About the Department

The Department of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery at The University of Iowa has developed a progressive and broad residency program providing thorough training in all aspects of otology, rhinology, and laryngology and has been involved historically in helping to make such broad training universal in this specialty. This training and responsibility encompasses maxillofacial surgery, including orofacial clefts and traumatic surgery; cosmetic surgery of the head and neck; temporal bone surgery, including otoneurologic surgery, skull base surgery and surgery for deafness or infection; microvascular surgery; nose and paranasal sinus surgery; head and neck tumor surgery; and bronchoesophagology.

Sixteen clinical faculty members are engaged on a full-time basis with responsibilities in the medical education of students and residents as well as postgraduate fellows and other graduate physicians and otolaryngologists. In addition, each faculty member carries out an active program of ongoing research and outpatient and in-hospital practice.

The seven departmental divisions are:

  1. Otology/neurotology
  2. Rhinology
  3. Oncology of the head and neck
  4. Plastic and reconstructive surgery including Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery
  5. Speech pathology
  6. Audiology
  7. Pediatric otolaryngology

The highly trained members of each division provide a broad fund of knowledge and experience in working with the clinical otolaryngologist. A unique situation exists for an interchange of information and training involving a wide variety of disciplines.

An atmosphere of close alliance and cooperation exists as well with the various departments of the College of Medicine as each strives to provide the very best in medical education and patient care.

This Department was conceived under Dr. L.W. Dean (Head, 1922-1938), developed under Dr. D.M. Lierle (Head, 1938-1964), expanded by Dr. Brian F. McCabe, and is presently directed by Dr. Bruce J. Gantz, Head. The Department is committed to the inculcation of knowledge of head and neck diseases as well as diseases of the ear, nose, and throat and is dedicated to the discovery and delivery of the highest grade of medical care. By design, it is dedicated to the discovery of phenomena and prospective analysis of information, which will produce better practitioners of otolaryngology, more critical observers, and an increase in the number of physician scientists.