Dr. Gopi Shah on the BackTable ENT Podcast

Dr. Gopi Shah

Otolaryngologist - Pediatric

Host Dr. Gopi Shah is a practicing ENT at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX.


Listen to Dr. Shah on the BackTable ENT Podcast

BackTable ENT is a knowledge resource for practicing physicians. Learn from the experiences and expertise of Dr. Gopi Shah and get practical advice on how to build your practice by listening to the BackTable ENT Podcast.

About Dr. Shah

Dr. Gopi Shah is a co-founder of BackTable, co-host of the BackTable ENT series, and a practicing Otolaryngologist with UT Southwestern. Dr. Shah is Director of UTSW’s Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship and Co-director of UTSW’s Airway Simulation Lab for residents. In additions, she serves as the surgical representative-at-large for the Medical Executive Committee at Children’s Health in Dallas.

Podcasts Featuring Dr. Shah

Ep. 33

Single Sided Deafness in Children

We talk with Dr. Anita Jeyakamur about single sided deafness in children.


Ep. 32

BackTable ENT First Year Podcast Anniversary!

We celebrate BackTable ENT's First Year Podiversary with co-hosts Dr. Gopi Shah and Dr. Ashley Agan.


Ep. 31

Mentorship, Feedback & Coaching

We talk with Dr. Carrie Francis about her passion for guiding personal and professional development for physicians, trainees and students.


Ep. 30

Revision Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

We talk with Rhinologist Dr. Ashleigh Halderman about Revision Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, including patient selection, pre-op planning, and endoscopic technique.


Ep. 29

Improving Access to Hearing Care Services

We talk with Dr. Carrie Nieman about improving hearing health disparities among older adults, particularly among vulnerable populations.


Ep. 28

Music, Medicine, & Ministry

We talk with Dr. Mark Williams about building his solo ENT practice, taking care of recording artists in Nashville, and aligning his own music, medicine and ministry.


Ep. 27

Facial Feminization

We talk with Dr. Sarah Saxon about Facial Feminization Surgery, including the range of procedures, patient selection, and technique.


Ep. 26

Allergic Rhinitis & Immunotherapy

We talk with Dr. Matthew Ryan about diagnosis and management of Allergic Rhinitis, as well as Immunotherapy as a potential treatment option.


Ep. 25


We talk with Dr. David Cognetti about sialendoscopy including the importance of patient selection as well as tips and tricks for success.


Ep. 24

Navigating the Hype

We talk with Dr. Nina Shapiro about the importance of effective communication of medical information to patients, and helping them avoid bad medical advice.


Ep. 23

Human Papillomavirus and Head and Neck Cancers

We talk with Dr. Andrew Day about the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Oropharyngeal Cancers.


Ep. 22

Pediatric Cochlear Implants

We talk with Dr. Prashant Malhotra from Nationwide Children’s Hospital about Pediatric Cochlear Implants, including workup and patient selection.


Ep. 20

Complete Cleft Care & Choosing Your Own Adventure

We talk with Steven Goudy MD, MBA about his clinical practice and research emphasis on cleft palate care in children at Emory Healthcare.


Ep. 19

Immunotherapy for Head and Neck Cancer

Dr. Adam Luginbuhl gives us the 101 on Immunotherapy as a treatment option for Head and Neck Cancer.


Ep. 18

Office Based Rhinology

Dr. Scott Fortune talks with us about how he built an Office Based Rhinology practice (now a Center of Excellence), including a how-to on safely performing procedures in the office.


Ep. 17

Endoscopic Ear Surgery

We chat with Dr. Brandon Isaacson and Dr. Alejandro Rivas on the topic of Endoscopic Ear Surgery, including tips and tricks for success, as well as pitfalls to avoid.


Ep. 16

Congenital Hearing Loss

We talk with Dr. Rachel St. John and Dr. Walter Kutz about Congenital Hearing Loss including causes, available treatments, and counseling.


Ep. 15

Adult Cochlear Implantation

We speak with Dr. Jacob Hunter about Adult Cochlear Implantation, including patient workup and counseling, surgical tips and tricks, and post procedure followup.


Ep. 14

Quality & Safety In Pediatric ENT Panel Discussion

Dr. Romaine Johnson brings together an all-star panel of pediatric ENT's to discuss the importance of continuous improvement of Quality and Safety in Pediatric ENT.


Ep. 13

Treatment of Nasal Polyps

We speak with Dr. Patricia Loftus from UCSF Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery discussing her clinical and surgical approach to treating Nasal Polyps.


Ep. 12

Lessons in Leadership: Early Career

We talk to Dr. Dana Crosby about early career leadership insight.


Ep. 11

Love What You Do: Career Inspiration

We talk to Dr. Cherie-Ann Nathan about her pathway to Chair of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery at LSU Shreveport and making the most of opportunities in building a successful career.


Ep. 10

Comprehensive Care For Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

We talk with Dr. Rachel St. John from Children's Health about the importance of early language access and collaborative care for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.


Ep. 9

Keeping Your Practice Lean

Dr. D.J. Verret teaches us what he's learned over the years getting a practice up and running: "when you start out, start out lean!"


Ep. 8

Treating Tongue-Tie

Dr. Felicity Lenes-Voit from Dallas Children's Health discusses her approach to diagnosis and treatment of Tongue-Tie, or Ankyloglossia, in the infant.


Ep. 7

Promoting Your Practice

Dr. Eric Cerrati from University of Utah Health gives us his pearls and pitfalls using social media to promote his clinical practice.


Ep. 6

Managing Pediatric OSA Like A Boss

We speak with Dallas Children's Hospital's Section Chief Dr. Ron Mitchell about Management of Pediatric OSA.


Ep. 5

Pediatric Tracheostomy: The Long Game

Dr. Romaine Johnson talks us through the challenges of pediatric tracheostomy care and the importance of building high reliability tracheostomy teams.


Ep. 4

Managing Eustachian Tube Disorders

Dr. Ashley Agan and Dr. Gopi Shah talk with Dr. Joe Walter Kutz about the management of Eustachian Tube Disorders, including pearls and pitfalls on treating the "clogged ear".


Ep. 3

Managing Epistaxis Alongside IR

IR Sabeen Dhand and ENT Ashley Agan discuss management of Epistaxis, including how to effectively pack the nose, and when SPA ligation or arterial embolization are necessary.


Ep. 2

The Struggle is Real(ly Important!)

We talk with Dr. Eric Gantwerker about tips and strategies to make medical education and teaching more effective.


Ep. 1

You Can't Pour From An Empty Cup: Wellness in ENT

Dr. Ashley Agan and Dr. Gopi Shah talk wellness in life and practice!


Articles Featuring Dr. Shah

Pediatric Cochlear Implants: Candidacy, Diagnosis, & Mapping

There are many considerations to keep in mind when screening pediatric cochlear implant candidates. Certain diagnostic testing can help aid in management with special importance given to pediatric cochlear implant mapping.

Patient with Pediatric Cochlear Implant

Pediatric Cochlear Implant Risks, Complications & Counseling

Cochlear implant risks include infections of the middle ear, injury to the dura causing CSF leaks, and facial nerve injury. Certain precautions can be taken to ensure that these risks are minimized.

Pediatric Cochlear Implant Surgery

Strategies to Support Children Living with Hearing Loss

Dr. St. John joins us to discuss strategies to support children living with hearing loss. There are important counseling considerations throughout a child’s life, starting from early language development, through schooling years, and into adolescent decisions.

Sign language can be an important step towards oral language development in children living with hearing loss

Diagnostic Assessments for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

Pediatric sensorineural, conductive, and mixed hearing loss can occur for a variety of reasons. Dr. Rachel St. John, a pediatrician specializing in hearing loss, discusses diagnostic assessments for deaf and hard of hearing children.

Pure tone testing provides a visual audiogram.  It is useful in most children and adults to identify and measure severity and type of hearing loss.

Medical Treatments for Sinusitis and Nasal Polyp Removal

Sinusitis is a condition that refers to the swelling of the sinuses and usually causes the growth of nasal polyps. In general, medical treatments for sinusitis and nasal polyps should be explored before nasal polyps removal.

Nasal spray for polyps

Surgical Approaches for Nasal Polyps Removal

Sinus surgery may be necessary if all medical treatments for nasal polyps removal fail. Functional endoscopic sinus surgery is the most common procedure to debride and clear the sinuses.

patient requiring functional endoscopic sinus surgery

Syndromes Associated with Cleft Lip and Palate: A Multidisciplinary Approach

For complex cleft patients, such as those who are afflicted by multi-systemic organ dysfunctions, a multidisciplinary medical team is required to manage multiple aspects of their health.

Multidisciplinary cleft lip and palate care team

Cleft Lip Repair Surgery

Cleft lip refers to the improper separation of the lip. Cleft lip repair surgery is sometimes necessary to improve infant feeding and breathing.

Cleft lip repair surgery

Cochlear Implant Surgery: Procedure Technique & Complications

Dr. Jacob Hunter provides his insights on cochlear implant surgery in adults, potential cochlear implant side effects, and special considerations for elderly populations.

Cochlear implant surgery can greatly improve the quality of life for adults facing hearing loss

Treating Tongue Tie: Frenotomy Procedure & Complications

A frenotomy procedure treats tongue-tie by performing a lingual frenulum cut. Acute postoperative management is focused on adequate hemostasis whereas long-term management is aimed at preventing scar tissue formation. We provide an overview of the frenotomy procedure and potential complications.

Baby with tongue-tie being evaulated for frenotomy procedure

Managing Eustachian Tube Disorders

Management of patients with chronic eustachian tube disorders is challenging. Dr. Gopi Shah, Dr. Ashley Agan, and Dr. Walter Kutz discuss the essentials of caring for patients with eustachian tube disorders and outline the approach for distinguishing between patulous eustachian tube and eustachian tube dysfunction.

Otoscope ear exam to evaluate and manage eustachian tube disorder

Treating Tongue Tie: Evaluation of the Mother-Baby Dyad

In pediatric patients with tongue-tie who have feeding difficulties, it is important to obtain a thorough history of the mother. Exploration of mother’s health status during pregnancy, and labor and delivery details can provide insight into reasons for feeding troubles.

Baby with tongue-tie being evaulated for mother-baby dyad

Adult Cochlear Implantation: Indications, Screening, and Patient Counseling

Indications for cochlear implantation are typically bilateral severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss with little to no benefit from appropriately fit hearing aids. The journey of implantation has many steps and requires proper screening and evaluation.

Cochlear implant device on top of an audiogram printout

Building a Pediatric Tracheostomy Program

Management of pediatric tracheostomy patients requires a long-term commitment from the care team. Otolaryngologists Dr. Gopi Shah, Dr. Ashley Agan, and Dr. Romaine Johnson discuss the essentials of building a successful pediatric tracheostomy program and the importance of a multidisciplinary team.

Pediatric tracheostomy tube device with cuff

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