ENT / Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Welcome to the web site of SIU Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, SIU School of Medicine. Our mission is to improve the health of people afflicted by diseases of the head and neck region through teamwork designed to provide optimal patient care, make new discoveries, and educate health care workers. The information outlined on our web site covers the key components of the program, each of which is important in order to achieve our mission.
Our physicians give expert clinical care covering all aspects of the specialty. In addition, most of the faculty have completed extra training as a sub-specialist. This enables us to provide patients with comprehensive programs in hearing and balance disorders, voice and upper airway disorders, Head and Neck Surgery, and reconstructive surgery. We are particularly proud of the world class research team based in our division.
Our investigators have made significant strides in the following areas of discovery: auditory and vestibular anatomy; pharmacology; physiology of taste and smell; Head and Neck Surgery clinical trials; tinnitus; and laryngology. In alphabetical order these are headed by Carol Bauer, MD; Richard Bass, MD; Don Caspary, PhD; Dana Crosby, MD, Sandra Ettema, MD, Pardis Javadi, MD, Matthew Johnson, MD, Arun Sharma, MD, MS and Leonard Rybak, MD, PhD;. It is also noteworthy that 8 otolaryngologists, 6 of whom are community-based, actively share their full-time practice to educate our trainees. Collectively, this unique interaction allows us to offer one of the best hands-on training experiences in the country.
We also strongly support the broader interests of medical education as well as research in medical education, an area in which our Department of Surgery and medical school are well recognized.
- SIU School of Medicine is conducting a research study to determine if people who suffer from tinnitus (ringing in the ears) detect silent gaps embedded in background noise differently from people with only hearing loss (no tinnitus). The purpose of the study is to assist researchers in developing better techniques for studying tinnitus.
If you are 18 to 75 and experience tinnitus every day, you may qualify to participate in this free study. If you do not have tinnitus but suspect you might have some hearing loss, you may also qualify to participate. If you are able to participate, you’ll be referred to an SIU Audiologist for a free hearing test, after which you may qualify for the “gap” hearing test.
The study takes 2-3 hours to complete and can be done all in one day or on 2 different days.
Jeremy Turner, PhD is the Principal Investigator for this study.
Please contact Deb Larsen, at (217) 545-8087, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to refer a patient.
- The Memorial Medical Center Foundation has awarded more than half-million dollars in grant money to health related organizations and initiatives in the central Illinois area. more...