Course Catalog

Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Courses       3 Clerkships

Robert K. Jackler, MD

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Courses given in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery have the subject code OTOHNS.

The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery does not offer degrees; however, the department accepts graduate students as advisees for study and research. Undergraduate students may arrange individual research projects under the supervision of department faculty.

The Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery is dedicated to providing the highest level of training through the use of cutting-edge technologies, interactive and progressive learning methods, access to state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories, regular presentation opportunities, and mentoring programs. The department also houses basic research laboratories in molecular biology, neural regeneration, and wound healing-biomaterials.


Preclinical instruction: directed reading and research opportunities are available under the direction of individual faculty members. An annual seminar series is available to expose preclinical students to the field of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery, including its subspecialties and commonly performed procedures.

Clinical instruction provides students with a broad experience in the complete range of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery subspecialties, including exposure in both the clinic and the operating room. Students are exposed to the techniques of examination of the ear, nose, pharynx, mouth, larynx, and neck. They have clinical experiences with the hearing and vestibular system, maxillofacial trauma, facial plastic surgery, pediatric otolaryngology, head and neck cancer, rhinology and skull base surgery, sleep surgery, voice and swallowing disorders, allergy, as well as the more routine problems such as otitis media, hoarseness and chronic sinusitis.


The Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery residency program is a balanced five-year program, including a one-year general surgery internship, with emphasis on training residents in all areas of otolaryngologic practice. The Stanford University Medical Center, Veterans Administration Palo Alto Medical Center, Kaiser Santa Clara and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center are used for training. Each hospital has an active, full-time clinical otolaryngology teaching staff. Our mission for residency training is to:

• Provide patient care with both expertise and compassion
• Foster dedication to life-long learning and teaching
• Excel at state-of-the art medical care for patients with otolaryngological diseases
• Take an investigative approach to the scientific and policy questions in medicine
• Invent new approaches to diagnosis and therapy
• Implement and optimize emerging technologies
• Be active world citizens in the provision of health care to those most in need


Programs in head and neck oncology (one or two years), facial plastic surgery (one year), laryngology & bronchoesophagology (one year), neurotology & skull base surgery (two years), pediatric otolaryngology (one year), rhinology & advanced sinus surgery (one or two years) and sleep surgery (one year) offer further training for those individuals interested in advanced subspecialty practice and academic careers.


The PROFICIENT program is designed to offer candidates an integrated research experience in basic science together with post-residency subspecialty clinical instructor/fellowship training in preparation for a career as a surgeon-investigator. This training schema is considered on an individual basis for all of our seven post-residency training programs. PROFICIENT fellows will be actively engaged in research for their entire two to three years and will have 50% protected research time. A primary goal is to develop a productive line of research to enable receiving a K-08 mentored research award to bring to the fellow’s initial faculty appointment.


Stanford Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery has had a longstanding legacy of international medical missions. The faculty and residents have been serving across the globe caring for the underprivileged in Asia, Central and South America, South Pacific, and Africa. The objectives of these missions are on one hand to contribute to the wellbeing of the less-fortunate, and on the other to disseminate knowledge and expertise amongst the local physicians.


Postdoctoral Training opportunities are available. For information, refer to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs home page at or the departmental home page.


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