Patient Care

Comprehensive medical and surgical care for our patients is provided by our 23 clinical faculty physicians in our six specialty clinics located in the Texas Medical Center. 


Our patient care is rooted in a strong tradition of biomedical research into the special sensory systems (hearing, balance, smell, and taste) as well as the other organ systems of the head and neck.  The interaction between our research faculty and the clinical faculty stimulates new developments in both clinical care and additional areas of research. 


We are currently training 25 otolaryngology residents, two pediatric otolaryngology fellows, and one neurotology fellow.  Many of our former residents and fellows have gone on to academic positions, and 16 have become, or are currently, department chairs.

The department also provides educational opportunities for medical students and postgraduate biomedical scientists.   


The Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck surgery history dates back to 1962 with the first full-time faculty member Bobby R. Alford, M.D. He made significant contributions to the growth of the department. Read more about the department history.