Department Chair's Welcome

I am pleased to welcome you to the website for the University of Arizona Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.   We are the newest department at the University of Arizona College of Medicine with a growing academic and clinical program.  We offer advanced educational training for current and aspiring otolaryngologists, conduct ground-breaking research in our scientific laboratories, and provide expert comprehensive otolaryngology care for patients throughout Arizona and the Southwest.  I invite you to explore our website and meet our dedicated team of faculty, residents and staff.                                

The Section of Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Arizona was initially started nearly 40 years ago, but the program has not been continuous (learn about the history of Otolaryngology at the UA).  Most recently, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery was established as a Division within the University of Arizona Department of Surgery by Dr. Alexander Chiu in 2010.  Over the next 4 years, the otolaryngology program under Dr. Chiu’s able direction grew rapidly to 8 full-time clinical and 3 research faculty.  In October 2014, the Arizona Board of Regents approved a new Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery within the College of Medicine in Tucson. An otolaryngology-head and neck surgery residency program received accreditation from the ACGME in 2013. A fellowship in Rhinology/Skull Base Surgery was established, and the first fellow started in July 2015.

Today, our clinical programs are thriving, with fellowship-trained subspecialty care in all aspects of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Our physicians work closely with colleagues from speech/language pathology, audiology, radiation therapy, medical oncology, neurosurgery, allergy and others, to optimize clinical outcomes and provide a positive patient experience.  We offer many cutting-edge treatment options and access to innovative clinical trials that are not available elsewhere in Arizona. Our research programs are robust, with pioneering studies of drug development for hearing loss, sinus and upper airway inflammatory diseases, and critical analysis of best practices for patient education.  Currently, we rank 33rd for NIH funding among 106 academic otolaryngology departments in the country.  

Our team exhibits a true sense of commitment to service, teaching, and research that is blended with a vibrant, family atmosphere.  As we consider all that has been accomplished here in the past 6 years, we are excited about the future.  We will continue to expand our active research programs with plans for a new focus on head and neck cancer. In July 2016, we reached our full complement of 5 residents, and we look forward to our inaugural resident graduation ceremony in June 2017.  Plans are well underway for our 5th Annual ENT in the Desert CME conference, to be held February 16-18, 2017 at the Loews Ventana Hotel and Resort.  I invite you to come learn with us, and join us as we continue our journey to become one of the premier Otolaryngology programs in the country.

Steven J. Wang, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery