What is an Otolaryngologist?

Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose and throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck.  They are commonly referred to as ENT physicians.  Since they are trained in both medicine and surgery, they do not need to refer patients to other physicians when surgery is needed, and can offer the most appropriate care for each individual patient.

What do Otolaryngologists treat?

  • Ears - Otolaryngologists are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), nerve pain, and facial and cranial nerve disorders.
  • NoseOtolaryngologists are expertly skilled at caring for the nasal cavity and sinuses.  This includes allergies, sense of smell, breathing through and the appearance of the nose.  About 35 million people develop chronic sinusitis each year, making it one of the most common health complaints in America. 

  • ThroatOtolaryngologists manage diseases of the larynx (voice box) and the upper aero-digestive tract or esophagus, including voice/communciation and swallowing disorders.
  • Head and Neck - Otolaryngologists are trained to treat infectious diseases, both benign and malignant (cancerous) tumors, facial trauma, and deformities of the face.  They perform both cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgery.