Scope of Practice

Otolaryngologists (commonly referred to as ENT physicians) are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat and related structures of the head and neck.


Our physicians are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing loss, ear infections, dizziness, ear injuries, ear pain, ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and wax removal.  Physicians also refer patients to audiologists when appropriate to discuss hearing aid options.   


One of the primary skills of otolaryngologists is the care of the nasal cavity and sinuses. Management of the nasal area also includes sinus disorders, nose bleeds, allergies, nasal injuries and nasal airway obstruction. 


Otolaryngologists have expertise in treating diseases or disorders of the throat.  This would include sore throat, hoarseness, tonsillitis and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).  They also treat diseases of the larynx (voice box), including voice problems, chronic cough and swallowing disorders.

Head and Neck

Otolaryngologists are trained to treat neck masses, deep neck infections, tumors (both benign and malignant), facial trauma and thyroid nodules.  They also specialize in the treatment of all types of skin cancers of the head or neck.   

Learn more

To learn more about specific diseases or disorders, please visit the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at