Expertise. Education. Research. The Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Nationwide Children's encompasses the depth and breadth of ear, nose and throat disorders. Our team of 10 pediatric fellowship-trained surgeons is responsible for more than 25,000 clinic visits and performing over 7,000 surgical procedures annually.
Our specialized programs provide the comprehensive expertise of a multidisciplinary team with advanced training in specific disorders, including aerodigestive, airway, hearing, rhinology, salivary gland, voice and swallowing.
Integrating clinical care with research advancements allows us to offer unique solutions for the most complex patients. In 2015, Oliver F. Adunka, MD, director of Otology and the Hearing Program at Nationwide Children's, performed the hospital’s first auditory brainstem implant (ABI) to treat a 2-year-old who was born without a cochlear nerve. The child received the off-label device, also known as a humanitarian use device, and is responding to sound.
Our otolaryngologists are actively involved in research to improve patient outcomes and discover new therapies for complex problems. Through tissue engineering research, high-performance computing and collaborations with other specialties such as anesthesiology and critical care, our clinician-scientists are forging the way to best outcomes.
“Through our academic activities, we are also training the next generation of otolaryngologists,” says Dr. Elmaraghy. “We have a responsibility to train medical students, residents and fellows to perform at the highest level, and we offer an incredible experience at Nationwide Children's.”