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Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

b6470001Address H-1083 Budapest, Szigony u. 36.
Tel: (+36-20) 825-2310 
Fax: (+36-1) 333-3316
Email: titkarsag.fulo@med.semmelweis-univ.hu
Web: semmelweis.hu/fulorrgegeszet/

Director Professor László Tamás, M.D., Ph.D.

Background Otology and rhino-laryngology were once independent disciplines. In 1863, Laryngology, led by Imre Navratil and the Otology Clinic, directed by Gyula Böke, had been separate departments; these were merged in 1932. Led by Professor Lénárt, the new Oto-Rhino-Laryngology Department moved to its current facilities on Szigony street in 1936.

Profile General otorhinolaryngology, audiology special hearing improvement, cochlear implantation, otoneurology, phoniatry, logopaedics, head-neck surgery, endoscopy, plastic and reconstructive surgery, rhinology, allergology.

Education The otorhinolaryngological curriculum is delivered to all medical and dental students of the University. Lectures and demonstrations are held for both faculties in Hungarian, English and German. Practical training in the latest ear, nose and throat surgery techniques is given through video instructions. Each year, the Department has several Ph.D. students and also participates in the postgraduate training of ear-nose and throat specialists through selected courses.

Health Care The Department has 56 beds (general ENT 28, oncology 20, pediatric care 8) available for patients from all over Hungary. There are more than 4,000 operations performed each year, including ambulatory and highly special surgeries as well.

Auditory rehabilitation procedures include cochlear implantation of the latest models of prostheses. The Department was among the first ones to introduce functional endoscopic surgery and endonasal microsurgery in the therapy of the disorders of the nose and paranasal sinuses. Operative treatment of laryngeal cancer has been supplemented by the application of laser surgery and the reconstruction of extensive tissue defects.

The Department also operates the following special outpatient units: audiology, paediatric audiology, auditory rehabilitation, oncology, endoscopy, otoneurology, allergology, phoniatry and logopaedics.

Research Preferred research topics are: oncology, audiology, function of the inner-ear, rhinology  and phoniatry. Several new methods introduced to improve impaired hearing have received international recognition.