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 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

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.

Stephanie Shintani Smith

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Otolaryngology; Sinus Problems; Sinus Surgery; Rhinitis; Nasal obstruction; Minimally Invasive Salivary Gland Surgery; Interventional Sialendoscopy; Ear, Nose, Throat, Voice disorders

James W Schroeder, Jr

Associate 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.

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.

Jing Zheng

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

The long-term goal of my lab is to identify and investigate molecules that play important roles in mammalian hearing, thus to enrich our understanding of cochlear physiology, and to further develop a better strategy to prevent hearing loss. Outer hair cells (OHCs) are essential for providing high sensitivity and frequency selectivity of hearing. They are also the most vulnerable cells in the inner ear and are involved in most sensorineural hearing loss that affects the hearing of millions of people. It is known that OHC death is strongly connected with the generation of reactive oxygen species...

Kevin C Welch

Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Chronic sinusitis, sinus cancer, sinus tumors, skull base surgery, endoscopic sinus surgery, revision endoscopic sinus surgery, endoscopic skull base surgery, esthesioneuroblastoma, inverted papilloma, cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea, CSF leak

Claus-Peter Richter

Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and McCormick School of Engineering

Development of cochlear implants including novel devices based on neural infrared stimulation, use of laser in clinical settings, micromechanics of the cochlea, imaging

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

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.

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.

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