About the Program

Areas of Study

The Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Residency Training Program of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital provides residents with complete education in the comprehensive medical and surgical care of patients with diseases and disorders that affect the ears, nose throat, head, and neck. The educational program combines core basic science knowledge of otolaryngology and the communication sciences with the clinical aspects of diagnosis and medical and/or surgical therapy for related ailments.

Major areas include head and neck surgery, otology/neurotology, pediatric otolaryngology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, allergy, skull base surgery, voice and swallowing, treatment of major vascular malformations, and endoscopic sinus surgery.

A monthly journal club reviews most of the current literature in otolaryngology. Thursday lecture series involves a comprehensive discussion of the basic and clinical sciences. Training courses in microvascular skills and facial plating are also offered to residents. There are many opportunities for residents to attend courses held in the tri-state area. All residents are encouraged to submit posters and presentations to national and regional meetings.

Overall Goals

  • To provide residents with education in the comprehensive evaluation, and medical and surgical management of patients of all ages having diseases and disorders of the ears, upper respiratory and upper alimentary systems and related structures, and the head and neck.
  • To provide residents with a set of core knowledge and understanding of the medical sciences relevant to the head and neck, upper respiratory and digestive systems, chemical senses, allergy, communication sciences including audiology, speech pathology, rehabilitation and the vestibular system, and endocrinology and neurology as they relate to the head and neck.
  • To provide residents with graduated responsibility in the diagnosis and medical treatment of disorders of the ears, upper respiratory and digestive systems and related structures of the head and neck, and in the surgical management of those disorders – including surgical indications, contraindications, perioperative care, and follow-up.
  • To train residents in the six core competencies: patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, practice-based learning and improvement, professionalism, and systems-based practice.
  • To prepare residents for the independent practice of medicine and surgery at the completion of training.

Rotations and Faculty

Each year, four trainees are selected, for a total of twenty residents in the five year program. The residency program involves one year of training in surgery and related specialties followed by four years of training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Approximately three months are allotted during the third year of training for clinical and/or basic science research. Residents spend time at three teaching hospitals: NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

There are over 36 full-time clinical faculty members in the program and over 55 affiliated and voluntary faculty that participate in the surgical, clinical and lecture settings.


The Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Upon successful completion of the program, residents are eligible for certification examination by the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABO). Many residents go on to fellowship training prior to entering academic or private practice careers.

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