Why Choose Us?

The Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is one of the oldest departments in the United States and one of the most comprehensive in the world. It is ranked 9th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report (2014 rankings).

Our clinical facilities are among the largest of their kind in the world (40,000 square-feet) and are truly a premier, world-class care center.

  • We were the first hospital in the United States to implant a multichannel cochlear implant that helps deaf patients hear sounds that can be interpreted as speech.
  • Since that time, more than 600 children and adults have received implants at UI Hospitals and Clinics.
  • Each year, we receive $5 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health to conduct research.
  • We have the largest NIH-funded center in the world devoted to cochlear implant clinical research and the only NIH clinical center for the study of cochlear implant technologies.
  • We were the world's first cochlear implant center to develop a new type of cochlear implant that combines residual acoustic hearing with cochlear implant technology that provides improved word understanding and near-normal appreciation of music.
  • We are the first and only hospital in Iowa to use a reconstructive surgical technique called distraction osteogenesis to aid patients of all ages with airway and craniofacial anomalies.
  • The Iowa Cleft Palate program was one of first established in the United States.
  • We led the nation's largest clinical trial for tinnitus (ringing in the ears) ever funded by the government.

Academic Departments that Provide Otolaryngology Care