Department and Faculty
The Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery/Audiology at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona includes a diverse group of specialists in the field of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery. The department handles more than 16,000 outpatient visits a year and performs approximately 9,500 procedures, in addition to 1,200 hospital-based operations. The department performs all of its own reconstructive surgery.
The department includes experts in these specialties:
- Otology and neurotology
- Head and neck cancer surgery
- Microvascular reconstructive surgery
- Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery
- General otolaryngology
- Medical otolaryngology
- Oral and maxillofacial surgery and traumatology
Faculty members from the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery/Audiology collaborate with other specialists in audiology, speech and swallowing therapy, ophthalmology, pediatrics, neurosurgery, dermatology, allergy and immunology, pulmonary medicine, endocrinology, radiation oncology, and many others. Through this collaboration, the department offers comprehensive and excellent care for patients with disorders involving the head and neck.
In addition to caring for patients in clinical practice, Mayo Clinic's faculty is committed to teaching and facilitating the growth of medical knowledge. Many of our faculty members have published and lectured extensively and are highly regarded in their fields. You work closely with these individuals throughout your training in the Otolaryngology Residency.
Michael Hinni, M.D.
Stephen Bansberg, M.D.
Brent Chang, M.D.
Nicholas Deep, M.D.
Richard Hayden, M.D.
Brittany Howard, M.D.
William Karle, M.D.
Devyani Lal, M.D.
David Lott, M.D.
Amar Miglani, M.D.
Thomas Nagel, M.D.
Peter Weisskopf, M.D.
The department invites two or three prominent guest lecturers each year to present. Guest professors also are frequently invited to participate in departmental courses.
From the department chair
Welcome to the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix Arizona. Established in 1987, Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix has experienced significant growth. Similarly, the Department of Otolaryngology has evolved into a world-class tertiary care referral center with robust patient care, diverse educational opportunities including four training programs and high-quality research.
Proposed in 2006, the Otolaryngology Residency accepted its first PGY-1 resident in 2007. There are two residents a year and each is indoctrinated into the Mayo model of care, functioning as a critical member of the care team. Education occurs in a preceptor environment where each resident works one-on-one with a single fellowship-trained faculty member.
We operate on the quarterly system with each rotation being three months in length. This enables a lengthy and highly focused experience in all aspects of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. At the conclusion of four years, residents should be able to practice in a semi-independent fashion, tailoring the chief resident experience to prepare for a chosen career.
While it is our primary commitment to create safe, competent, compassionate general ENT surgeons, a majority of our graduates have entered postgraduate fellowship training, with half entering academic practice. Three of our graduates to date have been hired on to our staff here at Mayo Clinic. The clinical care is supported by eight physician assistants whose support permits residents to focus on clinical care and surgery with reduced clerical and computer burdens.
We have built robust research activities within our department, including an active laryngotracheal transplantation and head and neck regenerative medicine research lab as well as an aerospace medicine lab. The faculty are all salaried physicians with no productivity incentives. This allows our world-class faculty to focus on the needs of the patient and on teaching the next generation of physicians. Our faculty members put on numerous continuing medical education activities yearly here in the heart of Arizona and elsewhere. Trainees further have the option to experience international medicine with many traveling overseas for extended trips.
Mayo Clinic's three shields — patient care, education and research — serve as the foundation for our program. Education, a critical shield, is one to which we here at Mayo Clinic are devoutly committed. We would welcome a chance to get to know you better and share with you what we have to offer and what, with the input of our excellent resident physicians, we are continuing to build.
All the best,
Michael Hinni, M.D.
Chair, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Arizona
Professor of Otolaryngology