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Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery

The University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery is pursuing excellence in clinical care, resident and medical student education, and research in diseases of the head and neck. The department consists of physician scientists, nurses, speech pathologists, and audiologists all committed to developing and practicing cutting edge care for ear, nose and throat disorders.

The department has an active clinical program in diseases of the ear and balance, head and neck cancer treatment, sinus disease, pediatric disorders, and voice and swallowing disorders. The entire spectrum of practice of otolaryngology is covered. Learn more about the department by selecting a topic at the left.


Alexander G. Chiu, M.D. Named the Russell E. Bridwell, M.D., Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology

Alexander Chiu, MD

Internationally renowned in the field of endoscopic and minimally invasive surgery of the nose, sinuses and skull base, Dr. Chiu's surgical expertise is in endoscopic sinonasal and skull base tumor surgery, frontal sinus surgery, revision endoscopic sinus surgery and endoscopic repair of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks. He is actively involved with research involving the topics of chronic rhinosinusitis, sinonasal tumors and outcomes of sinus and skull base surgery.  

Alexander G. Chiu, M.D., has been named the Russell E. Bridwell, M.D., Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology. Dr. Chiu started this position on July 5th, 2016.

Dr. Chiu was previously the professor and founding chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Arizona. He also served as co-chair of the Banner-University of Arizona Academic Management Council, a seven-person board that oversees the academic and clinical mission of the Banner University Medical Group in both Tucson and Phoenix.

He is the past editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy and the editor of two textbooks: Sinonasal Tumors and Atlas of Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery. A fellow of the Triological Society, Dr. Chiu serves as an oral board examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Dr. Chiu earned his medical degree at Albany Medical College and completed residency training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center. He also completed a fellowship in sinus and skull base surgery at Stanford University.

Welcome to Dr. Chiu and thank you to Dr. Bruegger for his commitment in serving as interim chair.


1st Clinical Trial to restore hearing

Fifteen years of research by Dr. Hinrich Staecker are behind a clinical study to implant a remarkable virus to restore hearing in patients with severe hearing loss. Dr. Staecker is accepting applicants now for phase one of the trial.


KU ENT was ranked #21 by the U.S. News and World Report for the 2015-2016 year.

Last modified: Jul 06, 2016
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