Ears, Nose, and Throat

Otolaryngology boy in green shirt

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

  • Ethan Craig: from pediatric patient to pediatric doctor-in-training

    Ethan Craig as an adult

    "I remember watching the doctors and thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if I could do what they do?’” Read how Ethan's experience as a pediatric patient led him to a career in medicine.Read more

  • Kinzie Hemann

    Kenzie Hemann portrait

    Days after her first birthday, Kinzie was diagnosed with von Willebrand disease Type 3, a genetic blood disorder caused by a missing protein, which leaves her blood unable to clot. Type 3 is the most serious of the von Willebrand disease diagnoses, as symptoms include severe and spontaneous bleeding episodes.Read more

  • Madelynn Higbee

    Madelynn Higbee portrait

    Madelynn was referred to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital in July 2014 after being diagnosed with two large masses of fluid that had built up in her neck. The non-malignant masses, known to be caused by the abnormal development of the lymphatic system, caused obstructions in Madelynn’s esophagus, making it difficult for her to swallow and breathe.Read more

  • Maree Scholl

    Maree Scholl portrait

    Maree was playing at a neighborhood park with her friends and cousins in June 2013 when a 17-foot wooden pole came loose from the playground equipment and hit her on the head. Her skull was fractured in four places and was flown by helicopter to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital. Doctors weren’t sure if Maree would survive, and if she did, there were concerns about brain injury, facial movement, and her ability to walk and talk.Read more

  • Saving Residual Hearing

    Jack Family Kernels Game

    Jack was born with moderate to severe hearing loss. By age 9, his hearing began to decline significantly. Read his story.Read more

Locations and Contact

  • Iowa City, Iowa

    Otolaryngology Clinic

    21291 Pomerantz Family Pavilion
    In House Directions: Elevator L, Level 2
    UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, IA 52242
    Contact
    • Phone: 319-356-2201
  • Coralville, Iowa

    Pediatric Specialty Services (IRL)

    UI Hospitals and Clinics–Iowa River Landing
    105 East 9th Street
    Coralville, IA 52241
    Hours
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Contact
    • Phone: 319-467-2000
    • Toll free: 855-467-3700

Care Team