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Department of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery

Otolaryngology

Welcome to the Academic Home Page for the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.  Information for patients and the public can be found on our Clinical Website.

Jefferson’s otolaryngologists have been recognized nationally and internationally for clinical and research expertise and innovations.   We have been consistently ranked as a top specialty program by U.S. News & World Report for several years. Members of our faculty have played a key role in the advancement many of the techniques and tools used today in the treatment of disorders that affect the ears, nose and throat and participate in  leading-edge, multidisciplinary care. 

Our physicians are experts in issues of Head and Neck Surgery, Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, Hearing and Balance disorders, Voice and Swallowing disorders, Thyroid disorders, Skull base and Sinus surgery and Pediatric Otolaryngology.

The department sponsors a fully accredited residency training program, fellowship programs, as well as education programs for medical students.  A strong emphasis is placed on surgical training, patient care and management, and clinical and basic sciences research endeavors for the advancement of the field.  The great success of graduating residents from this program, both in private practice and academic tracks, is a testament to the quality of training here at Jefferson.

Research is an important mission in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University.  Over the past few years, the department has expanded its research effort with development of a basic science thyroid proteomics lab as well as translational research endeavors with animal models including rabbit, rat and pig.  Clinical databases have been created for our skull base center, microvascular patients, head and neck cancer patients and endocrine patients. 

The department works closely in collaboration with the other departments within Jefferson, especially the Departments of Ophthalmology (Will's Eye Institute), Medical Oncology and Neurosurgery. We have fostered a close relationship with the Oculoplastics and Ocular Oncology Services at the Will's Eye Institute, one of the nation's leading eye hospitals. In addition to aiding in the care of patients with orbital and mid-face fractures, our physicians work in close partnership with attending ophthalmologists to perform cutting edge ocular surgery.   We have also partnered with the Department of Neurosurgery to develop the Minimally Invasive Cranial Base Surgery and Endoscopic Neurosurgery Center co-directed by Dr. Marc Rosen and neurosurgeon, Dr. James Evans. Jefferson has one of the busiest skull base programs in the country and through the work of our center, we are continually working to push the boundaries of what is possible in endoscopic skull base surgery.   In addition, our staff works together with the physicians and researchers of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated clinical cancer center for excellence in cancer care and research.