Patient Care

Growing to serve more patients

To enhance patient care and access, the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University is growing.  By the end of 2020, we will be able to serve adults and children all the way from Jefferson County to North County and from West County to Illinois.

CAM reno - Jill Firszt, PhD and Laura Holden

Jill Firszt, PhD, and Laura Holden take a break while moving into their new offices in the CAM.

“Better clinical spaces, more locations and additional talented faculty and staff all will help us to improve patient care,” said Craig Buchman, MD, FACS, Lindburg Professor and head of the department.

Over the past three years, clinical growth can be seen in:

  • The addition of 8 clinical faculty
  • The addition of 17 clinical staff
  • Increased patient visits of nearly 10%
  • 5% increase in surgical cases

Over the past three years, we’ve completed a number of expansions and improvements:

  • The clinic in the Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM) expanded into Suite B, bringing that space to about 11,000 square feet – August, 2019.
  • We began providing patient care at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in Town & Country – September 2018.
  • We integrated Dr. Jacques Herzog’s Center for Hearing and Balance Disorders clinic located at St. Luke’s Hospital – September 2017.
  • We began serving patients at the CAM South County location in July, 2017.
CAM reno - Tim Holden locked in booth

Tim Holden prepares a new sound booth to receive cochlear implant patients.

There is more clinical growth coming soon. We have plans to:

  • Add five new clinical faculty over the next one to two years
  • Expand to Christian Hospital NE – January 2020
  • Move our two Barnes-Jewish West County clinical suites into one new location in the newly constructed Medical Office Building #4 – March 2020
  • Provide pediatric care in Jefferson County, off Richardson Rd – March 2020
  • Move our Jefferson County pediatric service to the new St. Louis Children’s Hospital Specialty Care Center in South County – early 2021