Otolaryngology at Boston Medical

Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery

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The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery offers state-of-the-art expert diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the head and neck. From hearing aids to professional voice training, from sinusitis and allergy to snoring, and from dizziness to cancer, we will be pleased to provide you with the latest in medical and surgical care.

Our practice is organized around various clinical sub-specialties as follows:

The Head and Neck Cancer Center
Division of Head & Neck Oncologic and Skullbase Surgery Program
The Center for Voice and Swallowing
The Division of Audiology
The Dizziness & Balance Center
Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

The Head and Neck Cancer Center

The Head and Neck Cancer Center at Boston Medical Center is a regional referral center for New England. The Center has established the first Transoral daVinci Robotic Head and Neck Surgery Program. In addition we have established the first CyberKnife Head and Neck Radiosurgery Program in the region. The Center has been the leader and pioneer in minimally invasive endoscopic transoral laryngeal surgery and minimally invasive thyroid and parathyroid surgery and also the development of the CO2 laser for use in the head and neck.

The Head and Neck Cancer Center team at Boston Medical Center provides comprehensive care to patients who have benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck. The Center offers a multidisciplinary approach to the management of all types of head and neck cancer. Experts from a variety of specialties including:

  • Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery)
  • Reconstructive facial plastic surgery
  • Radiation oncology
  • Medical oncology
  • Dentistry
  • Prosthetics
  • Speech and swallow rehabilitation
  • Audiology
  • Nutrition
  • Radiology

BMC provides the latest in diagnostic and treatment options for patients affected by these cancers. The multidisciplinary team participates in a weekly Head and Neck Tumor Conference to optimize patient care.

Our head and neck cancer multidisciplinary team has at its disposal state-of-the-art techniques for treatment as well as cosmetic and functional reconstruction, including:

  • daVinci Robotic Surgery
  • CyberKnife radiosurgery
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
  • Pulsed Dye and KTP Lasers for laryngeal dysplasia
  • Minimally invasive techniques such as laser endoscopic partial laryngectomy
  • Microvascular free flap reconstruction
  • A variety of organ preservation protocols utilizing combined radiation therapy and chemotherapy

Many treatment options are available not only to treat cancer but also to improve quality of life for cancer patients.

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Division of Head & Neck Oncologic and Skullbase Surgery Program

When faced with a skullbase tumor it is important to find the right and experienced health care partner. The Skullbase Tumor Program at Boston Medical Center is committed to providing the best care available for patients with benign or malignant tumors affecting the skull base. The Skullbase Tumor Program joins specialists from multiple departments under one roof who constantly work with each other to deliver the best possible care. These health care professionals include:

  • Otolaryngologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Microvascular reconstructive and plastic surgeons
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Medical oncologists
  • Opthalmologists
  • Pathologists
  • Radiologists
  • Dentists
  • Speech and swallowing specialists
  • Rehabilitation specialists

Learn more by visiting the Skull Base Surgery website.

The Center for Voice and Swallowing - Speech Language Pathology

The Center for Voice and Swallowing-Speech Language Pathology offers a wide array of evaluation and treatment options for patients with various voice and swallowing disorders including:

  • Vocal cord paralysis
  • Spasmodic dysphonia
  • Acid reflux
  • Vocal polyps and cysts
  • Sulcus vocalis and vocal scarring
  • Singer's nodules and other disorders of professional voice

The center also offers diagnostic and treatment options for papillomas and early cancers of the larynx, and for swallowing and voice problems due to Parkinson's disease, stroke and other neurological disorders.

A number of in-office therapies are available. These include botulinum toxin injections for spasmodic dysphonia and sialorrhea, pulsed-dye laser treatment for papilloma, dysplasia, and other vascular lesions of the larynx, and cidofovir injections for laryngeal papilloma. In addition we provide state-of-the -art, minimally invasive, surgical interventions such as vocal cord augmentation for the paralyzed vocal cord, endoscopic laser removal of early cancers of the larynx. Swallowing and voice therapy (including singing voice therapy) is provided by speech-language pathologists with expertise in these areas.

To learn more about our speech and swallowing staff and department specialties, please visit our Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Speech and Swallowing Page

Learn more by visiting the Center for Voice and Swallowing main website.

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The Division of Audiology

The Division of Audiology provides services to a wide variety of patients, ranging from newborn babies to elderly adults. Audiologists perform a number of diagnostic tests in our state-of-the-art clinic. Testing ranges from basic hearing tests that require the patient to raise their hand in response to sounds to more advanced testing which uses computer generated signals to elicit responses in the brainstem (ABR). We also provide testing for those who are suspected of having auditory processing disorders. Audiologists are also principal providers of diagnostic testing for patients with dizziness and balance problems. Outside of the clinic, you may find audiologists in the operating room performing ABR on those children who are difficult to test or assisting surgeons during intricate surgeries by monitoring the cranial nerves.

In addition to diagnostic testing, providing information and helping patients with strategies for coping with hearing loss, audiologists also fit patients with hearing aids. We offer the latest in digital hearing aid technology and offer a variety of sizes and options. We also fit special earplugs for musicians, dentists or workers who need sound reduction or protection from noise exposure. Water resistant earmolds are also made at our clinic for those who have tubes in their ears or who are prone to swimmer's ear. Finally, we offer consultation on the use of assistive listening devices.

To learn more about our audiology staff and department specialties, please visit our Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Audiology Page 

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Dizziness & Balance Center

Dizziness, problems with balance, tendency to fall, hearing loss, and ringing in the ears are among the most common problems that prompt people to seek evaluation by an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist). To help meet the need for evaluation of patients with these kinds of problems, the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the Boston Medical Center - has opened a new facility devoted to the evaluation and management of dizziness (disequilibrium), vertigo, hearing loss with aging (presbycusis) and ringing in the ears (tinnitus).

Our team of specialists includes otolaryngologists, an oto-neurologist, audiologists, physical therapists and nurse practitioners. This team of specialists works closely with neuro-radiologists and neurologists to identify any underlying causes of troublesome dizziness and balance symptoms.

We collaborate with the Hearing Research Center on the Charles River Campus of Boston University to assure that we stay apprised of any research breakthroughs that might be of benefit to our patients. We are committed to helping our patients regain as much function as possible. We evaluate and fit state-of-the-art hearing aids and are experienced in helping patients who feel unsteady when standing or walking to regain a greater sense of security and ability to move independently.

The Hearing, Dizziness, and Balance Center at Boston Medical Center is conveniently located on the first floor of the Moakley Building Suite 1100. Valet parking is available just steps away from the entrance to our state-of-the-art office.

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Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Facial plastic or reconstructive surgery may be part of the treatment for disorders of the head and neck. With the priority to provide patients exceptional, comprehensive care in one location, the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery offers these procedures by experienced surgeons who are especially skilled in head and neck reconstructive surgery.


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Boston Medical Center
Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
Moakley Building
Ground Floor
830 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

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