Joshua P. Wiedermann, M.D., studies a wide range of diseases that impact the head and neck. He is particularly focused on the global burden of disease, global surgical training, global surgical outcomes, educational sustainability, rare pediatric head and neck diseases, and aerodigestive diseases in pediatric patients.
- Pediatric airway stenosis. Dr. Wiedermann is collaborating with a multidisciplinary surgical innovation team to advance the surgical technique of endoscopic and open airway surgery for diseases that result in airway narrowing in pediatric patients. This approach focuses on individualized 3D-printed technology to augment surgical techniques.
- Global surgical education and outcomes research. Dr. Wiedermann has helped create a worldwide collaboration of international organizations to help pair local developing hospitals with unmet needs to global surgical missions from all over the world. Surgical outcomes data are collected from patients locally to help minimize their health care expenditures. This data is then centralized to help individual mission groups study their impacts and outcomes abroad.
- Global otolaryngology — head and neck surgery disease burden. Dr. Wiedermann is part of an international otolaryngology — head and neck surgery initiative that aims to better understand the burdens of head and neck disease on a global scale and develop research endeavors to help address these burdens. The initial phase of the initiative involves developing expert consensus statements via the Delphi method.
- Sustainability of training programs abroad. Dr. Wiedermann continues to work closely with the otolaryngology — head and neck surgery residency program he helped develop in Mekelle, Ethiopia, to study and maintain sustainable educational environments abroad.
Significance to patient care
Through collaboration with multidisciplinary and international teams, Dr. Wiedermann aims to help advance the science of airway surgery and increase access to quality surgical care worldwide.
- Recipient, Excellence in Quality Improvement Award, George Washington University Hospital, 2017
- Recipient, Innovation Award: Consult Study, George Washington University Hospital, 2015-2016