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Ears, Nose, and Throat

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Otolaryngology refers to the diagnosis and treatment of the head and neck, including diseases, disorders, and abnormalities of the ear, nose, and throat. At UI Children’s Hospital, our otolaryngology patients receive truly exceptional care—advanced treatments that draw from the clinical, research, and training programs of one of the top otolaryngology departments in the world.

For nearly two decades, the UI Department of Otolaryngology has been consistently ranked among the top three in the nation out of more than 1,200 ear, nose, and throat hospitals. Since 1981, we have pioneered the development and use of cochlear implants to restore hearing loss. We performed our first pediatric cochlear implant procedure in 1987; since then, more than 250 children have received cochlear implants at Iowa.

As a leading National Institutes of Health-funded research program, we are at the forefront of new knowledge in otolaryngology—from developing next-generation devices to pinpointing the genetic causes of deafness to exploring new treatments for inner ear disease and hearing loss. In addition, our training programs and long-established expertise in this specialty make us a valuable clinical resource for hospitals and other care providers around the world.

Our interdisciplinary care teams in pediatric otolaryngology—physicians, certified otolaryngology nurses, audiologists, speech pathologists, physical therapists, and others—diagnose, treat, and manage a variety of conditions that affect children of all ages, including:

  • Hearing impairment
  • Congenital or late-onset airway abnormalities unique to children
  • Head and neck tumors, including treatment for hemangiomas and lymphatic malformations
  • Rhinitis and sinusitis—our pediatric otolaryngology care team specializes in endoscopic sinus surgery for children
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Speech, swallowing, voice, and language issues
  • Recurrent and chronic salivary gland problems
  • Common pediatric conditions such as ear infections (otitis media) and chronic tonsillitis

Our care teams also work with other UI Children’s Hospital specialists, including colleagues in gastroenterology, pulmonary and allergy, endocrinology, oncology, neurology, and neonatology.

Leaders in otolaryngology. Cutting-edge research. Proven clinical excellence. It’s the most comprehensive, family-focused ear-nose-throat care available in the state—or anywhere. That’s what families have come to expect at Iowa, and that’s the care they receive at UI Children’s Hospital.

Our otolaryngology services are also available for patients and families at Iowa River Landing. Located at the Coralville interchange on Interstate 80 (exit 242), Iowa River Landing offers patients easy access, free parking, several amenities, and a state-of-the-art building for delivering outstanding patient care.

Patient Stories

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Ethan Craig: from pediatric patient to pediatric doctor-in-training

"I remember watching the doctors and thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if I could do what they do?’” Read how Ethan's experience as a pediatric patient led him to a career in medicine.

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Aiden’s Titanium Ear

Though Aiden appeared to be a healthy six year-old, he suffered from a growth in his ear that had to be removed. Read more about Aiden’s story.

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A Baby’s Journey to Hearing

Madison celebrated her first birthday with something new—bilateral cochlear implants. Read her story.

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Working with All of the Departments

Carson has been treated in almost every pediatric department but is now a boy who just loves the Hawkeyes. Read more about Carson’s story.

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Saving Residual Hearing

Jack was born with moderate to severe hearing loss. By age 9, his hearing began to decline significantly. Read his story.

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Breathing Well Again

Cian had a problem breathing just a few days after birth, but creative surgery by UI Children’s breathed life into him. Read more about Cian’s story..

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Fixing Facial Clefts

Chaz’s parents once wondered if he would even survive, but the teen now thrives. Read more about Chaz’s story.

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Locations and Contact

Iowa City, Iowa

UI Children's Hospital Otolaryngology Clinic
200 Hawkins Drive, 21291 Pomerantz Family Pavilion
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

In House Directions: Elevator L, Level 2.

In House Directions: Elevator L, Level 2.


  • Phone: 319-356-2201

Coralville, Iowa

UI Hospitals and Clinics - Iowa River Landing
105 East 9th Street
Coralville, Iowa 52241

Parking: Free parking


Monday through Friday
8 am to 5 pm


  • Appointment: 319-467-2000
  • Toll Free: 855-467-3700

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