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Amy Hwang,MD

Primary Service
  • ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat)
Areas of Interest

Chronic ear disease, hearing loss, dizziness, cleft palate and lip, pediatric ear, nose and throat conditions, clinical medicine research, patient education, medical student training

College
  • Bachelor of Science: Biology, English Minor, Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC
Medical School
  • Doctor of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Residency
  • Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
Fellowship
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, CA
  • Otology, Pittsburgh Ear Associates, Pittsburgh, PA
Biography

Philosophy of care
“I desire to care for my patients with excellence and compassion, addressing them as a whole person. I will spend the time it takes to get the entire picture of their illness and find the best treatment or solution. I show each of my patients respect and do my best to treat them as I would if they were a member of my family.”

Why Dr. Hwang went into medicine
“I became interested in medical missions and caring for the underserved in high school. In medical school, I was drawn to the needs of patients with cleft lip and palate. Along the way, I discovered otolaryngology as a specialty that cared for cleft patients along with many other things, and I found the head and neck the most interesting, challenging, and rewarding area of the body in which to treat disease and do surgery.”

Favorite advice to give patients
“Don’t put anything in your ear deeper than your finger can reach.”

Hometown
Freeport, ME

Hobbies
“Right now, I have two toddlers, and they and my husband are my world outside of medicine. The kids’ needs and interests dominate our free time, and I couldn’t be more thankful! I love the outdoors and look forward to exploring the hiking trails of Duluth. I am a fan of anything related to water since the ocean was my backyard as a kid. I enjoy running (for fitness, but not really speed) and working out with my husband. I also enjoy baking, reading for pleasure, crocheting, and good television. I love traveling and learning new cultures. Being involved in my church community is also deeply important to me.”

Awards
Virginia Society of Otolaryngology Resident Paper Award, First Place, 2012
Eastern Virginia Medical School Temporal Bone Award, Second Place, 2011
7th International Conference on Head and Neck Cancer Best Resident Clinical Paper, 2008
Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society, inducted 2007
Honorary Lecturer of the Second Medical University of Shanghai, 1999-2005

Publications
Ketcham AS, Smith JE, Lee FS, Halstead LA, White DR. “Clinical Course Following Endoscopic Repair of Type 1 Laryngeal Clefts.” International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngolgy (2008) 72: 1261-1267.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0165587608002255?via%3Dihub
Retrospective analysis of the outcomes of children with type I laryngeal clefts who underwent endoscopic repair. Two surgical techniques were compared and previously reported data challenged.

Byrd JK, Nguyen SA, Ketcham A, Hornig J, Gillespie MB, Lentsch E. “Minimally invasive video-assisted thyroidectomy versus conventional thyroidectomy: a cost-effective analysis.”
Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg (2010) 143(6): 789-794.
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21109079/
Comparison of cost for traditional vs. a newer minimally invasive video assisted technique showing no significant difference between the two.

Ketcham AS, Han JK. “Complications and Management of Septoplasty.” Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America (2010) 43(4): 897-904.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S003066651000068X?via%3Dihub
Description of potential problems encountered during and after septoplasty as well as recommendations for management and repair.

Higgins TS, Gupta R, Ketcham AS, Sataloff RT, Wadsworth JT, Sinacori JT. “Recurrent laryngeal nerve monitoring versus identification alone on post-thyroidectomy true vocal fold palsy: a meta-analysis.” Laryngoscope (2011) 121(5): 1009-1017.
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/lary.21578
Meta-analysis performed that showed no difference in rate of vocal fold paralysis when using intraoperative neuromonitoring for the recurrent laryngeal nerve vs. visual identification of the nerve alone.

Derkay CD, Ketcham AS, Higgins, TS. (2012). Guidelines in Pediatric Otolaryngology. In N.L. Shapiro (Ed.), Handbook of Pediatric Otolaryngology: A Practical Guide for Evaluation and Management of Pediatric Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders (pp. 493-522). Singapore: World Scientific.
Textbook chapter reviewing the various published guidelines for pediatric ENT up to 2012.

Dobratz EJ, Ketcham AS. “Normal and Variant Anatomy of the Nasal Tip.” Facial Plastic Surgery (2012) 28(2): 137-44.
https://www.thieme-connect.com/products/ejournals/abstract/10.1055/s-0032-1309291
Description of the anatomy of the nasal tip and its implications for surgical alteration.