Research Activities

We will be significantly expanding our research activities in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, in both clinical and basic science research.

Current Activity

Areas of current active interest include otology and neurotology, rhinology and sinusitis, pediatric otolaryngology, head and neck oncology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, and laryngology. Examples of current and recent studies include the use of hyperbaric oxygen in sensorineural hearing loss, treatment of cerebrospinal fluid leak, the role of fluid intake after adenotonsillectomy, study of ciliary function in neonates, study of novel techniques for treatment of epistaxis, genetic analysis of patients with chronic sinusitis, novel approaches to endoscopic skull base surgery, outcome after computer-assisted endoscopic sinus surgery, and effect of sinus surgery on voice parameters, among others. In addition, there are numerous research collaborations with other departments, including Neurology and Neuroscience, Neurological Surgery, Radiology, Medical Oncology, Pulmonary Medicine, etc.

Future Activity

We will expand outcomes and clinical research throughout the department. Outcomes research includes the study of quality of life, functional status, and other aspects of treatment that are not measured using traditional medical tests. Outcomes research includes the development of new instruments to assess quality of life, prospective, cross-sectional and retrospective studies of treatment outcomes, and the assessment of other factors that impact outcome, such as comorbidity and disease severity. In addition, we will expand our clinical (patient-based) research in all areas of the department as well – expanding on existing strengths and building new ones. We will also develop basic science research within the department. This expansion will occur along with the Medical College's major planned expansions in research, which will include brand-new state of the art research facilities on the York Avenue campus. This basic research within the Department will be collaborative with areas of activity and expertise within the College, such as neuroscience, genetics, neurophysiology, or cell biology. Finally, we will work with the development office to develop a research endowment for the department, to sustain the quality and quantity of the research enterprise.

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