Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery became a department in the Emory University School of Medicine in 1998. Starting with just seven faculty members and eight residents, Emory Otolaryngology has experienced steady growth and now boasts 30 clinical and research faculty and 20 residents working at six different sites around Atlanta. The Department's goals are fully aligned with those of the School of Medicine and Emory Healthcare: to provide excellent patient care, educate young physicians and the community, and engage in discovery of new understanding and treatment of human disease.
As the only academic otolaryngology program in a city of 4.5 million people, the Department remains extremely active with tertiary care of head and neck, otology, rhinology and allergy, voice and swallowing, and facial aesthetics. In addition to collaborative efforts with other departments throughout the School of Medicine and the University, the Department has taken the opportunity to forge active partnerships with the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Cancer Society.
The growth of the Department has led to increased clinical depth at five major hospitals. Our adult outpatient activity is centered at Emory University Hospital Midtown, our seven-faculty pediatric otolaryngology practice is based at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) at Egleston, and we have active services at Emory University Hospital, Grady Memorial Hospital, and the Atlanta Veteran's Administration Medical Center (VAMC). The strength of these new and previously untapped educational opportunities supported the growth of the residency program. The Residency Review Committee approved an increase to 20 residents (four per-year for five years) in 2015. Our growth and development have resulted in our scoring at the very top of our match list for incoming residents for the last several years.
After a slow transition over several years, outpatient activity for all of the Department's adult patients was relocated to the Medical Office Tower at Emory University Hospital Midtown in 2012. Each of the divisions has state of the art equipment and facilities to care for the particular needs of their patients, including the Emory Voice Center; Sinus, Nasal, and Allergy Treatment Center; and our Head and Neck, Laryngology, and Otology Services. Pediatric care is rendered at the Pediatric Otolaryngology Service at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery is offered at the Emory Aesthetic Center.
All of the growth in our facilities and our residency program is matched by having superb faculty to teach, engage in research, and provide excellent clinical care. We have been able to attract and keep talented individuals in every area of Emory Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. It has been my privilege to steward this dynamic group for the past 17 years, and I look forward to more growth and development. Despite the challenges that exist in healthcare today, particularly in academic medicine, we see a bright future ahead for our Department as we continue developing our leadership skills, serving our patients in new and innovative ways, and training the next generation of academic and private practitioners of otolaryngology.
Douglas E. Mattox, MD
William Chester Warren, Jr., MD Chair and Professor
Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery