Patient Stories

Every day the University of Michigan Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery is home to countless examples of dedication, hope and perseverance, both on the part of our patients and care providers. Click on the patient stories below to learn more about about the real victors at Michigan: our patients, their families and team.

Ken Posner
Ken Posner

Sorting Through the Options

Faced with a variety of treatment options for his vestibular schwannoma diagnosis, Ken Posner reached out to our Multidisciplinary Acoustic Neuroma Program for answers.

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Nicole Burr
Nicole Burr

The Sound of Joy

Nicole Burr was the first child in the state of Michigan to receive a cochlear implant, back in 1987. Since then, she has thrived. Learn more about what Nicole describes as "The Sound of Joy."

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Michael Smerek and his wife Jennifer
Michael Smerek and
his wife Jennifer

Embracing Today

Michael Smerek was only 42 years old when he was diagnosed with stage IV tongue cancer. Learn how our Head and Neck Oncology Program helped him to embrace today.

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Jennifer Siefferly
Jennifer Siefferly

Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) Provides Advanced Surgical Options

Jennifer Seifferly, an adjunct professor at Saginaw Valley State University, noticed a burning sensation in her throat whenever she swallowed acidic foods and drinks. Learn how our head and neck surgery team used TORS to help Jennifer get back into the classroom.

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Ann Mayo and Brandon Haag
Ann Mayo and
Brandon Haag

Treating Facial Nerve Paralysis

The facial nerve is the nerve of facial expression. For patients Ann Mayo and Brandon Haag, facial paralysis restricted their ability to smile. Learn how the U-M Facial Nerve Disorders Clinic got Ann and Brandon smiling again.

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Pamela Klusack and Dr. Norman Hogikyan
Pamela Klusack and
Dr. Norman Hogikyan

Taming a Medical Zebra

Pamela Klusack is in the business of love. She performs weddings, leading happy couples into wedded bliss. So when a tickle in her throat and dry cough began to impact her work, she didn’t hesitate to see her doctor. Learn how our Vocal Health Center helped Pamela return to her profession.

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