Skip to main content


The Duke Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences is at the forefront of clinical and translational research in otolaryngology, audiology, and speech pathology.

Clinical Research

Our department is leading in clinical research and trials that seek to improve treatment for hearing and balance disorders, head and neck cancer, and voice disorders and speech pathology.

Current research programs are related to:

  • Practice-based clinical research (CHEER network)
  • Vestibular disorders
  • Assistive technology
  • Outcomes measurement
  • Perceptual speech characteristics in people with Down Syndrome
  • The effects of respiratory muscle training in people with Pompe disease

Learn more about our clinical research.

Resident Research

Our residents program offers residents research training, including training in research methods and experience in investigation clinical issues. Each year, each resident has an opportunity to design, execute, and analyze a research project under the direction of a mentor. To learn more, visit our residency program pages.

Collaborate with Us

Collaborative research is a benchmark of the Duke Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences research program.

A number of research endeavors in the department involving collaborators from diverse disciplines are focused on improving patient care in the near future. These efforts include:

  • Clinical trials
  • Development of innovative devices and materials
  • A head and neck tumor biorepository
  • Cleft lip and palate outcomes project (CleftKit)