Charles Augustine Syms, M.D., F.A.C.S.

PERSONAL

PRESENT EMPLOYER:
Ear Medical Group

PRESENT ADDRESS:
Ear Medical Group
21 Spurs Lane, Suite 100
San Antonio, TX 78240
210-614-6070
210-615-6814 (FAX)

EDUCATION:

HIGH SCHOOL:
  ·Germantown Academy, Diploma, 1976

COLLEGE:
  ·Villanova University, BA, Honors Program, 1976-1980

POST-GRADUATE:
  ·University of Pennsylvania, 1980- 1981
  ·University of Texas at San Antonio, Executive MBA Program, 1997-1999

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
  ·Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, MD, 1981-1985

TRAINING:

INTERNSHIP:
  ·General Surgery, Presbyterian University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, 1985-1986

RESIDENCY:
  ·Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX, 1988-1992

FELLOWSHIP:
  ·Otology/Neurotology, House Ear Clinic/House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, CA, July 1994-June 1995

BOARD CERTIFICATION:
  ·The American Board of Otolaryngology, 31 March 1993
  ·The American Board of Otolaryngology Subspecialty of Neurotology, 25 May 2004 – 30 June 2014, Certificate No. 4182

APPOINTMENTS:
  ·Assistant Professor of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland 1993-Present
  ·Clinical Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas 1996-1997
  ·Clinical Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas 1997-2005
  ·Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas 2005 to Present

MEDICAL LICENSES:
  ·Pennsylvania, MD-036541-E
  ·California, G078398
  ·Texas, K6356

MILITARY ASSIGNMENTS:
  ·General Medical Officer, Shaw AFB, SC, Jun 1986 - Jul 1987
  ·Flight Surgeon, 19th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Shaw AFB, SC, Jul 1987 - Apr 1988
  ·Residency Training Program, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX, May 1988 - Jun 1992
  ·Staff Otolaryngologist, Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews AFB, MD, Jul 1992 - June 1994
  ·Staff Otologist/Neurotologist, Assistant Residency Program Director, Director of Resident Education and Research, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX, September 1995 - May 1996
  ·Director of Otology/Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery, Assistant Residency Program Director, Director of Resident Education and Research, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas May 1996- March 1997
  ·Vice Chairman, Director of Otology/Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery, Director of Research and Education, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas, March 1997 - February 1998
  ·Director of Otology/Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas, March 1998 to 2001
  ·Consultant Otologist/Neurotologist, United States Army, Tripler Army Medical Center, October 1996 to 2003
  ·Medical Legal Consultant to the Surgeon General, United States Air Force, 1996 – Present
  ·Air Force Reserve IMA, Department of Otolaryngology, Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas 1998 - Present

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:


  · American Medical Association
  · American College of Surgeons - Fellow
  · American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery - Fellow
  · American Neurotology Society - Fellow
  · Air Force Society of Clinical Surgeons
  · Society of Military Otolaryngologists
  · Prosper Méničre Society
  · Triologic Society - Candidate for Fellowship (Thesis Completion Pending)
  · San Antonio Society of Otolaryngology – Secretary/Treasurer (2003-present); President (1997-1998); Vice President (1996-1997)
  · Bárány Society

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS:

  · American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery - Otolaryngologic Pathology, 1995-1997
  · American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery - Facial Nerve Disorders, 1997-2001
  · American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery - IFOS Committee on the Prevention of Hearing Impairment, 1997-2001
  · American Neurotology Society - Cochlear Implant and Semi-Implantable Devices Committee, 1996 -Present
  · American Board of Otolaryngology and American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery - Task Force on New Materials 1997-2003
  · American Board of Otolaryngology and American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery - Home Study Course 2003-2007
  · American Board of Otolaryngology – Oral Examiner of Otology section, April 2006, 2007

EDITORIAL REVIEW PANEL APPOINTMENTS:

  · Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery - December 1996 - Present
  · Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine - December 1996 - Present
  · American Journal of Otology (Book Reviewer) - November 1996 - Present

PRESENTATIONS:

  · Midface Fractures, Presented at WHMC Grand Rounds, Aug 1988
  · Antimicrobial Update, Presented at WHMC Grand Rounds, Mar 1989
  · Tumors of the External Auditory Canal. Presented at Combined Grand Rounds of University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Brooke Army Medical Center, and Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Apr 1989
  · Somnofluoroscopy: It's role in the evaluation of patients with tracheostomy dependency. Presented at American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology Annual Meeting, May 1989
  · Midface Fractures. Presented at WHMC Grand Rounds, Aug 1989
  · Tornwaldt's Bursa causing intermittent eustachian tube obstruction in a military aviator. Presented at American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 93rd Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Sep 1989
  · Primary basal cell carcinoma of the external auditory canal - a case report and review of the literature. Presented at the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery 93rd Annual Meeting, Sep 1989
  · Management of Cervical Metastases, WHMC Grand Rounds, Nov 1989
  · Plunging Ranula, Combined Grand Rounds of University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Brooke Army Medical Center, and Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Dec 1989
  · The Use of Fluorescein for the Intraoperative Confirmation of Perilymph Fistula - A preliminary report. Presented at Third International Symposium and Workshop on Surgery of the Inner Ear, Snowmass-Aspen, CO, Aug 1990
  · Perilymph Fistula (Leaky Ears) - Fact or Fantasy? Panelist on panel session at Third International Symposium and Workshop on Surgery of the Inner Ear, Snowmass-Aspen, CO, Aug 1990
  · Diagnosing Perilymph Fistula (PLF): The State of the Art. Workshop member at Third International Symposium and Workshop on Surgery of the Inner Ear, Snowmass-Aspen, CO, Aug 1990.
  · The Presence of the Jugulo-Omohyoid Nodes in the Primary Lymphatic Drainage Pathways of the Oral Tongue and their Role in the Selection of a Modified Neck Dissection. Poster presentation at American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 94th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, Sep 1990
  · Flow Cytometric Analysis of Primary and Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity and Oropharynx. The Third International Head and Neck Oncology Research Conference, Las Vegas, NV, Sep 1990
  · Allergic Fungal Sinusitis in a Patient with Cystic Fibrosis: The first reported case. American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, Oct 1990
  · Temporal Bone Pathology, Combined Grand Rounds, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Brooke Army Medical Center, and Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Feb 1991
  · Intravenous Fluorescein for the Detection of Perilymph Fistula, American Neurotology Society, Waikoloa, Hawaii, May 1991 (Trainee Award)
  · The use of Fluorescein for the Detection of Cerebrospinal Fluid and Perilymph Fistula, Pacific Coast Otolaryngology-Ophthalmology Society, Monterey, CA, Jun 1991
  · Fluorescein's Use in the Detection of Cerebrospinal Fluid Fistulae, Southern Medical Association, Nov 1991
  · Otosclerosis, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center Grand Rounds, May 1992
  · Perilymph Fistula, The Search for a Marker, House Ear Institute, 7 December 1992
  · Flow Cytometry of Squamous Cell Carcinoma, The Eastern Section of the Triologic Society, New York, NY, Jan 1993
  · Evaluation and Treatment of Neck Masses, A Capital Conference - Family Practice Board Review, 21 May 1993, Washington, DC
  · External Auditory Canal and Middle Ear Pathology, Family Practice Ground Rounds, Malcolm Grow USAF Medical Center, November 1993
  · Vertigo and Tinnitus, Family Practice Grand Rounds, Darnell Army Medical Center, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, March 1994
  · Cerebrospinal Fluid Fistulae in a Canine Model, Research Forum Poster, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 98th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, September 1994
  · Idiopathic Dandy’s Syndrome, Plenary Session Presentation, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 99th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, September 1995
  · Facial Nerve Case Study, Facial Nerve Study Group, Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, September 1995
  · “The Facial Nerve: Where It Is and How to Find It,” Combined Grand Rounds of University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Brooke Army Medical Center, and Wilford Hall Medical Center, January 1996
  · Preoperative Electroneuronography and Facial Nerve Outcome in Acoustic Neuroma Surgery, The American Neurotology Society 31st Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, Florida, May 4, 1996
  · Meningiomas Intrinsic to the Geniculate Ganglion, The American Neurotology Society 31st Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, Florida, May 4, 1996
  · Impression-Material Foreign Bodies of the Middle Ear and External Auditory Canal. Poster presentation at American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Centennial Meeting, Washington, D.C., Sep 1996
  · Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct: An Audiometric and Radiologic Study, The Western Section of the Triological Society, Tucson, Arizona, January 12, 1997
  · Syms CA, Marenda SA, Perry B. Cochlear Implantation. Presented at COSM Meeting, Washington, D.C., April 2003
  · Invited Faculty, 5th Asia Pacific Symposium on Cochlear Implant and Related Sciences 2005, Panelist, Programming of Speech Processor, November 26-28, 2005
  · Bioterrorism in Otolaryngology. Presented at the Mexico Society of Otolaryngology, February 16-18, 2006

