s events in terms of 80's and 90's iconic music and movies.


Barry Wenig, MD, MPH, PhD, FACS

Barry Wenig, MD, MPH, PhD, FACS

Barry L. Wenig, MD, MPH, FACS is the Francis L. Lederer Professor of Otolaryngology. He is a widely respected, board-certified otolaryngologist and Director of Head & Neck and Robotic Surgery. He treats patients with malignant and benign tumors of the head and neck, with the goal of eradicating cancer while maintaining quality of life issues such as speech and swallowing function. Dr. Wenig is a nationally recognized expert in robotic surgery as well, and leads the MultiDisciplinary team of surgeons and other clinicians coordinating care of head and neck cancer patients.

Dr. Wenig is a graduate of the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel. He did his residency training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, then fellowship training in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology at The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He also earned an MPH in Health Policy Administration from the University of Illinois. His list of publications is deep and impressive, numbering more than 100 articles and more than 20 book chapters. Dr. Wenig is a Diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology and has been active with a number of professional organizations, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Rhinologic Society, American Head and Neck Society, and American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Wenig treats patients with squamous cell carcinoma, thyroid cancer and benign lesions, salivary gland disorders, as well as other benign and malignant problems of the head and neck. Dr. Wenig also treats veterans at the Jesse Brown VA Hospital. Additionally, Dr. Wenig has been nominated to become the Residency Program Director, responsible for Graduate Education within the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

Virginie Achim, MD Otolaryngology

Virginie Achim, MD Otolaryngology

Virginie Achim is an Assistant Professor in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Her specialty is head and neck surgical oncology, microvascular reconstruction, and transoral robotic surgery as well as thyroid/parathyroid surgery. Dr. Achim works closely with Dr. Barry Wenig, Chair of the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Director of the head and neck cancer program at UI Health. Her mission is to treat patients with benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck with a focus on maintaining quality of life.

Dr. Achim's research interests include robotic surgery, nutritional optimization in surgical patients, and developing an enhanced recovery pathway for patients undergoing complex head and neck surgery and reconstruction.


H. Steven Sims, MD

H. Steven Sims, MD

Associate Professor & Director, The Chicago Institute for Voice Care (CIVC)

Dr. Sims is a baritone singer and accomplished musician who carried these interests into the practice of medicine. CIVC is an internationally recognized center for innovation in the diagnosis and treatment of voice and swallowing disorders, laryngeal function, and the relationship between the larynx and systemic diseases. Endoscopic management of airway disease is another facet of the practice. CIVC is also committed to addressing healthcare disparities and integrated medicine.



Miriam I. Redleaf, MD

Miriam I. Redleaf, MD

Jeffrey Yu, MD

Jeffrey Yu, MD

Miriam I. Redleaf, M.D, is Louis J. Mayer Professor of Otology/Neurotology and heads the Otology/Neurotology Program and Audiology Division in the University of Illinois Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. She specializes in the ear, the facial nerve, and the nerves and canals leading to the ear. Dr. Redleaf is extensively published, having authored more than 70 scholarly articles. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology, and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Neurotology. More...

Since 2012 she has been traveling to Ethiopia and teaching ENT residents and graduates (doctors) how to manage ear disease and operate on ears. Since 2014 she has been organizing Visual Amharic workshops twice a year for Deaf children, their parents and their teachers. She is currently training ENT residents at Addis Ababa University, St. Paul’s Hospital and Millennium Medical College, and Mekelle University. She is coordinating and the country’s first 2-year Otology (Ear Surgery) Fellowship.

At the University of Illinois, she has conceived and executed articles in peer-review journals with over 35 University of Illinois medical students, residents, staff and faculty. She has created the “Buckingham Virtual Tympanum” iPhone app for teaching the landmarks of the tympanic membrane. She has created multi-disciplinary programs for evaluation and care of patients with cochlear implants, vestibular and balance problems, and facial nerve weakness. She created the protocol and process for hearing failures in the Chicago Public Schools come for medical evaluation in ENT. She was ENT education director for 5 years until her work in Ethiopia needed more attention. Current projects are the “flow” app for easing the discomfort of clinic wait times. In process is the “Cue/See” iPhone app for adapting Cued Speech for lay use. By the time this bio is published for use in the Fall 2017, she will be on to more things.

Dr. Jeffrey Yu completed his residency in otolaryngology at the University of Alberta in Canada. He went on to complete his fellowship in otology and neurotology at the University of Virginia. He has a clinical interest in surgical techniques of chronic ear surgery and graft materials in ear surgery. His research interests include audiometric tests in the assessment of cochlear implant candidacy and methods of assessing cochlear implant patients in real world acoustic environments.

Dr. Yu's practice includes both pediatric and adult otology. He joined UI health in 2015. He is a member of several multi-disciplinary teams including the UI Facial Nerve program, Vestibular Program and Cochlear Implant program.

Heather M. Weinreich, MD, MPH

Heather M. Weinreich, MD, MPH

Heather M. Weinreich, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. With a broad background in otolaryngology and a specialty in Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery, she has expertise in hearing disorders, chronic ear diseases, lateral skull base tumors, superior semi-circular canal dehiscence, and vestibular disorders of the inner ear.
She will be working with Drs. Jeffery Yu and Miriam Redleaf, professor and director of the otology/neurotology program at UI Health. She is part of the team whose expertise encompasses a broad spectrum of diseases including chronic infections of the ear, balance disorders, skull base tumors, hearing loss from infancy through adulthood and disorders of the facial nerve. Dr. Weinreich is part of the Happy Ears on Taylor St., working with adult cochlear implant patients.
Dr. Weinreich has specific clinical interests in vestibular disorders including Meniere’s disease and vestibular migraine. Her research interests include clinical efficiency, models for health care delivery and the role of gender in surgical education.


Stephanie Joe, MD

Stephanie Joe, MD

Professor & Director, Rhinology, Sinus & Skull Base Surgery

Dr. Stephanie Joe is board-certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and head of the Rhinology Center. The Rhinology Center is dedicated to state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment of nasal and sinus disorders. The Center offers advanced techniques to address problems such as nasal obstruction, chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, cerebrospinal fluid leaks, tumors, nasal allergies, and related sinus disorders. Our multidisciplinary approach includes collaborations with Neurosurgery, Oculoplastics, Allergy-Immunology, and Oncology to provide comprehensive care for our patients.

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