Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery



Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery is one of the two departments that comprise the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center. We are committed to doing things differently - with distinction. Our faculty and staff work together to create a collaborative environment, expanding innovative research, providing multidisciplinary patient care, and employing exceptional surgical techniques. Our world-class faculty, physicians, and surgeons are recognized as healthcare leaders in Otolaryngology. Our specialties include:

Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery is proud to be ranked as one of the top Otolaryngology programs in the nation. We have some of the busiest and highest-volume surgical clinics in the country, frequently working across specialties to ensure our patients receive unparalleled care.

Patient Care

At Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, our Taking Care of You Philosophy and compassionate health care professionals make patient care our highest priority. We actually say, "Thank you for letting us take care of you today!"

Education and Training

Healthcare continues to evolve quickly. Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery's Resident Training Program remains committed to staying at the forefront by training future leaders in the otolaryngology field. Additionally, Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery offers extensive fellowship training in our otolaryngology specialty groups.

Research and Clinical Trials

Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery was the first national institution to perform robotic cochlear implants. We offer innovative clinical trials and make groundbreaking research discoveries.

Meet the Chair: Roland "Ron" Eavey, MD, SM

Ron Eavey Welcome to Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery! As guardians of our communication organs, we assist you with the vital human interaction abilities which influence your entire life journey. Our superb faculty members care for patients from all 50 states and many foreign countries. We have developed an intentional “Taking Care of You” philosophy and we thank you for letting us take care of you! Our surgeons are nationally and internationally renowned. We provide a huge volume of outpatient and surgical care.

The word “doctor” means both “teacher” and “leader.” We developed a decade old Residency Leadership Training program that has been noted by both the New England Journal of Medicine and the Harvard Business Review. Our teaching methodology emphasizes an active team learning style over traditional lectures. We are proud of not only our large cohort of residents (25) but also our six fellowship training programs (9 fellows). Our culture for training is one of “family”, with easy accessibility to our stellar faculty, and excellent camaraderie among us all.

Our research portfolio – embellished by a strong university-wide Discovery ecosystem – puts us typically in the top three to five programs for NIH funding. Our PhDs and clinician scientists create a range of investigative programs from image-guided cochlear implants to music cognition to novel COVID-19 investigations. All of our residents have six months of protected research time. We invest also in a sturdy clinical trial portfolio.

Our outreach efforts span the globe – from inside Nashville to multiple continents.

We are excited to serve you, no matter in what capacity. Thank you for visiting our website.

All the very best!

Roland “Ron” D. Eavey, MD, SM

Director, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences
Guy M. Maness Professor and Chair Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Executive Medical Director, Vanderbilt Employee Health Plan
Executive Medical Director, Vanderbilt University Medical Center Office of Population Health