GUEST LECTURER:


  · Intravenous Fluorescein in the Detection of Perilymph Fistulae. Invited Faculty - Perilymph Fistula: a common cause of dizziness and dysequilibrium? Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center, Portland, Oregon, Sep 1990
  · Grand Rounds - The Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Perilymph Fistula, The Search for a Marker, 1990
  · Otology Update, Puget Sound Otology Study Group, Seattle, Washington, Nov 2, 2006

COURSES:


  · Instructional Course, Perilymph Fistula - American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 95th Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO, Sep 1991
  · Instructional Course, Perilymph Fistula - American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 96th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, Sep 1992
  · 5th Annual Temporal Bone Surgical Dissection Course, Wilford Hall Medical Center, February 22-23, 1996, Course Director, Lecturer - Neurotologic approaches
  · Annual Symposia of the San Antonio Society of Otolaryngology, Outcomes in Otolaryngology, April 12, 1997, Course Director
  · 6th Annual Temporal Bone Surgical Dissection Course, Wilford Hall Medical Center, February 13-14, 1997, Course Director, Lecturer - Neurotologic Approaches
  · Guest Instructor at The House Ear Institute, Surgical Anatomy of the Temporal Bone, November 4, 1997
  · 7th Annual Temporal Bone Surgical Dissection Course, Wilford Hall Medical Center, February 19-20, 1998, Course Director
  · 8th Annual Temporal Bone Surgical Dissection Course, Wilford Hall Medical Center, February 4-5, 1999, Guest Instructor
  · 9th Annual Temporal Bone Surgical Dissection Course, Wilford Hall Medical Center, February 3-4, 2000, Guest Instructor
  · 10th Annual Temporal Bone Surgical Dissection Course, Wilford Hall Medical Center, February 2001, Guest Instructor
  · 11th Annual Temporal Bone Surgical Dissection Course, Wilford Hall Medical Center, February 2002, Guest Instructor
  · 12th Annual Temporal Bone Surgical Dissection Course, Wilford Hall Medical Center, February 13-14, 2003, Guest Instructor
  · 13th Annual Temporal Bone Surgical Dissection Course, Wilford Hall Medical Center, February 5-6, 2004, Guest Instructor
  · 14th Annual Temporal Bone Surgical Dissection Course, Wilford Hall Medical Center, February 2005, Guest Instructor
  · 15th Annual Temporal Bone Surgical Dissection Course, Wilford Hall Medical Center, February 2006, Guest Instructor
  · Owens Temporal Bone Course, Dallas, Texas, February 2006
  · Seattle Temporal Bone Course, Virginia Mason Medical Center, November 3-4, 2006
  · Office-Based Management of Vertigo: Resource Utilization and Efficient Care, Autumn 2006 Otology/Otolaryngology Update, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, November 3, 2006

