The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery has a long and distinguished history highlighted by our commitment to innovation, our dedication to scholarship and education, and the leading role we have played in the advancement of the specialty.
The Eye and Ear Service for inpatients is organized by Emil Gruening, MD, who also treated nose and throat inpatients.
Emil Gruening, MD, performs the first mastoidectomy.
The first independent Otology Service in New York is established with the separation of Otology from Ophthalmology.
The first book on the inner ear is published in English by Isidore Friesner and Alfred Braun, The Labyrinth: An Aid to the Study of Inflammations of the Internal Ear.
The first residency program is organized by Isidore Friesner.
The first combined treatment for carcinoma of the nose and throat treats cases by “radiotherapy and electrosurgery.”
The first studies are conducted on CSF rhinorrhea and laryngeal lesions associated with hormone therapy.
The first histopathological studies of deafness are conducted.
The Otolaryngology Service is established with the merging of the Otology and Laryngology divisions.
Dr. Joseph Goldman is the first to be granted permission to include Head and Neck Surgery in the training program of the Department of Otolaryngology.
The Friesner Fund for Otolaryngology is established with a $1 million endowment. The First Friesner Research and Clinical Fellow is appointed.
The teaching program is initiated and comprises weekly grand rounds, a resident lecture series, otolaryngology radiology and otolaryngology-pathology conferences, journal club, and monthly staff conferences.
The first ENG laboratory is established.
The Department of Otolaryngology gives the first facelift faculty course in the United States.
The first cochlear implant is performed at Mount Sinai by Simon Parisier, MD.
The Communications Disorders Center opens the Biofeedback Center for the treatment of various speech, voice, and hearing disorders.
The first Microvascular Surgery Fellow is appointed.
Multidisciplinary clinical programs in cochlear transplantation and other hearing, facial nerve, and balance disorders are established.
The Grabscheid Voice Center collaborates with the New York Singing Teachers’ Association to become the first professional development group for vocal health.
Eric Genden, MD, performs the first jaw transplant in the United States. It was also the first jaw transplant ever to combine donor jaw with bone marrow from the patient.
Mount Sinai begins one of the first robotic surgical programs in the world for treatment of head and neck cancer.
Mount Sinai’s Head and Neck Cancer Research Program is chosen as the only site worldwide to lead the Advaxis vaccine clinical trial for patients with HPV-related oral and throat cancers.