Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences

Chair: Howard Wayne Francis, MD, MBA

Assistant: Irish Hamilton

Business Manager: Chris W. Tobias


Office: Room 3535, Blue Zone, Duke Clinics
Campus PO Box: BOX 3805
Phone: 919 -681-8069

The Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences currently comprises 53 faculty members and clinical associates involved in patient care, research, and education. Faculty members provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary, hospital-based care, including the regionally and nationally recognized clinical programs of the Duke Skull Base Program, Head and Neck Cancer Program with the Duke Cancer Institute, Duke Voice Care Center, and Duke Hearing Center. The department has an equally strong focus on discovery and education. Research led by faculty in the division is funded by the National Institutes of Health, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and industry. The department recently expanded its number of residents to 4 a year and expanded the number of fellowships to include Rhinology and Head and Neck Oncology. The department’s vision encompasses a continuum of discovery that advances the care of head and neck and communication disorders.

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