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Otolaryngology Our Program

UPMC Ear, Nose, and Throat

For more than 15 years, UPMC has ranked among the top 10 hospitals for otolaryngology by U.S. News & World Report, ranking third in 2010.

Otolaryngologists at UPMC are leaders and innovators in their field and are known for their expertise in:

  • balance disorders
  • head and neck cancer surgery
  • hearing loss
  • minimally invasive skull base surgery
  • sleep
  • surgery
  • swallowing disorders

Our physicians offer highly specialized services, including a nationally recognized voice center. The UPMC Voice Center is one of a select few that serves both the public and those who use their voices professionally, including musical theater and opera professionals.

The Voice Center is staffed by a select group of medical experts who utilize state-of-the-art technology to provide patients with a wide range of medical, surgical, and behavioral treatments for all voice disorders.

Our staff consults with specialists in gastroenterology, internal medicine, neurology, psychiatry, psychology, physical therapy, and other disciplines, in order to ensure a truly comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of even the most complex voice disorders.

Additionally, our expert otolaryngologists co-direct the UPMC Center for Skull Base Surgery. This program is recognized as one of the leading skull base centers in the world, and continues to pioneer the development of minimally invasive approaches to the skull base and brain.

Our Research

UPMC otolaryngologists have a reputation for providing outstanding care for patients in western Pennsylvania and across the country. A key component is our commitment to research.

Our physicians, in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh, have been continually successful in securing National Institutes of Health funding to support their research interests, both as principal and co-investigators. Specific research interests include:

  • biomedical rehabilitation of voice function using a tissue engineering approach enhancing the rehabilitation of people with inner ear disease
  • improving the testing methods relating to balance system abnormalities
  • increasing the understanding of human inner ear (vestibular) function
  • matching technology to individual needs and examining adaptation in the human auditory system
  • middle ear and mastoid gas exchange as it relates to the development of chronic ear disease
  • molecular imaging techniques to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with head and neck cancer