Keck School Faculty

Elisabeth H. Ference, MD, MPH
Elisabeth H. Ference, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
1510 San Pablo Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
Dr. Ference is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology. She treats all diseases of the ears, nose and throat and specializes in sinus and skull base disorders. She has a special research and clinical interest in minimally-invasive sinus procedures including balloon sinuplasty, steroid eluting implant placement, inferior turbinate reduction, eustachian tube dilation, and nasal valve repair. She has published extensively on evidence-based antibiotic usage, balloon sinuplasty and outcomes of sinus surgery. She is dedicated to improving the quality of life of both adult and pediatric patients with sinus problems and allergies.

Northwestern Department of Otolaryngology: Resident Research Award- 2nd Place, 2016

American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery: AAO-HNS Resident Research Core Grant, 2014-2015

Northwestern Memorial Hospital: Goldberg Family Trust Travel Grant, 2014

American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery: Best in Show Poster, 2014

Princeton University: Magna Cum Laude, 2006

Princeton University: Phi Beta Kappa, 2006

Princeton University: Ooops. Something went wrong., 2003

Princeton University: Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence, 2003

How often is sinus surgery performed for chronic rhinosinusitis with versus without nasal polyps? Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2018 Jan 01; 32(1):34-39.. View in PubMed

Evaluation of patient nasal saline irrigation practices following endoscopic sinus surgery Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2018 Jan; 8(1):32-40. . View in PubMed

Presentation, workup, and management of penetrating transorbital and transnasal injuries: A case report and systematic review Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2017 Mar 01; 31(2):29-34. . View in PubMed

Can Chronic Sinusitis Cause Cancer? JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Jan 01; 143(1):32-33.. View in PubMed

Antibiotic Prescribing by Physicians Versus Nurse Practitioners for Pediatric Upper Respiratory Infections Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2016 Dec; 125(12):982-991. . View in PubMed

Open versus endoscopic medial orbital decompression: Utilization, cost, and operating room time Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2016 Sep; 30(5):360-6. . View in PubMed

Measurement and comparison of health utility assessments in chronic rhinosinusitis Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2015 Oct; 5(10):929-36. . View in PubMed

Surgical anatomy and variations of the infraorbital nerve Laryngoscope. 2015 Jun; 125(6):1296-300. . View in PubMed

National trends in retropharyngeal abscess among adult inpatients with peritonsillar abscess Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Apr; 152(4):661-6. . View in PubMed

Trends in the management of pediatric peritonsillar abscess infections in the US. , 2000-2009. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2015 Apr; 79(4):527-31. . View in PubMed

The prevalence of bacterial infection in acute rhinosinusitis: a Systematic review and meta-analysis Laryngoscope. 2015 Jan; 125(1):57-69. . View in PubMed

Operative utilization of balloon versus traditional endoscopic sinus surgery Laryngoscope. 2015 Jan; 125(1):49-56. . View in PubMed

Commentary on gender differences in prevalence, treatment, and quality of life of patients with chronic rhinosinusitis Allergy Rhinol (Providence). 2015 Jan; 6(2):82-8. . View in PubMed

Current utilization of balloon dilation versus endoscopic techniques in pediatric sinus surgery Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Nov; 151(5):852-60. . View in PubMed

Perioperative dexamethasone administration and risk of bleeding following tonsillectomy in children: a randomized controlled trial JAMA. 2012 Sep 26; 308(12):1221-6. . View in PubMed

The clinical presentation and surgical management of adnexal torsion in the pediatric and adolescent population J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2012 Apr; 25(2):109-13. . View in PubMed

Combination treatments for psoriasis: a systematic review and meta-analysis Arch Dermatol. 2012 Apr; 148(4):511-22. . View in PubMed

Heavy metals exposure and hearing loss in US adolescents Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Dec; 137(12):1183-9. . View in PubMed

Histopathologic investigation of the dimensions of the cochlear nerve canal in normal temporal bones Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2011 Apr; 75(4):464-7. . View in PubMed

Prevalence of noise-induced hearing-threshold shifts and hearing loss among US youths Pediatrics. 2011 Jan; 127(1):e39-46. . View in PubMed

Role of patient education level in predicting macrosomia among women with gestational diabetes mellitus J Perinatol. 2006 Jun; 26(6):328-32. . View in PubMed

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