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A rich tradition of comprehensive training, innovation and care.

The faculty and staff of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine are committed to training the future leaders of our specialties, investigating causes, developing innovative treatments and promoting the health of our patients.

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We offer diverse and comprehensive educational experiences for residents and fellows, including robust research training opportunities and a world-class teaching faculty.
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Our team knows that research plays a critical role in the advancement of care. Learn more about the work being done in our labs.
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Patient Care

Our team includes specialists in hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, language, cancers of the head and neck and reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery.
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Faculty Spotlight

Kathleen R Billings

Professor of Otolaryngology (Pediatric Otolaryngology)

My primary clinical interests include the following: acute and chronic otitis media, hearing loss, tympanic perforations, cholesteatoma, ENT manifestations of craniofacial abnormalities or syndromes, including Down and Turner’s syndromes, adenotonsillar diseases including obstructive sleep apnea and recurrent tonsillitis.

Sandeep Samant

Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Sandeep Samant is chief of head and neck surgery and director of Northwestern multidisciplinary head and neck program. He completed fellowship training in head and neck oncologic and skull base surgery in 1996 and has performed over 8000 operations for head and neck cancer. Dr. Samant's clinical and research interests include management of oral, oropharyngeal, laryngeal, nasal, sinus and thyroid cancer. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery utilizing robotic and endoscopic techniques.

Nancy M Young

Professor of Otolaryngology (Pediatric Otolaryngology)

Nancy M Young is the Lillian S Well Professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology and a fellow of the Knowles Hearing Center of Northwestern University. She is Medical Director of the Cochlear Implant Program and Audiology Department and also serves as Head, Section of Otology & Neurotology and Director of Research in the Division of Otolaryngology at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Young is a fellow of the American Neurotology Society and American Otological Society and a member of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. She is a founding member and served as board secretary of th...

Dana M Thompson

Professor of Otolaryngology (Pediatric Otolaryngology)

Dr. Thompson is the Division Head of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Professor of Otolaryngology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her second fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital under the direction of Dr. Robin Cotton. She has a unique hybrid of expertise in the surgical treatment and management of airway, voice, and swallowing disorders for infants, children, and adults and is the Director of the Multidisciplinary Aerodigestive Program at Lurie Children’s Hospital. Her...

Xiaodong Tan

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Application of infrared laser stimulation in cochlear implants. Anti-ototoxicity and hearing protection

David B Conley

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Sinus problems, chronic sinusitis, sinonasal polyps. Sinus and nasal skull base tumors. Computerized image guided sinus and skull base surgery. Intraoperative CT scanning. Research: Better diagnosis and treatment of chronic sinusitis. Research: Immunologic basis of chronic sinusitis. Research: Clinical and research trials - goal: improved diagnosis and treatment of chronic sinusits. General otolaryngology.

Alan G Micco

Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Medical Education and Neurological Surgery

I am a board certified Otolaryngologist, with subspecialty certification in Neurotology. I completed a fellowship in Otology and Neurotology, which is a subspecialty in Otolaryngology that deals with disorders and surgery of the ear and ear related skull base structures. My interests are in cochlear implants, cochlear implant research, middle ear implants, diseases of ear, skull base surgery, skull base tumors, Gamma Knife surgery, acoustic neuromas, neurofibromatosis type II, otosclerosis and facial nerve disorers.

Douglas M Sidle

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Dr. Sidle is the only double board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon at Northwestern. He specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck. He has a particular interest in rhinoplasty, cosmetic facial surgery, and injectable fillers and Botox. He also performs complex skin cancer reconstructions.

Jeffrey C Rastatter

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology (Pediatric Otolaryngology)

Benign and malignant head, neck, and face cysts, tumors, and vascular anomalies; parotid and submandibular gland disorders; thyroid and parathyroid gland disorders; endoscopic cranial base surgery; airway and breathing problems; velopharyngeal insufficiency; ENT manifestations of craniofacial problems

James W Schroeder, Jr.

Professor of Otolaryngology (Pediatric Otolaryngology) and Medical Education

My primary interest is pediatric airway obstruction and pediatric upper airway reconstruction specifically laryngomalacia and its surgical treatment - supraglottoplasty. I am also interested in the Diagnosis and Medical and Surgical Treatment of Pediatric Dysphagia. Specifically, I am interested in how congenital and acquired airway lesions affect a child’s ability to eat and swallow. My interest also include the medical and surgical treatment of pediatric obstructive sleep apnea and sinusitis.

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