People from all over the country travel to Barnes-Jewish Hospital to be cared for by Washington University School of Medicine otolaryngologists, who have a 60-year history of leadership in treating disorders of the ear; nose and sinus; throat and neck; voice (larynx); and face, jaw and mouth.
The depth of the clinical and research experience, and the array of leading-edge resources have made the otolaryngology program the only one in Illinois and Missouri to be ranked among the nation's elite by U.S. News & World Report, ranked high in the country for NIH grant support for research, and in clinical otolaryngology services.
Parent institutions Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine also are nationally recognized, with U.S.News & World Report consistently ranking the hospital and medical school among the nation's elite.
Otolaryngology services are located in two convenient locations:
Center for Advanced Medicine
4921 Parkview Place, suite 11A
St. Louis, MO 63110
West County Office
605 Old Ballas Road, Suite 124
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
Specialized Otolaryngology Programs
Adult Cochlear Implant Program
Washington University’s Cochlear Implant Program is internationally known for its high quality care and clinically relevant research. The program was developed under the direction and leadership of Margaret W. Skinner, Ph.D., a clinician and researcher whose work has resulted in protocols that are used worldwide for programming cochlear implants. Currently, Dr. Jill Firszt, Ph.D., is the director of the cochlear implant program.
Our cochlear implant team is dedicated to providing optimal benefit for each cochlear implant recipient through skilled device programming and individual rehabilitation. The team is available to help patients (18 years and older) at all stages of the process:
- determining if an implant is appropriate
- assisting with predetermination of insurance coverage
- performing implant surgery
- providing extensive follow-up care
Adults may be a cochlear implant candidate if they have moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears and/or difficulty understanding people even with high power hearing aids.