Ivy Maina, MD

Specialty in Otolaryngology

Certifications and training

Resident Physician in Otolaryngology at the University of Pennsylvania hospitals.

Researcher of embryonic gene expression, the Center for Research on Reproduction and Women's Health at UPenn.

Dr. Maina graduated from Princeton University (BA, 2013) with a degree in psychology and received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She is currently a resident physician in Otolaryngology at the University of Pennsylvania affiliated hospitals. After graduating from Princeton, she spent a year researching embryonic gene expression with the Center for Research on Reproduction and Women's Health at UPenn. She also received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study abnormal innate immune responses and taste-related genes in chronic sinus infections. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, listening to podcasts, and finding new DIY décor projects.

Education and training

2019-Present - Otolaryngology Residency, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA

2014-2019 - Doctor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

2009-2013 - Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Princeton University, Princeton University

Articles from Ivy Maina, MD
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  • Swelling behind the ear is most commonly caused by swollen lymph nodes or an ear infection caused by bacteria, fungus or a virus. Most individuals with swollen glands behind the ear may also be experiencing pain behind the ear or headaches. Most of the time, if the swelling happens gradually over time and is not particularly bothersome, it will resolve on its own and we recommend a few home treatments below. But if accompanied by fever, pain, or worsening redness, seek an ENT doctor.


Publication Highlights

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Workman AD, Maina IW, Brooks SG, et al. The Role of Quinine-Responsive Taste Receptor Family 2 in Airway Immune Defense and Chronic Rhinosinusitis. Front Immunol. 2018;9:624. Published 2018 Mar 28. doi:10.3389/fimmu.2018.00624

Patel, NN, Kohanski, MA, Maina, IW, et al. Solitary chemosensory cells producing interleukin‐25 and group‐2 innate lymphoid cells are enriched in chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2018; 8: 900– 906. DOI: 10.1002/alr.22142

Patel, NN, Kohanski, MA, Maina, IW, et al. Sentinels at the wall: epithelial‐derived cytokines serve as triggers of upper airway type 2 inflammation. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2019; 9: 93– 99. DOI: 10.1002/alr.22206

Maina IW, Workman AD, Cohen NA. The role of bitter and sweet taste receptors in upper airway innate immunity: Recent advances and future directions. World J Otorhinolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018;4(3):200–208. Published 2018 Aug 24. doi:10.1016/j.wjorl.2018.07.003