Kourosh Parham, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery
Director of Research, Division of Otolaryngology, Department of Surgery
Assistant Program Director, Division of Otolaryngology, Department of Surgery
Academic Office Location:
Surgery/ENT
University of Connecticut Health Center
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-6228
Phone: 860-679-2804
860-679-6522
Fax: 860-679-6564
Website(s): Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery
Curriculum Vitae:

Dr. Parham offers a full range of clinical services in general otolaryngology - head and neck surgery and is actively engaged in research and education.

Education
DegreeInstitutionMajor
M.D.University of Connecticut School of MedicineMedicine
Ph.D.Northern Illinois UniversityPsychology, Biopsychology Emphasis
M.A.Northern Illinois UniversityPsychology, Biopsychology Emphasis
B.S.Northern Illinois UniversityBiological Sciences and Psychology
OtherCollege of Lake CountyScience

Post-Graduate Training
TrainingInstitutionSpecialty
FellowshipUniversity of Connecticut School of MedicinePostdoctoral Research Fellow, Division of Otolaryngology, Department of Surgery, Laboratory of Duck O. Kim, D.Sc.
FellowshipUniversity of ConnecticutUniversity Postdoctoral Fellow
InternshipUniversity of Connecticut School of MedicineGeneral Surgery
ResidencyUniversity of Connecticut School of MedicineOtolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

Awards
Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Triological Society Career Development AwardAmerican Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Foundation
Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science and the Lowell P. Weicker Jr. General Clinical Research Center "Skeletal Status in Postmenopausal Women with Idiopathic Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo"Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
Lowell P. Weicker Jr. General Clinical Research Center "Early Detection of Head and Neck Cancer Using Narrow Band Imaging"University of Connecticut
Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Scholars AwardAmerican Geriatrics Society
Gerald Leonard, M.D. Excellence in Resident Teaching and Advocacy, Department of Surgery, Division of OtolaryngologyUniversity of Connecticut Health Center
Geriatrics Education for Special Residents (Integrating Geriatrics into Otolaryngology Residency Curriculum)American Geriatrics Society
Lowell P. Weicker Jr. General Clinic Research Center "Rapid Method for Collection of Stimulus Frequency Otoacoustic Emissions"University of Connecticut
DiplomateAmerican Board of Otolaryngology
American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Resident Travel AwardAmerican Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Foundation
National Academy of Sciences Colloquium Travel Award, “Auditory Neuroscience: Development, Transduction and Integration” National Academy of Sciences
William M. Wadliegh Memorial Award for Student Excellence in International and Cross-Cultural Research University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Leadership Awards, Medical Student Affairs Office and Office of Health Career Opportunities University of Connecticut School of Medicine
International Summer Research Fellowship, "Attitudes Toward Consanguineous Marriages in Iran" UConn Health Center
Research Initiation, Support and Enhancement Award, "Effects of Aging on the Auditory System"University of Connecticut
Invited Moderator, Sixteenth Midwinter MeetingAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology
Dissertation Completion AwardNorthern Illinois University
General otolaryngology, geriatric otolaryngology, hearing loss and age-related hearing loss, reflux and swallowing difficulties, in-office esophagoscopy, and thyroid/parathyroid surgery
Dr. Parham serves as assistant program director for the Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Residency Program at the UConn Health Center. He is currently involved in the clinical training of residents, both in the office and operating room settings. He also serves as the director of research for the program which involves training residents in the scientific method. Dr. Parham is also involved in education of medical students, including head and neck anatomy in year 1, upper respiratory anatomy/physiology in year 2, sinus management in year 3 and selective and otolaryngology - head and neck surgery clerkships in year 4.
Clinical Research Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and relationship to bone disorders, head and neck cancer screening using narrow band imaging, intraoperative parathyroid hormone levels as predictor post thyroidectomy hypocalcemia, in-office esophagoscopy in geriatric patients Basic Science Research Hearing and hearing loss, presbycusis, drug-induced (cisplatin, antibiotic) ototoxicity, otosclerosis and treatment
Research opportunities in basic science investigations are available to Otolaryngology - HNS residents, medical students (selective rotations), graduate and undergraduate students.

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Dizziness
    Parham,K. (2013) Geriatrics Review Syllabus: A Core Curriculum in Geriatric Medicine
  • Drug-Induced Vertigo
    Weiss,J., Parham,K. (2013) Vertigo: Diagnosis and Management
  • Genetics of Presbycusis
    Lawrason,A., Weiss,J. & Parham,K. (2013) Enclyclopedia of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery
  • Presbycusis
    Roehm,C., Marino,J., & Parham, K. (2013) Enclyclopedia of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery
  • Noninvasive assessment of auditory function in mice: Auditory brainstem response and distortion product otoacoustic emission
    Parham,K., Sun,X.-M.& Kim D.O. (2001) Handbook of Mouse Auditory Research:From Behavior to Molecular Biology 37-58
  • Electrophysiology of the auditory nerve
    Kim, D.O. & Parham,K. (1997) Handbook of Acoustics 1371-1379
  • The olivocochlear feedback gain control subsystem: Ascending input from small cell cap of the cochlear nucleus?
    Kim, D.O., Parham,K., Zhao,H. & Ghoshal,S. (1995) Active Hearing 31-50

Letters

Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Sleep DisordersTalkWVIT NBC 302013Connecticut
Interaction of presbycusis with cisplatin ototoxicityLectureAmerican Geriatrics Society2012California
Geriatric OtologyLectureAmerican Society of Geriatric Otolaryngology2012California
Osteoblast cultures from the stapes of patients with otosclerosis demonstrate hypermineralization, which is corrected by alendronateLectureOrthopaedic Research Society2012California
Do You Hear What I Hear?TalkSeabury Retirement Community Center2011Connecticut
Is Mouse a Good Model for Cisplatin Ototoxicity?LectureTriological Society 2011New York
Narrow band imaging in vocal cord hyperkeratosisLectureVoice Foundation Annual Symposium2011Pennsylvania
Evaluation of office-based transnasal esophagoscopy tolerance, safety and findings in the geriatric population.LectureAmerican Geriatrics Society2011Washington, DC
Comparison of characteristics of osteoblasts cultured from stapes of patients with otosclerosis to normal osteoblastsLectureTriological Society 2011Illinois
Can intratympanic dexamethasone protect against cisplatin ototoxicity in the presence of age-related hearing loss?LectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology2011Maryland
Age Related Hearing LossTalkSt. Margaret's Church Hall2010Connecticut
Challenges and opportunities in presbycusisLectureAmerican Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Foundation2010Massachusetts
Do topical photoactivated antimicrobials cause ototoxicity?LectureAmerican Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Foundation2010Massachusetts
Auditory function after application of ototopical mupirocin and vancomycin solutions in a murine modelLectureAmerican Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Foundation2010Massachusetts
Interaction of age-related hearing loss with otosclerosis: an indication for treatment with bisphosphonatesLectureAmerican Geriatrics Society2010Florida
Characteristics of osteoblasts cultured from stapes of patients with otosclerosis after exposure to alendronate.LectureAmerican Otological Society2010Nevada
Osteblasts cultured from stapes: An in vitro model for otosclerosisLectureTriological Society 2010Nevada
Cisplatin ototoxicity in the CBA mouse model of presbycusisLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology2010California
In vitro properties of osteblasts cultured from stapes of patients with otosclerosis: A preliminary reportLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology2010California
Narrow band imaging of oral mucositis in cancer patientsLectureAmerican Chemical Society2010California
Headphone Hearing Hazard-An Increasing Problem for Young AdultsTalkWVIT NBC 302010Connecticut
Otosclerosis: A geriatric perspectiveLectureAmerican Society of Geriatric Otolaryngology2009Arizona
Teen Noise Exposure in Commercial Stores Targeting AdolescentsTalkWFSB CBS 32009Connecticut
Reduction of cisplatin ototoxicity with intratympanic dexamethasone LectureAmerican Neurotology Society2008Florida
Possible Hearing Impairment due to Loud Exposure in Movie GoersTalkWVIT NBC 302008Connecticut
Hearing Loss and Dysphagia in the ElderlyTalkWTIC 1080 AM2008Connecticut
Quick Treatment Essential in Treating Sudden Hearing LossOtherHartford Courant2008Connecticut
Comparison of transnasal esophagoscopy with white light versus narrow-band imaging LectureAmerican Broncho-Esohogological Association2008Florida
Transnasal Esophagoscopy: Safety and Patient Tolerance in the Geriatric Patient LectureAmerican Society of Geriatric Otolaryngology2008Florida
Auditory function after prolonged course of ciprofloxacin/dexamethasone otic suspension in a murine modelLectureAmerican Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology2008Florida
Transnasal esophagoscopyLectureNew England Otolaryngology Society2008Massachusetts
Stimulus frequency otoacoustic emissions in normal hearing humans obtained with frequency sweeping method over 0.5-8 kHzLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology2008Arizona
Adolescent Hearing LossTalkWVIT NBC 302007Connecticut
Acid Reflux and Ear, Nose & Throat DisordersTalkUniversity of Connecticut2006Connecticut
Acoustic Over-Exposure, Hearing Loss and the iPODTalkWTIC 1080 AM2006Connecticut
Childhood Ear InfectionsTalkWVIT NBC 302006Connecticut
Seasonal Allergies TalkWVIT NBC 302005Connecticut
Single unit response in the dorsal cochlear nucleus of the Purkinjie cell degeneration mice and control miceLectureNational Academy of Sciences Colloquium2000California
