Doctors and Staff
Head and Neck Surgery
Alfred Simental, Chairman
Dr. Simental has served as the chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery since 2003. Under his leadership, the department has grown from five faculty members to nineteen faculty members with all subspecialties within Otolaryngology represented by fellowship trained attending staff. He is a graduate of the medical school as well as the residency program at Loma Linda University. He then completed a fellowship in head and neck oncologic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. His primary clinical interests are in minimally invasive thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and he is one of the busiest thyroid surgeons in the country.
Steve C. Lee
Dr. Lee finished his MD/PhD at Loma Linda University and then went to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for residency in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery. Afterward, he completed a two year fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in skull base surgery and head and neck surgical oncology. He also spent time at the University of Pennsylvania to train in robotic surgery of the head and neck. His clinical interests are in minimally invasive skull base surgery of pituitary, anterior cranial fossa and clival lesions, robotic head and neck surgery was well as all aspects of head and neck oncology. His research interests are in clinical outcomes in head and neck surgery and head and neck tumor immunology.
Dr. Peterson received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Indiana University in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery in 2013. He went on to advanced training in head and neck oncologic surgery and microvascular reconstruction at the University of California at Davis under the direction of Dr. Gregory Farwell. Dr. Peterson is Board Certified in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. His clinical and research intersts are in head and neck cancer and reconstructive surgery, with a special interst in free tissue transfer reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Walker received his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and then attended Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Iowa, which is consistently ranked as one of the top ten programs in the country according to US News and World Report. Following residency, Dr. Walker completed an advanced fellowship training in head and neck oncologic surgery and microvascular surgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. Walker is Board Certified in Otolaryngology and a member of the American Head and Neck Society. His clinical and research interests include head and neck cancer surgery, advanced microvascular reconstructive surgery and endocrine surgery.
Charles Stewart III
Dr. Stewart is primarily responsible for the otology and neurotology teaching of the residents in our division. He directs the temporal bone dissection course with Dr. Timothy Jung and presents many of the didactic lectures in otology and neurotology to the residents. He works with the residents in performing ear surgery at both Loma Linda University Medical Center and Riverside Community Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Xu received her medical degree at Zhejiang University, School of Medicine in China. She completed a residency in Otolaryngology at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science at Los Angeles. Afterward she received a one year fellowship in Otology/Neurotology at Paparella Ear, Head & Neck Institute in Minnesota.
Dr. Xu’s main clinical interests are chronic ear infection; surgeries for hearing loss with ossicular chain reconstruction, bone anchored hearing aid, and cochlear implant; vertigo/dizziness; lateral skull base surgery for acoustic neuroma; temporal bone tumors; tinnitus and Eustachian tube dysfunction. Her main research interests are sensorineural hearing loss; inner ear hair cell regeneration, and alternative medicine for tinnitus.
Robin Dyleski, Chief
Dr. Dyleski is a graduate of the medical school and residency program at University of Southern California. She then completed a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology and cleft lip/palate surgery at University of Arkansas. Before coming to Loma Linda, she had served as the Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology at New York eye and Ear Infirmary. Her clinical interests are in all facets of pediatric otolaryngolgy but she has a special interest in cleft lip and cleft palate surgery.
Dr. Krishnan received his medical degree at Ohio University. He completed a Traditional Rotating Internship and Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Residency at Ohio University. He completed a two year Pediatric Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Residency at the State University of New York in Buffalo. He is Board Certified in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. He was on faculty at the University of Southern California for three years and served at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles during that time. He joined the world renowned staff at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital in 2008. His interests are in serving all of the Children in the Inland Empire. He enjoys everything from the common Head and Neck ailments to the complicated Congenital Neck masses, Hemangiomas, Vascular Birthmarks, Pediatric Facial Trauma and Endoscopic Airway management.
