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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

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.

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...

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

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.

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...

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

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

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

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.

Michiel J Bove

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

I am examining issues relating to neuromusclular control of voice pitch and volume. I am also examining the use of novel carbon dioxide laser technologies in the surgical management of laryngeal and trachel pathologies

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