American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Houston, TX 77027
Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
An otolaryngologist – head and neck surgeon provides medical and/or surgical therapy or prevention of diseases, allergies, neoplasms, deformities, disorders and/or injuries of the ears, nose, sinuses, throat, respiratory and upper alimentary systems, face, jaws and the other head and neck systems. Head and neck oncology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and the treatment of disorders of hearing and voice are fundamental areas of expertise.
Training required prior to initial board certification
Five (5) years
Board eligible period (+practice requirement)
Five (5) years
Certification in one of the following subspecialties requires additional training and assessment as specified by the board.
The neurotologist has special expertise in the management of diseases of the inner ear, temporal bone, and skull base, including tumors and other conditions.
Complex Pediatric Otolaryngology
A pediatric otolaryngologist trained in this area has special expertise in caring for infants and children with complex otolaryngologic disorders and/or common otolaryngologic disorders in otherwise complex children. Most practice in pediatric-specific institutions where they are members of inter-disciplinary teams to provide optimal care to the patient. Some of the complex problems this specialist evaluates include congenital abnormalities, infectious and inflammatory disorders and inherited and acquired conditions of the head and neck, including hearing loss and other communication impairments. They diagnose and provide both medical and surgical treatment of complex disorders of the aerodigestive tract, ear, nose, sinus, throat, voice, and speech and head and neck.
Plastic Surgery Within the Head and Neck
An otolaryngologist trained in this area has additional expertise in plastic and reconstructive procedures within the head, face, neck and associated structures, including cutaneous head and neck oncology and reconstruction, management of maxillofacial trauma, soft tissue repair and cosmetic surgery.
An otolaryngologist with demonstrated expertise in the diagnosis and management of clinical conditions that occur during sleep, that disturb sleep, or that are affected by disturbances in the wake-sleep cycle. This specialist is skilled in the analysis and interpretation of comprehensive polysomnography, and well versed in emerging research and management of a sleep laboratory.
Lifelong learning requirements
- Complete a minimum of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ annually.
- Complete one ABOto self-assessment module in a practice relevant area annually and achieve a passing score of 80% or higher.