Dr. Rachelle Wareham graduated from La Sierra University with a B.A. in cello performance. After receiving the M.D. from Loma Linda University in 2004, she did residency training at Loma Linda University and completed her residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 2009. She recently completed fellowship training in pediatric otolaryngology at Baylor College of Medicine / Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Wareham is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. As a staff member of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Loma Linda University, she will specialize in a diverse range of surgeries in pediatric otolaryngology, including otologic procedures, microtia repair, airway surgery, including laryngotracheal reconstruction and endoscopic laser surgery of the airway, sinus surgery, neck masses and facial trauma. In addition, she is a member of the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Craniofacial Team.
Sinus & Allergy
Christopher Church, Director
Dr. Church is the director of the Sinus Center. He completed his residency in otolaryngology/head & neck surgery at Loma Linda University. He then spent a dedicated year pursuing a fellowship in Advanced Sinus Surgery & Rhinology at Stanford University. Dr. Church has completed the highest level of training in sinus disease management, and has attended and taught several sinus courses. His special interests include sinusitis and functional endoscopic sinus surgery. Dr. Church also serves as the director of the residency program here at Loma Linda University.
Dr. Seiberling completed her medical degree at Northwestern University. After medical school she stayed at Northwestern University Medical Center and completed her residency in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. Subsequently, she completed a one year Rhinology fellowship in Adelaide, Australia at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital with an internationally recognized sinus and skull base surgeon. During that year she was trained in advanced endoscopic sinus surgery techniques, frontal sinus drill-outs, lacrimal surgery (dacryocystorhinostomy or DCRs), and endoscopic skull base surgery. When she returned from her fellowship she became a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. Her clinical interests are in the management of chronic sinusitis, endoscopic sinus surgery, endoscopic skull base surgery, repair of CSF leaks, surgery of the tear ducts (DCRs) and allergy testing and management. Her main focus of research is in the etiology of nasal polyps and chronic sinusitis.
Voice & Swallowing
Priya Krishna, Director
Dr. Krishna is board certified in otolaryngology and completed a prestigious two year fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center under Clark Rosen, M.D., F.A.C.S. Prior to this she completed a residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. Krishna served as faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center from 2006 to 2011 while concurrently completing a Master of Science degree in Clinical Research.
Dr. Krishna specializes in surgical and medical care of voice, airway and swallowing disorders including phonomicrosurgery of benign and early malignant lesions of the vocal folds, office laser based procedures for laryngeal pathology, endoscopic treatment of airway stenosis and neurological disorders of the larynx. She has a special research interest in treatment of vocal fold scarring and related wound healing disorders of the larynx and has been funded extramurally (including federal) for her work in the past.
Brianna K. Crawley
Dr. Crawley is a fellowship-trained laryngologist specializing in disorders of voice and swallowing. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, where she studied vocal performance, before attending the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine. She then completed her residency in Otolaryngology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Following residency, Dr. Crawley studied laryngology at the New York Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders. Dr. Crawley is a member of the American Broncho-Esophagological Association and the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. Her clinical and research interests include care of the performing voice, benign and malignant lesions of the vocal folds, and neurologic and functional disorders of voice and swallowing.
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Inman received his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Dr. Inman finished his residency at Loma Linda University in Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery in 2009. Dr. Inman completed his fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery under Dr. Yadro Ducic through the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Inman also spent a year receiving advanced training in Head & Neck Oncology and Reconstruction, Transoral Microlaser Surgery & Transoral Robotic Surgery at Mayo Clinic Arizona. Dr. Inman is Board Certified in Otolaryngology and Board Eligible in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Inman’s clinical and research interests are in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, head and neck cancer surgery, robotic and minimally invasive transoral laser surgery for cancers of the head and neck, and microvascular reconstructive surgery of the head and neck.
