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Ears, Nose, and Throat (ENT)

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Otolaryngology refers to the diagnosis and treatment of the head and neck, including diseases, disorders, and abnormalities of the ear, nose, and throat. At University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, our otolaryngology patients receive truly exceptional care—advanced treatments that draw from the clinical, research, and training programs of one of the top otolaryngology departments in the world.

For nearly two decades, the UI Department of Otolaryngology has been consistently ranked among the top three in the nation out of more than 1,200 ear, nose, and throat hospitals. Since 1981, we have pioneered the development and use of cochlear implants to restore hearing loss. We performed our first pediatric cochlear implant procedure in 1987; since then, more than 250 children have received cochlear implants at Iowa.

As a leading National Institutes of Health-funded research program, we are at the forefront of new knowledge in otolaryngology—from developing next-generation devices to pinpointing the genetic causes of deafness to exploring new treatments for inner ear disease and hearing loss. In addition, our training programs and long-established expertise in this specialty make us a valuable clinical resource for hospitals and other care providers around the world.

Our interdisciplinary care teams in pediatric otolaryngology—physicians, certified otolaryngology nurses, audiologists, speech pathologists, physical therapists, and others—diagnose, treat, and manage a variety of conditions that affect children of all ages, including:

  • Hearing impairment
  • Congenital or late-onset airway abnormalities unique to children
  • Head and neck tumors, including treatment for hemangiomas and lymphatic malformations
  • Rhinitis and sinusitis—our pediatric otolaryngology care team specializes in endoscopic sinus surgery for children
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Speech, swallowing, voice, and language issues
  • Recurrent and chronic salivary gland problems
  • Common pediatric conditions such as ear infections (otitis media) and chronic tonsillitis

Our care teams also work with other UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital specialists, including colleagues in gastroenterology, pulmonary and allergy, endocrinology, oncology, neurology, and neonatology.

Leaders in otolaryngology. Cutting-edge research. Proven clinical excellence. It’s the most comprehensive, family-focused ear-nose-throat care available in the state—or anywhere. That’s what families have come to expect at Iowa, and that’s the care they receive at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Our otolaryngology services are also available for patients and families at UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing. Located at the Coralville interchange on Interstate 80 (exit 242), Iowa River Landing offers patients easy access, free parking, several amenities, and a state-of-the-art building for delivering outstanding patient care.

Patient Stories

  • Back in Black: One Kid Captain's unlikely return to the field

    Kelby Telander an Iowa Hawkeye player When Kelby Telander took to the field at Kinnick Stadium as a Kid Captain during the program’s first season in 2009, he thought it was a once-in-a-lifetime shot.Read more
  • Reshaping baby’s future

    Megan Kane being held by her mother Craniosynostosis is a birth defect in which one or more of the seven fibrous joints in a baby’s skull—called sutures—is prematurely closed. This limits the space needed for brain and skull growth and often leads to craniofacial malformationsRead more
  • Kendra Hines

    Kendra Hines, portrait Kendra was born with Down syndrome, and began having breathing issues as a baby. At two months old, she stopped breathing in the middle of the night and was rushed to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital where she underwent surgery to remove excess skin around her airway. Pediatric specialists at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital also discovered that Kendra stopped breathing an average of 9 times a night, leading her to use a CPAP machine. Read more
  • Hearing for the first time

    Nile Kron, photo March 22, 2019 was a life-changing day for 2-year old Nile Kron and his family. Named after Iowa Hawkeye Football legend, Nile Kinnick, Nile's hearing has been impaired since birth. But today, his cochlear implants were turned on allowing Nile to hear his parents' voices for the first time. Read more
  • Parent Blog: Nicole Schneeberger

    Nicole Schneeberger's son, photo "I really would like to thank the pre-op and post-op staff from the operating room and on the 9th floor who cared for my son during such a scary time. They were truly amazing and I can’t thank them enough for being top-notch." -Schneeberger Scheeberger Read more

Locations and Contact

  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    21291 Pomerantz Family Pavilion
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    In House Directions: Elevator L, Level 2
    • 1-319-356-2201
  • UI Health Care—Iowa River Landing
    105 East 9th Street
    Coralville, Iowa 52241
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 1-319-467-2000
    • 1-855-467-3700