University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Surgery

Division of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Dr. Brundage, Executive Council

The Division of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery (OHNS) includes eleven physicians, five residents and five audiologists that manage a full spectrum of head-and-neck-related diseases. We have subspecialists in head and neck oncology, otology/neurotology, rhinology, laryngology, facial plastic surgery and pediatric otolaryngology. We see patients at Fletcher Allen Health Care at the ambulatory care center and at satellite clinics in Berlin at Central Vermont Medical Center and in St. Albans, Vermont. Last year, our physicians saw over 20,000 outpatients and performed more than 2,300 surgical procedures.


The Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery residency program is the crown jewel of our division. Our graduates have excelled in academic careers for more than 45 years. Our one resident per year program gives our trainees intimate exposure to all facets of our specialty while preparing them well for fellowship training. We continue to attract and match the best applicants from across the nation to our program. Our residency program was thoroughly reviewed by the ACGME in 2010. We were one of only five programs out of more than twenty reviewed at that time to receive a full five-year accreditation. We have an active medical student rotation. We have had very successful UVM graduates go into top-tier residencies in Otolaryngology. In the spring of 2011, all three UVM applicants in Otolaryngology matched at excellent training programs.

Our newest faculty member, Dr. Donald Leopold is an international expert in rhinology, taste and smell and participates in national and international conferences. He was the past Chair of OHNS at the University of Nebraska and at Johns Hopkins-Bayview. Dr. Sofferman has become a leader in the field of head and neck ultrasound and has run the ultrasound course for the American College of Surgeons for several years. Dr. Couch has shared her work in cancer cachexia with investigators from around North America and Europe. She is currently the President of the Society of University Otolaryngologists and will be moderating at the 7th International
Head and Neck Society meeting in Toronto, Canada.

Resident Rounding

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Our physicians and residents are actively involved in clinical outcomes research and in industry-sponsored clinical trials. Dr. Marion Couch has a basic science lab that studies cancer-related cachexia. Dr. Hirak Der-Torossian is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab, working on the inflammatory pathophysiology of this wasting syndrome.

Patient Care


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