Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery and Sleep Surgery

Taking Care of You: Rhinology, Skull Base, and Sleep Surgery

The Vanderbilt Rhinology, Skull Base, and Sleep Surgery team has extensive training and experience in the management of sinus diseases. As national leaders in the field, we understand the full scope of issues that can affect the sinuses, including complex conditions. We create comprehensive patient care plans including diagnostic imaging, allergy and asthma testing, and both in-office and advanced surgical care.

If you are interested in our Sleep Surgery team click here.

Patient Care Excellence

Some complex conditions require additional expertise and skill, so our team works closely with the allergy and immunology specialists in the Asthma, Sinus, and Allergy Program (ASAP). We also work with the otolaryngologists in the Smell and Taste Center, neurologists, neurosurgeons, ophthalmologists, and physicians who specialize in pituitary disorders, sleep surgery, and skull base tumors.

Our specialists treat many nose and sinus problems medically. However, certain conditions can require surgery as part of the treatment plan. Our goal is to use minimally invasive procedures whenever possible, which gives patients shorter recovery times and fewer complications. Our team is often able to perform same-day minor surgical procedures in the office.

Conditions We Treat

  • Nasal allergies
  • Airway obstruction
  • Nasal polyps
  • Nasal and sinus tumors
  • Nasal and sinus congestion
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Smell and taste issues
  • Deviated septum
  • CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) leaks
  • Skull base and primary tumors

Treatments and Services

  • Sinus surgery (advanced and revision)
  • Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery
  • CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) Leak Repair
  • Balloon sinuplasty
  • Drug-eluting stents and implants
  • Turbinate reduction
  • Septoplasty
  • Rhinoplasty (in collaboration with Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery)
  • Office-based Endoscopic Procedures

Innovations, Awards, and Technology

Rhinology service faculty are Principal Investigators for multiple NIH funded grants and externally funded grants from Epic Games and The American Academy of Sleep Medicine Foundation.

Over the past year, abstracts submitted by our service to national and international scientific meetings have won Top 10 awards on four separate occasions, including "Top Abstract".

Both Dr. Justin Turner and Dr. Naweed Chowdhury are recipients of the Top Reviewer distinction from the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology.

Dr. Rakesh Chandra was named editor-in-chief of Ear, Nose & Throat Journal. Dr. Turner is the Associate Editor of the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology.


To refer a patient to the Vanderbilt Rhinology team, please call (615) 322-6180.

Selected Publications

Vanderbilt publications

Chandra Named Editor of Otolaryngology Research Journal (VUMC Reporter November 14, 2019)

Rakesh Chandra, MD, professor of Otolaryngology and chief of Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been appointed editor-in-chief of Ear, Nose & Throat Journal, a monthly publication that highlights scientific research relevant to clinical care in the field of otolaryngology. To continue reading... 

Directorships Honor Leaders, Philanthropic Partners (VUMC Reporter April 25, 2019)

On April 16, Vanderbilt University Medical Center held its second Directorship Celebration to honor 10 leaders from across the enterprise in clinical care, research, education and administration. To continue reading...

Scientific, peer-reviewed articles

(bolded names held primary faculty appointments in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the time of publication)