"Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle." - Benjamin Franklin


Undergraduate Education: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2010

Graduate School / Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI, 2015

Other Training: University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI, 2014

Academic interests 


Head and neck cancer, rhinology, pediatric otolaryngology, facial plastics.


Clinical outcomes research, systems optimization, clinical trials.

Recent Publications

Leibman RS, Richardson MW, Ellebrecht CT, Maldini CR, Glover JA, Secreto AJ, Kulikovskaya I, Lacey SF, Akkina SR, Yi Y, Shaheen F, Wang J, Dufendach KA, Holmes MC, Collman RG, Payne AS, Riley JL. Supraphysiologic control over HIV-1 replication mediated by CD8 T cells expressing a re-engineered CD4-based chimeric antigen receptor., PLoS Pathog. 2017 Oct; 13(10):e1006613

Berens AM, Akkina SR, Patel SA. Complications in facial Mohs defect reconstruction., Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2017 Aug; 25(4):258-264

Akkina SR, Novis SJ, Keshavarzi NR, Pynnonen MA. Academic institution pilot study shows far fewer diagnoses of sinusitis than reported nationally., Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol 2016 10; 1(5):124-129

Hu S, Neff CP, Kumar DM, Habu Y, Akkina SR, Seki T, Akkina R. A humanized mouse model for HIV-2 infection and efficacy testing of a single-pill triple-drug combination anti-retroviral therapy., Virology 2017 01; 501115-118

Patel SA, Liu JJ, Murakami CS, Berg D, Akkina SR, Bhrany AD. Complication Rates in Delayed Reconstruction of the Head and Neck After Mohs Micrographic Surgery., JAMA Facial Plast Surg 2016 Sep; 18(5):340-6