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Dr. Ashley Agan on the BackTable ENT Podcast

Dr. Ashley Agan


Dr. Ashley Agan is a practicing ENT and assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX.

Listen to Dr. Ashley Agan on the BackTable ENT Podcast

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

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About Dr. Ashley Agan

Dr. Ashley Agan is a practicing Otolaryngologist and Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern. She performs surgeries of the head and neck including endoscopic sinus surgery, thyroidectomy, salivary gland surgery, and more. With BackTable, Dr. Agan is the co-host of our brand new ENT series, sharing the mic with thought leaders in the field.

Podcasts Featuring Dr. Ashley Agan

Episode #94

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In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Gopi Shah, Dr. Ashley Agan, and Dr. Sarah Bowe discuss new developments in the ENT residency match process as well as advice for future applicants.

Episode #89

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In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Shah and Dr. Agan discuss turbinate hypertrophy, turbinate reduction, and empty nose syndrome with Dr. Jayakar V. Nayak, associate professor of otolaryngology at Stanford University.

Episode #88

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In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Shah and Dr. Agan talk about in-office management of salivary stones and tips for sialolithotomy.

Episode #87

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In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Shah and Dr. Agan interview Dr. Sujana Chandrasekhar, a private practice neurotologist, about diagnosis and treatment of patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL).

Episode #85

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In this episode of BackTable, Dr. Ashley Agan and guest co-host Dipan Desai (Johns Hopkins) interview David Goldenberg (Penn State) about evaluation and surgical management of parathyroid disease.

Episode #83

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In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Ashley Agan interviews laryngologist Dr. Inna Husain about diagnosis, treatment, and multidisciplinary care of patients with laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR).

Episode #80

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In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Gopi Shah and Dr. Ashley Agan interview Dr. Al Merati, chief of laryngology at the University of Washington, about the changing demographics of otolaryngology trainees.

Episode #77

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In this episode, Dr. Stan McClurg, a private practice rhinologist at Ascentist Healthcare in Kansas City, shares his approach to diagnosis and treatment of chronic rhinitis patients using the in-office RhinAer procedure.

Episode #73

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In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Shah and Dr. Agan speak about allergic fungal rhinosinusitis with Dr. Amber Luong, vice president of the American Rhinology Society and professor of otolaryngology at McGovern Medical School.

Episode #72

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In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Shah and Dr. Agan speak with Dr. Mandan Kandula, founder of ADVENT, an ENT private medical practice, about embracing in-office procedures and building an efficient ENT private practice.

Episode #71

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In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Shah and Dr. Agan speak with Dr. Colleen Plein about functional nasal breathing in the treatment of facial pain, sleep apnea, postural defects, and improving general quality of life.

Episode #69

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In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Ashley Agan and Dr. Seilesh Babu discuss Eustachian tube dysfunction and balloon dilation as a therapeutic option.

Episode #68

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In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Ashley Agan and Dr. Gopi Shah speak with Dr. Mary Ashmead, a Dallas/Fort Worth based rhinologist (Texas Ear, Nose, & Throat Specialists) about in-office procedures for nasal valve obstruction.

Episode #67

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In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Ashley Agan and Dr. Walter Kutz talk with Dr. Michael Seidman, an AdventHealth neurotologist with a unique interest in complementary and integrative medicine (CIM), about his holistic health approach to treating ENT-related disorders and his supplement company, PEAK 365 Nutrition.

Episode #65

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In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Shah and Dr. Agan discuss the role of lifestyle medicine and non-pharmacological therapy in otolaryngology with Dr. Jessica Lee, a general ENT who is certified in lifestyle medicine.

Episode #63

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In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Agan and Dr. Shah discuss nasal valve collapse and repair with Dr. Moustafa Mourad, a New York City-based facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon.

Episode #61

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Hosts Dr. Ashley Agan and Dr. Gopi Shah discuss the complications of ear tubes and differences in adult and pediatric ear tube management, including the management of clogged ear tubes with normal hearing, which may require different treatments for different patients.

Episode #59

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Theresa Richard, SLP educates us on the best approach to evaluating the adult patient with swallowing difficulty, including the importance and challenges of obtaining high quality assessments, and recommendations for therapy.

Episode #58

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We talk with Dr. Julie Wei about what it means to connect with a mentor, the challenges of finding the right fit, and how mentoring relationships will grow and change throughout our career and undoubtedly contribute to overall wellness.

Episode #57

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We talk with Dr. Allison Royer about locums opportunities for otolaryngologists, why locums is becoming more popular amongst ENTs, and how to get started as a locums physician.

Episode #50

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In this episode we talk with Dr. Reena Mehta about her experiences building a solo Allergy practice from scratch, including finding a space, staffing, essential equipment, and a successful marketing strategy.

Episode #44

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Dr Keith Matheny tells us how he first got involved in entrepreneurial pursuits, including starting a global purchasing organization for ENT's, as well as advice on where to start when you have a great idea for a new device!

Episode #40

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Dr. Ashley Agan sits down with the eustachian tube expert Dr. Dennis Poe to discuss his approach to management and treatment of eustachian tube dysfunction.

Episode #38

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Dr. Romaine Johnson tells us about The Simulation Program for open airway and foreign body training at UT Southwestern, including how he got it started, how it's being used, and what steps go into making a successful course.

Articles Featuring Dr. Ashley Agan

Man undergoing in-office procedure in otolaryngology

In-office procedures in otolaryngology can include turbinate reduction, nasal swell body reduction, balloon sinuplasty, VivAer, LATERA, and more. Learn more about offering in-office procedures as an ENT, and how to overcome common hurdles to providing office-based care.

Woman undergoing in-office turbinate reduction to improve nasal breathing

Turbinate reduction may be offered in-office to improve nasal breathing in patients with turbinate hypertrophy. Learn more about the indications and special considerations for offering turbine reduction in-office.

A pride flag with a stethoscope promoting gender affirming care

Facial feminization surgery allows transgender patients to align their gender identities with their physical bodies. Learn more about facial feminization and how to provide inclusive care to the LGBTQ+ community.

A plastic surgeon performing facial feminization surgery

Facial feminization surgery encompasses a variety of procedures that help to provide patients with a more youthful and feminine appearance. Learn more about common surgeries, postoperative care, and how to accelerate healing with exosome technology.

An otolaryngologist prepares to perform a myringotomy

Myringotomy allows for fluid drainage and pressure relief in the ear, making it a potentially effective treatment option for patients with eustachian tube dysfunction. Learn how to evaluate patient candidacy and how to utilize myringotomy for treatment.

A eustachian tube balloon dilation catheter

Treating eustachian tube dysfunction with balloon dilation may offer lasting symptom relief for patients and often prevents the need for further interventions. Learn more about the procedure, how it works, and how otologists are counseling eligible patients.

An otolaryngologist explains the VivAer procedure technique to a patient

The VivAer procedure can offer patients an effective and efficient alternative to surgery for nasal valve collapse. Learn more about procedure techniques, anxiolytic and anesthesia protocols, and the various anatomical applications of the VivAer device.

An otolaryngologist evaluating a patient before beginning treatment with VivAer

Patients with nasal valve obstruction that fails to respond to conservative treatment options may benefit from the VivAer procedure, which works to provide relief by remodeling the airway. Learn more about how this treatment works, who it can benefit, and what to expect for recovery.

An ear canal showing the complications after ear tube surgery

Various complications may arise for patients of all ages who have had ear tubes surgically placed. Learn more about how otolaryngologists are addressing clogged tubes and retained tubes, determining the need for replacement ear tubes, and treating blood clots, mucus, and tube otorrhea.

A barium swallow study depicting results for a person with dysphagia.

Swallowing difficulties impact afflicted patients on a daily basis and can decrease their overall quality of life. Learn more about diagnosis of dysphagia, treatment methods, and the possible psychological causes, such as stress.

A diagram illustrating the path of food for a man with dysphagia.

Otolaryngologists can help to increase the quality of life for patients with dysphagia by referring to speech language pathologists (SLP) specializing in swallowing difficulties. Learn more about ENT referral best practices, the role of SLPs in treating dysphagia and the process through which SLPs conduct a workup.

Man receiving a eustachian tube dysfunction test

The eustachian tube dysfunction test helps to identify the location & severity by combining information from patient history, physical exam findings, and testing. Learn more about the role of patient history, physical, tympanogram, audiogram, and endoscopy in dealing with eustachian tube disorders.

Physician inspecting for patulous eustachian tube dysfunction

Patulous eustachian tube dysfunction is when the valve of the eustachian tube remains open when it should not be. This can cause severe patient discomfort through common symptoms like autophony & aural fullness. Learn more about the patient presentation & patulous eustachian tube treatment options.

A man being evaluated for physical therapy for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

Physical therapy for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo can provide relief to patients experiencing varying degrees of symptoms, such as dizziness, vertigo, & lightheadedness. This article explains benign paroxysmal positional vertigo treatment, exercises, & physical therapy in the office & home.

Physical therapist executing a balance test for vestibular therapy treatment

Vestibular therapy can successfully treat a variety of vestibular disorders and conditions. Learn more about what to expect when a new patient begins treatment with a vestibular physical therapist.

In-office Rhinologic Procedure

Dr. Scott Fortune describes how to successfully incorporate Office-Based Rhinology and associated procedures into your Otolaryngology practice.

Fine needle aspiration biopsy smear showing a papillary carcinoma

Fine needle aspiration biopsy is today’s first-line test for diagnosing malignant thyroid nodules. Learn more about patient selection, cytology, and interpreting indeterminate results of fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy for thyroid nodules.

Women undergoing a thyroid ultrasound

Physicians utilize a variety of thyroid imaging modalities.This article discusses which are most useful both in general, and on a case-by-case basis.

Rhinologic Injection Prepared with Lidocaine and Epinephrine

Office-based Rhinologic procedures can be uncomfortable and painful for patients. It is important to have a safe and effective anesthetic protocol in place to minimize patient discomfort.

Pediatric Cochlear Implant Surgery

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

Patient with Pediatric Cochlear Implant

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.

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.

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.

Sign language can be an important step towards oral language development in 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.

Patient requiring functional endoscopic sinus surgery for nasal polyps removal

Nasal polyp removal surgery may be necessary if all medical treatments for nasal polyps removal fail. Dr. Patricia Loftus explains her approach to the surgical removal of nasal polyps on the BackTable ENT Podcast.

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