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Robert W. Bastian M.D.
Dr. Bastian was rated by Chicago Magazine as one of “Chicago’s Top Doctors,” and by Castle-Connolly as one of “America’s Top Doctors.” He is also the recipient of the Honor Award for teaching contributions to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, as well as, in 2010, the Distinguished Service Award.
He has developed and directed multidisciplinary teams to consider patient disorders from three perspectives: behavioral, medical, and surgical. In all of Dr. Bastian’s professional activities—whether consulting with patients, operating, researching, writing, or teaching—patients come first.
Journal Articles by Dr. Bastian
Robert W. Bastian, M.D. — Published July 31, 2014 In recent years, a neurogenic form of chronic cough has been described in the literature, referred to variously as “sensory neuropathy presenting as chronic cough” 1, “sensory neuropathic cough” 2, 3, “laryngeal sensory neuropathy” 4, or simply “refractory chronic cough” 5. It has been shown that sensory neuropathic cough (SNC) can be treated with certain neuralgia medications1,4,5, 6, 7, 8. What
Robert W. Bastian, M.D. — Published: June 25, 2018 The information found below is a Q&A supplement to a teaching video on cricopharyngeus spasm: Tell me more about the cricopharyngeus muscle. Where is it, and what is it for? It is a sphincter, which is a circular muscle that makes a ring around the uppermost part of the esophagus to serve as a “valve” or “gateway” between the throat and
Robert W. Bastian, M.D. — Published: December 18, 2020 There is a group of people whose inability to burp causes severe daily distress. They are left without a solution (or even explanation) in spite of many doctor visits. Recently a major cause of inability to burp, retrograde cricopharyngeus dysfunction (R-CPD) has been codified for diagnosis and treatment.* *A constellation of key symptoms powerfully “makes” the initial diagnosis. Patients can often
Robert W. Bastian, M.D. — Published August 25, 2014 A new clinical insight can be sparked when a physician encounters a series of patients in close succession whose stories overlap in some surprising way. This is an account of that sort, reviewing a trail of patients that led to understanding the clinical entity of sensory neuropathic cough. 1 Before the late 1990s, when the fourth patient described below opened for