Gene Liu, M.D.
Gene Liu, M.D. is a board-certified Otolaryngologist - Head and Neck Surgeon who specializes in the treatment of most general ear, nose and throat disorders and enjoys taking care of patients of all ages.
Dr. Liu is the Chair of the Department of Surgery of Cedars-Sinai Medical Group and the Course Director for UCLA medical students and USC PA students on their ENT rotations at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Additionally, he participates in the Pediatric Surgical Services taking care of children with complex ENT issues; the Cedars-Sinai Thyroid Cancer Center with expertise in minimally invasive surgical techniques; the Cedars-Sinai Sinus Center, specializing in 3-D Image guided Sinus Surgery and the new tissue sparing balloon sinuplasty system; as well as the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Center managing head and neck cancer patients.
Dr. Liu is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery sitting on multiple national committees involving Infection Prevention and Medical Informatics, and a member of the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society. He has also volunteered his services with Mending Kids International, Cardiac Kids Have H.E.A.R.T. and other non-profit organizations that offer free medical and surgical care to children with medical problems that cannot be treated in their home countries. One example: Dr. Liu was acknowledged by the ALO Cultural Foundation for his involvement and work with an 8-year old Lebanese boy, Hussein Balhas.
Dr. Liu obtained his Bachelorís degree from the University of Virginia with a major in chemistry and earned his M.D. degree and graduated with distinction from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
He completed his residency training in Otolaryngology Ė Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Colorado with significant exposure to pediatric otolaryngology at The Childrenís Hospital in Denver.
Henry Chen, M.D.
Henry Chen, M.D. is a board-certified Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon and fellowship-trained Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. Dr. Chen is trained in the medical and surgical management of all aspects of general otolaryngology with a particular interest in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck, as well as the removal of skin cancers and the repair of cleft lip and palate.
Dr. Chen graduated magna cum laude from Rice University with a Bachelors degree in Economics. Realizing the importance of business principles as they applied to the practice of medicine, he obtained dual M.D./M.B.A. degrees from Baylor College of Medicine and the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.
He then completed his residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Colorado. Following residency, Dr. Chen then completed a fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Albany Medical Center and the New England Laser and Cosmetic Surgery Center in Albany, New York with Edwin F. Williams, III, M.D., an international leader in the field.
Dr. Chen has published articles, and presented research nationally relating to plastic and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Medical Association.
Arthur Wu, M.D.
Arthur Wu, M.D. is a board-certified Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon and fellowship-trained Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgeon.
Dr. Wu is trained in the medical and surgical management of all aspects of general otolaryngology. He specializes in Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and has a particular interest in the treatment of nasal and sinus related diseases including chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, nasal obstruction and allergic rhinitis.
He also has an interest in the endoscopic treatment of skull base tumors and ophthalmologic disorders including eye tearing and proptosis.
Dr. Wu graduated with Honors and Distinction from Stanford University with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and earned his M.D. degree from Duke University. He then completed his residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California Los Angeles.
Following residency, Dr. Wu completed the Harvard Sinus and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship with Dr. Ralph Metson, an international leader in the field. He has presented nationally and published numerous articles on the treatment of chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, sinonasal and skull base tumors, and the endoscopic treatment of orbital disease. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Rhinologic Society, and American Academy of Otolaryngologic Allergy as well as an editor of www.sinusvideos.com.
Allen Ho, MD
Allen S. Ho, MD is a board-certified Otolaryngologist and fellowship-trained Head and Neck cancer surgeon. Dr. Ho is trained in the medical and surgical management of all aspects of otolaryngology.
He specializes in the surgical treatment of benign and malignant head and neck tumors, as well as parathyroid and thyroid disease. He maintains expertise in robotic, endoscopic, and minimally invasive operative techniques. He promotes a multidisciplinary approach that offers patients the greatest possible outcomes while preserving meaningful quality of life.
Dr. Ho graduated magna cum laude in Neurobiology from Harvard University with Highest Honors in the Field. He received his M.D. degree at the UCLA School of Medicine and completed both his surgical internship and otolaryngology residency at Stanford University.
He concurrently finished a Howard Hughes Medical Institute research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Ho subsequently completed a 2.5-year head and neck surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Ho has presented at numerous national and international meetings, including at AACR, ASCO, AHNS, AAOHNS, and ATA. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Genetics, Cancer Cell, Cancer, Thyroid, and Head & Neck, and authored multiple chapters in textbooks that include Cummings Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Ho is an active member of the American Association of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American Head and Neck Society, and the American Thyroid Association. He serves on the national level as a part of the AAO-HNS Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology Committee and the AAO-HNS Medical Informatics Committee.
Yu-Tung Wong, M.D.
Dr. Yu-Tung Wong is a board certified Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon and is fellowship-trained in Otology, Neurotology, and Skull-Base Surgery. Dr. Wong is trained in the medical and surgical management of all aspects of otolaryngology. He specializes in ear-related diseases involving hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing), and vertigo (dizziness). He also provides surgical treatment for ear drum ruptures, chronic ear disease, otosclerosis, exostosis repair, aural atresia, bone-anchored hearing implants, and cochlear implantation. His expertise in skull-base tumors such as acoustic neuromas and meningiomas allows him to help contribute to the multidisciplinary team in planning the care of patients. Dr. Wong is a sincere advocate of educating the patient on their disease and their options so that they may make the best decision for themselves.
Taking inspiration from the Bionic Man in the Six Million Dollar Man, Dr. Wong was graduated from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA with a Bachelorís and Masterís degree in Engineering, with emphasis on Biomedical Devices. He helped establish their first Robotic Design Team for international competition in a Walking Machine Decathalon which led to the first robot in contest history to complete all ten events. His R&D engineering work for IOLAB/Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic Corporation, Integra NeuroSciences, and Vascular Control Systems resulted in multiple U.S. and World patents in surgical tools. During this exposure to the medical utility of the engineering products, he made the cognizant decision to change careers so that he could more directly and immediately impact the care of the patient as a surgeon. This life-choice was confirmed during his year spent as a Rehabilitation Engineer at Goodwill Industries, working directly with children and adults with disabilities to restore function and communication through assistive technology.
Dr. Wong earned his M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University. He then completed his residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Following residency, Dr. Wong then completed an accredited fellowship in Otology/Neurotology/Skull-Base Surgery at University of California at San Diego with Dr. Jeffrey Harris and Dr. Roberto Cueva. In addition to caring for patients with complex ear diseases and managing skull-base tumors, his engineering background allows him to continue his research translating technologies into medical innovations.
Anca Barbu, MD, FACS
Anca M. Barbu, MD, FACS is a board certified Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon who is fellowship-trained in Laryngeal Surgery and care of the Professional Voice. While Dr. Barbu is trained in the medical and surgical management of all aspects of otolaryngology, her area of expertise is in surgery of the voice and airway.
She specializes in the diagnosis and management of voice disorders, including laryngeal cancer, vocal cord paralysis, and recurrent respiratory papillomatosis. Dr. Barbu’s expertise is in caring for the professional voice of singers, teachers, and all who use their voice for professional or performance needs. Her surgical skills include treating patients with voice disorders in the office, bedside (inpatient), and OR setting. Her surgical acumen in office-based procedures of the vocal cords allows patients the comfort and safety of same-day in-office surgery through innovative technology, without the need for general anesthesia.
Dr. Barbu joins the group after having been in Boston for the last 6 years where she was in practice with Dr. Steven Zeitels, the surgeon famous for operating on the voices of Adele, Steven Tyler, Sam Smith. After completing her fellowship at Harvard under his tutelage, she was offered to join Dr. Zeitels as one of only three laryngeal surgeons in practice at Massachusetts General Hospital. In doing so, Dr. Barbu became the first woman surgeon in the Division of Laryngeal Surgery at the #1 hospital in the U.S. at that time.
As a native of Los Angeles, Dr. Barbu graduated cum laude from UCLA with dual degrees in European Studies and Physiological Sciences. She then moved to the east coast for medical school at Drexel University in Philadelphia, and completed her residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Case Western Reserve University. She remained on faculty at CWRU for a brief period of time before moving to Boston for her clinical and research fellowship at Harvard, where she also stayed on faculty and in practice thereafter.
In her role as Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Barbu taught medical students and over a dozen surgeons in fellowship who subsequently went on to open their own practice or join academic departments throughout the country.
Dr. Barbu is a published author and presenter on innovative treatments of voice disorders in leading journals and book chapters. She has been an invited speaker on multiple laryngeal topics, lecturing as a Visiting Professor at national universities, such as Johns Hopkins and Harvard, and internationally at numerous conferences.
She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and an active member of the American Broncho-Esophagological Association (ABEA), American Laryngological Association (ALA), American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO), and American Medical Association (AMA). Dr. Barbu was elected to serve on one of the national committees for Women in Otolaryngology.
For more information about Dr. Barbu’s practice check out www.BeverlyHillsVoice.com
Evan Walgama, MD
Evan Walgama, M.D. is a board certified Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon and a fellowship-trained Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgeon. He is trained in the medical and surgical management of all aspects of general Otolaryngology.
