Ravindra Uppaluri

Uppaluri Named Chief of the Division of Otolaryngology

Ravindra Uppaluri, MD, PhD, was appointed chief of the Division of Otolaryngology in the Department of Surgery earlier this month.

Uppaluri has served as an associate surgeon and director of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) since 2016.

He received his medical degree and doctorate in genetics from the University of Minnesota. He trained in otolaryngology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine. He remained there as a faculty member for 16 years before moving to Boston with his wife, Chitra Uppaluri, MD, and three children last year.

A leader in the field, Uppaluri has a deep understanding of head and neck tumor biology as well as integration of radiation, chemotherapy and surgical treatment modalities. He has been the primary investigator of clinical trials integrating small molecule and immunotherapeutics in the surgical management of head and neck cancers. He also leads a National Institutes of Health-funded laboratory, focused on basic and translational approaches to head and neck cancers.

Gerard Doherty, MD, chair of Surgery, described Uppaluri as an outstanding leader who is deeply devoted to the Brigham.

“Dr. Uppaluri has a proven track record of clinical excellence and operational expertise, and I am confident that he will be a capable, compassionate and responsible leader,” Doherty said.

Richard Wilk

Wilk Named Chief of the Hip Preservation Service

Richard Wilk, MD, has been appointed chief of the Hip Preservation Service in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at BWH. He began in his new role on June 1.

Wilk sees patients at the Orthopaedic and Arthritis Center in the Building for Transformative Medicine, as well as in the Brigham’s ambulatory care centers in Chestnut Hill and Foxborough.

He received his undergraduate degree from Emory University and his medical degree from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. He completed his Orthopaedic residency and a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Tufts University Hospital.

With more than two decades of experience as a medical professional, Wilk has performed more than 1,000 hip arthroscopy procedures and has established himself as a leader in New England in the advancement of arthroscopic surgical techniques of the hip. He also has expertise in treating sports injuries and complex knee and shoulder problems.

Wilk has held many leadership positions throughout his career, including interim chair and vice chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center and member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Orthopaedic Association and the Massachusetts Orthopaedic Association. He also serves as treasurer of the Massachusetts Orthopaedic Association.

James Kang, MD, chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, said the department is thrilled Wilk has become a member of the Brigham family.

“Dr. Wilk has joined us with an expertise in sports medicine with a particular interest in hip preservation techniques,” Kang said. “He is an outstanding hip arthroscopic surgeon, and also performs knee and shoulder surgeries in athletes of all ages. With close to 25 years of experience, Dr. Wilk is known in the Boston area as a compassionate and caring physician.”