Otolaryngology Research


The Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology at UT Southwestern and Children’s Health℠, led by Ron Mitchell, M.D., is a premier program for infants and children with otolaryngologic problems.

The program is the largest in North Texas and one of the largest in the U.S. The educational program of the Division provides training to the UT  Southwestern Residency Program in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, as well as an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited fellowship training program in Pediatric Otolaryngology. Trainees are exposed to a wide spectrum of clinical pathology, and over a third of index cases are performed in medically complex Children – ASA III and above.

The Division performs more than 8,000 procedures annually and has robust programs for management of voice and airway disorders, hearing loss, vascular anomalies and velopharyngeal insufficiency. 

The volume and complexity of clinical programs addressed by the Division places it among the top five programs in the U.S. 

Program & Research Highlights

  • Over 15 ongoing IRB-approved clinical research projects spanning from obstructive sleep apnea to surgical management of complex sinonasal infections
  • Collaborative research with University of Texas campuses at Dallas and Arlington
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored research in pediatric obstructive sleep apnea
  • The largest airway program in the region
  • Clinical volumes of the fellowship place it in the top 10th percentile of programs in the U.S.
  • The Division manages one of the largest sleep laboratories in the country with over 2,000 sleep studies performed every year.
  • CME programs include an annual tracheostomy training program