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Ear, Nose and Throat

We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the head and neck.

Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat)

More commonly known as Ear, Nose and Throat physicians (ENTs), Northwestern Medicine otolaryngologists specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of diseases and disorders of the head and neck.

Otolaryngologists provide care for a wide range of disorders, including:

  • Hearing
  • Balance
  • Smell
  • Taste
  • Voice
  • Sinus and nasal disorders

Otolaryngologists also diagnose head and neck cancers, as well as perform reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery.

Areas of Care




Northwestern Medicine Otolaryngology

Our ear, nose and throat specialists treat conditions that include:

  • Hearing loss
  • Nasal /sinus problems
  • Benign and malignant head and neck tumors
  • Skull-based tumors
  • General cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of head and neck
  • Voice disorders
  • Thyroid tumors

Northwestern Medicine Otolaryngology includes specialists in all aspects of head and neck oncology, including:

We also offer advanced therapies for hearing loss, including conventional and programmable hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Sinus and Allergy Program

Patients with chronic rhinosinusitis receive care in a coordinated effort from allergists and otolaryngologists.

The Northwestern Medicine Sinus and Allergy Program within Northwestern Memorial Hospital is a comprehensive center for the treatment and research of sinus conditions. We have combined the latest in technology with nationally and internationally renowned medical and surgical specialists to ensure the highest quality of medical and surgical care to patients with sinus disease. Additionally, leading-edge research efforts are advancing the current understanding of sinus disease with the ultimate goal of improving disease treatment and prevention.

Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group offers a group of board-certified otolaryngologists dedicated to diagnosing and treating a range of ENT needs.

Our new clinic offers 11 state-of-the-art exam rooms, two procedure rooms and patient-friendly hours.

Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group treats common conditions such as:

  • Balance disorders, including dizziness, vertigo, Meniere’s Disease
  • Deviated nasal septum
  • Ear conditions and infections
  • Hearing loss
  • Nasal congestion (difficulty breathing, runny nose, post nasal drip)
  • Nasal polyps
  • Pediatric ear, nose and throat conditions
  • Salivary gland issues
  • Sinus problems
  • Snoring and sleep apnea
  • Swallowing disorders (difficulty swallowing, acid reflux)
  • Thyroid disease
  • Tinnitus
  • Tonsil & adenoid problems
  • Voice problems (hoarseness, laryngitis)

Endocrine Surgery

In addition to a wide range of testing and treatment options for ENT issues, the ENT Clinic at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital is a high-volume center for minimally invasive outpatient thyroid and parathyroid surgery for the following conditions:

  • Thyroid cancer

  • Indeterminate thyroid nodules

  • Benign thyroid nodules or goiters causing compressive symptoms or cosmetic issues

  • Substernal goiters

  • Hyper-functioning thyroid nodules

  • Grave’s disease

  • Primary and tertiary (renal) hyperparathyroidism

Other offerings include: 

  • Rapid intra-operative parathyroid hormone (PTH) assay

  • In-office ultrasound and 4D Parathyroid CT scans to help localize parathyroid adenomas preoperatively

  • In-office ultrasound assessment of thyroid nodules

  • Ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration (FNA)

  • Alcohol ablation of thyroid cysts

To schedule an appointment with a Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group ENT specialist, please call 630.938.6161.