About USC Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

USC Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery provides state-of-the-art care for a wide range of disorders affecting the head and neck. Whether your concern relates to the development of an infection or a tumor, a congenital problem or problems with speaking or hearing, a facial cosmetic deformity, or lingering symptoms related to imbalance or nasal and sinus congestion, our team of physicians and staff seek a common goal: To allow you to take the remarkable possibilities of our specialized care to their fullest potential.
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Specialty Areas

USC-CHLA Center for Childhood Communication

The center represents a renaissance in clinical care for childhood communication in Los Angeles. Far surpassing the level of care offered at any competing clinical program in the area, the center provides audiology and speech language pathology services to children with hearing loss from birth to adulthood, including access to national clinical trials and state-of-the-art rehabilitative care.

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Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery

The facial plastics and reconstructive surgery program at Keck Medicine of USC in Los Angeles is staffed with leaders in facial reconstruction, facial paralysis treatment and aesthetic procedures for the face. Our experts help patients achieve a higher quality of life following facial trauma, certain types of skin cancer and facial nerve paralysis. In addition to complex reconstructive surgeries, the program offers a full range of cosmetic procedures, such as eyelid rejuvenation, forehead lift, chin surgery, ear surgery, nose reshaping, facelift and facial wrinkle treatments.

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Head and Neck Cancer

The head and neck cancer team at Keck Medicine of USC in Los Angeles builds strong relationships with patients to meet both the physical and emotional demands of fighting head and neck cancers. We work with our patients every step of the way in treating tumors of the mouth, nose, throat, larynx, sinuses, lymph nodes and salivary glands. Our surgeons are also leading experts in parathyroid and thyroid surgery, and we are able to offer the finest diagnostic tools and endoscopic and open surgery removal techniques.

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Hearing and Balance

The hearing and balance program at Keck Medicine of USC in Los Angeles offers every aspect of care from diagnosis and treatment to assistive training and physical therapy for a variety of ear conditions. From ear infections to dizziness and complete hearing loss, our specialists develop customized treatments, both nonsurgical and surgical, to help improve communication and restore equilibrium to our patients’ lives.

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Neurotology-Skull Base Surgery

The skull base surgery program at Keck Medicine of USC in Los Angeles provides patients with the most comprehensive care – from consultation to rehabilitation – for the treatment of benign and malignant skull base tumors. Comprised of a team of specialists across a variety of disciplines, we offer minimally invasive procedures that allow for favorable outcomes while minimizing risk to nearby tissue, as well as traditional procedures. Our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of acoustic neuromas further distinguishes our skull base surgery program. For more information on the USC Acoustic Neuroma center, click here.

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Sinus and Nasal Disorders

The sinus and nasal disorders program at Keck Medicine of USC in Los Angeles is a leader in treating the broad spectrum of nasal disease from allergies and deviated septums to more severe cases of chronic rhinosinusitis, polyps, nasal tumors and allergic fungal sinusitis. We often treat patients who have not been able to find relief elsewhere, need difficult, advanced surgery or whose polyps keep returning.

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Sleep Medicine

The sleep medicine program within Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Keck Medicine of USC in Los Angeles is uniquely poised in its ability to provide relief for individuals with snoring and sleep apnea. Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are important problems that can affect social relationships, health and the ability to get a good night of sleep.

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Voice and Swallowing

The voice and swallowing team at Keck Medicine of USC in Los Angeles can provide relief for patients suffering from a wide range of voice and swallowing disorders, including vocal cord inflammation, benign laryngeal lesions, spasmodic interruptions of vocal motion, lesions from voice overuse, reflux-related symptoms, hoarseness, vocal fold paralysis, laryngeal cancer, difficulty swallowing and airway stenosis and scarring.

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Our Physicians


Our physicians are dedicated to providing excellence in care that reflects our passion for our work and our specialty’s advances.

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Patient Education

Patient Stories

Advances in Sleep Apnea Treatment
Eric Kezirian, MD, MPH, professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, discusses leading-edge sleep apnea treatment options available at Keck Medicine of USC.
Shane’s Journey to Sounds
Kelly and Pat Lundie were crushed to learn that their beautiful baby boy was born profoundly deaf in both ears.

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