"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

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 Oct; 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 Jan; 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

Novis SJ, Akkina SR, Lynn S, Kern HE, Keshavarzi NR, Pynnonen MA. A diagnostic dilemma: chronic sinusitis diagnosed by non-otolaryngologists., Int Forum Allergy Rhinol 2016 May; 6(5):486-90