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Message From the Chairman

Pete S. Batra, MD, chairperson, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

Welcome to the Rush Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery website.

It is my great pleasure to report that U.S. News & World Report has ranked our program No. 24 nationally and No. 1 in Illinois — our highest ranking to date. Further, our program has had the highest ranking in the tristate area (Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin) each of the past three years. This recognition speaks to the outstanding quality of our team and their commitment to excellence in patient care, teaching and research for disorders of the ear, nose, throat, head and neck region.

The past five years have seen tremendous growth in our department. Our clinical care team now comprises 14 otolaryngologists, 10 audiologists and five advanced practice providers at Rush University Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital. With future growth, our vision is to bring this exceptional care directly to our patients in their home communities. In October 2018, we began offering ENT services at Rush South Loop; Ryan Smith, MD, who joined Rush in August after completing his facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship at Johns Hopkins, serves as director of this site. We will also be expanding to the Rush Oak Brook Surgery Center starting in January 2019. This location will be our anchor site to the western suburbs, offering comprehensive general and subspecialty otolaryngology services.

One of the hallmarks of our clinical mission is to deliver multidisciplinary, patient-centered care for otolaryngology disorders by collaborating with specialists across the Rush system. This has served to elevate the care for complex conditions, while providing a platform for research and education. I am excited to report that we launched the Rush Center for Airway Diseases on October 1, 2018. This unique program provides coordinated care for interrelated sinus, allergy, asthma and sleep conditions. With nationally recognized expertise in these areas, we are poised to provide unparalleled care for these chronic conditions.

Our other clinical programs include the following:

  • Auditory Implant Program (Mark Wiet, MD, Director)
  • Acoustic Neuroma Program (Mark Wiet, MD, Director)
  • Center for Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery (Pete Batra, MD, and Richard Byrne, MD, Co-Directors)
  • Facial Nerve Disorders and Rehabilitation Program (Peter Revenaugh, MD, Director)
  • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Program (Peter Revenaugh, MD, Director)
  • Head and Neck Cancer Program (Kerstin Stenson, MD, Director)
  • Pediatric ENT Program (Jill Jeffe, MD, Director)
  • Pediatric Aerodigestive Program (Jill Jeffe, MD, Director)
  • Professional Voice Program (Inna Husain, MD, Director)
  • Rush Sinus Program (Pete Batra, MD, and Bobby Tajudeen, MD, Co-Directors)
  • Sleep Surgery Program (Phil LoSavio, MD, Director)
  • Thyroid Cancer Program (Brian Kim, MD, Director)
  • Transoral Robotic Surgery Program (Samer Al-Khudari, MD, Director)
  • Voice, Airway, and Swallowing Program (Inna Husain, MD, Director)

Research continues to thrive in the department, with 43 active prospective and retrospective research studies spanning the breadth of the specialty. Our patients have access to innovative clinical trials in areas of head and neck cancer, chronic sinusitis and sleep apnea. The Head and Neck Cancer Program and Center for Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery have partnered with Tempus in an effort to provide precision medicine to our cancer patients — a collaboration that enables us to obtain genomic sequencing on cancer tissue, empowering our surgeons and patients to make data-driven therapeutic decisions.

Our educational program has never been stronger. The residency program has full continued accreditation through 2025. With the growth in educational opportunities, the residency program expanded this past year to two residents per year. We have also introduced tracks for Global Health and Masters in Clinical Research to train the clinicians of tomorrow. And for the past two years, we have been proud to host internationally recognized faculty at our CME course, Rush Update in Otolaryngology. Dedicated to the study of contemporary issues in our specialty, this comprehensive two-day program has been highly successful, drawing practicing otolaryngologists from across the country.

On a personal note, I am humbled to have the opportunity to lead this remarkable team. There is no question that their commitment and pursuit of excellence has helped us become the center of choice — in Illinois and regionally— for otorhinolaryngology – head and neck surgery.

Whether you are a patient, physician or student, I hope you will find information on our website helpful. 

Thank you for visiting us.

Yours Sincerely,

Pete S. Batra, MD, FACS
Stanton A. Friedberg, MD, Chair in Otolaryngology
Professor and Chairman
Co-Director, Rush Center for Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery
Section Head, Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Rush University Medical Center