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OHNS: Welcome Taha Jan, MD

Dear Team,

We are living in disruptive times, but it is my pleasure to share some good news with you:

After a thorough search lead by Dr. Charles Limb, MD, Francis A. Sooy, MD Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, I am pleased to announce that Taha Jan, MD will be joining the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at UCSF in July, 2020. Taha will join the Division of Otology/Neurotology and will contribute as both a surgeon and a scientist to our community.

Taha is originally from Iraq and immigrated to the USA when he was 11 years old. He attended Vanderbilt University where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He then matriculated at Stanford University School of Medicine where he earned his MD degree in 2012. While at Stanford, Taha spent a year as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. Taha pursued his otolaryngology head and neck surgery training in the Harvard Combined Program at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He then went on to an otology/neurotology 2 year fellowship at Stanford, his last year being a T32 research year.

Taha has spent time in the stem cell laboratories of Alan Cheng and Stefan Heller at Stanford. He has used single cell RNA sequencing to study utricular sensory epithelium responses to injury in the mouse model. This line of study can also be used to investigate inner ear immune responses which are at play in hearing loss caused by CMV infection.

Taha will have his main laboratory presence at our Mt. Zion Research Building and will be active in our ambulatory clinical practice at Mt. Zion. His surgical practice will be at Mt. Zion and also at Parnassus for neurotology cases.

Taha has had significant contributions as an author to more than 21 publications and 3 book chapters. He has successfully secured several small grants to support his work along the way. He has been recognized for his teaching prowess and was awarded the Chief Resident Teaching Award at Harvard in 2017. Taha has also been a generous and consistent mentor to many individuals in the research laboratories in which he has worked.

Please join me in welcoming Taha to the UCSF team!

Sincerely,

Andy

Andrew H. Murr, MD, FACS
Professor and Chairman
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
University of California, San Francisco
School of Medicine