Leading-Edge Clinical and Translational Research



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The Duke Division of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery is at the forefront of clinical research and translational research in the field. Our research includes efforts to understand and discover new treatments for hearing and balance disorders, to developed improved treatments for patients with head and neck cancer, and to study outcomes resulting from the care we provide to patients with otolarngology problems.

Clinical Research

The division is spearheading an effort to form a practice-based clinical research network. Learn more about our clinical research.

Translational Research

A number of research endeavors in the division involving collaborators from diverse disciplines are focused on improving patient care in the near future. These efforts include:

  • Clinical trials
  • Development of innovative devices and materials
  • A head and neck tumor biorepository

Duke OHNS operates a translational research program in Cancer Immunology, led by Walter Lee, MD,  that seeks to understand patients' immune responses to cancer and use that understanding to prevent recurrences and metastases. Learn more about our translational research.

View up-to-date listing of Duke Surgery Research grants and clinical trials.

Resident Research

Our residents are provided research training through the residency. This exposure includes training in research methods and experience in investigation clinical issues. Each year, each resident has an opportunity to design, execute, and analyze a research project under the direction of a mentor. To learn more, visit our residency program pages.