Recently, Alexandra Bourbour (Class of 2015) made headlines for her remarkable performance in Wheatley Idol! Those who know her, however, know Alex to be a multi-talented student who dazzles us in so many ways.
A whole new set of congratulations are in order for Alex, as she was recently notified that a paper she co-authored will be published in the February 2015 volume of The North American Skull Base Society!
From June to August 2014, Alex interned at the New York Head and Neck Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan under the mentorship of both the senior otolaryngology surgeon and their Head of Research. Alex spent much time in the operating room, observing cases as part of her research and ultimately co-authored three papers.
Following a research trip to Maryland with two surgeons and the Head of Research, Alex helped author a paper that presented the success of a novel hemostatic agent successful in neurosurgeries on pig sterna following cardiothoracic surgery. She also authored a paper regarding the novel use of a Crawford stent in parotid duct injuries, and these first two papers are currently pending peer-reviewed publications.
Alex’s final co-authored paper, which will appear in The North American Skull Base Society is titled Probable Immunoglobulin Subtype – G4 Related Disease in the Head and Neck from Foreign Body Injection: A Case Report. This study strengthens the ways in which Immunoglobulin G4-Related Disease may be diagnosed based upon the symptoms with which the patient presents. As Alex enters college in the fall of 2015, she strives to continue biology and biomedical engineering research.
Thanks to Ms. Alexis Blondrage for the write-up!)