Otorhinolaryngology is the oldest medical specialty in the U.S
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 19, 2015) — The University of Louisville will establish the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Communicative Disorders, elevating the program from two divisions within the Department of Surgery.
Otolaryngology—also sometimes known as otorhinolaryngology—is the oldest medical specialty in the U.S., according to the American Association of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT) and related structures of the head and neck. They are commonly referred to as ENT physicians.
The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Communicative Disorders is one of 23 departments—18 clinical and five basic science—comprising the School of Medicine. At UofL, board-certified otolaryngologists practice with University of Louisville Physicians-Ear, Nose & Throat.