Title

Early contributions by Otolaryngologists in head and neck reconstructive surgery

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-1-2020

Journal

European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology

Volume

277

Issue

4

DOI

10.1007/s00405-020-05845-8

Keywords

Conley; Head; History; Microvascular; Neck; Otolaryngology; Reconstruction

Abstract

Purpose: Examination of contributions of Otolaryngologists to head and neck reconstructive surgery. Methods: Historical Evaluation. Results: Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery as a surgical specialty has come to dominate the related fields of head and neck cancer ablative surgery as well as reconstruction as a result of those leaders who established our profession. While some otolaryngologists have always been at the forefront of head and neck surgery and reconstruction; as surgery has become more specialized in the past century, that expertise has been increasingly consolidated within specific academic institutions and training programs. Conclusion: An examination of the various academic trends, world events, and scientific breakthroughs which allowed the advancement of head and neck reconstruction reveals a fascinating history of our specialty.

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