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.

Chair's Welcome Message

Alexander Chiu, MD

On  behalf of the faculty, residents and staff of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at KU, I welcome you to our website.  We are proud of our history and look forward to a future of continued growth in our clinical, research and educational endeavors.  Our goals are to be amongst the nation's leaders in innovative and patient centric care.  Patient satisfaction is as important to us as our surgical outcomes, and our faculty and staff recognize the great sacrifices many of our patients undergo to come to Kansas City for their treatment.  

From an educational perspective, we continue to run the largest Otolaryngology residency program in the heartland.  We strive to become leaders in technology-driven education and aim to develop a medium in which anyone with access to a computer can read, listen or watch the latest in treatments for Otolaryngologic disease.  A sense of community has always been the backbone of the department, as we have partnered with multiple medical mission foundations to send our trainees and faculty to yearly mission trips and participate in events focused on our local community. 

Our research endeavors continue to grow, from investigating the role of fibroblasts in head and neck cancer to leading the world's first gene therapy trial for hearing loss.  We are clinician scientists as well, running clinical trials and outcomes research in the study of sinusitis, laryngopharyngeal reflux, tinnitus, and head and neck cancer.  Our desire to innovate goes beyond clinical Otolaryngology, as our faculty are active in the areas of global health, education and change management. 

Kansas City, with its professional sports teams, wide-ranging cultural activities and vibrant restaurant and nightlife, is often referred by many as a "hidden gem".  We agree and think the same can be said of our program.  Thank you again for reading about us and we look forward to meeting in the future!

Alexander Chiu, M.D.
Russell E. Bridwell, M.D. Endowed Chairman and Professor

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.


International Outreach  

The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery has long supported medical work overseas, starting in Nepal and Kyrgyzstan in the 1990s. The department has supported participation of faculty and residents in medical mission trips to Mexico, the Philippines, Africa and Guatemala. In 2004, the department co-founded the mission to Antigua, Guatemala; since then, the mission has become an annual tradition involving over 70 participants, and completing over 80 surgeries and 600 patient visits in just six days. The department aims for all willing residents to participate in a medical mission trip during their later years of residency training, with the hope that they will continue to be involved after graduation. Click here to learn more.

Mission Trip

Last modified: Aug 25, 2016
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