An excerpt from the Annual Chair’s Message by Dr. Robert Jacker:

Robert_Jackler_MDStanford Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (OHNS) is special. We are blessed with a warm and collegial culture among our community of 286 faculty, trainees, and staff. We strive for, and achieve, excellence in all of our core missions: clinical care, education, and research.  In clinical care, we have depth, breadth, and high levels of expertise in all of the specialty areas of contemporary OHNS.  We enjoy the finest clinical facilities at Stanford and cutting edge technology in our clinics and operating rooms.   Our remarkable group of clinician-scholars in training ensures a bright future for our field. Our peerless basic and translational science faculty are both immensely creative and highly productive.


Stanford OHNS Research Overview:   Stanford is a research intensive school of medicine and we are a research intensive department.  Our commitment to basic and translational research is well illustrated by the growth of our annual research budget from under $5,000 (2003) to over an estimated $10 million in 2017.  We have some 12,000 sq. ft. of research space with our major laboratory in the Edwards building and additional facilities in Lokey Stem Cell, Grant, and CCSR buildings.  All will coalesce into the new Biomedical Innovations Building starting construction this year with anticipated occupancy in late 2019.

In late 2016, departmental faculty have more than 64 competitive extramural grants and are principal investigator on 11 NIH R-01s, U01, 2 DoDs, a CIRM award and 18 industry grants.  Our basic science research community consists of 110 faculty, post-docs, researchers, students and other trainees.

At our 7th annual research retreat in October, the entire department participated and each of our faculty presented their research plans for the coming year. Both extramural funding and philanthropy remain strong.  Trainees present their research progress as part of our annual graduations ceremonies each June.

The central theme of Stanford OHNS basic and translational research is to seek a better understanding of diseases in our field and inventing new therapies. Our research group, which is a mixture of basic scientists and surgeon – scientists, enjoys numerous collaborations throughout Stanford bioscience and technology. A major thrust of our research is to overcome hearing loss through regenerative means. To achieve this goal we have created the Stanford Initiative to Cure Hearing Loss, which is a long term, goal oriented, multidisciplinary research effort. (Heller, Ricci, Oghalai, Cheng, Mustapha, Chang, Grillet, Blevins, Fitzgerald, Jackler, and Minor)

Clinical Programs …

In our Otology-Neurotology Division located in the Stanford Ear institute, Chief Nikolas Blevins is a renaissance surgeon handling all aspects of ear care and microsurgery.  He and I along with our two very capable medical otologists Drs. John Shinn and George Shorago see most adult patients.  Matt Fitzgerald, Chief of Audiology, oversees a large group of audiologists who provide diagnostic and rehabilitative services.  The Children’s Hearing Center, lead by Dr. John Oghalai, includes Drs. Kay Chang and Alan Cheng.  Our very active cochlear implant center includes 4 surgeons (Drs. Blevins, Chang, Cheng, and Oghalai).

In our Comprehensive Otolaryngology Division faculty members Jennifer Lee and Uche Megwalu expertly manage a wide spectrum of otolaryngology medical and surgical diseases.   Jennifer has a special interest disorders of the Eustachian tube and has now performed many endoscopies and balloon therapies of this structure.


New Facilities:  Biomedical Innovations Building:

          Future home of OHNS Research Laboratories in 2019












–– Robert K. Jackler, MD  Sewall Professor & Chair  (December 10, 2016)

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