About Us

Welcome to the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, and thank you for visiting our website! The department has a rich, 130-year history of leadership in our field that is built on the foundations of academic medicine: patient care, research, training, and service. Our past leaders include luminaries in the field of Otolaryngology such as Greenfield Sluder, MD, Theo Walsh, MD, Joseph Ogura, MD, John Fredrickson, MD and most recently Richard Chole, MD, PhD. Even from our earliest days, prior to the inception of the McMillan Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital (circa 1943), excellence has been an integral part of the department’s fabric. A look at former faculty and program graduates reveals many of the true innovators in our field. While we remain humbled by our beginnings and past achievements, we choose not to rest on our laurels. Rather, we aspire to further our commitment to improving patient’s lives by leading our field and its clinical application.

Today more than ever, we are driven to provide the highest quality, cutting edge patient care that is both safe and effective. Our Washington University Physicians and Team, together with our Honor Roll Award winning hospital-Barnes Jewish Hospital (U.S News, 2015-16), are second to none in tackling the full spectrum of conditions involving the ear, nose, throat, head & neck. Our basic, translational and clinical research programs are remarkable, providing answers to a variety of relevant questions that build on our foundations of knowledge, lay the groundwork for future clinical trials, and provide cutting-edge patient solutions. Our educational programs for medical and graduate students, physicians in training, and established practitioners are committed to creating a culture of life-long learning that firmly establishes our next generation of leaders in the field. Our residency program is highly rated by all metrics, providing balanced training across the clinical subspecialties and unique opportunities for growth and development as clinician scientists (see T32 training grant) and educators. We are most proud that these activities are ongoing in a work culture that values collegiality, inclusiveness, diversity, and mutual respect. The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis is a really outstanding place!

We hope you enjoy looking through our website to become better acquainted with our past, present, and those who are forging our future. We encourage you to contact us or come visit if you would like to learn more.


Craig A. Buchman, MD
Lindburg Professor and Head