The Mount Sinai Department of Otolaryngology

Since Dr. Emil Gruening performed the first complete mastoidectomy at Mount Sinai over 130 years ago, we have become recognized internationally for our expertise and innovation in the management of head, neck, and skull-base cancer and in minimally invasive and endoscopic head and neck surgery.

Our dedication to scholarship and education sets us apart from other academic medical centers. Since Mount Sinai introduced the residency training program in otolaryngology in 1923, more than 250 residents and 50 fellows have graduated the training program, with many of them going on to lead departments, head divisions, and establish respected clinical practices in the community. An innumerable number of landmark manuscripts, books, and instructional courses have been the products of Mount Sinai staff and residents in training.

Mount Sinai has also played a significant role in the advancement of the specialty. Where head and neck surgery was once the domain of the general surgeon, thanks to the perseverance of Mount Sinai's Dr. Joseph Goldman, the Otolaryngology service was granted permission to include head and neck surgery in its training program in 1956. Similarly, in 1974, the first facelift course in the United States was given by the Otolaryngology Department at the Icahn School of Medicine. Such events have been instrumental in establishing the diverse clinical experience that contemporary otolaryngologists enjoy today.

Since 2005, the Department of Otolaryngology at Mount Sinai has undergone and expansion and renaissance. The recruitment of faculty in the areas of head and neck surgery, otology, laryngology and basic and translational research, have positioned the Department for the future. Multidisciplinary programs in sinus and allergy, hearing and balance, voice and swallowing, and head and neck oncology serve as the cornerstone for future growth. This focus has resulted in clinical and scientific advances including the development of a robotic surgery program, endoscopic skull base surgical program, and a minimally invasive laryngology program. With an institutional focus on cancer programs and translational research, the Department has become one of the most successful programs in the medical school.

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Tel: 212-241-5944

Annenberg 10th Floor
One Gustave L. Levy Place
Box 1189
New York, NY 10029-3136