O-HNS Quick Facts

Quick Facts:
Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is the parent institution and headquarters for the Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences

The Center is composed of:

The Vanderbilt University Medical CenterMonroe Carell Jr. Vanderbilt Children’s HospitalVeterans Affairs HospitalVanderbilt Medical School, and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery research facilities are all on the same clinical campus.

aerial view of VUMC


Vanderbilt University Medical Center Hospital

  • #1 adult hospital in Tennessee and Metropolitan Nashville
  • Frequently places on the U.S. News and World Reports Honor Roll in multiple specialties, including otolaryngology
  • Level one trauma center that consistently ranks among the premier academic hospitals in the United States
  • Over 1100 beds serving the adult population
  • More than 60 operating rooms, providing outpatient and inpatient services
  • Contemporary Critical Care Tower housing multiple dedicated intensive care units
  • Over 100,000 ED visits, 60,000 surgical cases, and 2.2 million ambulatory visits per year
  • 70 hospitals in a clinically integrated Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network
  • Vanderbilt LifeFlight provides exceptionally skilled front-line emergency care, among the highest in the nation
  • Over $600 million awarded to VUMC for biomedical research


Monroe Carell Jr. Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital

  • Named top pediatric hospital in Tennessee and the Southeast by U.S. News & World Report
  • Designated as 1 of 4 Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Centers in the state
  • 400+ trained physicians representing more than 30 pediatric and surgical specialties
  • 343 beds serving the pediatric population, with room to grow
  • 24 operating rooms, providing outpatient and inpatient services
  • Dedicated Level 4 neonatal and pediatric intensive care units
  • Over 49,000 ED visits, 17,000 surgical cases, and 330,000 ambulatory visits per year
  • Doctors Office Tower within the hospital houses Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery clinics – allowing for easy transition between inpatient and outpatient care

Children's Hospital  


Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences

  • 150,000 square feet space housing the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences
  • A collaborative effort of a nationally top ranked Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery department/residency program, Audiology program (#1), and Speech Pathology program (#1)
  • ~600 individuals who provide care, teach, perform research, and create outreach for Otolaryngology and Hearing & Speech patients
  • 42 state-of-the-art exam rooms, each uniquely designed to optimize subspecialty care within Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • 15 Audiology booths and comprehensive vestibular testing centers
  • Houses the Mama Lere Hearing School and Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute
  • Residents' suite fitted with computers and private call room/bathroom
  • Temporal Bone Lab with 12 drilling stations that can be accessed by residents and fellows at any time

photo of Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center

Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

  • More than 40 physician faculty
    • Pediatric Otolaryngology: 9
    • Head and Neck Cancer: 7
    • General: 5 (including 1 at VA)
    • Otology/Neurotology: 5
    • Laryngology: 4
    • Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery: 5
    • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: 5
    • Sleep Surgery: 1
  • Largest training program in the United States (25 residents and 9 fellows)
  • Patients treated from all 50 states and numerous countries with a particularly high volume encatchment area across the Southeastern United States (Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Indiana, Virginia, North Carolina)
  • Over 60,000 outpatient visits and 9,000 surgeries per year
    • Over 800 new head and neck cancer visits per year, with ~150 free flap surgeries per year
    • Highest volume cochlear implant center in the United States
  • Dedicated research faculty that carry out basic science, clinical, and animal research