Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery

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Otolaryngology Clinical Care

Otolaryngology is a surgical specialty providing care for disorders of the ear, nose, throat, head and neck. Otolaryngology encompasses dozens of subspecialties, treating a wide range of health conditions, including swallowing difficulty, thyroid and skin cancer, cochlear implants, and facial trauma reconstruction.

As a major tertiary care center, IU School of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery works closely with multiple medical disciplines (e.g. neuroscience, radiology, oncology and audiology) to treat patients comprehensively. Many faculty members are fellowship-trained otolaryngologists who care for patients with disorders involving the entire spectrum of otolaryngology.

The Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery includes nine specialty divisions.

Otolaryngology Specialty Divisions

The Head and Neck Surgery Division specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers and other conditions affecting the head and neck:

Otolaryngologists in the Endocrine Surgery Division are experts in a wide range of conditions affecting the thyroid and parathyroid, including cancer, paraganglioma and more.

The Otology Division is a destination center for conditions affecting the ear including hearing, vestibular sensory systems and other related structures.

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Division otolaryngologists specialize in treating conditions affecting the animation (e.g., smiling and speech articulation) and cosmetic appearance to the face and neck.

The Pediatric Otolaryngology Division otolaryngologists are experts in surgical techniques that allow children to hear, speak, breathe, articulate speech and develop toward their full potential. A destination center in pediatric otolaryngology, this Division often receives referrals to care for patients whose conditions have not improved through other treatments.

Rhinology Division members specialize in the diagnosis and treatment for conditions related to the nose and sinuses, including chronic sinusitis, repair of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks through the nose, and more.

The Division of Laryngology employs a multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment for conditions affecting the voice, airway and ability to swallow.

Physicians in the Division of General Otolaryngology provide specialized care for adults and children for a wide range of conditions affecting the ear, nose and throat.

The Robotic Surgery Division employs latest medical advancement equipment (da Vinci Surgical System) to perform minimally invasive surgeries for conditions affecting the ear, nose and throat.

Locations

Faculty physicians in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery provide healthcare for both adult and pediatric otolaryngology patients within the facilities of IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis clinical partners: IU Health, Eskenazi Health, the Roudebush VA Medical Center as well as partnering hospitals within the greater Indianapolis area and Terre Haute.

Residents

Residents in the Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Department at IU School of Medicine are highly motivated graduate medical students with the focus and passion to research and care for diseases of the ear, nose and throat. Throughout their training experience, otolaryngology residents collaborate with faculty physician mentors and division leaders to gain detailed proficiency with each otolaryngology specialty.

Additional learning opportunities for otolaryngology residents include clinical service in health improvement projects, basic science research, international mission work and community outreach programs. More than half of otolaryngology residents pursue fellowships and employment with prestigious academic centers in the U.S.