The Department of Otorhinolaryngology has a broad vision for research, with specific programs dedicated to the study of head and neck cancer, diseases of the hearing and balance mechanisms, the skull base area, pathology of the nose and paranasal sinuses, wound healing, and pediatric disorders.
These programs are ongoing at both the basic science level (defining the mechanisms underlying specific disease processes) and at the clinical level (developing new strategies for therapeutic intervention). Translational research efforts build upon a strong molecular and technical foundation to bring laboratory innovations into clinical practice, with carefully designed monitoring strategies in place to fuel further advancement.
Cutting-edge research, such as using a robotic-assist device to remove head, neck and thyroid lesions, is one way the department continues to move forward in advancing patient care.
Success of both basic science and translational initiatives is predicated on the development of intrainstitutional collaborations within Mayo Clinic, as well as through corporate and government alliances.
Ultimate success is measured by standard means, such as publication record and funding, and through the most important metric: the positive impact the department can have on patients' lives.