(Philadelphia, PA) - Duane A. Sewell, MD, has joined the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor.

Dr. Sewell earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from Harvard University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1994. He completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology in 2000. Following that, he began his research fellowship with the Department of Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania Laboratory of Dr. Yvonne Paterson. In June 2002, Dr. Sewell completed his Head and Neck Surgery fellowship in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Sewell's research interests focus on the feasibility of a live, recombinant vaccine for the prevention and treatment of head and neck cancer, specifically those head and neck tumors that have been transformed by the human papilloma virus (HPV). He is currently studying the effects of the vaccine in a murine model. He has been granted a K08 Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health so that he can pursue his research.

He is a recipient of numerous awards including the Helen O. Dickens Award from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the James H. Robinson Memorial Prize in Surgery from the National Medical Fellowship, Inc., and the Otolaryngology Resident of the Year from the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Dr. Sewell is also a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. In addition, he has authored or co-authored articles for the Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Laryngoscope, Cancer Research and Molecular Endocrinology.

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