As an academic medical institution, Columbia University Medical Center considers research and the advancement of medical knowledge as central to its mission. In the Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery our faculty are conducting ground-breaking, NIH funded investigations into the underlying causes of genetic hearing loss and pioneering new methods for hearing loss treatment. There is also vigorous work being done in areas including the genetics of cleft lip and palate, implantable biomaterials and tissue engineering, and head and neck cancer.