Welcome to the website for the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology—Head and 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 to maintain a collegial and welcoming culture within our departmental family. I would like to share with you several of our recent highlights and accomplishments.
Our team consists of 18 faculty physicians and six advanced practice providers who provide care at Indiana University Medical Center, Riley Children’s Hospital, Eskenazi Health, Roudebush VA Medical Center as well as Indiana University Health locations in the greater Indianapolis area. Our faculty are involved in over 25,000 outpatient visits and 6,750 surgical cases annually. These include over 100 cochlear implants, 200 microvascular free tissue transfers, 60 lateral skull base surgeries and 100 endoscopic pituitary and skull base surgeries each year. We have increased patient volumes by 20 percent while decreasing access times for new appointments. We are actively expanding our faculty positions across multiple sub-specialties.
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 105th year. Established in 1934, our residency program provides outstanding clinical training and furthers our mission to train future leaders in otolaryngology. Our graduating residents perform more than twice the volume required for key index cases, and over half our graduates pursue fellowship training. More than 90 percent of faculty-physicians participate as mentors to IU School of Medicine residents and medical students. We offer fellowships in head and neck oncology and reconstructive surgery, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery. We continue to build on our collaborations with Moi University in Kenya through the AMPATH consortium.
Our department has hosted National Institutes of Health funded research for over 30 years since the pioneering work by Richard Miyamoto, MD, and colleagues assessing outcomes in pediatric cochlear implantation. Our NIH funding, which has increased by more than 300 percent since 2016, is currently ranked 16th in the country among otolaryngology departments. Lab space dedicated to otolaryngology research has also doubled within the past few years, with newly renovated research facilities in Walther Hall, Glick Eye Institute and Van Nuys Medical Research Building. Current areas of research include outcomes in hearing impaired children and adults with cochlear implants, inner ear hair cell regeneration and tissue engineering of the larynx. 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.