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The Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery got its start in medicine and at Johns Hopkins much like the specialties of urology, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, and radiology. The specialty was a creation of the perceptive vision of William Stewart Halsted, one of the four founding physicians of The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
In each instance, the pattern was the same and followed a simple formula, which- born of the Hopkins environment, it seems- was brought to perfection by Halsted, the Forefather of Hopkins' surgery.
First, Halsted encouraged a promising young house officer to interest himself in a special field of surgery and then quickly gave him major and clear-cut responsibility for its development. Thus in the early days of the Hospital, selections were made which brought distinction to Hopkins for four decades: Baer in Orthopedics, Baetjer in Radiology, Cushing and then Dandy in Neurosurgery, and Young in Urology.
Meet the experts in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins.