Division of General Otolaryngology & Sleep Surgery
The Division of General Otolaryngology and Sleep Surgery in NYU Langone Health’s Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery prepares future otolaryngologists to provide comprehensive medical and surgical care for adults and children with ear, nose, throat, and head and neck conditions, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
We train medical students and residents to be general otolaryngologists, specialists who are prepared to evaluate and treat patients with allergies, chronic sinusitis, ear infections, hearing loss, epistaxis, tonsillitis, and hoarseness. You also gain experience with procedures such as tympanostomy, tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, biopsy and excision of congenital neck masses, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, septoplasty, turbinate reduction surgery, sinus surgery, microlaryngoscopy, thyroidectomy, and parathyroid surgery.
During your training, you work closely with physicians and researchers in all otolaryngology and head and neck surgery divisions and other medical and surgical specialties to provide advanced, specialized, multidisciplinary care. This involves collaborating with NYU Langone’s allergists, audiologists, gastroenterologists, internists, medical sleep specialists, neurologists, physical therapists, pulmonologists, oral surgeons, and speech pathologists and NYU dentists.
Our faculty members lecture internationally on otolaryngology topics, serve on the education committees of national otolaryngology societies, and evaluate research articles for peer-reviewed otolaryngology journals.
General Otolaryngology and Sleep Surgery Education
Medical students and residents may rotate in general otolaryngology and sleep surgery faculty offices, see patients with attending physicians, and assist with surgeries performed in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.
Lectures in otolaryngology enhance your clinical experiences. As a medical student, you participate in an annual lecture that describes how to perform ear, nose, and throat patient histories and physical examinations. In biweekly hands-on clinical sessions, you apply these skills under faculty supervision. As a resident, you attend monthly Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery grand rounds and lecture series that touch on a range of general otolaryngology and sleep surgery curriculum topics.
Medical students and residents are encouraged to participate in general otolaryngology and sleep surgery research with our faculty. Recent research projects include a basic science study examining the etiology and pathogenesis of chronic tonsillar hypertrophy and a project focused on standardizing clinical hearing tests.
For the basic science project, our researchers are investigating the microbiology of tonsillectomy specimens to determine potential causes of chronic tonsillitis and hypertrophy. The clinical research project involves validating an alternative to the Weber test, called the “hum test,” to determine if this simple tool can distinguish sensorineural from conductive hearing loss.
General Otolaryngology and Sleep Surgery Clinical Services
General otolaryngologists and sleep surgeons at NYU Langone treat adults and children with ear, nose, throat, head, and mouth conditions.
Learn more about the wide array of services our team performs, including our approaches to hearing loss, tonsillitis and adenoiditis, deviated septum, chronic sinusitis, and obstructive sleep apnea in adults and sleep apnea in children.
We also collaborate with and refer cases to physicians from other otolaryngology and head and neck surgery divisions for cochlear implants, surgical procedures for head and neck cancer, acoustic neuroma management, anterior skull base surgery, and treatment of congenital airway abnormalities, facial trauma, and facial nerve paralysis. We collaborate with NYU Langone’s Robotic Surgery Center to perform surgery to treat obstructive sleep apnea.