Dennis Onyeka Frank-Ito

Associate Professor in Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences

My research interests include modeling the effects of human airway anatomy on respiratory airflow patterns, deposition of inhaled gases and particle transport using computational fluid dynamics.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Professor in Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. North Carolina State University, 2010
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2013

Courses Taught

  • ME 392: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering
  • BIOLOGY 493: Research Independent Study

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Chiang, Harry, Reanna Shah, Claire Washabaugh, and Dennis O. Frank-Ito. “Nasal airway obstruction in patients with cleft lip nasal deformity: A systematic review.” J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg 92 (May 2024): 48–60.
  • Kim, Sul Gi, Sarah M. Russel, Taylor J. Stack, Dennis O. Frank-Ito, Zainab Farzal, Charles S. Ebert, Robert A. Buckmire, Christine E. Demason, and Rupali N. Shah. “Limitations in Faculty Advancement for Underrepresented Groups in Academic Otolaryngology.” Laryngoscope 134, no. 4 (April 2024): 1625–32.
  • Sicard, Ryan M., and Dennis O. Frank-Ito. “Parameter characteristics in intranasal drug delivery: A key to targeting medications to the olfactory airspace.” Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon) 114 (April 2024): 106231.
  • Russel, Sarah M., Zainab Farzal, Charles Ebert, Robert Buckmire, Christine DeMason, Rupali Shah, and Dennis O. Frank-Ito. “Finding the Potholes in Academic Career Pathways for Underrepresented Groups in Otolaryngology.” Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 170, no. 2 (February 2024): 396–404.
  • Russel, Sarah M., Raluca E. Gosman, Katherine Gonzalez, Joshua Wright, and Dennis O. Frank-Ito. “Insights into exercise-induced rhinitis based on nasal aerodynamics induced by airway morphology.” Respir Physiol Neurobiol 319 (January 2024): 104171.