TUCSON, Ariz. – Alexander G. Chiu, MD, has been appointed professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Arizona Department of Surgery. Dr. Chiu specializes in endoscopic and minimally invasive techniques to remove benign and malignant tumors of the nose, sinuses and skull base.
With recent advances in sinus endoscopy, Dr. Chiu is able to remove many sinus and brain tumors directly through the nose, avoiding the need for facial incisions or a craniotomy. Complications are decreased, recovery is faster and patients are spared unsightly incisions.
Dr. Chiu is renowned for his surgical expertise in frontal sinus surgery, revision endoscopic sinus surgery, endoscopic repair of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks and endoscopic sinonasal tumor surgery.
Dr. Chiu and Michael Lemole, MD, chief of the UA Division of Neurosurgery, are establishing the Center for Sinonasal and Skull Base Tumors, the only center of its kind in the Southwest. This preeminent multidisciplinary team of surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists will offer leading-edge and minimally invasive treatments for benign and malignant tumors of the nose, paranasal sinuses and skull base.
As the new chief of the division, Dr. Chiu will be tasked with building a program that also will include sub-specialists in hearing sciences, ear disease, head and neck cancer, pediatrics and clinical research.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Chiu,” said Rainer Gruessner, MD, chairman of the UA Department of Surgery. “This much-needed program, now under way at University Medical Center, has not been available in Southern Arizona. Drs. Chiu and Lemole will combine their talents and experience to provide comprehensive head and neck cancer treatments for our patients using the latest advanced technology.”
Joining Dr. Chiu is Stephen Goldstein, MD, associate professor of surgery, Division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Goldstein, a highly skilled facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, further adds to the multidisciplinary approach to surgeries of the head and neck now available at UMC.
“I am excited to join the UA and work at UMC with the extraordinary leadership within the administration and surgery department,” said Dr. Chiu. “The potential here is unlimited and our goal is to build the top clinical and academic otolaryngology program in the Southwest.”
Prior to his arrival at the UA, Dr. Chiu served as associate professor and director of the Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship Program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Dr. Chiu completed his medical degree at Albany Medical College and residency training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in sinonasal and skull base surgery at Stanford University Medical Center.
His research interests center around translational studies of novel topical medications for the treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis recalcitrant to conventional medical and surgical therapies. He helped pioneer an animal model for the study of topical medications and holds several industry and foundation research grants on the study of antimicrobial peptides and sinusitis.
Dr. Chiu is the co-editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy and serves on the editorial board of ORL: Journal of Otorhinolaryngology. He has been the guest editor for Otolaryngology Clinics of North America on Prevention and Management of Complications in Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery.
He currently is working on two textbooks: one on the management of sinonasal cancer and the second is an atlas for endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery. He has published more than 75 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on sinus and skull base surgery. The recipient of the Honor Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Chiu is a frequent invited lecturer and teaches courses around the world, as well as at society meetings of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, American Rhinologic Society and North American Skull Base Society.