Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery 2013 Annual Report

In 2013, the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) accomplished many goals. Read about them in the OHNS annual report.

Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery 2013 Annual Report click to enlarge 2013 Dept of OHNS Annual Report Cover, featuring Grayson Clamp
Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery 2013 Annual Report click to enlarge Dr. Harold C. Pillsbury, Dept of OHNS Professor and Chair

In reviewing this year's Annual Report, I am struck by the cohesiveness of our department. We have a tremendous group of dedicated professionals at all levels who work in concert to deliver the best clinical care, research  expertise, and teaching excellence that is possible. Our efforts in each of these areas reach the level of national significance among Otolaryngology departments. As we embark upon the changing health care landscape, I am struck by the simple notion that Excellence will prevail and brilliant people will find ways to deliver Excellence if that commitment is held by all the parts of the organization.

Our department is well aligned to face the future including challenges from Information Technology and the Affordable Care Act. The wonderful multidisciplinary commitment in this Annual Report has been gratifying for me to witness. We have graduated outstanding residents and recruited equally outstanding students to fill the vacancies. Our dedication to teaching the next generation is as robust as ever.

The story of Grayson Clamp, a young boy who received an auditory brainstem implant is a striking example of the coalescence of research, clinical excellence, and operative genius. When all cylinders are firing in order, it is amazing what we can accomplish as a specialty, a medical center, and a university. We continue to push the envelope of advancing our specialty including the translational activities in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery from the bench to the bedside.

I hope you enjoy this report as much as I have.

Harold C. Pillsbury III, MD, FACS
Thomas J. Dark Distinguished Professor and Chair