Our Story

Our Story

The Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery program has been impacting patient's lives since 1986. We're one of the busiest specialty otolaryngology practices in the country, offering cutting-edge treatment options, innovative research, and internationally-known faculty, physicians, and surgeons. We're proud of our distinguished history and how the program has grown from its early days into an internationally recognized otolaryngology center of expertise. Our story is unique to our program, just like each of our patient's stories are unique to them. It's our goal to learn each patient's story - and to help them make new ones.

Collaborative, Multidisciplinary Patient Care

The Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery team knows that together, we can do so much more. We work side-by-side with experts from other fields to create a culture that is innovative, collaborative and compassionate. We offer multidisciplinary and comprehensive care to all patients, expanding treatment options and expertise for the best possible outcome.

Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery is one of the busiest programs in the nation. We perform thousands of surgeries each year, including cochlear implants - a technology we pioneered - as well as the removal of complex tumors like vagal schwannomas, facial reconstructive surgery, and complex airway reconstruction. Our patients also receive access to the latest advances in technology and medicine through a robust roster of clinical trials.

Innovations in Research and Technology

In 2020, Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery ranked second in the nation for the National Institute of Health (NIH) funding, receiving more than $10 million in research grants. In addition to being a national leader in otolaryngology research, our program also collaborates with a variety of Vanderbilt specialties, such as Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Vanderbilt Hearing and Speech Sciences, and the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering.

Our location in the heart of Nashville is a perfect fit with The Vanderbilt Voice Center - a specialty clinic that diagnoses and treats a wide range of vocal issues and is home to one of the busiest spasmodic dysphonia practices in the country. Our Laryngology and Professional Voice team also works closely with the Music Cognition Lab, a program that focuses on the relationships between music, language, and social development. Reyna Gordon, PhD, leads the Rhythm & Grammar Group and recently was awarded a $2.3 million NIH Director's New Innovator Award.

Prestigious Academics Program

Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery is one of the most prestigious fellowship programs in the country. Each year, we welcome 25 residents and nine fellows to learn, collaborate, and become future leaders in the Otolaryngology field. Our fellows have a unique opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge from some of the best researchers, physicians, and surgeons in the world. Vanderbilt Otolaryngology is partnered with the Vanderbilt Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences whose graduate programs in audiology and speech-language pathology are both ranked #1 in U.S. News and World Report.

Dr. Roland Eavey, former Director of the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, worked with his expert team to create a leadership training program for Otolaryngology residents. This program has received national attention and Dr. Eavey and his team were invited to The United States Military Academy in West Point, NY to discuss leadership in residency training.

Community and Global Outreach

At Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, our team is committed to giving back to the local Nashville community, sharing knowledge and expertise with fellow otolaryngologists across the nation, and spearheading international global outreach efforts.

Our program has a celebrated history of paying it forward. We are proud of our Nashville roots and take an opportunity to participate in local events. Our global outreach commitment is an opportunity for faculty and fellows to offer free medical care to underprivileged communities throughout the world. Additionally, our outreach team trains local physicians to help expand the scope of care they can provide patients in the community.