Laboratory research in the Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery focuses on discovering the anatomical correlates and physiological mechanisms underlying significant clinical problems, such as hearing loss, voice dysfunction, tissue viability following reconstructive cancer surgery, swallowing impairments, and age-related changes in critical head and neck functions. This work has led to the development of new experimental surgical devices and procedures, such as an automated device to remove blood from congested tissues.
The laryngeal physiology program is geared toward the use of novel biomaterials and medialization techniques to improve vocal fold vibratory characteristics, and to halt or reverse the detrimental effects of aging on voice and swallowing.
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Wisconsin is recognized for its excellence in caring for patients with ear, nose, throat, head and neck afflictions. Such excellence is rooted in research. Research is the catalyst that keeps us striving for better understanding of disease; that urges us to seek better delivery of care and improved patient outcomes. It is the challenge of research-and education-that has attracted the superb clinicians and teachers that comprise our facility.
Excellence in research must be nurtured. Individual donors are a vital part of the process. Consider contributing to one of our specific research funds or a more generic gift to support research through the UW Foundation.