Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
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The formal name of the medical specialty better known as ear, nose and throat (or ENT) is otorhinolaryngology - head and neck surgery.
While that may be a bit hard to pronounce, it reflects the remarkable breadth of this branch of medicine: It medically and surgically treats conditions ranging from cancer and trauma to infection and inflammatory diseases in these three key areas of the body.
At University of Maryland Medical Center, our nationally recognized team of ENT specialists offer a wide array of ENT services at several convenient locations in Maryland as well as with other UM departments including:
- Facial Plastic Surgery
- Hearing and Balance Center
- Pediatric ENT at UM Children's Hospital
- Sleep Disorder Center at UMMC Midtown
- Head and Neck Cancer at UM Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center
Our faculty physicians offer comprehensive evaluation and treatment for patients with ear, nose and throat disorders. This includes advanced cancers and other complex conditions of the throat, mouth, voice box, sinuses and salivary glands.
What an Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor Treats
While the name of the specialty may seem self-explanatory at first, the issues affecting the ear, nose and throat encompasses a broad spectrum.
ENTs specialize in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing and balance disorders, ear infections, facial and cranial nerve disorders and more.
Management and treatment of chronic sinusitis is a common job for ear, nose and throat specialists. Our team also diagnoses, manages and treats allergies, smell disorders, polyps and deviated septums.
The throat serves as a passageway for air and food but also houses the larynx, or voice box. This means that ENTs might see patients for persistent sore throats, like tonsillitis, or treat voice and swallowing disorders, including larynx issues in vocal artists.
Head and Neck
Tumors in the head and neck area, both cancerous and non-cancerous, facial trauma and deformities of the head, neck and face are among the conditions that ENTs treat surgically.
Research and Innovation at UMMC
Through our research, education and clinical practice, we are dedicated to providing the best possible care for our patients, while also discovering new treatments, novel drug therapies and diagnostic tools.
Our commitment to translational research means that lessons learned in the laboratory will benefit patients as quickly as possible.
All department physicians are active in both research and patient care as well as also training the next generation of otorhinolaryngology-head and neck specialists.
Head Mirror vs. Head Lamp
Head mirrors, a tool used by ENTs for centuries, have some competition: head lamps.
For Healthcare Professionals
Learn more about the ENT Residency Program.