Department and Faculty

The Department of Otorhinolaryngology at Mayo Clinic is one of the largest groups in this specialty in the world. The department handles more than 80,000 patient visits a year and performs approximately:

  • 2,000 head and neck surgical procedures
  • 1,800 otologic surgical procedures
  • 1,000 outpatient operative procedures
  • 1,500 rhinologic and sinus procedures

The department performs all of its own reconstructive surgery.

At Mayo Clinic, the Department of Otorhinolaryngology is divided into experts in the specialties of:

  • Otology and neurotology
  • Audiology
  • Head and neck cancer surgery
  • Pediatric otorhinolaryngology
  • Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Rhinology and sinus disorders
  • General otorhinolaryngology
  • Medical otorhinolaryngology

Department members collaborate with other specialists in audiology, speech and swallowing therapy, ophthalmology, pediatrics, neurosurgery, dermatology, allergy and immunology, pulmonary medicine, and oncology. Through this collaboration, the department offers comprehensive and excellent care for pediatric and adult patients with disorders involving the head and neck.


In addition to caring for patients in their clinical practices, Mayo Clinic's faculty members are committed to teaching and facilitating the growth of medical knowledge. Many faculty members have published and lectured extensively and are well-regarded in their fields. Residents have direct access to these individuals throughout the training program.

Advisers and mentors

Each resident is assigned a staff mentor to review progress and career goals. Mentors meet with trainees periodically throughout the entire residency program to ensure that their educational needs are being met.

Visiting professors

The department invites two or three prominent guest lecturers each year to present to the staff and residents. Guest professors also are frequently invited to participate in departmental courses.

Oct. 18, 2016