Professor Choi Ji Eun of the Otolaryngology Department received an academic award at the World Congress on Endoscopic Ear Surgery, which was heled in Japan from December 5th to the 8th. The Tomoo Watanabe Memorial Prize, which Professor Choi received, is an academic award for oral presentations given to three young doctors who are leading endoscopic ear surgery worldwide.
In ‘Outcomes of endoscopic congenital cholesteatoma removal: Multicenter study in South Korea,' Professor Choi analyzed the recurrence rate and factors related to recurrence in 271 patients who had congenital cholesteatomas removed through a multicenter retrospective study at nine hospitals in Korea. In the results, it was confirmed that there was no significant difference in the recurrence rate compared to microscopic surgery, even when a congenital cholesteatoma was removed by endoscopic ear surgery without an additional skin incision.
Because endoscopic ear surgery is currently a new medical treatment that uses an endoscope instead of a conventional microscope to provide a wider surgical field of view than a microscope, it is known as a non-invasive surgical method where surgery is performed through the ear canal. The research results presented by Professor Choi will be adopted in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head&Neck surgery, the top-ranked otolaryngology journal, and will be published online in January (citation index IF: 8.96).
Professor Choi currently serves as the general secretary of the Endoscopy Ear Surgery Research Group of the Korean Otological Society, and mainly treats dizziness, deafness, otitis media, and tinnitus. He is also actively performing endoscopic ear surgery.