New Horizons for Care

What if your doctor could tailor your treatment based on your genetic and clinical history to one that would be most effective and least toxic for your specific needs? Under the leadership of Dr. Jonas T. Johnson, Distinguished Service Professor and Chairman for the Department of Otolaryngology and the Dr. Eugene N. Myers Endowed Chair at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is to improve the outcome and quality of life through Personalized Medicine. A personalized approach to medicine emphasizes the ways in which your disease risks are unique and different to target therapies that work best for you.

With your continued support, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine will lead the world in research, resulting in improved patient care. Your generosity paves the way in advancing our research. Every level of support is important and enables our scientists to work on projects such as:

IMMUNOTHERAPYBy designing a treatment to boost the body’s natural defenses to fight cancer using substances either made by the body or in a laboratory, our scientists hope to improve or restore immune system function by identifying molecular markers. Immunotherapy is non-invasive, resulting in much fewer side effects than chemotherapy and radiation.
The clinic team includes a head and neck surgeon, nurse, speech-pathologist, physical therapist, dentist, and audiologist assembled in one location for a comprehensive appointment; providing a tailored assessment, education, identifying therapies to improve function, and assisting in coordinating care. Dr. Johnson and his team are now sharing their model with other institutions to care for more patients.
PITTSBURGH HEARING RESEARCH CENTER (PHRC)The two central goals of the PHRC are how to reconnect the auditory nerve to the brain (regeneration) and to understand how the brain processes sound. The center will provide a personalized approach to tinnitus and hearing loss.
SINO-NASAL DISORDERS, ALLERGIES, AND VOICEInnovative research is leading to personalized immunotherapy treatment for common issues such as rhinitis, polysposis, and allergies, resulting in life changing options for patients. Voice Center researchers are studying novel voice therapy approaches. This research has the potential to dramatically decrease the time spent in voice therapy, while improving treatment outcomes.
MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERYPittsburgh CREATES brings together physicians from UPMC, as well as engineers and researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, to create advances in surgical devices and systems for minimally invasive surgery and educating/training surgeons around the world in robotic surgery, all in an effort to improve patient care.