Our Opportunity

Our goal: to treat and represent our community through diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that the status quo is never enough; it is our responsibility to pursue equity with diligence, intent, and compassion. We strive to be a dynamic allyship resource for prospective patients, partners, and the community at large.


Representation matters. A diverse department is a stronger department, combining a variety of backgrounds, teaching methods, and experience to heighten collaboration and provide the best treatment.


An equitable practice is a stronger practice, assuring providers, applicants, and patients that they are on a level playing field. Equity fosters trust, an essential piece of any health care relationship.


Inclusion isn’t about “what,” but “how?” As an academic institution, we not only bring diverse perspectives together, but we thrive on collaboration. The inclusivity of our department sets us apart.

Our Community

UTHSC ENT is located in Memphis, Tennessee, a diverse and culturally-rich city we’re proud to call home.


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Our Team

Dr. Neal Beckford

Director, Division of General and Community-Based Otolaryngology

Dr. Boyd Gillespie

Director, UT Methodist Sleep Surgery Clinic | Professor & Chair, UTHSC Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

Dr. Sanjeet Rangarajan

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Director, Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery

Dr. Rose Mary Stocks

Professor, Fellowship Trained in Neurotology

Dr. Raj Dedhia

Division Chief of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Jennifer McLevy-Bazzanella

Associate Professor, Fellowship Trained in Pediatric Otolaryngology

Dr. Robert Yawn

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Director of Otology, Neurotology, & Lateral Skull Base Surgery.

Dr. Anas Eid

Assistant Professor, Fellowship Trained & Board Certified in Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr. John Gleysteen

Asst. Professor Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Director of Head & Neck Oncology

Dr. Eugene Sansoni

Fellowship Trained, Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery

Sina Nezakat, PA-C

General ENT Physician Assistant

Dr. Scott Strome

Professor and Executive Dean, Fellowship Trained in Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery

Carla Anderson, PA-C

Otolaryngology Physician Assistant

Dr. Bruce MacDonald

Associate Professor, Fellowship Trained in Neurotology

Dr. Burton Wood

Asst. Professor Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction

Our Commitment

We aim to share useful information, provide actionable advice, and nurture better relationships and outcomes. This website serves as a public-facing platform for our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Here are just a few DEI initiatives within UTHSC:

50 Years of African American Achievement

Throughout 2011 the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) celebrated “50 Years of African American Achievement” with students and staff.

UTHSC’s celebration highlighted Alvin Crawford, MD, first African American graduate of the College of Medicine in 1964, and William F. Owen, Jr., MD who was appointed as the first African American Chancellor at UT Health Science Center and within the University of Tennessee System in 2005.

DEI Faculty Award

Each year, OIED will recognize a UTHSC faculty member who demonstrates exemplary leadership and the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion through performance and conduct.

Nominees may display their commitment through: student-centered or trainee-centered inclusion initiatives; supporting recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, trainees, and/or students; teaching, service/outreach, research, and/or service that expands and embraces our understanding of inclusiveness; multicultural programming or related initiatives; community outreach activities.

Social Justice in Healthcare Leadership Award

The Social Justice in Healthcare Leadership Award is a collaboration between the respective Graduate Medical Education Programs in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Memphis.

This award recognizes Medical Residents and Fellows who advocate for social justice and equity and diversity while positively impacting the University and the community.

About Our DEI Initiative

Sanjeet Rangarajan, M.D.
Director, Rhinology & Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery

“At the University of Tennessee Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, we want to ensure that every patient has equal access to care regardless of racial, ethnic, gender identity, or socioeconomic background.

Likewise, building a diverse team where each resident, physician, staff, and members of the clinical care team can each act as a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion is an important mission for our department.”

Contact Us


(901) 272-6051

Official Site


1325 Eastmoreland Ave
Suite 260
Memphis, TN 38104