Scholarships Through Philanthropy

Subinoy Das OtoRhinoLaryngology Innovation Grant Program

Dr. Subinoy Das

Dr. Subinoy Das

Dr. Subinoy Das received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia where he received the Alfred Burger Award for the top pre-medical student. He received the Edwin Pullen Full Merit Scholarship to attend the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where he was elected President of his class, received Alpha Omega Alpha Honors, and received the Richard Bowman Scholarship for the top clinical performance. He is recognized as one of the nation’s best sinus surgeons and has received multiple awards as one of America’s Best Doctors.

The objective of the Subinoy Das OtoRhinoLaryngology (ORL) Innovation Grant Program is to foster translational research partnerships linking medicine, law, regulatory governance, and business disciplines to provide immersive faculty and resident-driven product development experiences early in an Otolaryngologist’s career.

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Miller Family Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Educational Fund

The Miller family standing on the beach

The Miller Family

Mike and Nancy Miller both received their bachelor degrees at the University of Virginia, Mike in 1974 and Nancy in 1975.  Mike also graduated from the UVA law school in 1977.  Their youngest son, Matt Miller, attended the University of Virginia as an undergraduate and graduated class of 2010.  Matt was a triathlete while at the University and during a bicycle training ride experienced a terrible accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway, incurring massive facial trauma.  He underwent multiple facial surgeries by Dr. Stephen Park.  Through a display of unprecedented courage and resolve, Matt graduated on time, attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, and returned to UVA for his residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery-completing a circle from patient to caregiver, performing the same surgeries he had needed himself.

Matt graduated residency in 2019, and went to fellowship training at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, with a focus on facial reanimation surgery for facial paralysis.  Currently, he is an assistant professor in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of North Carolina, and the inaugural director of the UNC Facial Nerve Center.

To show their gratitude to the department, Mike and Nancy started the Miller Family Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Educational Fund to support residents and faculty interested in facial plastic surgery.  The aim of this fund is to advance the field of facial plastic surgery and have a meaningful impact on those patients.  It has supported four residents on humanitarian trips to Kenya, where they joined Dr. Jared Christophel in performing much needed facial surgeries, especially cleft lip and palate repair.  “It is a life changing experience, and arguably the most profound and impactful two weeks of my life thus far,” reported Dr. Will Dougherty on his return.  Dr. Dougherty is now an assistant professor and facial plastic surgeon at EVMS.  Thank you Mike and Nancy Miller!


James Reibel Teaching Award

James F. Reibel, MD is a quadruple Hoo! He received his bachelor degree in 1971, medical degree in 1975, followed by completion of residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 1980.  After completing residency training, Dr. Reibel went into private practice back in his hometown in Indiana before returning to UVA to complete a fellowship in Head & Neck surgery in 1991. He stayed with our Department and UVA until he retired in 2015.

James F. Reibel, MD

James F. Reibel, MD

Dr. Reibel was an integral part of our clinical faculty and a lead surgical oncologist, excelling in clinical care and teaching.  He was part of a collaborative head and neck cancer treatment team and provided the most conscientious and complete treatment for head and neck cancer patients.  He proved to be a lasting role model for generations of young surgeons. Dr. Reibel is a firm believer in leading through example and the profound impact of medical education. To honor his dedication to medical training, The Board of Visitors elected James F. Reibel, MD, to the G. Slaughter Fitz-Hugh Professorship in Otolaryngology in 2000. Dr. Fitz-Hugh was the first chairman of Otolaryngology and served from 1951 to 1975.

To further acknowledge Dr. Reibel’s impact on medical education, he was the first recipient of the Reibel Faculty Teaching Award in 2015. This award is given to a faculty member chosen by the residents each year who has had the most impact on their medical education. Originally established as a non-monetary award, Dr. Reibel is now providing support to create an endowment for this distinction of a superb teaching faculty person.

You can still catch Dr. Reibel in the department early on a Wednesday morning at his monthly “coffee klatch” catching up with old friends, and greeting new faces in the department!

Recipients of the Award:

2015 – James Reibel, MD
2016 – not given
2017 – George Hashisaki, MD
2018 – James Daniero, MD
2019 – Jared Christophel, MD, MPH
2020 – Mark Jameson, MD, PhD
2021 – Jonathan Garneau, MD


Jahrsdoerfer Visiting Professor

Paul Wolff

Paul Wolff

The Jahrsdoerfer Visiting Professor Lectureship is sponsored by an endowment from the Wolff Family – Paul and Carol Wolff.

Through the generosity of the Wolff family, who established a lecture series honoring Dr. Robert Jahrsdoerfer, the University of Virginia Department of Otolaryngology has welcomed the best and brightest Otologists/Neurotologists to spend a day with our residents.

The Jahrsdoerfer Visiting Professorship, now in its 13th year, is an opportunity for our residents to learn from the best ear surgeons in the country.  The day includes lectures by the visiting professor, case presentations delivered by the residents for discussion with the guest professor, and a keynote lecture delivered to the Department and Audiology Division.

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