I am delighted to introduce you to the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University.
The Department provides comprehensive care in all subspecialties of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, by our fellowship-trained faculty. In London we are situated in 4 University Teaching Hospitals: St. Joseph’s Health Care London, London Health Sciences Centre - University Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre - Victoria Hospital, and The Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario. Our community-based affiliates are the physicians of the Windsor Hospitals and the Windsor Campus of the Schulich School. The Department has a strong tradition of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, while leading and collaborating in a research intensive environment.


“Excellence in clinical care as the foundation of academic strength”

Our vision is to provide exemplary patient care in all subspecialties of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. It is the foundation of strength in clinical care that enables the pursuit of research and education innovations, and thereby allows for a richly collaborative environment. Our mission is integrally aligned with the strategic directions of the University and the London Hospitals.

Clinical Mission
As the only source of hospital-based care in the City of London and as the tertiary referral centre for the people of Southwestern Ontario, we are charged with the unique responsibility of providing the full range of services in all subspecialties of Otolaryngology.

Subspecialty expertise includes head/neck and reconstructive surgery, otology/neurotology, pediatric otolaryngology, laryngology, trauma surgery, rhinosinology, and facial cosmetic surgery.

The department also oversees several multidisciplinary clinics and programs. These programs include Head and Neck Oncology Program, Cochlear Implant Program, Skull Base Surgery Program, Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Program, Skin Cancer Program, and Thyroid Cancer London. Highly focused care is also provided through our unique clinics that include The Rhinosinology/Allergy Clinic, Professional Voice Clinic, Spasmodic Dysphonia Clinic, and Facial Nerve Clinic.

Research Mission
Impact on patient care and medical education have been the drivers of our research efforts. These include clinical outcomes research, translational research, and technological innovations. We have a strong track record of intense collaboration with basic scientists and maintain strong support from industry.

Our residents are an integral part of our research mission. One exemplification has been our unparalleled success at the National Medtronic Xomed Poliquin Competition held at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery.

Educational Mission
Our mission is to continue to set the educational standard for Canada. The Department has a strong presence in undergraduate education at both the preclerkship and clerkship years. Through our emphasis and enthusiasm in undergraduate education, we have been fortunate in attracting some of the strongest students. We take great pride in our residents and the training they receive. The strength of the program is first and foremost dependent on the unwavering commitment of the faculty and the shared vision of excellence in surgical training. “Balance” is our base philosophy in surgical education. The breadth and depth of subspecialty expertise provides an ideally balanced experience for our residents; the important balance between clinical and research activities is firmly established; learner and instructors alike recognize the balance between service delivery and educational value.

Dr. John Yoo
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Western University

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