Dr. Valika’s research focuses on improving tracheostomy outcomes and innovative projects including 3D printing for airway reconstruction.
He received his medical degree from The Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University and completed his residency in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at The University of Illinois Hospital of Health & Sciences. Dr. Valika then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago, and subsequently joined the division as a member of the Airway Team, where he is the Director of Upper Airway Surgery.
He is currently an Assistant Professor in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Valika is involved in both medical student and resident education and has received numerous teaching awards over the years. He is the resident site director for the pediatric rotations for both the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern Otolaryngology residency programs.