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Rush Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art care for adults and children with ear, nose, throat, and head and neck conditions. With a focus on making the patient experience as seamless and convenient as possible, our department strives to provide prompt, compassionate care and state-of-the-art surgical technique.

At Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Otolaryngology collaborates with neurology, neurosurgery, radiation oncology, facial plastics communicative disorders, and allergy, asthma, and pulmonology; as well as other specialists to address the full scope of problems affecting the ears, nose, throat, and head and neck.
 
The highly skilled multidisciplinary team at Rush provides personalized care in what are often complex situations, and dedicates itself to enhancing patient care through research both in the lab and in the clinic and education.

MEET OUR TEAM

Samer Al-Khudari, MD, completed medical school at Rush Medical College, his residency in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery at the Henry Ford Health System, and his fellowship in head and neck oncology and microvascular surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Head and Neck Institute.

Al-Khudari is board-certified with a clinical interest in head and neck cancer surgery, microvascular reconstruction of the head and neck (free-flap surgery), minimally invasive (robotic) head and neck surgery, thyroid cancer and goiters, and Zenker diverticulum.

He belongs to several organizations, including the Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, American Head and Neck Society, and Michigan Otolaryngological Society.

 

Pete S. Batra, MD, FACS is an internationally recognized rhinologist who currently serves as Professor and Chairman of the Department.  He completed his internship and residency at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and then pursued fellowship training in rhinology, sinus surgery and endoscopic skull base surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.  Dr. Batra is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Otolaryngology, American Rhinologic Society, and the Triologic Society. 

Dr. Batra has given more than 150 invited presentations nationally and abroad on sinonasal and skull base disease. His research endeavors have resulted in more than 110 peer-review articles and book chapters. He currently serves on the Board of Director of the American Rhinologic Society and recently received the prestigious American Academy of Otolaryngology Distinguished Service Award.  His special clinical interests include management of refractory sinusitis and polyps, revision sinus surgery, management of CSF rhinorrhea, endoscopic orbital surgery, and minimally invasive skull base surgery for benign and malignant tumors.

David D. Caldarelli, MD, completed medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, his surgical internship at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital and his ENT residency at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary Research and Education Hospitals.

Caldarelli is a board-certified otolaryngologist with over 40 years of medical experience. He acted as chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at Rush for 38 years and now serves as chairman emeritus. He is a senior attending physician at Rush University Medical Center and professor at Rush Medical College.

Caldarelli’s clinical interests include nasal and sinus surgery, oral cancer, throat cancer, sleep apnea, voice disorders and general ENT issues in adult patients.

Caldarelli is a member of numerous specialty societies, has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in otolaryngology journals, and authored numerous text book chapters. He received the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Prestigious Honor Award in 1999 and has also been named a Castle Connelly America’s Top Doctor several times, most recently in 2012.

 

Paul Jones, MD, is acting chairperson of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. He is a 1983 graduate of Rush Medical College. He served his residency at Rush and has been on the teaching staff since 1988. Jones, who performs over 350 surgeries per year at Rush, is a Castle-Connolly Chicago Magazine Top Doctor for the past 10 years and was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top doctors in his specialty. He has been the section head of pediatric otolaryngology since 1992. His professionalism and communication skills are lauded in his patient satisfaction surveys, which consistently place him high above the national average and are among the highest in the department.

Phillip LoSavio, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Rush University Medical Center and has a full-time clinical practice at Rush. He completed his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and attended Rush Medical College, where he received the medical staff prize for clinical excellence and the Anthony Schmidt Award for outstanding work in the anatomical sciences and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society in his junior year. He completed his otolaryngology residency at Rush, which included rotations at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and Children’s Memorial Hospital. He served his fifth year of residency as chief resident. He currently serves as the otolaryngology medical student course director for Rush Medical College.

LoSavio was honored as Rush’s clinical employee of the quarter in July of 2012. He practices general otolaryngology in adults and children with a special interest in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, paranasal sinus and allergic disease. He also treats patients with a wide range of otolaryngology issues, including salivary gland and thyroid disease. LoSavio works in the Rush Comprehensive Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center, providing a collaborative approach to patients with complex and treatment resistant upper-airway disease.

Thomas J. Nielsen, MD, completed his medical training at Rush University and his residency at Rush University Medical Center. He is a board-certified otolaryngologist with more than 20 years of experience. His clinical interests include head and neck cancer, head and neck surgery, thyroid conditions and surgery, and general ENT issues.

Dr. Nielsen is an assistant professor at Rush Medical College and is the program director of resident education and a member of the Comprehensive Head and Neck Cancer Clinic at Rush.
 

Dr. Nielsen has received the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Achievement Award continuously since 1992 and the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition award continuously since 1991.

R. Mark Wiet, MD, is section head of the Otology, Neurotology and Lateral Skull Base Surgery Program at Rush University and is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology. Wiet received his medical degree from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and completed a residency in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus. After his residency, he completed a two-year accredited fellowship in otology, neurotology and skull base surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. During his fellowship, Wiet received a European Skull Base Society Fellows Award and an American Neurotology Society Fellows Award. An interest in lateral skull base disease management led him to Gruppo Otologico in central Italy, where he worked closely with Mario Sanna, MD, a leader in the field of lateral skull base surgery.

Board-certified in otolaryngology and neurotology, Wiet specializes in the comprehensive management of acoustic neuroma and lateral skull base tumors; pediatric and adult implantable hearing devices, including cochlear implants; bone anchored hearing aids; and pediatric and adult general otology. Wiet's research involves acoustic neuromas, implantable hearing devices and otosclerosis.  

Wiet is a member of many professional societies, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, the American Neurotology Society and the North American Skull Base Society.
Services
  • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Focuses on procedures to improve the look and/or function of the face and neck area.
  • General Otolaryngology: Treats illnesses involving the ears, nose, throat, sinuses and head and neck.
  • Head and Neck Oncology: Evaluation and treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck.
  • Laryngology: Includes evaluation and treatment of voice disorders including preservation and rehabilitation, vocal cord paralysis, laryngopharyngeal reflux and laryngotracheal reconstruction.
  • Otology, Neurotology and Lateral Skull Base Surgery: Specializes in managing diseases and disorders of hearing, balance, cranial nerves and the skull base.
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology: Evaluation and treatment of pediatric otolaryngologic disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and head and neck.
  • Rhinology and Sinus: Evaluation and treatment of medical and surgical diseases of the nasal passages as well as paranasal sinuses.

Accreditation and Recognition

Rush Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery Chicago
1611 W. Harrison St.
Orthopedic Building
Suite 550
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-942-6100
Fax: 312-942-6653
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Rush Comprehensive Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center
1611 W. Harrison St.
Orthopedic Building
Suite 550
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-466-9247
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Rush Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery Oak Park
610 S. Maple Avenue
Suite 3700
Oak Park, IL 60304
Phone: 708-660-6430
Fax: 708-660-6447
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Rush Comprehensive Head & Neck Cancer Clinic
1725 W. Harrison St.
Professional Building I
Suite 1010
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-563-2322
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