Effects of stimulus parameters on distortion product otoacoustic emissions in the CBA mouse model of age-related hearingLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology1998Florida
Morphological characteristics of ventro-tubercular neurons in anteroventral cochlear nucleus of the catLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology1997Florida
Optimal stimulus level and level difference for the distortion product otoacoustic emission test of sensorineural hearing lossLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology1997Florida
Distortion product otoacoustic emissions of the DBA/2J mouse with early-onset progressive hearing lossLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology1997Florida
Effects of stimulus parameters on distortion product otoacoustic emissions in the C57B1/6J mouse with age-related hearing lossLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology1997Florida
Comparison of projections from the marginal shell and central core of the anteroventral cochlear nucleus to the superior olivary complex in the catLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology1997Florida
Response of the neurons in the auditory cortex to click-pair stimuliLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology1997Florida
Examination of optimal stimulus parameters for the distortion product otoacoustic emissions in the mouse models of presbycusisLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology1996Florida
Distortion product otoacoustic emissions of an animal model of presbycusis, the CBA/J mouseLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology1996Florida
Auditory nerve fiber responses to click pairs as simulated echosLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology1996Florida
Response properties of dorsal cochlear nucleus neurons of the Purkinje cell degeneration (pcd) mutant and control miceLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology1996Florida
Neuronal sidebands in projections from the anteroventral cochlear nucleus to the dorsal cochlear nucleus of the catLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology1996Florida
Marginal shell of the cat anteroventral cochlear nucleus: physiology and connectionsLectureCollegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum1995Salzburg, Austria
Distortion product otoacoustic emissions in an animal model of presbycusis, the C57BL/6J mouseLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology1995Florida
Projection of small neurons in the vestibular nerve root to the granule-cell-layer/small-cell-cap of the anteroventral cochlear nucleus of the catLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology1995Florida
The small cell cap of the anteroventral cochlear nucleus; single-unit recording and making of the region in unanesthetized decerebrate catsLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology1995Florida
Response properties of complex-spiking neurons of the dorsal cochlear nucleus in unanesthetized decerebrate catsLectureSociety for Neuroscience1994Florida
Retrograde labeling of cochlear ganglion cells with injection of biotinylated dextran into granule-cell and small-cell-cap region of cat anteroventral cochlear nucleusLectureSociety for Neuroscience1994Florida
Effects of changing inter-stimulus interval on the discharge characteristics of dorsal cochlear nucleus neurons of the unanesthetized decerebrate catsLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology1994Florida
Anterograde/retrograde labeling of connections from/to the small cell cap region of the cat cochlear nucleusLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology1994Florida
Pause-build units of the dorsal cochlear nucleus of unanesthetized decerecrate cats: Discharge suppression in the silent inter-stimulus intervalLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology1993Florida
A computational model with ionic conductances for the dorsal cochlear nucleus fusiform cellLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology1993Florida
Electrophysiological behavior of fusiform cells of dorsal cochlear nucleus: Inferences about underlying ion channelsLectureThe Molecular Biology of Hearing and Deafness1992California
Responses of auditory nerve fibers and anteroventral cochlear nucleus units to click pairs in unanesthetized decerebrate catsLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology1992Florida
Dorsal cochlear nucleus of unanesthetized decerebrate cats: Discharge regularity of pause-build unitsLectureSociety for Neuroscience1991Louisiana
Frequency discrimination for high-frequency pure tones: Auditory nerve population profiles based on d'measure for adjoining places along cochleaLectureAssociation for Research in Otolaryngology1991Florida
Population responses of auditory nerve fibers to pure tones: Analysis of d'measure for intensity discriminationLectureSociety for Neuroscience1990Missouri
Behavioral after-effects of general anesthesiaLectureMidwestern Psychological Association1989Illinois
Response properties of cochlear nucleus neurons in young and middle-aged C57BL/6J mice with presbycusisLectureSociety for Neuroscience1988Toronto, Canada
The acoustic startle response in young and aging C57BL/6J and CBA/J miceLectureSociety for Neuroscience1987Louisiana
Responses of inferior colliculus neurons in C57BL/6J and CBA/J mice: Correlates of aging and presbycusisLectureSociety for Neuroscience1987Louisiana