Broad Experience Means Better Care
Ohio State has maintained an exceptional reputation for our head and neck cancer expertise for decades, having one of the highest-volume programs in the country. Behind the scenes of life-changing oncology procedures, our ENT specialists are leading the way in research and clinical breakthroughs in a broad range of ear, nose, throat, head and neck problems.
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The department averages more than 180 cochlear implants and over 200 microvascular head and neck reconstructions per year. For Ohio State College of Medicine students, residents and fellows, more experience means greater confidence, enhanced skills and, ultimately, an increased ability to provide excellent patient care.
The opportunity to participate in such a high-volume program, combined with the department's trajectory of growth, brings researchers and clinicians from around the world to Ohio State's dynamic Columbus campus. "We attract the top otolaryngology residents and fellows in the country," Dr. Rocco says. "They could go anywhere, but they choose to work with us."
The impact of the Otolaryngology department is readily seen through Ohio State's medical students. This past year, 12 Ohio State students selected and successfully matched into otolaryngology programs across the country. For such a competitive subspecialty, this is an "amazing achievement," shares Dr. Rocco, which he attributes to the quality of Ohio State's medical students, and the outstanding faculty and residents of the department and their commitment to mentoring.
In 2018, the department residency program had its best match year ever, matching all four residents from their top seven candidates on the match list with the College of Medicine – rivaling the numbers of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. Recruiting exceptional talent in both the clinical and research divisions remains a top priority for the department. Recruiting exceptional talent in both the clinical and research divisions remains a top priority for the department.
Enhanced Learning Benefits Patients With Leading-Edge Care
Unique otolaryngology research and teaching focus keeps patients at the forefront, with vast clinical trial opportunities and streamlined patient care. Through weekly multidisciplinary tumor board screening sessions, Matthew Old, MD, division director of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, works with cross- functional clinical and research teams to determine patient eligibility for the latest trials.
Dr. Old revels in the vision that has come to life for his team on the 21st floor of Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. "We're all right down the hall from each other," he says. "Patients are here, and so are the clinicians and researchers working on their treatments. It's truly unique." Dr. Old says bringing the teams together both physically and collaboratively has allowed for more fruitful patient care, treatment and clinical trials.