Dr. Ashkan Monfared was recruited from Stanford University to serve as the director of Otology and Neurotology at The George Washington University (GWU), Medical Faculty Associates. He completed his medical training, residency and fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center. He is an Associate Professor or Surgery and Neurosurgery at GW School of Medicine. Previously he served as staff surgeon in Otolaryngology at Stanford University Hospital, Palo Alto Veteran Administration Hospital, and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (county hospital of Santa Clara, California).
As a researcher in the areas of acoustic neuroma and inner ear imaging, he has authored several peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters. He is the co-principal investigator of a multi-center prospective study on large acoustic neuromas (vestibular schwannomas) known as Acoustic Neuroma Subtotal Resection Study (ANSRS). His other current research interests are inner ear physiology, otologic simulators, image guidance surgery, and resident education.
Since joining GWU he has created the Comprehensive Hearing Center which is one of the only adult Cochlear Implant programs in the Metro DC area. The Center serves the needs of patients with any degree of hearing loss and ear disease.
Dr. Monfared is a Diplomat of the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and has board certification both in Otolaryngology as well as Neurotology-Skullbase Surgery. He is also a member of the North American Skullbase Society and American Neurotology Society. He has penned numerous articles and book chapters some of which are mentioned at the bottom of this page.
Since 2004 Dr. Monfared has been active in international humanitarian medical missions. He is on the board of directors of Global ENT Outreach (www.geoutreach.org), a non-profit humanitarian organization providing assistance and education with otologic surgeries in many developing countries. He has served in Ethiopia, El Salvador, Belize, Peru, and the American Samoa. Dr. Monfared is a trained classical pianist and fluent in Persian.
Dr. Monfared has offices in Washington, DC and Reston, Northern Virginia and has operative privileges at George Washington University Hospital, Virginia Hospital Center, INOVA Fairfax Hospital, and Children’s National Medical Center.
Batts SA, Cheung EL, Monfared A, Popelka GR, Savall J, Jung J, Blevins NH, Schnitzer MJ. Intravital imaging of auditory hair cells and neurites in the functional mammalian cochlea. Nature Medicine, Asked for revision.
Gurgel R, Dogru S, Amdur R, Monfared A. A systematic review of facial nerve outcomes in surgery for large vestibular schwannomas – do surgical approach and extent of resection matter? Neurosurgery Focus, 33(3):E16, 2012.
Setzen, G, Ferguson, BJ, Han J, Rhee JS, Cornelius F, Froum S, Gillman G, Houser S, Krakovitz PR, Monfared A, Palmer JN, Rosbe KW, Setzen M, Patel M. Clinical Consensus Statement: Appropriate Use of Computed Tomography for Paranasal Sinus Disease. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. 147(5):808-816, 2012.
Monfared A, Mitteramskogler G, Gruber S, Salisbury K, Stampfl J, Blevins N. High fidelity, inexpensive surgical middle ear simulator. Otology Neurotology, 33(9):1573-7, 2012.
Nadaraja G, Gurgel R, Fischbein N, Anglemeyer A, Monfared A, Jackler R, Blevins N. Radiographic Evaluation of the Tegmen in Patients with Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence. Otology Neurotology. 33(7):1245-50, 2012.
Nadaraja G, Monfared A, Jackler R. Spontaneous Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak through the Posterior Aspect of the Petrous Bone. Journal of neurological surgery. Part B: Skull base. 73(1):071-075, 2012.
Alharazneh A, Luk L, Huth M, Monfared A, Steyger P, Cheng A, Ricci A. Functional hair cell mechanotransducer channels are required for aminoglycoside ototoxicity. PLoS ONE, 6(7):e22347, 2011.
Li P, Bergeron C, Monfared A, Agrawal S, Blevins N. Superior semicircular canal dehiscence diagnosed after failed stapedotomy for conductive hearing loss. Am J Otolaryngology. Sep-Oct;32(5):441-4, 2011.
Corrales E, Monfared A, Jackler R. Facial and vestibulocochlear nerve avulsion at the fundus of the internal auditory canal in a child without a temporal bone fracture. Otology Neurotology. Dec;31(9):1508-10, 2010.
Monfared A, Mudry A, Jackler R. The History of the Middle Fossa Approach to the Cerebellopontine Angel. Otology Neurotology. Jun;31(4):691-6, 2010.
Monfared A, Agrawal S, Jackler RK. Cranial Base Approaches to Inaccessible Intracranial Tumors. Current Opinion Neurology, 20(6):726-731, 2007.
Grant N, Saunders J, Monfared A. International Humanitarian Mission Trips during Otolaryngology Residency, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Submitted.
Monfared A, Bergeron C, Ortiz J, Lee H, Dray T, Gunsalus R. Bivalve Cartilage Inlay Myringoplasty: An Office-based Procedure for Closing Small to Medium Size Tympanic Membrane Perforations. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. 139(5):630-4, 2008.
Walker T, Chen T, Bergeron C, Fischbein N, Kaplan MJ, Monfared A. Radiology Quiz: A Case of Giant Ameloblastoma. Archives of Otolaryngology. 134(3):328, 2008.
Monfared A, Blevins N, Cheung E, Jung J, Popelka G, Schnitzer M. In vivo imaging of mammalian cochlear blood flow using fluorescence microendoscopy.
Otology Neurotology. 27(2):144-52, 2006
Monfared A, Messner A. Sudden Death in a Child with Williams Syndrome undergoing Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy: A Case Report. Int J Ped Otolaryng. 70(6):1133-5, 2006
Monfared A, Ortiz JP, Roller C. Distal Parotid Duct Pseudocyst as a Result of Blunt Facial Trauma. ENT, 88(8):E15-17, 2009.
Terris D, Monfared A, Thomas A, Kambham N, Saenz Y. Endoscopic Selective Neck Dissection in a Porcine Model. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 129(6):613-617, 2003
Monfared A, Saenz Y, Terris D. Endoscopic Resection of the Submandibular Gland in a Porcine Model. Laryngoscope. 112(6):1089-1093, 2002
Monfared A, Gorti G, Kim D. Microsurgical Anatomy of the Laryngeal Nerves in Thyroid Surgery. Laryngoscope. 112(2):386-92, 2002
Monfared A, Kim D, Jaikumar S, Gorti G, Kam A. Microsurgical Anatomy of the Superior and Recurrent Laryngeal Nerves. Neurosurgery. 49(4):925-933, 2001
Monfared A, Terris D. Harmonic Scalpel in Tonsillectomy. Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Vol 13(2) 2002.
Taheri R, Monfared A. Advances in Neuroradiology in Recent Advances in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, 2nd edition by Lalwani A and Pfister M. Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers. In Press.
Monfared A, Jackler R. Translabyrinthine Approach in Neurosurgery Tricks of the Trade by Berta S and Levy M (ed). Thieme, In Press.
Monfared A, Jackler R. The History of Acoustic Neuroma in History of Otology by Mudry A. (ed). In Press.