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Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery at Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where our dynamic and growing clinical and research programs encompass all aspects of ear, nose, throat, and head and neck care.  Our staff is dedicated to providing exceptional care for our patients and to continually improving that care through research discoveries and innovations. We are equally committed to educating the next generation of specialists in the field of Otolaryngology.

World-class patient care and quality service lie at the very core of our mission. Our nationally recognized faculty and our superb administrative and clinical team collaborate closely, with the goal of providing comprehensive, personalized care for local, national and international patients with ENT disorders. From routine ear infections to complex head and neck cancers, we are fully committed to quality and service at every level of patient care.

Columbia University is known around the world for its unmatched research environment. The Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery is integrated with many of the basic science departments on campus, with joint programs in engineering, neurosciences and cancer biology. Our growing research faculty is committed to pushing the boundaries of basic and translational science in these areas, with involvement of clinicians at all levels.

We are equally proud of our educational training program. The otolaryngology residency—a joint program with Weill Cornell Medicine and associated with the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center—offers one of the nation’s premier training environments. With its outstanding mix of clinical education, research exposure and academic opportunity, the program is as suitable for those interested in pursuing an academic career as it is for those who wish to become private practitioners.

The year 2017 is an exciting one for the Columbia Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery.  Our capacity for patient care continues to expand with our practice site in Riverdale, as we add new clinical sites in Westchester County.  Our midtown presence will also be extending to a new site on 880 3rd Avenue that will house the Facial Aesthesis Center and the Voice Center. These changes, along with a number of new faculty recruits over the next several years, will help us meet the future needs of our patients and bring us to the forefront of our research endeavors.

These are exciting times for the Columbia Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery. As we grow, we will continue to emphasize the three pillars of our mission: outstanding clinical service, excellent education, and ground breaking research. I thank you for visiting our department and we welcome you to visit us at one of our many locations.

Lawrence R. Lustig, MD
Howard W. Smith Professor and Chair
Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery