About the Division

History of the Division

  • Duke Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences became a department in July 2019, and Duke Pediatric Otolaryngology became a division in December 2019.
  • Duke Pediatric Otolaryngology was a section in Duke OHNS for many years prior to becoming a separate division in the new department.
  • Duke Pediatric Otolaryngology was integrated into Duke Children's surgical services division in 2009.

Important Milestones

  • First EXIT procedure in 2010
  • First pediatric laryngeal reinnervation 2011
  • First tracheal slide at Duke in 2012
  • Started Duke aerodigestive team in 2011 with pulmonary, gastroenterology, speech pathology, nutrition and social work. Peds surgery added in 2020.
  • Dr. Eileen Raynor joined in 2009
  • Duke Pediatric Otolaryngology included as part of the Duke Voice Care Center in 2010
  • Invited faculty for Carolina Airway Course annually starting in 2009
  • Laura Geraghty, PA added in 2011
  • Dr. Jeffrey Cheng joined in 2016
  • Michelle Taylor-Brink RN added in 2018
  • Dr. Janet Lee joined in 2019

Achievements in Education and Research

  • Certified as a Level 1 children's surgery center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Children’s Surgery Verification (CSV) Quality Improvement Program
  • Faculty actively participate in the national conversation with participation in board certification question writing and national committee involvement
  • Numerous national and international presentations by faculty
  • Part of North Carolina Cytomegalovirus (CMV) workgroup to increase awareness and standardize protocols across the state for the diagnosis of congenital CMV
  • Multiple research collaborations across the health system, including CleftKit and machine learning
  • Mentorship of medical students and residents. Faculty offer third-year clinical continuity and research opportunities for medical students.