Welcome to the website for the Indiana University Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. Founded in 1909, our department has experienced significant growth in clinical care, education and research. With this rapid growth, we have been fortunate and blessed to maintain a collegial and welcoming culture within our departmental family. I would like to share with you several highlights and recent accomplishments within our program.
We are 14 faculty physicians and 3 advanced practice providers who provide care at Indiana University Medical Center, Riley Children’s Hospital, Eskenazi Health, the Roudebush VA Medical Center as well as Indiana University Health locations in the greater Indianapolis area. In 2018, our faculty were involved in over 25,000 outpatient visits and 6,750 surgical cases. These included more than 100 cochlear implant surgeries, 150 microvascular free tissue transfers, 65 surgeries related to facial reanimation, and 100 endoscopic pituitary and skull base surgeries. We have increased patient volumes by 20 percent while simultaneously decreasing patient wait times for new appointments. We are actively expanding our faculty positions across multiple subspecialties.
As part of the largest medical school in the nation, our department hosts the longest running post-graduate course in the country, now in its 104th year. Initially established in 1934, our residency program continues to provide outstanding clinical training and furthers our mission to train future leaders in otolaryngology. Our graduating residents perform more than twice the volume that is required for key index cases, and a significant proportion of graduates pursue fellowship training. 93 percent of faculty actively participate as a mentor to IU School of Medicine residents and medical students. We currently offer a fellowship in head and neck oncology and microvascular surgery and will add fellowships in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery in July 2019 and rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery in July 2020. We continue to strive to build on our collaborations with Moi University in Kenya through the AMPATH-Kenya Program.
We continue to build on the pioneering research of Dr. Richard Miyamoto and colleagues studying speech perception, speech production and language in children with cochlear implants. We currently rank 16th in the country in regards to National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and have increased NIH funding by more than 300 percent since 2016. Lab space dedicated to otolaryngology research has also doubled within the past year, with newly renovated research facilities in Walther Hall, Glick Eye Institute, and VanNuys Medical Research Building. Our faculty and residents published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles this past academic year.
We are proud of our accomplishments to date and are excited to continue our journey toward becoming a premier, internationally recognized leader in otolaryngology. I invite you to discover more about our department and programs in addition to what makes Indiana such a unique and wonderful place for patients, trainees, and faculty.