Stanford Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery

The Department of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery encompassesseven clinical divisions and one research division, comprised of 27 residents, 13 fellows and clinical instructors, and 56 faculty.

Our Mission

Our mission is

  • to deliver exceptional, innovative care in otolaryngology — head and neck surgery
  • to advance the frontiers of knowledge
  • to educate patients, clinicians and researchers who will serve and inspire the global community to expand what is possible in medicine

We foster a collaborative, compassionate and inclusive culture that embraces diversity and social responsibility. To support this, we maintain an ongoing program to evaluate and improve the quality and safety of patient care. The Department of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery Quality Council is chaired by Dr. Edward J. Damrose, MD, FACS.

A Commitment to Quality

To achieve our mission, the Department of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery is committed to improving health care provider and system performance through:

  • Departmental peer review
  • Review of Joint Commission Core measures, UHC Core measures,  and AHRQ patient safety measures
  • Division and department-specific quality improvement/patient safety initiatives
  • Physician accountability for clinical performance through provision of appropriate metrics and timely, specific feedback
  • Departmental Grand Rounds
  • Educating and engaging residents and fellows about quality, patient safety and organizational change through experiential learning

Training Courses in Improvement Skills

Stanford Medicine offers two in-depth introductory courses for faculty, trainees, and staff wishing to learn more about improvement work. 


Quality Improvement Training for Residents & Fellows

The Morbidity and Mortality Conference is held monthly. This conference is an opportunity for residents to present cases with high educational value. 



Our Values

  • Excellence and Integrity
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Innovation and Discovery
  • Teamwork and Synergy
  • Community Engagement and Service
  • Humanism and Empowerment

Improvement Capability Developement Program

Value-Focused Care is one of three priority areas highlighted in the Stanford Medicine Integrated Strategic Plan. Conceptually, value in health care equals the sum of quality and service divided by cost and multiplied by engagement of physicians and staff.


Value-Focused Care

The Department of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery strives to deliver high-value care. This involves continuously improving the quality and safety of care, and also reducing costs where possible.


The OHNS Quality Council is chaired by Dr. Edward J. Damrose, MD, FACS.