Head and Neck Surgery

Postgraduate medical education remains a primary focus of The Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery program. In addition to housing an accredited residency program in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the program also interfaces with residents in General Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine.

The Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery faculty members are world-class experts who specialize in the medical and surgical treatment of diseases of the ear, nose, throat and head and neck for adults and children. As sub-specialists, they focus their expertise on a specific aspect of ear, nose or throat health to give their patients the best care possible. Our Centers of Excellence include:

James Graham Brown Cancer Center's Multidisciplinary Head & Neck Clinic

The Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery faculty members play an integral role in The James Graham Brown Cancer Center's Multidisciplinary Head & Neck Clinic, which was the first of its kind in Kentucky. The team meets regularly to monitor the patient's progress carefully and to adjust the treatment plan as necessary. This approach ensures that patients receive the ideal combination of treatments and therapies. The clinic offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment approaches for advanced head and neck cancers. Ours is the third leading cancer program in the nation in accrual of patients to National Cancer Institute-based clinical trials for head and neck cancer. This means patients have access to the latest head and neck cancer therapies available throughout the country.

Robotic Head & Neck Surgery

Our otolaryngologists were the first in Kentucky to use the daVinci Robot to treat disorders of the head and neck. The robot enables surgeons to perform delicate operations with breakthrough precision. It provides the surgeons with exceptional vision, precision, dexterity and improved access to the treatment site. As a result, patients experience less pain and quicker recovery.

Skull Base Surgery Program

Members from the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and Communicative Disorders are part of a multispecialty team that comes together to treat skull base tumors. This team includes ENT (rhinology/neurotology) and neurosurgery, as well as neuroradiology, radiation oncology, medical oncology and pathology. We were the first in Kentucky to perform endoscopic minimally invasive skull base surgery.

Louisville Center for Voice Care

Louisville native Dr. Swapna Chandran directs the Louisville Center for Voice Care. It is the only voice disorders clinic in Kentucky, and one of just a few in the region. Dr. Chandran is a fellowship-trained voice ENT who established the center with the goal of addressing these problems for patients throughout the community and region.

Center for Hearing Loss & Balance Disorders

Dr. Arun Gadre leads our Center for Hearing Loss & Balance Disorders. Dr. Gadre is fellowship trained and has special expertise in Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery. Three expert audiologists have joined him to provide top-notch clinical care, education, and research related to deafness, hearing loss, and balance disorders.

Parathyroid Center

For more than three decades, our otolaryngologists have collaborated with surgical oncologists to provide the best possible treatment and care for patients with hyperparathyroidism. This includes using the most advanced, sophisticated technology and techniques to diagnose and treat each patient, as well as maintaining a comprehensive database of all patients treated. We were the first in Kentucky to offer a radio-guided and intraoperative parathyroid hormone assay program for hyperparathyroidism. Many of our patients are candidates for minimally invasive parathyroid surgery.