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Dr. Gopi Shah on the BackTable ENT Podcast

Dr. Gopi Shah

Pediatric Otolaryngologist

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

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Ep 71 Nasal vs. Mouth Breathing: Does it Matter? with Dr. Colleen Plein
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About Dr. Gopi 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. Gopi Shah

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 #70

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In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Gopi Shah and Dr. Kutz interview Dr. Marc Bennett, a Vanderbilt University ENT professor, about the importance of quality improvement, and initiatives and tips for quality initiative research.

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 #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 #62

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In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Varun Varadarajan and Dr. Gopi Shah discuss their personal advice and stories of navigating the challenges of a dual physician household with Dr. Bill Collins, chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

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 #56

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We talk Naso Sano Associazione founder Puya Dehgani Mobaraki about the importance of connecting with Otolaryngologists around the world for education, how social media has made this possible, and the impact of listening to the needs of the future generation.

Episode #54

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We talk with Dr. Ashley Sikand and Dr. Brian Weeks about performing In-Office Sinus procedures, including differences in technique, and keeping up with the latest technologies.

Episode #52

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In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Gopi Shah talks with Miami-based otolaryngologist Dr. Carlos Torre (Sleep, Snoring & Sinus Clinic of Florida) about his journey to building an adult sleep practice and management of sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and insomnia.

Episode #51

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In this episode we talk with Dr. Matthew Hensler about Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation for treating Adult Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), including how he learned the procedure, patient selection, procedure tips, and advice on building a successful program.

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 #49

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All-star panel Daniel Chelius, Jeff C. Rastatter, and Anthony Sheyn discuss the challenges and importance of building centers of excellence for pediatric head and neck cancer.

Episode #48

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We talk with Ashley Brown, SLP about how to approach the infant with feeding difficulties, including common causes and workup, therapeutic options, and the importance of family counseling and education.

Episode #46

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We talk with Dr. Cecelia Damask and Dr. Matt Ryan about the role of Biologics for Nasal Polyps, including patient selection and its place in the treatment plan.

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 #43

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Romaine Johnson asks society leaders Gaelyn Garrett, Seth Dailey and Ron Mitchell about why otolaryngology societies are worth joining, including addressing questions that young ENT's have about the value of a membership.

Episode #41

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We talk with Dr. Varun Varadarajan about how to find the right job for you, including pearls and pitfalls to avoid. Varun provides valuable insight based on his experiences with cold-calling groups, negotiating contracts, and important questions to ask at every interviews.

Episode #39

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We talk with Dr. Brianne Roby from Children's Minnesota about airway evaluation and surgical management of the infant with retro/micrognathia.

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.

Episode #36

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We talk with Vestibular Therapist Matthew Johnston about the workup of dizziness and setting up patients for success with Vestibular Rehab.

Articles Featuring Dr. Gopi Shah

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 problems 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 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.

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 women undergoing in-office sinus surgery

In-office sinus surgery is becoming more popular amongst ENTs. Learn more about nasal obstruction surgeries that can be performed in office, the unique patient selection process for in office sinus surgery, and the equipment requirements for performing sinus surgery in a new clinic.

An illustration depicting the placement of a hypoglossal nerve stimulator.

After hypoglossal nerve stimulator (HNS) surgery, patients can expect to work with their otolaryngologist as well as a sleep pulmonologist in order to maximize the device’s efficacy. Learn more about postoperative care, device settings, and the side effects that may occur after HNS surgery.

The backtable setup for a hypoglossal nerve stimulator surgery.

Hypoglossal nerve stimulator surgery offers obstructive sleep apnea patients an alternative treatment if a CPAP machine is ineffective. Learn more about patient candidacy, procedure technique, and limitations of current hypoglossal nerve stimulator devices.

An MRI scan used to determine candidacy for treatment with biologics for chronic rhinosinusitis.

With recent approval of additional biologics for chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps, the popularity of this treatment continues to rise. Learn more about how biologics work, which patients may be eligible, and what conversations follow after deciding to pursue treatment with biologics.

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 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.

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.

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.

Nasal spray for polyps

Sinusitis is a condition that refers to the swelling of the sinuses and usually causes the growth of nasal polyps. Corticosteroid nasal sprays (Flonase & Budesonide), oral corticosteroids (Prednisone), and Dupixent (biologic) should be treatments explored before removing nasal polyps.

patient requiring functional endoscopic sinus surgery

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.

Multidisciplinary cleft lip and palate care team

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.

Cleft Lip Repair Techniques: Unilateral vs Bilateral

A cleft lip refers to the improper separation of the lip. Cleft lip surgery techniques, both unilateral or bilateral, are sometimes necessary to improve the infants feeding and breathing. Learn more about cleft lip repair, techniques, and post-operative cleft lip scar.

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

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 device on top of an audiogram printout

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.

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