Residency Program Information
Program Facilities and Direction
The Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery's outpatient clinic facility is located in the Physician's Pavilion building, adjacent to the main OHSU Hospital. The department has a total of 18 examining rooms, 10 treatment rooms, three audiometric testing booths, three voice rooms, and a vestibular laboratory. The department has its own library and conference room. The department's administrative offices and secretarial staff are located adjacent to the clinic. We have additional administrative staff located nearby in Sam Jackson Hall. Our facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and sinus clinics are located at the Center for Health & Healing in Portland's South Waterfront District. All of our locations are easily accessible via public transportation, including the Portland tram, and bikes and car-shares are encouraged to limit traffic and ease patient access to our buildings.
The Department of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery admits patients to OHSU Hospital, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Providence St. Vincents, and the Portland Veteran's Administration Medical Center (VAMC). The health care system includes nearly 1,000 beds -- OHSU Hospital is licensed for 509 beds and the VA Medical Center is licensed for 490 beds.
Doernbecher Children's Hospital includes an extensive outpatient facility as well as 120 inpatient beds. The Department of Otolaryngology is closely associated with this hospital, utilizing clinic space and operating rooms. The audiology division, and Cochlear Implant Program, is integrated into the children's hospital for speech pathology, implant care, and audiologic care.
The Audiology division consists of seven licensed audiologists and provides basic and advanced evaluations, including ABR, ECOG, otoacoustic emissions, intraoperative monitoring, cochlear implant evaluations and rehabilitation, vestibular assessments, and hearing aid dispensing.
Within the department, there is a temporal bone lab, complete with eight fully equipped positions. Formal temporal bone courses are offered during the second year of training. The lab is regularly accessible to residents for research, study, and patient care.
The department has aligned with the OHSU Tinnitus Clinic under the direction of William Martin, Ph.D. to help patients with Tinnitus and related problems. This clinic provides care for patients with severe tinnitus and is a comprehensive program including extensive research.
The Northwest Center for Voice and Swallowing, our voice disorders program, under the direction of Joshua Schindler, M.D. and Donna Graville, Ph.D., CCC-SP is located in the Physician's Pavilion. This clinic is involved in the management of difficult voice and speech problems, including management of the professional voice. The department offers laryngeal physiology (for research and treatment), as well as newer treatments of voice disorders including Botox injection and implants. Speech pathologists and voice teachers are involved in the service.
The Oregon Hearing Research Center is a division of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and participates closely with the residency training program. The lab occupies 17,000 square feet of the Mark Hatfield Research Center adjacent to the hospital, as well as 4,000 square feet in the Medical Research Building. The OHRC faculty work closely with our residents to develop and carry out research, and there are summer opportunities for medical students to participate in research projects underway. Alfred L. Nuttall, Ph.D. is the director of the center, which includes eight Ph.D's, two M.D.'s and one M.D./Ph.D. The lab is dedicated to hearing research, including vascular diseases of the ear, treatment outcomes, and hair cell regeneration.
The department's other affiliations include the Westside Primary Care, which offers pediatric and audiology patient care, and NW Kaiser Permanente. The National Center for Rehabilitative Audiology Research (NCRAR) is located at the PVAMC, and is a source of collaboration and research resources. In addition, the department is affiliated with Tucker-Maxon Oral School, which is an oral training school for the profoundly hard of hearing in Portland. Many of the cochlear implant patients are enrolled in this school.