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VCU Department of Otolaryngology

Current Residents and Fellows


Joshua Yelverton, M.D.

Hometown: Blakely, Ga.

Undergraduate: Mercer University, chemistry

Medical school: Mercer University School of Medicine

Research: Mucus properties in acute rhinosinusitis, effects of Guaifenesin on mucus properties, mitochondrial deafness, risk factors in unilateral hearing loss

Clinical interests: Rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery

Outside interests: College football, golf, spending time with my wife and son

Laura Dominguez, M.D.

Hometown: San Benito, Texas

Undergraduate: Rice University, biology

Medical school: University of Texas at San Antonio

Research: Subglottic pressures in spinal cord injury patients, unilateral hearing loss

Clinical interests: Professional voice

Outside interests: Travel, group fitness, Texas


Adrienne Childers, M.D.

Hometown: Jamison, Pa.

Undergraduate: Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tenn.

Medical school: University of Tennessee, Memphis, Tenn.


Clinical interests: Neurotology, general otolaryngology

Outside interests: Running, cooking, travel

Josephine Nguyen, M.D.

Hometown: Livermore, Calif.

Undergraduate: Chapman University, Orange, Calif.

Medical school: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Va.

Research: Touch prep in the diagnosis of invasive fungal sinusitis, tracheostomy care knowledge in hospital personnel, subglottic pressure in spinal cord injured patients, incentive spirometer in tracheotomy patients

Clinical interests: Facial plastics, reconstructive surgery, microvascular surgery

Outside interests: Piano, hapkido, knitting, origami


Stephanie Ambrose, M.D.

Hometown: Watkinsville, Ga.

Undergraduate: Furman University, Greenvile, S.C.

Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine

Research: Unilateral hearing loss with speech-language and educational outcomes in children, early identification and nonsurgical correction of congenital auricular deformities

Clinical interests: Pediatric and general otolaryngology

Outside interests: Outdoor activities, festivals, travel

Jonathan Young, M.D.

Hometown: Daly City, Calif.

Undergraduate: University of California - Los Angeles, Westwood, Calif.

Medical school: University of California - Davis, Sacramento, Calif.

Research: Comparison of risk factors of UHL and BHL

Clinical interests: Pediatric otolaryngology and general otolaryngology

Outside interests: Basketball, video games, travel and food


Scott Hardison

Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.

Undergraduate: Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Medical school: Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Research: Dissolvable drug-eluting stents for the treatment of esophageal stenosis, subglottic hemangiomas, effects of double gloving on microsurgical techniques

Clinical interests: Pediatric otolaryngology, neurotology, general otolaryngology

Outside interests: Movies, traveling, college sports

Yula Taormina

Hometown: Moscow, Russia

Undergraduate: Virginia Commonwealth University, biology

Medical school: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Research: Inhalation injury, pediatric chronic rhinosinusitis

Clinical interests: Pediatric otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, general otolaryngology

Outside interests: Traveling


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Eric Appelbaum

Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.

Undergraduate: Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Ill., biology

Medical school: St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo.

Research: Mitochondrial dysfunction in the cochlea, enzyme kinetics

Clinical interests: Otology, sinus/rhinology, pediatric otolaryngology

Outside interests: Triathlon, swimming, water polo, cycling, running with my dog, hiking, movies