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A Brief Overview of Otolaryngology

Leveraging the education and training she received at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio, MD, has treated patients at Portland Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Specialists since 1995. With an expertise in both adult and pediatric otolaryngology, Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio is board certified in facial and plastic reconstructive surgery, head and neck surgery, pediatric ENT, and otolaryngology.

Below is a brief overview of the field of otolaryngology.

Question #1: What is otolaryngology?

Answer #1: As one of the oldest medical disciplines in the country, otolaryngology involves the management and treatment of conditions affecting the ears, nose, and throat (ENT), as well as those involving the head and neck.

Question #2: What are some of the conditions treated by an otolaryngologist?

Answer #2: Otolaryngologists treat conditions such as ear infections, sinusitis, problems with the throat and voice, and both benign and cancerous tumors found in the neck and head. They are also skilled at performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures.

Question #3: What type of additional training is required to become an otolaryngologist?

Answer #3: Typically, otolaryngologists are required to obtain a college degree and a medical degree, followed by at least five years of training in the specialty. The physician must then pass an examination offered by the American Board of Otolaryngology in order to become certified.

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