About Us

Our Vision

The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill will be the nation’s leader in providing excellent patient care, training the next generation of leaders in the field and achieving excellence in research that advances the field of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery.


Our Mission

Our Mission is to improve the health of North Carolinians and others whom we serve. We will accomplish this by achieving excellence and providing leadership in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research. To fulfill this mission, our objectives are the following:

  • To provide excellent otolaryngologic/head and neck surgical patient care that can serve as a national model
  • To provide outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate education that disseminates otolaryngology/head and neck surgery knowledge and facilitates more contributions to the knowledge base
  • To carry out basic science, clinical, and health services research that advance the field of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery
  • Leaders who enhance employee engagement, job satisfaction and career development for all members of the department and healthcare team
  • Champions of a culture and climate that promotes inclusion, diversity and health equity
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    Our Statement on Diversity

    The UNC Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery decries the recent murders and acts of racism perpetrated against African Americans. These come during a difficult time during which African American lives are also being lost disproportionately during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the very core of our being, we firmly believe that Black Lives Matter. We are committed to doing our part in dismantling the centuries of systemic racism that has brought us to this pitiful point in history. To our Black colleagues, students, patients, and local community, we pledge to make UNC a safe and unprejudiced space for you to work, learn, grow, and receive care. Empathy, communication, and compassion will make us all better as we learn from and support this movement.

    As racism is a significant public health issue, we will continue to make diversity and inclusion a priority, encourage unconscious bias training for our faculty, and pledge to tackle discrimination and prejudice in the battle for equity. We invite you to do the same.