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Our new state-of-the-art facility in Merriam, KS will be opening in early September!

Dr. Jeff Markey, Doctor of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery will join our practice in September 2019

Ascentist Physicians Group and Head & Neck Surgical Associates Announce Merger Read More

Dr. Kate Aberle discusses Sublingual Drops as an alternative treatment for allergy sufferers
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PROPEL®: Considering sinus surgery? Learn about new technology
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SINUVA™: Non-surgical solution for nasal polyp suffers
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Douglas Cowan MDBoard-Certified: American Board of Otolaryngology


University of Kansas Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

University of Kansas School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine

University of Kansas
Bachelor of Science, Organismal Biology


1998-Present Medical Missions Foundation
  Member of the Board of Trustees 2000-2006
  Co-director and Participant:  
    Antigua, Guatemala 2004 ENT Surgery
    Los Cabos, Mexico 2004 Plastic Surgery
    Los Cabos, Mexico 2003 ENT/Plastic/Ophthalmology
    Havana, Cuba 2003 Orthopedic Surgery
    San Lucas, Guatemala 2011    ENT/General surgery
    Bohol, Philippines  2009 ENT/Plastic/Ophthalmology
    Bohol, Philippines  2006 ENT/Plastic/Ophthalmology
    Botosani, Romania 2002 ENT/Plastic/Ophthalmology
    Havana, Cuba 2002 Orthopedic Surgery
    Botosani, Romania 2001 ENT/Plastic/Ophthalmology
    Laoag, Philippines 2000 ENT/Plastic Surgery
    Chengdu, China 1999 Orthopedic/General Surgery
2003-Present    KU Medical Center International Outreach
  Member at large 2008 - present
  Member of the Board 2003-2008
  Vice-President 2003, President 2004-2005
  Director of Fundraiser Golf Tournament 2004, 2005, 2006
  Co-director of Belize and Guatemala medical missions


The Use of Alloderm in Parotid Surgery to Prevent Frey’s Syndrome
    Advisors:  Drs. Terry Tsue, Joseph Ursick and Oleg Militsakh
Endoscopic Laser Surgery for the Treatment of Early Stage Oral Tongue Squamous Cell Carcinoma
    Advisor:  Dr. Douglas Girod
    Presentation:  2008 International H&N conference: San Francisco, California
Pediatric Oropharyngeal Burns: A 10-year review
    Advisor: Dr. Julie Wei
    Presentation:  2010 COSM:  Las Vegas, Nevada
Transoral Laser Microsurgical Resection of Oral Cavity Carcinoma
    Advisor:  Dr. Douglas Girod
    Presentation:  2010 AHNS - Research Symposium Arlington, Virginia
Use of the Temporalis Muscle Flap For Orbital Reconstruction
    Advisor:  Dr. Clinton Humphrey, Dr. David Kriet
    Presentation:  2010 AONA:  Phoenix, Arizona
Comparison of Surgical Outcomes in the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
    Advisors:  Drs. Christopher Larsen, Vanneman Spake and Keith Sale


2013    Top Doctor Award
2012 Oscar Pinsker, MD award for excellence in Otology
2011 Jacquelyn Holdcraft, MD award for clinical excellence
2006 Gold Humanism Honor Society Nomination
2005 KUMC Student Leadership Award
2005 KUMC Student Organization of the Year