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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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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

Jonathan B Ida

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology (Pediatric Otolaryngology)

Pediatric airway evaluation and management, Subglottic Stenosis, Airway reconstruction, Pediatric voice disorders and surgery, Pediatric stroboscopy, Laryngology, Bronchoesophagology, Pediatric hoarseness, Vocal cord paralysis, Respiratory papillomatosis, Vocal cord nodules.

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.

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.

Bruce K Tan

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

Sinusitis, chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, nasal tumors, smell and taste disturbances, minimally invasive approaches to the skull base, inflammation, mechanisms of smell loss from inflammation, therapeutics and diagnostic approaches for sinus disease

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...

Urjeet Patel

Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Within the field of Otolaryngology, my area of interest and expertise is in head and neck surgery specifically for cancer. I am particularly interested in trans-oral endoscopic removal of tumors, as well as reconstructive surgery following tumor removal including free tissue transfer. I have also expanded surgical services to include trans-oral robotic surgery (TORS) at Northwestern, by which tumors can be removed through the mouth with robotic assistance.

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.

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...

John Maddalozzo

Professor of Otolaryngology (Pediatric Otolaryngology)

Head & neck masses in children, maxillary tumors, dental tumors, parotid and submandibular tumors as well as cysts, inflammation, and stones, brachial cleft deformity/cysts (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th), lymphatic malformations, rannulas, mucoceles, lesions/tumors of the tongue, thyroglossal duct cysts, midline cervical cleft, teratomas, dermoid cysts, surgical disease of thyroid gland (tumors, nodules, autoimmune diseases), thymic cysts.

Robert C Kern

Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

Sinus problems, trans nasal resection of skull base tumors, snoring and sleep apnea, Taste and smell disorders

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