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. Roland "Ron" Eavey, M.D. serves as the Director of the Bill Wilkerson Center and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

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

  • Consistently named by US New and World Report as one the Best Children's Hospitals in the nation; 10 of 10 pediatric specialties are nationally ranked
  • 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

  • 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