Dr. Walgama has a particular interest in chronic sinusitis, nasal polyposis, sinonasal tumors, and endoscopic skull base surgery. He participates in the multispecialty treatment of difficult to control sinusitis as well as complex skull base disorders such as pituitary tumors, cerebrospinal fluid leaks, chordomas, and benign and malignant tumors of the nose, sinuses, and nasopharynx.
Dr. Walgama graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors degree in philosophy. He received his M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and was a junior member of Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He completed a five-year residency in Otolaryngology at the same institution where he served as chief resident at Parkland Memorial Hospital. He then completed a prestigious fellowship in Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery at Stanford University under the mentorship of Peter Hwang, MD.
In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Walgama is active in clinical research. He has presented original research at national meetings and publishes in peer-reviewed journals in his specialty. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the American Rhinologic Society.
Matthew Lee, MD
Dr. Matthew Lee is a board-certified Otolaryngologist – Head and Neck Surgeon and a fellowship-trained Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. Dr. Lee is trained in the medical and surgical management of all aspects of general otolaryngology, and has a particular interest in reconstructive surgery including functional rhinoplasty for the treatment of nasal valve obstruction.
Dr. Lee began his training at Boston University, where he was among a select few high school students who received early admission to medical school via a combined baccalaureate / MD training program. Dr. Lee graduated summa cum laude and was additionally selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.
Dr. Lee continued his training at UCLA where he completed a 5-year residency in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. Following residency, Dr. Lee then went on to receive additional subspecialty training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University. This fellowship included a specialized focus on cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries of the face, head and neck.
Dr. Lee maintains a strong interest in academic medicine and has authored many peer reviewed articles and book chapters on various topics in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He has been the recipient of a research grant for his work in tissue engineering and has spoken at national meetings throughout the country. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Raquel Vasquez, PA-C
Raquel Vasquez, PA-C, is a certified physician assistant and has been with the practice since 2007.
Raquel received her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Biology from California State University, Northridge.
Prior to joining the practice she worked in family practice in Oxnard, California.
Raquel is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the California Academy of Physician Assistants.
Nabilah Ali, PA-C
Nabilah Ali, PA-C, is a certified physician assistant and has been working in Otolaryngology (ENT) since 2012.
Nabilah received her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. She earned her Bachelor's of Science in Biochemistry from California State University, Long Beach, where she earned departmental honors and was placed on the Dean's List and President's List for high academic achievement.
Prior to joining the practice she worked in Otolaryngology and Dermatology in Los Alamitos, CA.
Nabilah is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the California Academy of Physician Assistants.
Chrysanta Patio, MPH, PA-C
Chrysanta Patio, MPH, PA-C, is a certified physician assistant who joined the practice in September 2015.
Chrysanta received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Touro University in Vallejo, California.
There she concurrently earned her Master of Public Health with a concentration in global medicine. She completed her MPH field study in Cambodia working with the largest national NGO to address HIV issues within the community.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.
Chrysanta is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the California Academy of Physician Assistants.
Sumit Singh, PA-C
Sumit Singh, PA-C, is a certified physician assistant.
Sumit received her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.
She earned her Bachelor's of Science in Neuroscience from the University of California, Riverside.
Prior to joining the practice she worked in Allergy and Immunology in Irvine, CA.
Colleen Moryl, Ph.D., CCC-A, Audiologist
Colleen is an expert in diagnosing and treating disorders of the auditory system. She specializes in testing and evaluating adults and children for hearing impairment, and in fitting and programming the most modern and advanced hearing aid technologies available today. She is also trained in testing patients for vertigo (dizziness) and balance disorders.
Colleen has been practicing audiology since 1986. She earned her doctorate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, her master's from George Washington University in Washington D.C., and a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville. While in college, she became a lifetime member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and made the Deans List.
In her career, she has held positions at several prominent medical institutions, including Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where she performed her audiology clinical fellowship, and as a staff audiologist at the Veteran's Administration and Children's National medical centers in Washington D.C. Colleen grew up in towns and cities along with eastern seaboard, however, she now calls southern California her home.She is a member of ASHA, the American Academy of Audiology, and the American Auditory Society.
Lisa Berliner, M.S., CCC-A, Audiologist
Lisa has been practicing audiology since 1998, when she received a Master's degree from California State University in Northridge. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Ithaca College in New York. During her studies she made the Dean's List several times.
Lisa specializes in testing and evaluating children and adults for hearing impairment, and in fitting and programming advanced hearing aid technologies.
Her experience includes performing audiology internships at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Los Angeles and for the city's Unified School District.
She also has five years of private practice audiology experience. Lisa is a member of ASHA and the California Academy of Audiology. She speaks fluent Spanish and knows sign language. Lisa grew up outside New York City.