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Department of Otolaryngology

Chairman’s Thoughts

department chair Dr. Gillespie

My principal goal when I arrived in Memphis in 2016 was to build UTHSC Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery into a regional referral center for all aspects of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. I am proud to report that we are currently on our way to establishing that level of service and reputation. In the past year, we have provided care for the citizens of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas as well as patients from Missouri, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Oklahoma, and Connecticut who have come to us seeking specific subspecialty services. Read More

New Faculty


faculty imageUTHSC Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery is excited to have Dr. Scott Strome join the Division of Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Strome served as chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Maryland for 13 years prior to his recruitment to UTHSC where he is the current Robert Kaplan Executive Dean of the UTHSC College of Medicine. Dr. Strome was a busy clinician and funded researcher at the University of Maryland Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery which was recently named a top 10 otolaryngology program in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. In addition to a busy surgical practice focused on thyroid, salivary, and head and neck tumors, Dr. Strome was part of the research team involved in the early application of PDL-1 inhibitors in the treatment of head and neck cancer. He was a co-leader of the University of Maryland Tumor Immunology Program and co-founder of the biotechnology company Gliknik. As Executive Dean, Dr. Strome is focused on ways to reduce the financial burden on students seeking careers in medicine. Dr. Strome will continue to care for head and neck cancer and perform surgeries as a member of our department.

faculty imageDr. Robert Yawn joins the UTHSC Otolaryngology faculty having recently completing fellowship training in Neurotology/Lateral Skull Base Surgery with the Otology Group of Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN. He also completed his residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery with Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is originally from Saint George, South Carolina. He completed his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and subsequently attended the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC for his medical degree. His advanced training in ear surgery and skull base surgery has given him a clinical interest in cochlear implantation, endoscopic ear surgery, and the removal of skull base tumors through the ear. His research interests include optimizing cochlear implant outcomes, process improvement for clinical service delivery, and improving facial nerve outcomes in patients undergoing skull base surgery. He has authored over 40 publications to date. These include peer-reviewed original research in national and international medical journals for otolaryngology, invited expert commentary, and textbook chapters in commercially available otolaryngology textbooks. Additionally, he’s been active in presenting research at national meetings for professional societies, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Neurotology Society, American Otological Society, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, North American Skull Base Society, and Triological Society.

Langsdon Named President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

faculty imagePhillip R. Langsdon, MD, FACS, professor and chief of the division of Facial Plastic Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennnessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), is now president-elect of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).  Read More

Last Published: Oct 29, 2019