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Department of Otolaryngology

With a focus on patient-centered, comprehensive care, specialists in the Department of Otolaryngology at Rush offer the full range of services for adult and pediatric patients with conditions of the ear, nose, sinuses, larynx, head and neck, tracheobronchial tree and esophagus.

“There isn’t a problem in these areas that we can’t handle,” says Paul J. Jones, MD, acting chairperson of the department.

Comprehensive Medical and Surgical Services

With subspecialties including pediatric otolaryngology, neurotology, head and neck surgery, nasal and sinus surgery, and reconstructive surgery, otolaryngologists at Rush diagnose, evaluate and treat patients with the following:

  • Balance disorders
  • Ear conditions
  • Head and neck trauma
  • Head and neck tumors
  • Hearing loss, including profound hearing loss requiring cochlear implants
  • Nasal and sinus disorders
  • Salivary gland disorders
  • Skull base tumors (treatment offered in collaboration with the Rush Department of Neurological Surgery)
  • Sleep disorders
  • Throat and voice disorders
  • Thyroid conditions

When patients require surgical or interventional procedures for the diagnosis or treatment of these conditions, otolaryngologists at Rush use minimally invasive transoral, transnasal or supraorbital techniques whenever possible.

Compared with more invasive procedures, these techniques shorten recovery time and lessen the risk of infection, disfigurement and damage to facial nerves and muscles.

Collaboration Across the Medical Center

Otolaryngologists at Rush work closely with audiologists and speech-language pathologists in the Section of Communicative Disorders to treat patients with speech, hearing and swallowing problems. Thanks to their wide-ranging expertise, these physicians also collaborate with a variety of other specialists across the Medical Center.

For example, at The Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Head and Neck Cancer Clinic, head and neck surgeon Thomas J. Nielsen, MD, works with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and neurosurgeons to provide the highly specialized treatments required by patients with these rare tumors.

Similarly, at the Rush Comprehensive Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center, Phillip LoSavio, MD, works with allergists and pulmonologists to treat patients for these interrelated conditions. In particular, LoSavio focuses on medical and surgical treatments for sinus issues, and identifying and treating coexisting conditions such as paradoxical vocal cord movement, vocal cord paralysis, benign growths, congenital narrowing and external compression of the airways.

In addition to collaborating with other specialists, otolaryngologists at Rush collaborate with each other in an effort to streamline patient care. “Our focus is always on the patient,” Jones says. “So if a patient could benefit from seeing multiple specialists within our department, those specialists will try to see that patient at a single visit, even if it’s not part of an established clinic.”


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