PUBLICATIONS:


  · Syms, CA, Cerebrospinal Fluid Rhinorrhea, Ear Nose and Throat Journal, 1992, Vol 71:11; p 575-577
  · Syms, CA, Flying After Otologic Surgery, American Journal of Otology, 12(3) 162, May 1991
  · Syms CA, Atkins J, Murphy T: The Use of Fluorescein for Intraoperative Confirmation of Perilymph Fistula - A Preliminary Report, Inner Ear Surgery, I. Kaufman Arenberg, ed., 1991, p 379-381, Kugler Publishing
  · Syms CA, Eibling DE, McCoy JP, Barnes L, Emanuel B, Fowler C, Wagner R, Johnson JT: Flow Cytometric Analysis of Primary and Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity and Oropharynx, The Laryngoscope. Vol 105, No. 2, February 1995, p149-155
  · Eibling DE, Johnson JT, McCoy JP, Barnes EL, Syms CA, Wagner RL, Campbell J: Flow Cytometric Evaluation of Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma: Correlation with Histologic Subtype and Survival, American Journal of Surgery, Vol 162 (4), Oct 1991, p 367-372
  · Syms CA and De la Cruz A: Pediatric Otology, Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America, WB Saunders, Philadelphia Vol 29 (3): 407-420, June 1996
  · Syms CA and House JW: Idiopathic Dandy’s Syndrome, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Vol 116, No. 1 (Jan), 1997, p 75-78
  · Syms CA , De la Cruz A, Angeli S: Stapedectomy (Chapter 36), in Lalwani AK and Grundfast K eds. Pediatric Otology and Neurotology. JB Lippincott, Philadelphia, December 1997, p541-546
  · Syms CA and Brackmann D: Middle Fossa Approach (Chapter 11), in House W, Luetje C and Doyle KJ eds. Acoustic Tumors: Diagnosis and Management, Second Edition. Singular Publishing Group, Inc., San Diego, CA, 1997, p 177-188
  · Syms CA, De la Cruz A, Lo W: Radiographic Findings in Acoustic Tumors (Chapter 6), in House W, Luetje C and Doyle KJ eds. Acoustic Tumors: Diagnosis and Management, Second Edition. Singular Publishing Group, Inc., San Diego, CA, 1997, p 105-133
  · Brackmann, DE and Syms, CA: Tumors of the Auditory - Vestibular Nerve (Chapter 39), in Ludman, H and Wright T eds. Diseases of the Ear, 6th Edition. Edward Arnold Publishers Ltd., London, England, December 1997, p 535-547
  · Syms CA, Syms MJ, Massey, SO, Murphy TP: Cerebrospinal Fluid Fistulae in a Canine Model, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Vol. 117, No. 5 (Nov) 1997, p 542-546
  · Syms CA, House JR, Luxford WM, Brackmann DE: Preoperative Electroneuronography and Facial Nerve Outcome in Acoustic Neuroma Surgery, American Journal of Otology Vol. 18, No. 3, (May) 1997, p 401-403
  · Luetje CM, Syms CA, Storper IS, Glasscock ME, Luxford WM, Brackmann DE: Meningiomas intrinsic to the Geniculate Ganglion, American Journal of Otology Vol. 18, No. 3,( May) 1997, p 393-397
  · Syms CA and Nelson RA: Impression Material Foreign Bodies of the Middle Ear and External Auditory Canal, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, October 1998, 119(4):406-7
  · Syms CA and House WH: Surgical Rehabilitation of Deafness: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America, WB Saunders, Philadelphia, Vol 30, No.5, p 777-782, October 1997
  · Syms CA and Arriaga M, Guest Editors, Rehabilitation of Neurotologic Diseases: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America, WB Saunders, Philadelphia, October 1997
  · Grundfast KM and Syms CA: Progressive Sensorineural Hearing Loss, in Gates G ed. Current Therapy in Otolaryngology, 6th Edition, Mosby – YearBook, St. Louis, MO, 1998, p 45-49
  · Syms CA, de la Cruz A: Meniere’s Disease, in Blanco P ed. Medical and Surgical Treatment of Diseases of Vestibular System (Chapter 10), Grünenthal, Madrid, Spain, and PanAmericana, Argentina, 1999, p 295-301
  · Wright EF, Syms CA III, Bifano SL, Tinnitus, Dizziness, and Nonotologic Otalgia Improvement Through Temporomandibular Disorder Therapy: Mil Medication. 2000 Oct; 165 (10): 733-736
  · Syms MJ, Syms CA III, The Regular Practice of Telemedicine: Telemedicine in Otolaryngology: Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001 March; 127 (3): 333-336
  · Lustig LR, Arts HA, Brackmann DE, Francis HF, Molony T, Megerian CA, Moore GF, Moore KM, Morrow T, Potsic W, Rubenstein JT, Srireddy S, Syms, CA III, Takahashi G, Vernick D, Wackym PA, Niparko JK, Hearing Rehabilitation Using The BAHA Bone-anchored Hearing Aid: Results in 40 Patients: Otol Neurotol. 2001 May; 22 (3): 328-334
  · Yu L, Syms CA III, Dietz W, Laryngeal Compartmentalization After Radiation Therapy in a Canine Model: Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001 Oct; 125 (4): 385-392
  · Dahlen RT, Johnson CE, Harnsberger HR, Biediger CP, Syms CA, Fischbein NJ, Schwartz JM, CT and MR Imaging Characteristics of Intravestibular Lipoma; Am J Neuroradiol. 2002 SEP; 23 (8): 1413-1417
  · Syms CA III, Wickesberg J, Concurrent Use of Cochlear Implants and Hearing Aids, in Cochlear Implants an Update, edited by Kubo T, Takahashi Y, Iwaki T, First Edition, Kugler Publications, The Hague, The Netherlands, 2002, p-535-539
  · Stratigouleas ED, Perry BP, King SM, Syms CA 3rd. Complication Rate of Minimally Invasive Cochlear Implantation. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006 Sep; 135(3): 383-6

