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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

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

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.

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.

Kathleen R Billings

Associate 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.

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.

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...

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

Stephen R Hoff

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology (Pediatric Otolaryngology)

Minimally Invasive Ear Surgery (Endoscopic Ear Surgery), Microtia and Aural Atresia, Pediatric Otology: cholesteatoma, middle ear malformations, and hearing loss, Vascular Anomalies and Malformations, Head & Neck Cancer/Tumors, Telemedicine

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

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.

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