For nearly the past two decades, the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Otolaryngology department has been ranked in the top programs in the country by its peers.

Members of our otolaryngology team diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of the ear, nose and throat using state-of-the-art procedures and facilities. Clinical specialists in speech and swallowing, audiology, balance disorders, and tinnitus are among the many professionals who make it possible to offer our patients complete and coordinated care.

Treatment and services are available for:

Referring Providers

Read more about referring to the UI Hospitals & Clinics Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery team.

Why Choose Us?

The Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is one of the oldest departments in the United States and one of the most comprehensive in the world. It is ranked 23rd in the nation by U.S. News & World Report (2021-22 rankings).Award for adult care

Our clinical facilities are among the largest of their kind in the world (40,000 square-feet) and are truly a premier, world-class care center.

  • We were the first hospital in the United States to implant a multichannel cochlear implant that helps deaf patients hear sounds that can be interpreted as speech.
  • Since that time, more than 600 children and adults have received implants at UI Hospitals & Clinics.
  • Each year, we receive $5 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health to conduct research.
  • We have the largest NIH-funded center in the world devoted to cochlear implant clinical research and the only NIH clinical center for the study of cochlear implant technologies.
  • We were the world's first cochlear implant center to develop a new type of cochlear implant that combines residual acoustic hearing with cochlear implant technology that provides improved word understanding and near-normal appreciation of music.
  • We are the first and only hospital in Iowa to use a reconstructive surgical technique called distraction osteogenesis to aid patients of all ages with airway and craniofacial anomalies.
  • The Iowa Cleft Palate program was one of first established in the United States.
  • We led the nation's largest clinical trial for tinnitus (ringing in the ears) ever funded by the government.

Academic Departments that Provide Otolaryngology Care

Health Topics

For more information on otolaryngology and related fields, UI Hospitals & Clinics offers the following:

Latest News

  • For the 32nd year in a row, the U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” rankings has listed UI Hospitals & Clinics as the No. 1 hospital in Iowa, as well as the only one in Iowa to have specialties ranked in the top 50 nationally.
  • University of Iowa Health Care otolaryngologist Bruce Gantz, MD, has performed the first three robot-assisted cochlear implant electrode insertions in the world using an investigational surgical tool currently in clinical evaluation at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.