Course Faculty

Christie Barnes, MD Christie Barnes, MD specializes in Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery.  Dr. Barnes received her undergraduate education at Creighton University.  She then went to receive her master's degree at Georgetown University in Physiology.  She returned to Creighton University in 2005 for her medical degree.  Dr. Barnes completed her residency at the University of Vermont in 2014.  She then completed a Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Fellowship at The Ohio State University.  She is now part of the Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery faculty.  Dr. Barnes provides care in many areas of sinonasal disease including but not limited treatments for nasal obstruction, sinusitis, nasal polyps and tumors, and trans-nasal endoscopic orbital surgery as well as anterior skull base disorders.  Her research interests include: telemedicine in Otolaryngology, topical therapies in chronic rhinosinusitis, antibiotic use in post-operative period for nasal procedures, OSA risk factors following sinonasal surgery.
David Beahm, MD David Beahm, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery with a joint appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery, University of Kansas School of Medicine.  Dr. Beahm graduated medical school at the University of Kansas and then completed residency at Louisiana State University in New Orleans.  Upon graduation, Dr. Beahm became faculty at LSU where he practiced for two years at the LSU University Hospital.  Following this Dr. Beahm entered fellowship as the inaugural fellow in Rhinology and Skull Base surgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.  Dr. Beahm's clinical interests include the medical and surgical treatment of sinonasal disease.  Dr. Beahm also has a particular interest in the treatment of the anterior skull base for both malignant and benign tumors.  This includes sinonasal cancers and primary brain tumors that affect the anterior skull base.  With his colleagues in Neurosurgery and other departments, Dr. Beahm helps to provide a team approach to problems that affect the cranial base.    
Douglas Cowan, MD Douglas Cowan, MD earned his undergraduate degree in Organismal Biology from the University of Kansas.  He attended medical school and completed his residency at the University of Kansas.  He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Medical Missions Foundation, and has participated in many international medical missions.  Dr. Cowan also works with the Kansas University Medical Center International Outreach, and is a past president and vice-president of that organization.  He has earned many honors and awards, including a Top Doctor award, the Oscar Pinsker, MD, award for excellence in Otology, the Jacquelyn Holdcraft, MD, award for clinical excellence, and a Gold Humanism Honor Society Nomination.
Robert Lane, MD, ECNU Robert Lane, MD, ECNU is an otolaryngologist currently practicing at Topeka Ear, Nose and Throat.  Dr. Lane treats all disorders of the head and neck in both children and adults.  He has a special interest in the surgical treatment of thyroid and parathyroid disease and in point-of-care ultrasound.  Dr. Lane was the first otolaryngologist in the region to receive the Endocrine Certification in Head and Neck Ultrasound from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.  He serves as director of ultrasound at TENT, one of the first otolaryngology practices in the country to receive accreditation from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Dr. Lane completed residency at the University of Missouri in 2005.  He served as a medical corps officer in the US Army prior to joining Topeka ENT in 2009.  In his personal time, Dr. Lane enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 children.  He enjoys playing tennis, hunting, and fishing.  
Stan McClurg, MD Stanley McClurg, MD is currently the Rhinologist and Skull base surgeon and Director of St. Luke's Sinus Center in Kansas City, MO.  He is also adjunct faculty for KU Department of Otolaryngology and co-director of the KU Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship.  He completed his medical school at University of Kansas School of Medicine, and went on to complete his ENT Residency at The Ohio State University.  He then completed his Rhinology and Skull Base Fellowship at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Ioannis Papagiannis, MD Ioannis Papagiannis, MD attended medical school at the University of Athens, Greece, and spent 3 years in the Greek Navy as Medical Officer.  He completed his Internal Medicine residency at UMDNJ - Rutgers, followed by a clinical Endocrinology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic and a research fellowship at Vanderbilt University.  Dr. Papagiannis served on the faculty at Vanderbilt before moving to KU in 2014. He specializes in thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer, and pituitary tumors.  
Jennifer Villwock, MD Jennifer Villwock, MD is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Kansas.  She is a graduate of the Michigan State College of Human Medicine.  Dr. Villwock completed her postgraduate training at the State University of New York.  While a resident, Dr. Villwock was actively involved in research, authoring nine peer reviewed publications on topics ranging from epistaxis management to trends in pituitary tumor treatment.  She completed a fellowship in Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center.  Dr. Villwock's clinical interests include the evaluation and management of sinonasal complaints.  Dr. Villwock's research is focused in three main areas: health outcomes in patients with diseases of the nose and sinuses, health informatics, and medical education.  She currently has grant funding to investigate a personality based mentorship and professional development curriculum for medical students.  Dr. Villwock is active in the AAO-HNS, serving on the Rhinology and Allergy Education Committee and the Board of Governors: Grassroots committees.  She sits on the Leadership Council for Women in Rhinology for the ARS.  
Cameron Wick, MD Cameron Wick, MD is an Assistant Professor of Otology/Neurotology at Washington University in St. Louis.  He completed a neurotology fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and otolaryngology residency at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.  His research interests include cochlear implantation, lateral skull base pathology, and outcomes of minimally invasive transcanal endoscopic ear surgery.
Robert Zitch, MD Robert Zitsch III, MD, FACS is the William E. Davis Professor and Chair and the School of Medicine, University of Missouri Health.  His specialty is head and neck surgical oncology.  Dr. Zitsch earned his medical degree and completed residency at the University of Alabama, completed fellowship at the University of Cincinnati, and an internship at Carraway Methodist Medical Center.  Dr. Zitsch is a Fellow, FACS, American College of Surgeons Member, AHNS, American Head & Neck Society Member, AAOHNS, American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Member, ACOSOG, American College of Surgeons Oncology Group Member, ATA, American Thyroid Association Member, Boone County Medical Society Member, Midwest Head and Neck Cancer Consortium Member, Missouri State Medical Association Member, and Society of University Otolaryngologists member.  
Last modified: Sep 26, 2017