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Otology Group

Vanderbilt Otology

The Vanderbilt Otology Service is a premier center for treatment of ear disorders and an international destination for patients seeking personalized, advanced care for hearing loss, skull base tumors and other related conditions.

Michael E. Glasscock III, M.D., FACS founded the Otology Group in 1974, then in 2004, the Otology Group merged with the Department of Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center to become The Otology Group at Vanderbilt. This merger combined the legacy of the Otology Group with excellence in research, education, and patient care found at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

The Otology Group at Vanderbilt treats diseases related to the ear, hearing and balance.

We are world leaders in our field for many reasons, including:  

  • Neurotologic tumor experience: We have treated over 3,000 patients with acoustic neuromas and other skull base tumors.
  • Our surgeons have over 15,000 cases' worth of ear surgery experience.
  • We were one of the first 12 sites worldwide to investigate auditory brainstem implants in patients with deafness due to neurofibromatosis type 2 (bilateral acoustic tumors).
  • The Otology Group at Vanderbilt has been the source of over 600 medical papers, book chapters and scientific contributions. 
  • Michael E. Glasscock III, M.D., FACS was the founder of the American Journal of Otology, now known as Otology & Neurotology. This journal is arguably the most cited periodical in the world for ear-related disorders.

Conditions Treated

Hearing-related Conditions

Balance-related Conditions


John S. Odess Clinic for Otolaryngology - (map)
For appointments: 615-322-6180
Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center
1215 21st Ave.
Medical Center East, South Tower, 7th floor
Nashville, TN 37232

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