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Sandra L Ettema, MD, PhD, CCC/SLP

Assistant Professor


Dr. Sandra Ettema, Assistant Professor of Surgery, specializes in laryngology which focuses on treating disorders of the larynx and voice. She also enjoys treating pediatric patients with head and neck issues and patients with head and neck cancer. Her general otolaryngology practice focuses on treating conditions, including disorders of the thyroid, sleep apnea and sleep disorders, sinusitis, voice, speech and swallowing disorders.

She graduated with honors with a degree in speech and hearing science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Ettema continued her studies at the University of Illinois, completing both a Master’s Degree and PhD in speech and hearing science while simultaneously completing her MD through the Medical Scholars Program. She then attended the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and completed her residency in otolaryngology in 2007. She ultimately completed a fellowship in laryngology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine under the direction of Gayle Woodson, MD.

Dr. Ettema returns to SIU School of medicine after practicing at Cottage Ear, Nose, and Throat in Galesburg, IL for 2 years. She enjoyed the small town atmosphere, her clinic and staff, as well as her patients but she missed teaching the medical students and residents and therefore has returned to the academic setting of SIU. Prior to completing her medical training, Dr. Ettema was an instructor and research assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science. Dr. Ettema also has extensive experience as a speech-language pathologist in which she treated patients with speech, swallowing, and voice disorders as well as treating head and neck cancer patients requiring alaryngeal speech rehabilitation.

Dr. Ettema is a member of several professional societies related to her field including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, American Academy of Otolaryngologic Allergy, American Rhinologic Society, American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her research interests include disorders of the voice and swallowing, disorders of sleep and cleft palate speech and swallowing.

Dr. Ettema is board certified in otolaryngology. Click here to hear more about her swallowing clinics.


Medical School: 
University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, IL
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI - Otolaryngology Residency and General Surgery Internship
SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, IL - Laryngology