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Our otolaryngologists at Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center offer advanced, comprehensive care for the full spectrum of ear, nose and throat-related disorders. Whether you need routine care or a complex surgery, we combine the expertise of many different specialists to provide you with personalized care.

Conditions We Treat

We treat a full range of disorders affecting the ear, nose and throat. The medical conditions we most commonly treat include:

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    Airway stenosis
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    Congenital airway abnormalities
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    Ear malformations
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    Facial nerve disorders
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    Facial nerve paralysis
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    Hearing loss
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    Sinus disorders

Why Choose Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt

  • Skilled clinicians

    Our doctors and surgeons are nationally recognized as leading experts in their field. With extensive specialized training, they are uniquely prepared to diagnose, treat and manage the full spectrum of ear, nose and throat-related disorders.

  • Latest technology

    The John S. Odess Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery Clinic offers the most advanced technology and surgical techniques available. Our surgeons perform many complex surgeries, including removal of rare tumors called vagal schwannomas, plus facial reconstructive surgery.

  • Team approach

    We work together to ensure that you receive the comprehensive care you need. Our team members collaborate with each other, as well as with experts in other medical disciplines, to provide you with individual care that addresses your unique needs.

  • Advanced care

    As part of an academic medical center, we are leaders in caring for the most complex conditions. Our commitment to research means that you receive the most current, advanced treatment available.

  • Unique voice services

    Our Voice Center is staffed by a team of laryngologists, voice specific speech language pathologists and singing voice specialists. Together, we offer comprehensive voice care, including consultation and vocal training. The Voice Center also diagnoses and treats a variety of complex swallowing and airway disorders.

  • Professional voice services

    Musicians from all over the world come to Vanderbilt for care because of our proven outcomes. We won’t drop names, but we guarantee you would recognize many of the singers we have worked with to restore their voices to their best sound.

  • Knowledge and experience

    Our experienced surgeons perform more than 450 adult and pediatric procedures a year to treat laryngeal (voice box) and tracheal (windpipe) conditions. Our depth of experience translates into expert, comprehensive care for you. 

  • Innovation in microtia and atresia care

    Vanderbilt is one of only two medical centers in the nation that offer combined microtia and atresia surgery. We perform customized ear reconstruction using 3D modeling to treat congenital birth defects of the ear.

  • Second opinions

    A second opinion can help you make the best decisions. We review your medical history, diagnostic tests, any previous treatments and your personal preferences to provide you with an informed opinion.

Tests, Treatments and Services

Our specialists may recommend one or more tests to inform your diagnosis and personalized treatment plan. The most common tests and treatments we offer include:

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    Hearing tests (audiogram)
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    Auditory brain stem response (ABR)
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    Combined atresia-microtia surgery
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    Endoscopic laryngeal surgery
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    Facial nerve transfer surgery
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    High-resolution scans