Outreach Efforts

Outreach Efforts

The Vanderbilt Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery is a leader in local and international outreach mission work.

  • Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery is committed to global health. Our program has an over-20-year history of traveling to low-resourced areas of the world to provide integrated medical support and care to patients. On each outreach mission trip, our expert team works with local physicians and surgeons—in coordination with local ENT societies, local academic residency programs, and host hospitals—to train them in new surgical techniques while providing free medical care to community members.

    ​Every year, several humanitarian trips are led by Vanderbilt Otolaryngology physicians. Countries visited have included: Bolivia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Uganda. 

    For more information and a list of global-health-related publications, visit our Global Outreach page, or, for more information on our trips to Haiti, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda, visit More Than Medicine.

  • The Vanderbilt OtolaryngologyHead & Neck Surgery team is an active member of the Nashville community. From spirit days with the Nashville Predators to hosting local families for the annual Microtia and Atresia Educational Conference and Ear Community Summer Picnic, we take our commitment to the community seriously.

    Each April, a free head and neck cancer screening day takes place in the Odess Clinic. We are an invested community partner and dedicated to raising awareness about Otolaryngology conditions and treatment resources available at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

    To stay up-to-date on current community events, follow Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery on Twitter.

  • Nurse practitioners Anne Williford, Filipina Schnabel, and Courtney Zimmerman at Saint Mark’s Healthfair in Manchester, TN
  • Scott Stephan, MD at the Microtia and Atresia Educational Conference
  • Sarah L. Rohde, MD screens a patient at our annual free public head and neck cancer screening at the Odess Head and Neck Cancer Surgery Clinic
  • Melissa Tumblin from the Ear Community with musicians at the Microtia Picnic