Vanderbilt Otolaryngology

Our otolaryngologists at Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center offer advanced, comprehensive care for the full spectrum of ear, nose and throat-related disorders. Whether you need routine care or a complex surgery, we combine the expertise of many different specialists to provide you with personalized care.

Conditions We Treat

We treat a full range of disorders affecting the ear, nose and throat. The medical conditions we most commonly treat include:

  • Airway stenosis
  • Allergies
  • Congenital airway abnormalities
  • Ear deformities
  • Facial nerve disorders, including paralysis
  • Hearing loss
  • Sinus disorders
  • Sinus tumors
  • Skull base tumors
  • Thyroid tumors
  • Vocal cord disorders

Tests, Treatments and Services

Our specialists may recommend one or more tests to inform your diagnosis and personalized treatment plan. The most common tests and treatments we offer include:

  • Audiogram
  • Auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing
  • Combined atresia-microtia surgery
  • Electromyography
  • Endoscopic laryngeal surgery
  • Endoscopy
  • Facial nerve transfer surgery
  • High-resolution diagnostic imaging
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Laryngotracheal reconstruction
  • Nasal airway surgery
  • Overnight sleep studies
  • Skull base tumor surgery
  • Swallowing tests
  • Tracheal resection surgery
  • Vocal therapy

Otolaryngology: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Highly skilled specialists: Our team of doctors and surgeons are nationally recognized as leading experts in their field. With extensive specialized training, they are uniquely prepared to diagnose, treat and manage the full spectrum of ear, nose and throat-related disorders.
  • Advanced technology. The John S. Odess Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery Clinic offers the most advanced technology and surgical techniques available. Our surgeons perform many complex surgeries, including removal of rare tumors called vagal schwannomas, to facial reconstructive surgery.
  • A team approach: Our team works with experts in other medical disciplines, including audiologists, physical therapists, sleep medicine specialists and many others to provide you with individual care that addresses your unique needs.
  • Advanced research and treatments: Our specialists pioneer new and better approaches to care for ear, nose and throat disorders. As the only academic medical center in Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt offers access to clinical trials investigating new treatments before they are widely available elsewhere.
  • Unique voice services: Our Voice Center is staffed by a team of laryngologists, voice-specific speech-language pathologists and singing voice specialists. Together, we offer comprehensive voice care, including consultation and vocal training. The Voice Center also diagnoses and treats a variety of complex swallowing and airway disorders.
  • Professional voice services: Musicians from all over the world come to Vanderbilt for care because of our proven outcomes. We won’t drop names, but we guarantee you would recognize many of the singers we have worked with to restore their voices to their best sound.
  • Depth of experience: In 2018, our team performed more than 450 adult and pediatric procedures to treat laryngeal (voice box) and tracheal (windpipe) conditions. As one of the busiest complex airway reconstruction programs in the nation, our high volume of procedures translates into expert care for you.
  • Microtia and atresia care: Vanderbilt is one of only two medical centers in the nation that offer combined microtia and atresia surgery. We perform customized ear reconstruction using 3D modeling to treat congenital birth defects of the ear.
  • Expert second opinions: We provide second opinions to help you make more informed and confident decisions. Our opinion takes your medical history, tests, treatments and personal preferences into account.


Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center
Medical Center East, South Tower
1215 21st Ave. S., 6th-9th floors 
Nashville, TN 37232
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Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Franklin
919 Murfreesboro Road
Franklin, TN 37064
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Vanderbilt Children's Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Otolaryngology
2200 Children's Way, 7th floor
Nashville, TN 37232
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For Referring Physicians

To refer a patient to Vanderbilt Otolaryngology, call (615) 322-6180.

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