The research mission of the MUSC Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families through the discovery of new knowledge. Active research programs include basic and clinical studies of: hearing and deafness; voice/swallowing physiology and disorders; sinus, olfaction, and airway/aspiration immunology; and tumor biology and immunology, with a focus on basic, translational, and clinical research in head and neck cancer. These programs are highly collaborative within and across areas of study, involving interdisciplinary researchers with faculty appointments in multiple clinical and basic science departments in the MUSC College of Medicine, College of Health Professions, College of Dental Medicine, the University of South Carolina, Clemson University, and institutions in the US and around the world.
The research in our department is directed and pursued by senior to early-career investigators, which has provided a healthy programmatic balance. This balance, as well as the innovation and clinical significance of our research, has resulted in generous support from private foundations and the NIH in the form of P50, R01s, R21s, and K-awards. We are consistently ranked among the top otolaryngology programs in NIH funding. Additional evidence of research activity is the department’s engagement in more than 20 clinical trials, including Meniere’s disease, sudden sensorineural hearing loss, tinnitus, cochlear implants, hearing and neck cancer, and other subspecialty areas.