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About

Dr. Deidra Blanks

“Like most medical students, I made the decision early on that I wanted to be a surgeon, however I had no idea what type. My third year of medical school I had a two week elective ENT rotation and LOVED it. ENT was everything from big open surgeries, pediatric surgeries and yet somehow allowed you to be a bedside doctor just caring for patients.”

Deidra Blanks, MD, FACS, specializes in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. She also supervises non-surgical aesthetic treatments to suit your needs.

Dr. Blanks is native to Lake Waccamaw, NC who earned her medical degree from East Carolina University. She completed her residency in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Blanks joined Fayetteville Otolaryngology in January 2018. She maintains surgical privileges at Fayetteville Ambulatory Surgery Center, and Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

After finishing residency training, she was 1 of 37 surgeons in the country accepted into a facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship. She completed advanced training to focus solely on the face under Dr. Keith Laferriere in Springfield, MO.

Dr. Blanks also served as faculty in the Division of Otolaryngology at the University of Missouri and Mercy Springfield. Dr. Blanks is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO) and American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).

Professional Organizations

Dr. Blanks is double Board Certified in Facial Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology. She is an active member of the following organizations, among others:

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology
  • Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Association of American Indian Physicians
  • NC Medical Society
  • NC Society of Oto HNS
  • Cumberland County Medical Association

Her medical specialties include:

  • facial plastic surgery
  • non-surgical facial plastics
  • fillers and injectables
  • Ear, Nose, Throat, Head and Neck

Presentations

  • Blanks DA, Shores C. Patent Piriform Sinus Fistula in a Third Branchial Cleft Cyst.
  • Combined Otolaryngology Section Meeting. Las Vegas, Nevada. April 31, 2010.
  • Blanks DA, Ebert CS, Zdanksi C, Prazma JA. “The Long-term Efficacy of Mucosal CpG oligonucleotides in the treatment of Eustachian tube Dysfunction in rats.” Rhinology World. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 17, 2009.
  • Blanks DA, Ebert CS, Prazma JA. “The Efficacy of Trans-tympanic CpG oligonucleotides in the Treatment of Allergic Eustachian tube Dysfunction in the Animal Model.” Caribbean Association of Otolaryngology. Paramaribo, Suriname. September 12, 2008.
  • Blanks DA, Shores C. “Intravenous Antibiotics for the Treatment of Radionecrosis of the Larynx.“ Southern Section of The Triological Society. January 10, 2008.

Publications

  • Blanks DA, Shores C. Intravenous Antibiotics for the Treatment of Radionecrosis of the Larynx.
  • Otolaryngology –Head and Neck Surgery. Manuscript submitted for publication. 2011.
  • Blanks DA, Shores C. Patent Piriform Sinus Fistula in a Third Branchial Cleft Cyst.
  • Otolaryngology –Head and Neck Surgery. Manuscript submitted for publication. 2011.
  • Blanks DA, Ebert CS. Immune modulatory oligonucleotides in the prevention and treatment of allergen-induced Eustachian tube dysfunction in the animal model. Current Allergy and Asthma Report. 2008 Nov; 8(6) 508-12.
  • Blanks DA, Buss E, Grose JH, Fitzpatrick DC, Hall JW. Interaural time discrimination of envelopes carried on high-frequency tones: An acoustic hearing simulation of lateralization cues available to cochlear implant users. Ear and Hearing. 2008 Oct; 29(5) 674-83.
  • Ebert CS Jr, Blanks DA, Patel MR, Coffey CS, Marshall AF, Fitzpatrick DC. Behavioral Sensitivity to interaural time differences in the rabbit. Hearing Research. 2008 Jan; 235(1-2):135-142.

Personal Life

Dr. Blanks has been extensively published and has presented her research at various locations including Vietnam, Suriname, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, NV and Denver, CO. Dr. Blanks is a proud wife and mother of one daughter.

Dr. Blanks is a proud wife and mother of two beautiful children. In her free time, she enjoys running, swimming and spending time with her family. She is also very active in her Native American heritage and enjoys spending time at traditional powwows.


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