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Otolaryngology Residency Program

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The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery of the Emory University School of Medicine sponsors an ACGME-accredited residency that matches four applicants per year. The program provides residents with the outstanding opportunity to work with highly qualified faculty in both the operating room and high volume patient clinics. All of the subspecialties are represented in our faculty, including head and neck surgery, otology/neurotology, rhinology, allergy, skull base surgery, laryngology, pediatrics, facial plastics, and sleep medicine.

Residents rotate at numerous hospitals in the Atlanta area, including tertiary care academic practices at several Emory Healthcare hospitals; pediatric services at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta; one of the largest public hospitals in the Southeast, Grady Memorial Hospital; the Atlanta VA Medical Center located near the Emory campus; and private/community practices.

In addition to practical clinical experience, the program has a strong didactic curriculum. Weekly grand rounds are attended by the entire department and feature prominent local, national, and international speakers. Frequent didactic sessions provide education in basic and clinical sciences. Each year, there is a dedicated temporal bone course in our 12-station temporal bone laboratory as well as rhinology and facial plastics resident dissection courses. Patient care conferences include head and neck tumor boards, thyroid tumor board, radiology conference, pathology conference, and professors’ rounds. Residents also attend numerous educational meetings and courses in the Atlanta area and nationwide.

The Department encourages residents to engage in meaningful research. In addition to the dedicated research block that is a component of the PGY-4 year, participation in clinical research is endorsed during any year or rotation. Residents may choose to do their research block in one of the Department’s various laboratories or in one of the many research programs affiliated with Emory that are housed within the basic science departments of Emory University School of Medicine, Winship Cancer Institute, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Georgia Institute of Technology, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Department is deeply committed to giving our residents the type of training that will allow them to pursue their post-graduation goals and ambitions. Many of our former trainees have advanced to prestigious subspecialty fellowships, academic practice, and excellent private practices around the country.

We look forward to meeting you in person and showing you what we are building at Emory.


Sarah K. Wise, MD, MSCR
Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Residency Program Director

Douglas E. Mattox, MD
William Chester Warren, Jr., MD Chair & Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery