ENT telehealth is here to stay

Dr. Bradley meets with a patient during a telehealth visit

To ensure patient safety amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Otolaryngology swiftly introduced telehealth, enabling patients to see their providers via phone, tablet and computer.  But now, even as new measures make office visits safe, telehealth is a service that is here to stay. “As we move forward, there will be certain types of […]

Remote testing introduced for cochlear implants

Remote checking is now available for cochlear implants

Cochlear implant patients now have a way to improve their ability to hear without making a trip to the audiologist. Using a simple iPhone app, patients with the Cochlear Nucleus 7 Sound Processor can answer a few questions, take a photo of their implants, and share that information instantly with their audiologists who can then […]

Thermi offers youthful appearance without surgery

For patients seeking a more youthful appearance, non- or minimally-invasive rejuvenation procedures are becoming more and more popular. Thermi® is one sought-after option offered by Emily Spataro, MD, John Chi, MD, and Gregory Branham, MD, in the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery within the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University. Thermi® is radiofrequency […]

Treating cancer in the shadow of COVID-19

While clinical activities at Barnes-Jewish Hospital have ground to a near halt due to COVID-19, the Department of Otolaryngology’s head and neck surgeons remain as busy as ever, treating cancer patients who can’t afford to wait. Some of those patients come from hundreds of miles away because their own hospitals shut down surgical efforts completely. […]

Responding rapidly, our clinicians start offering telehealth

The ambulatory practice of otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine had an abrupt change on March 23, when the majority of our upcoming scheduled patients were cancelled.  Safety of the patients, staff and community was paramount given the advancing threat of COVID-19.  Everyone involved in clinical care was instrumental in making this happen.  We moved from seeing […]

Mobile hearing/speech clinic serves St. Louis at-risk children

Children at risk for hearing and speech disorders can’t always access the clinical evaluation and follow-up care they need. A new mobile hearing and speech clinic helps solve that problem for the greater St. Louis area. The new mobile hearing and speech clinic was delivered to St. Louis Children’s Hospital Feb. 20. The unit is […]

Our doctors are among the first to offer Osia for hearing loss

Otolaryngologists at Washington University School of Medicine are among the first in the Midwest to implant the Osia System to improve hearing for patients with conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss, and single-sided sensorineural deafness. During an early introduction of the new system this winter, Jacques Herzog, MD, Cameron Wick, MD, and Craig Buchman, MD, […]

Improving patient access

Dr. Dunsky with pediatric patient

The Department of Otolaryngology is working hard to improve the patient experience. Allison Ogden, MD, is heading the “Patient Access” committee and reports on the group’s progress to make every phase of the patient experience better. What is the project to expand access?  “Patient access” in the ENT Department means that patients should see the […]

Speech-language pathologists help patients regain function

Some of the greatest difficulties that accompany head and neck cancer is the loss of speech and swallowing ability. Basic functions of communication make us feel human and connect us with others, so their loss can be devastating. Our team of specially trained speech-language pathologists (SLP) helps adults with speech and swallowing rehabilitation after head […]