RESEARCH PROJECTS:


  · Tube Insertion Delivery System-Development with Acclarent
  · Iontophoresis-Modification and Development with Acclarent
  · Direct Acoustic Coupling System-Development with Cochlear Corporation
  · Keratosis Obturans and Cholesteatoma of the External Auditory Canal
  · The Hitselberger (Telephone) Test in the Prediction of Hearing Preservation after Acoustic Neuroma Surgery
  · The Imaging of Meningoceles and Encephaloceles of the Temporal Bone
  · The Prevalence of Otitis Media in Honduras

CORPORATE RELATIONSHIPS:


  · Cochlear Corporation Consultant and Member of Surgeons Advisory Board
  · Acclarent Consultant and Member of Surgeons Advisory Board

NIDCD GRANTS:


  · The Evaluation of Cochlear and Vestibular Function in Patients with Human Immunodeficiency Virus - Primary Investigator (written and approved and funded but the study was closed after separation from the Air Force).

HUMANITARIAN MISSIONS:


  · Honduras, May 1996
  · Honduras, June - July 1997 - Team Chief, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

AWARDS:


  · Glottic Carcinoma: The Wilford Hall Medical Center Experience. Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons Annual Meeting, Bethesda, MD, Apr 1990. (BEST PAPER AWARD - Otolaryngology Section)
  · Intravenous Fluorescein for the Detection of Perilymph Fistulae. American Neurotology Society Annual Meeting, Waikoloa, Hawaii, May 1991. (TRAINEE AWARD)
  · Resident Physician of the Year, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Apr 1991 - Mar 1992.
  · Honor Award Recipient, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, September 1998
  · Humanitarian Service Award, Methodist Healthcare System, 2003
  · Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, June 2004
  · Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, June 2006