Head & Neck
Head and Neck is a specialty devoted to the care of adult and pediatric patients with problems of the ear, nose, throat and neck. These doctors are commonly known as ENT (ear, nose, throat) physicians. Training to become an otolaryngologist includes one year of general surgery and at least four years of otolaryngology training.
These doctors have acquired the skills necessary to manage the following:
- mouth and throat cancer
- masses of the neck
- voice and swallowing problems
- trauma to the face and neck
- ear infections
- hearing loss
- many other problems arising from the structures of the head and neck
After completing residency training, these doctors must take a written and oral examination to become board certified. The American Board of Otolaryngology has the role of assuring professional standards of training and knowledge.