As a microvascular and reconstructive head and neck surgeon, Dr. Vishad Nabili’s focus is on improving the functional quality of life of head and neck cancer patients by way of advanced free tissue transfer surgery. From the research standpoint, he has focused his work on a severe complication of radiation therapy for head and neck cancer called mandibular osteoradionecrosis (ORN). Nabili has lab space in the Weintraub UCLA Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology with his mentor, Dr. lchiro Nishimura. They have already created an animal model of radiogenic bone damage to mimic clinical nandibular ORN. Now they are working on a career development training grant at the VA and UCLA to study the cellular mechanisms of this disease.
Selected Cancer-Related Publications:
Hyare H, Wisco JJ, Alusi G, Cohen M, Nabili V, Abemayor E, Kirsch CF. The anatomy of nasopharyngeal carcinoma spread through the pharyngobasilar fascia to the trigeminal mandibular nerve on 1.5 T MRI. Surg Radiol Anat. 2010 Dec;32(10):937-44. Epub 2010 Feb 24.
Sidell D, Nabili V, Lai C, Cheung G, Kirsch C, Abemayor E. Pediatric squamous cell carcinoma: Case report and literature review. Laryngoscope. 2009 Aug;119(8):1538-41. Review.
Suh JD, Kim BP, Abemayor E, Sercarz JA, Nabili V, Liu JH, Juillard GJ, Blackwell KE. Reirradiation after salvage surgery and microvascular free flap reconstruction for recurrent head and neck carcinoma. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008 Dec;139(6):781-6.
Nabili V, Tan JW, Bhuta S, Sercarz JA, Head CS. Salivary duct carcinoma: a clinical and histologic review with implications for trastuzumab therapy. Head Neck. 2007 Oct;29(10):907-12.
Nabili V, Natarajan S, Hirschovitz S, Bhuta S, Abemayor E. Collision tumor of thyroid: metastatic lung adenocarcinoma plus papillary thyroid carcinoma. Am J Otolaryngol. 2007 May-Jun;28(3):218-20.