Rhinology and Sinus Surgery
The Rhinology and Sinus Surgery Program provides comprehensive care for inflammatory, infectious, and neoplastic diseases of the sinus and nasal cavities. Our subspecialist physicians treat patients with a variety of sinonasal disorders, including:
- Chronic sinusitis and nasal polyposis
- Complex frontal sinus disease
- Septal deviation and turbinate hypertrophy
- Nasal obstruction
- Cystic fibrosis
- Smell disorders
- Sinonasal and skull base tumors
- Pituitary tumors
- Cerebrospinal fluid leaks and encephaloceles
- Inhalant allergies
Our multidisciplinary approach also incorporates the expertise of a number of subspecialties, including neurosurgery, ophthalmology, allergy/immunology, pulmonology, radation oncology, and hematology/oncology. We use state-of-the-art endoscopic equipment and advanced monitors. We provide complete management of the complicated patient and are the major referral center for Alabama and the surrounding regions for these disorders.
The Rhinology and Sinus Surgery program has also developed a productive basic science and translational research laboratory, led by Dr. Bradford Woodworth, who is a fellowship-trained sinus surgeon with a strong translational focus on research that will improve outcomes in patients suffering from sinusitis and other sinonasal disorders. He has produced over 20 peer reviewed publications in the last 2 years and has obtained over $1 million in research funding for these endeavors. Research interests of the faculty include outcomes of complicated frontal sinus surgery, novel surgical methods to improve cystic fibrosis related chronic sinusitis, and advanced techniques in skull base repair and tumor removal. Basic research interests include dysfunctional sinonasal epithelial ion transport, novel treatment strategies for chronic rhinosinusitis, and tobacco smoke-related effects on the mucociliary apparatus.
All of the clinical faculty members of the center are certified as Diplomates of the American Board of Otolaryngology.