Facial Nerve Center
The UW Facial Nerve Center is a team exclusively dedicated to the treatment of disorders affecting the facial nerve and movement of the face. Our goal is to provide expert, state-of-the-art, patient-centered care to those suffering from facial paralysis due to a range of causes. These include head and neck tumors, skull base tumors, Bell’s palsy, Lyme disease, paralysis at birth, and stroke, among others. Our multi-disciplinary team treats the full spectrum of facial paralysis ranging from sudden to long-term, childhood to adult, and complete to incomplete. We aim to engage patients as partners in their medical and surgical management.
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
The UW Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery provides the full spectrum of patient care from aesthetic to reconstructive surgery and medicine. Partnering with a team of experts that includes dermatologists, aestheticians, physical therapists, anaplastologists, ophthalmologists, and oral surgeons, we provide the latest treatments available in a setting tailored to an individual’s needs, and we do this with care and compassion. Our faculty are board certified in both Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. Or goal is simple: to provide the best possible results for every patient we treat.
General Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (also sometimes referred to as ear, nose and throat) encompasses the broad range of disorders of the ears, nose, sinuses, mouth, throat, face and neck in the adult patient. Since all of these areas are connected to each other, symptoms in one region can often be due to problems in other regions. With this in mind, a global assessment of all of these areas can often be the best place to start.
Head & Neck Surgery and Oncology
UW Department of Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery in collaboration with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is the Northwest's leader in head and neck cancer care and is ranked as one of the top five cancer centers in the nation.
The laryngology team at UW Medicine specializes in the diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment of diseases affecting the throat. This includes all aspects of care related to voice, airway and swallowing disorders. UW Laryngology is unsurpassed in the breadth and depth of clinical practice of contemporary laryngology at the highest level. The multidisciplinary approach to patient care practiced by our team of laryngologists and voice/swallow therapists follows an ideal model of collaborative care. All members are intimately familiar with the complex anatomy and physiology of the larynx, pharynx, trachea and esophagus.
Otology and Neurotology
The Otology/Neurotology team at UW Medicine specializes in the diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of diseases of the ear and skull base. All members are intimately familiar with the complex anatomy and physiology of the outer, middle and inner ear, and the central nervous system connections as well as their afflictions.
The Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology clinical practice is located at Seattle Children’s Hospital, an affiliate of the University of Washington. We are comprised of nine full time staff MDs, three part time staff MDs, five nurse practioners, and approximately 25 audiologists. We work closely with other departments at Seattle Children’s, including speech pathology and craniofacial anomalies, to deliver comprehensive care to children with special needs.
Sinus and Skull Base Center
The rhinology team at UW Medicine is a group of ENT surgeons and health care providers with subspecialty training and expertise in the medical and surgical treatment of diseases involving the sinuses, nose, and anterior skull base. We treat conditions that often have a significant impact on people’s quality of life. Fixing a persistent sinus infection with medicine or surgery can dramatically improve a person’s comfort, energy level, and ability to function in life activities. Similarly, restoring breathing through the nose can significantly help with sleeping and exercise tolerance.
Sleep surgery is the specialty that focuses on surgery for treating snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. It includes techniques and procedures to evaluate the breathing passages thoroughly and surgeries to enlarge and stabilize the breathing passages. These surgeries facilitate other non-surgical treatments (eg, CPAP, dental devices) and improve the symptoms and consequences of sleep apnea.
Vestibular Diagnostics and Audiology
Vestibular neurophysiology is the study of vestibular system function, and Audiology is a scientifically based, clinical discipline that involves the study and assessment of hearing and balance disorders.