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

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

In the News

Representative Publications

  • 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.
  • 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, October 17, 2023.
  • Chiang, Harry, Hannah L. Martin, Ryan M. Sicard, and Dennis O. Frank-Ito. “Olfactory drug delivery with intranasal sprays after nasal midvault reconstruction.” Int J Pharm 644 (September 25, 2023): 123341.
  • Gosman, R. E., J. R. Marcus, and D. O. Frank-Ito. “Nasal Airflow Dynamics Before and After Septorhinoplasty for Correction of Cleft Lip Nasal Deformity: A Single Patient Case Report.” Face 4, no. 3 (September 1, 2023): 319–26.