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USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery2020-06-03T17:46:04+00:00

About USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

The USC Caruso Department of 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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Patient Care Updates

Letter to our patients (5/22/20)

Specialty Areas

USC Caruso Family Center for Childhood Communication

The USC Caruso Family Center for Childhood Communication 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 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

The facial plastic 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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For information about the USC Facial Nerve Center, click here.

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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USC Hearing and Balance Center

The USC Hearing and Balance Center 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.

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For information about the USC Acoustic Neuroma Center, click here.

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 the USC Caruso Department 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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USC Voice Center

The USC Voice Center is the only truly integrated interdisciplinary voice and swallowing care team in Southern California, and one of a small number of centers around the country. The center provides patients with the benefit of meeting with multiple healthcare providers with expertise in voice and swallowing together at each visit. The mission of the USC Voice Center is to provide beyond exceptional voice and swallowing care to our patients.

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Overall physician rating

Otolaryngology Rating
4.8out of 5
4,770 Ratings
  • 4.8Provider Explanations Easy to Understand
  • 4.8Provider Listened Carefully
  • 4.8Provider Gave Easy to Understand Instructions
  • 4.6Provider Knew Medical History
  • 4.9Provider Showed Respect
  • 4.8Provider Spent Enough Time

What are patients saying about us

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4.8out of 5(4,770 Ratings, 614 Comments)
Oct 9, 2020

overall experience rated excellent.



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Patient Education

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.

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Patient Stories


Pump Up the Volume

Jed Dannenbaum never had one of those big, booming voices that would fill a room. He was always on the soft-spoken end of the vocal spectrum but, in recent years, it was becoming harder to speak above a whisper.

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