About Us

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery at Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where our dynamic and ever expanding clinical and research programs encompass all aspects of ear, nose, throat, and head and neck care.  Our staff is dedicated to providing exceptional care for our patients and to continually improving that care through research discoveries and innovations. We are equally committed to educating the next generation of specialists in the field of Otolaryngology.

World-class patient care and quality service lie at the very core of our mission. Our nationally recognized faculty and our superb administrative and clinical team collaborate closely, with the goal of providing comprehensive, personalized care for local, national, and international patients with ENT-related disorders. From routine ear infections to complex head and neck cancers, we are fully committed to quality and service at every level of patient care.

The Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons is known around the world for its unmatched research environment. The Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery is integrated with many of the basic science departments on campus, with joint programs in engineering, neurosciences, and cancer biology. Our growing research faculty is committed to pushing the boundaries of basic and translational science in these areas, with involvement of clinicians at all levels.

We are equally proud of our educational training program. The otolaryngology residency—a joint program with Weill Cornell Medicine and associated with the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center—offers one of the nation’s premier training environments. With its outstanding mix of clinical education, research exposure and academic opportunities, the program is as suitable for those interested in pursuing an academic career as it is for those who wish to become private practitioners.

Each new year brings exciting investment and development for the Columbia Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery. We continue to offer full clinical services at several locations, including at our main campus at Fort Washington, in midtown Manhattan at 51 W 51st and 880 3rd St, Riverdale (the Bronx), and an exciting new multi-specialty clinical site in Westchester County-White Plains, estimated to open in 2024.  Our deep collaborations with other departments at Columbia continue, including our multispecialty Head & Neck Cancer group, as well as the Center for Skull Base Surgery in collaboration with The Neurological Institute.  

These are exciting times for the Columbia Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery. As we grow, we will continue to emphasize the three pillars of our mission: outstanding clinical service, excellence in education, and groundbreaking clinical and translational research. I thank you for visiting our department and we welcome you to visit us at one of our many locations.

Lawrence R. Lustig, MD
Howard W. Smith Professor and Chair
Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery