Gillian R. Diercks, M.D., MPH

Harvard Medical School

Instructor in Otolaryngology

Research Summary

Research Summary

Dr. Gillian Diercks has an interest in conducting clinical trials to advance evidence-based practice and the use of new technology. She developed an ongoing multi-center blinded randomized controlled trial to evaluate ibuprofen and the risk of hemorrhage after adenotonsillectomy. Additionally, she was an integral member of the team at Mass. Eye and Ear that performed the first pediatric hypoglossal nerve stimulator implantation in the United States and participates in ongoing research development and study of the nerve stimulator in pediatric patients.

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Hypoglossal nerve stimulator implantation in an adolescent with Down syndrome and sleep apnea. Diercks GR, Keamy D, Kinane TB, Skotko B, Schwartz A, Grealish E, Dobrowski J, Soose R, Hartnick CJ. Pediatrics. 2016. 137(5): e20153663.

Case report: A case of pediatric parapharyngeal space ganglioneuroma. Garzorz N, Diercks GR, Lin HW, Faquin WC, Romo LV, Hartnick CJ. Ear Nose Throat J. 2016. 95(4-5):E16-20.

Stress velopharyngeal incompetence: Two case reports and options for diagnosis and management. Raol N, Dierck GR, Hersh C, Hartnick CJ. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2015. 79(12): 2456-9.

Observation: Laryngeal mask airway may result in false negative imaging for carotid medialization. Diercks GR, Cunnane MB, Hartnick CJ. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2015. 79(12): 2453-5.

Management of the critical airway when an EXIT procedure is not an option: A case report. Diercks GR, Hartnick CJ, Bates SV. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2015. 79(12): 2433-7.

Establishment of a normative cepstral pediatric acoustic databse. Infusino SA, Diercks GR, Rogers DJ, Garcia J, Ojha S, Maurer R, Bunting G, Hartnick CJ. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015. 141(4): 358-63.

Treatment outcomes and prognostic factors including human papillomavirus (HPV) for sinonasal undifferentiated carcinoma: A retrospective review. Gray ST, Herr MW, Sethi RK, Diercks G, Lee L, Curry W, Chan A, Clark J, Holbrook EH, Rocco J, Sadow PM, Lin DT. Head Neck. 2015. 37(3):366-74.

Consistency of voice frequency and perturbation measures in children using cepstral analysis: A movement towards increased recording stability. Diercks GR, Ojha S, Infusino S, Maurer R, Hartnick CJ. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013. 139(8): 811-816.

A case of preoperative “first-bite syndrome” associated with mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the parotid gland. Diercks GR, Rosow DE, Prasad M, Kuhel WI. The Laryngoscope. 2011. 121(4): 760-2.

The association between interferon regulatory factor 6 (IRF6) and nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate in the Honduran population. Diercks, GR, Karnezis TT, Kent DT, Su GH, Flores C, Lee, JH, Haddad J Jr. The Laryngoscope. 2009. 119(9):1759-64.

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2003: B.A., Columbia College
2009: M.D., Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
2016: MPH, T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health

Postgraduate Training

2009 - 2010: Internship: General Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital
2010 - 2014: Residency: Otolaryngology, Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School
2014 - 2016: Fellowship: Pediatric Otolaryngology, Mass. Eye and Ear

Professional Memberships (select)

2009: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
2009 - present: Massachusetts Medical Society
2010 - present: American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery

Honors (select)

2006: American Society of Clinical Pathology Award for Academic Excellence and Achievement, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2007-2008: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Research Fellowship, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2008: Albert B. Knapp Scholarship, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2009: Coakley Memorial Prize, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2009: Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Award, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2009: Tufts University School of Medicine Teaching Citation, Faulkner Hospital