The University of Washington, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery continues its mission to provide excellence in leadership in all aspects of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery by teaching, undertaking research, and providing exemplary clinical practice in the broad field covered by our discipline. As we welcome 2012, it is important to first reflect on the great accomplishments in the Department over the past year.
We completed the final stages of our new Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Center at the University of Washington Medical Center in the fall. This was celebrated with a wonderful ribbon cutting ceremony and heartfelt comments from William Gates, Sr., who is also a member of the University of Washington Board of Regents, and patient’s Melvin Wagner and Nancy Zylstra. We were also honored to have participation and comments by Dean and CEO of UW School of Medicine, Paul Ramsey; Chief Health System Officer of UW Medicine, Johnese Spisso; and UW Medical Center Executive Director, Steve Zieniewicz. This new facility has more than doubled our footprint at the University of Washington Medical Center and provides a state of the art space for our patients to receive the highest quality and personalized care possible. It is also a wonderful environment for faculty, staff, and trainees to interact in a cohesive manner.
The opening of the Seattle Children’s Ambulatory Center in Bellevue has been a tremendous boon to our ability to provide efficient and expedient care to all children in the region and provide convenience and access to patients and their families. The Pediatric Otolaryngology Division has become a centerpiece of this facility and activity continues to grow on a monthly basis.
The Department has also expanded its educational outreach in the region with faculty led efforts in programs including an Otolaryngology Update for Primary Care in the Annual World Voice Day Symposium organized by Tanya Meyer, MD.
Eduardo Mendez, MD and Amit Bhrany, MD directed the Annual Pacific Northwest Head and Neck and Thyroid Cancer Symposium with Namou Kim, MD. Greg Davis, MD led the Annual Pacific Northwest Endoscopic Sinus Course.
Course Directors Amit Bhrany, MD; Greg Davis, MD; Kris Moe, MD and Maya Sardesai, MD, chaired the Second Annual Lesley Watson ISIS Resident Lecture and Surgical Dissection Course which brought together residents from not only otolaryngology but also ophthalmology, oral surgery, plastic surgery, and dermatology. The course provided participants the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge in sinus surgery and facial plastic reconstructive surgery.
Our faculty are also illustrated in the UW Medicine 2010/2011 Report to the Community for their innovations in head and neck robotic and skull base surgery.
UW Otolaryngology research efforts continue on a broad front with robust work and grant activity on a wide variety of hearing related topics, outcomes studies in sleep surgery, rhinology, head and neck cancer, and sinus and skull base surgery, molecular and genetic profiles of oral cavity cancer, and vascular and lymphatic malformations.
Our Department is well positioned to continue to grow in all areas of otolaryngology in the coming year. The results of our efforts in clinical practice, outcomes, translational research, and otolaryngology education are lending themselves toward new therapeutic strategies and improved treatment outcomes. We have the highest quality of individuals, facilities, and institutional backing to carryout our mission. The commitment and efforts of our faculty, staff, residents, fellows, and friends of UW Otolaryngology make this all happen every day of the year. It is a privilege and honor to be Chairman of this amazing group and I look forward to great success in the coming year.
Neal D. Futran , MD, DMD
Allison T. Wanamaker Professor and Chair
Director of Head and Neck Surgery
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery