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The Harvard Medical School otolaryngology residency program provides complete training in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at four clinical venues:

Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Massachusetts General Hospital

Mass. Eye and Ear

D. Bradley Welling, M.D., Ph.D., FACS
Walter Augustus LeCompte Chair of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School
Chief of Otolaryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Massachusetts General Hospital
Stacey T. Gray, M.D.
Program Director, Harvard Medical School Otolaryngology Residency Program
Kevin Emerick, M.D.
Associate Program Director, Harvard Medical School Otolaryngology Residency Program

Massachusetts Eye and Ear is an independent institution devoted to otolaryngology and ophthalmology specialty care. Physically connected to Massachusetts General Hospital, Mass. Eye and Ear and its faculty members comprise the Department of Otolaryngology at both institutions. This allows the two institutions to collaborate on a variety of patient care facilities, including a regional trauma center.

The Chiefs of Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology at Mass. Eye and Ear are also Chiefs of those Departments at Mass General. They are also Professors and Chairs of their respective departments at Harvard Medical School.

The otolaryngology clinical services at Mass. Eye and Ear are provided by 35 hospital-based staff and 85 community-based staff. On a yearly basis there are more than 51,000 scheduled outpatient visits to the Department of Otolaryngology at Mass. Eye and Ear, over 7,500 surgical procedures, and another 9,000 emergency visits.

Subspecialties

  • Otology and Neurotology 
  • Vestibular 
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology 
  • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 
  • Laryngology 
  • Rhinology 
  • Head and Neck Oncology/Microvascular Surgery 
  • General Otolaryngology 
  • Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery 
  • Emergency Services

In addition to our clinical subspecialty divisions, Mass. Eye and Ear offers one of the largest Audiology Departments in the region, two state-of-the-art clinical vestibular testing laboratories, a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, as well as dedicated Centers to address facial nerve disorders, Mohs cutaneous surgery, laser and reconstructive surgery, cranial base disorders, pediatric airway disorders, voice disorders, sleep disorders and sinus disease.

Mass. Eye and Ear is also home to one of the largest and most productive communities of otolaryngology researchers anywhere in the world, supported by more than $10 million in annual research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Our robust research programs include the Eaton-Peabody Laboratories of Auditory Physiology, Jenks Vestibular Physiology Laboratory, Jenks Vestibular Diagnostic Laboratory, Amelia Peabody Otoimmunochemistry Laboratory, Otopathology Laboratory, Norman Knight Center for Hyperbaric Medicine, National Temporal Bone, Hearing and Balance Pathology Resource Registry, Facial Nerve Regeneration Laboratory, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Center for Laser and Reconstructive Surgery, and the Tillotson Cell Biology Unit.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
David Caradonna, M.D., D.M.D.
Site Director, BIDMC, Harvard Medical School Otolaryngology Residency Program

The Division of Otolaryngology in the Department of Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) includes clinical activities in general otolaryngology, rhinology, laryngology, neurotology, and head and neck surgery.

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Jo Shapiro, M.D.
Chief of Otolaryngology, Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Jayme Dowdall, M.D.
Site Director, BWH, Harvard Medical School Otolaryngology Residency Program

The Division of Otolaryngology is part of the Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), a 700-bed tertiary care hospital. The majority of outpatients are seen at the Nesson Ambulatory Care Building, where physical examinations of the head and neck, laryngeal videostroboscopy, hearing tests, electronystagmograms, auditory evoked response testing, microscopic examinations of the head and neck, radio frequency procedures, laryngeal botox injections, biopsies and other minor procedures under local anesthesia are performed primarily on adults. Clinical activities include general otolaryngology, rhinology, laryngology, neurotology, head and neck surgery, and microvascular reconstruction.

Faculty members at BWH conduct research in all areas of otolaryngology, including chronic rhinosinusitis, vocal cord paralysis, sleep apnea, head and neck cancer, and cricopharyngeal dysfunction.

Residents participate in another ambulatory venue at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in the Head and Neck Oncology clinic, which hosts a multidisciplinary clinic for patients with head and neck cancer. The clinic is attended by surgeons from the BWH Otolaryngology division, Radiation oncologists and medical oncologists who specialize in the care of patients with head and neck cancer.

Boston Children's Hospital

Boston Children's Hospital

Michael Cunningham, M.D.
Chief of Otolaryngology, Boston Children’s Hospital
Gi Soo Lee, M.D., Ed.M.
Site Director, BCH, HMS Otolaryngology Residency Program

Boston Children's Hospital, the nation's largest pediatric medical center, is the major pediatric facility affiliated with Harvard Medical School. The institution has 350 beds and houses the largest pediatric research facility in the world, the John M. Enders Pediatric Research Laboratories. The hospital serves the children of Boston and New England, but also has a worldwide patient referral base.

The Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Disorders is the oldest otolaryngology department at a children's hospital in the United States. The Department was founded in 1930 by Charles Ferguson, M.D., and Carlisle Flake, M.D., pioneers of pediatric otolaryngology. Since that time, the Department has maintained a long and rich tradition of excellence in the diagnosis and management of head and neck disorders in the pediatric population.

The Department of Otolaryngology at Boston Children's Hospital annually cares for about 10,000 ambulatory patients and about 1,000 inpatients, with approximately 1,200 inpatient procedures and another 1,200 procedures done in an ambulatory setting. The Department has a full-time staff in addition to two full-time fellows for a 12-month period. The goal of the Department for the residents is to provide a well-rounded medical and surgical experience of pediatric otolaryngology including the management of pediatric otologic disease, airway problems, nasal and sinus disease, as well as congenital, inflammatory, and neoplastic disorders of the head and neck.

Teaching experience is gained through an intense medical student educational program when and if time permits. Residents also find an opportunity to enhance decision-making abilities with routine, complicated and urgent clinical situations.

Research is a major focus of the department at Children's. Each staff member has both clinical and basic science research projects, and resident involvement is encouraged. In addition, the Department cooperates closely with the Departments of Speech, Hearing, and Audiology.