Welcome from the Director

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Thank you for visiting the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery webpage. I hope you will find the content within helpful as we seek to provide information to our patients and to the academic community about our research, education, and clinical activities. Our Department is currently ranked in the top 40 by US News and World Report.

With 13 full time faculty members and 6 clinical faculty associates, areas of interest within the Department are as multiple and diverse as the field of otolaryngology itself.  These include head and neck cancer, facial plastics and reconstruction, voice and swallowing disorders, hearing and balance disorders, allergy and sinus disease, and pediatric otolaryngology, to name a few.  To support these activities, the Department has clinical specialists in speech pathology and audiology who enhance and enrich the patient care experience.  As a component of the larger UAB health systems community, we collaborate with faculty in related areas in neurosurgery, ophthalmology, pulmonology, and gastroenterology to provide innovative, interdisciplinary solutions to head and neck disease.

As the only accredited post-graduate residency program for otolaryngology in the state of Alabama, we proudly strive to prepare the future leaders of the field. Over the course of their rotations in Head and Neck Oncology, General Otolaryngology, Otology, the Veterans Administration Medical Center, and Birmingham Children's Hospital, residents amass an impressive amount of operative experience as they develop into fully independent clinicians. Required to engage in level-appropriate research each year, our residents are frequently presenters at national meetings and published in our specialty's leading journals. Additionally, we offer fellowship positions in Head and Neck Oncology/Microvascular Reconstruction and Pediatric Otolaryngology.

Our Department is dedicated to excellence in research. Our Department supports basic research in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cancer and rhinology/cystic fibrosis. The Department's basic science laboratories have over a million dollars in NIH grant funding and additional funding from other sources.  The Department also has numerous clinical trials to provide the latest treatments available to our patients.

We hope you enjoy the website and find out why our program here at UAB is ranked among the best in the country.



William Carroll, MD
George W. Barber, Jr. Professor of Surgery
Department Chair