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ENT / Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Welcome to the web site of the Division of 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 and Leonard Rybak, MD, PhD;. It is also noteworthy that 12 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.

ENT / Otolaryngology News and Events

Matthew Johnson, MD, has joined the faculty of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of otolaryngology in the Department of Surgery. He is also a member of SIU HealthCare, the medical school’s practice group.

Before joining SIU, Johnson completed a facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship at State University of New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse (2015). He also completed an otolaryngology head and neck surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison (2014). Johnson earned his medical degree at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (2009) and his bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland in College Park (2004).

Johnson is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, the American Academy of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association and the American Rhinologic Society.  

A native of St. Paul, Minn., Johnson now lives in Chatham with his family.

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. The grant money, comprised of donations to the center as well as profits raised from fundraising, has been dished out to 30 projects. One of those organizations receiving a grant is Southern Illinois University's Hearing and Balance Clinic located in Springfield. The clinic provides medical services to adults and children with hearing disorders teaching them how to communicate effectively. Caroline Montgomery is a listening and spoken language specialist with SIU Healthcare who works in the clinic. more...