2019 Innovations Reports for Otolaryngology

Dear Colleague:

The Departments of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center feature world-class teams who provide comprehensive ear, nose, and throat care and head and neck surgical services for patients of all ages. Our specialists customize care for every patient, whether they come to us for a common problem or a complex disorder, offering full evaluations and evidence-based treatments.

Patients receive care in the only academic medical center affiliated with two Ivy League medical schools: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medicine. Our internationally renowned otolaryngologists — head and neck surgeons have intensive training and years of experience, enabling them to provide advanced care. Many of them are also advancing the field through pioneering basic science and clinical research related to voice and swallowing issues, hearing loss, ear diseases, head and neck surgery, allergic rhinitis, and sleep disorders.

For example, we are world-renowned for our skull base surgery program, transoral robotic surgery, salivary endoscopy, and hearing loss services and research — including the world’s first clinical trial of gene therapy to treat acquired hearing loss. Our surgeons have mastered minimally invasive techniques and use them whenever appropriate, leaving patients with no visible incisions in some cases. We have robust voice institutes to assess and remedy vocal hemorrhages and paralysis, dysphonia, and swallowing difficulties. And our investigators were among the first to use an innovative neurostimulation method to treat obstructive sleep apnea, enabling many patients to finally achieve a good night of restorative sleep.

Special services are available just for children, including care provided through our renowned Craniofacial Centers, the Pediatric Aerodigestive Center, VPI and Voice Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital, and the Hypernasality Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Our teams also care for children with head and neck tumors, vascular anomalies, and hearing loss.

We do not do this alone, working collaboratively with colleagues from pediatrics, neurology and neurosurgery, pulmonology, medical oncology, ophthalmology, and plastic surgery among others, to provide our patients with the most comprehensive care available. Your patients can receive all the care they need in one medical center, with access to top-ranked physicians from every specialty and subspecialty of medicine. They may also be able to participate in a clinical trial of a promising new therapy. Moreover, we offer our services in a variety of convenient locations throughout the New York metropolitan area.

We invite you to read about what we have to offer and the innovative research our investigators are pursuing that sets our otolaryngology departments apart from other hospitals in our region.