Dr. Ardeshirpour is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who treats aesthetic and functional conditions of the head and neck. Dr. Ardeshirpour completed his fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle after his residency in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Minnesota. He received his undergraduate and medical doctorate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Ardeshirpour's practice includes Cosmetic and Functional Rhinoplasty, Facial Rejuvenation Surgery (Facelift, Browlift, Blepharoplasty), Skin Cancer Reconstruction, Oculoplastic surgery (Eyelid Ptosis, Ectropion), Botox and Facial Fillers, Skin Resurfacing (Chemical Peels, Laser), Ear Reconstruction, Facial Trauma Reconstruction, Facial Nerve Paralysis, and Hair Restoration Surgery.
Dr. Dong received her BA from NanKai University, her Masters in Biophysics from the China Medical School, China and her PhD in physiology from University of Bristol, UK. She also completed postdoctoral fellowship training in department of otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at Columbia University respectively. Dr. Dong’s research interest is to explore how the peripheral auditory system works and focuses on the understanding of signal processing of sound in the ear in both forward and reverse propagation directions under normal and pathological conditions. Her research program provides physiological measurements of the activities of the outer, middle, and inner ear at micro-mechanics level, thus, provides evidence pertinent to some long-existing fundamental questions. The ultimate goal of Dr. Dong’s research is to guide and improve clinical diagnoses and treatment, with the aim of establishing improvements in the design of assistive-listening devices. Her current research focuses on acoustic emissions (OAEs) and related middle ear transmission and cochlear mechanisms.
Timothy T.K. Jung
Dr. Jung completed his medical degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and then went on to residency at the University of Minnesota. He is responsible for the otology training of our residents at the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center on a weekly basis. In addition, he supervises their temporal bone dissection bench work at the temporal bone lab at the VA Hospital. He directs and supervises the residents in their efforts in basic research projects. Within the past five years Dr. Jung has over 35 manuscripts published in scientific journals. He has over 10 research grants and has research projects in "Inflammatory Mediatros in Otitis Media and Inner Ear Function" and "Ciliary Abnormality and Dysfunction in the Pathogenesis of Radiation Induced Otitis Media with Effusion". Dr. Jung is also featured in Who's Who in America, in the West, Science and Technology, and World.
Dr. Leek received her Ph.D. in 1980 in speech and hearing sciences from the University of Kansas. Following graduation, she completed a Clinical Fellowship Year in Audiology, and subsequently, a postdoctoral research fellowship at Boys Town National Research Hospital. She has held academic appointments at Arizona State University and the University of Minnesota, and served for many years as Senior Researcher at the Army Audiology & Speech Center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She has received continuous extramural funding of her laboratory since 1989 through the National Institutes of Health, and the VA Rehabilitation and Research Development Service. Dr. Leek’s research interests include auditory perception of complex sounds and speech by normal-hearing and hearing-impaired individuals; speech recognition in noise; modeling of the auditory system; auditory attentional mechanisms; and comparative auditory processes across species.
Dr. Leek is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and the American Academy of Audiology, and a member of a number of professional societies that represent research in the basic and clinical sciences of hearing. She serves on the editorial board of Ear & Hearing, one of audiology’s premier journals. She has also served numerous times on NIH grant review panels and has mentored many residents, postdocs, graduate students and junior investigators.
Dr. Lonsbury-Martin received her BA from the University of Victoria, her Masters in neuroscience/cell biology from the University of Oregon Medical School, and her PhD in biopsychology from Oregon Health and Science University. She also completed postdoctoral fellowship training in psychobiology and in physiology and biophysics at the University of California, Irvine and the University of Washington, respectively.Her research interests include the early detection of hearing loss using physiological measures of ear function, basic mechanisms of noise-induced hearing loss, the role of the cochlear efferent system in protecting the ear from noise damage, and cochlear plasticity. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Lonsbury-Martin is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and a member of a number of professional societies that represent research in the basic and clinical sciences of hearing. Dr. Lonsbury-Martin also serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals in the hearing science and audiology areas and on the review panels of several private foundations that fund research on hearing loss and tinnitus.
Tammie Wharton, Senior Administrator
Christina Noble-Macomber, Academic Manager
Cynthia Greber, Residency Coordinator
Katie Wisegarver, Administrative Assistant