Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and NeilMed team up to send thousands of nasal sinus saline irrigations systems to troops in Afghanistan

Read more about the efforts of nurse Katie Sams, Dr. Brent Senior, and Dr. Grace Kim to help US soldiers find relief in the dry conditions of their assignments as well as links to media coverage related to the story.

Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and NeilMed team up to send thousands of nasal sinus saline irrigations systems to troops in Afghanistan click to enlarge Army Specialist Alex Sams (left ), husband of ENT Nurse, Kati e Sams, and Private First Class Lipsky display their favorite nasal rinse at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan.
Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and NeilMed team up to send thousands of nasal sinus saline irrigations systems to troops in Afghanistan click to enlarge Katie Sams, RN, with Drs. Brent Senior, Michael Setzen, and Ketan C. Mehta (CEO, Founder of NeilMed Pharmaceuti cals, Inc.).

UNC nurse Katie Sams initially approached Brent Senior, MD, Chief of Rhinology, Allergy, and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery in the Department of Otolaryyngology, with questions about sending a sinus rinse to her husband stationed at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan. That discussion turned into a remarkable philanthropic effort by the NeilMed Corporation – the shipment of 100,000 units of sinus rinse to soldiers in Afghanistan.

Building on the success of the first donation, Dr. Grace Kim, a third-year resident in the Department of Otolaryngology, and her fiancé, Capt. Dallas Kenneth, are now working on a shipment to soldiers stationed in Kandahar.

Read the complete story in the department’s Fall/Winter 2012 newsletter, “Heads Up.” This story was also featured on WRAL.com and The Daily Tar Heel.