Clinical Services

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Our history

Chairman and Professor Toshifumi Sakata M.D.,Ph.D.

The Otorhinolaryngology Department was established by Dr. Toyoji Soda, who was the first professor appointed in Fukuoka University in 1972.The second Professor Toshihiko Kato and the third Professor Takashi Nakagawa have managed our department under our traditional background.

Areas of expertise

The Department of Otorhinolaryngology, School of Medicine, Fukuoka University specializes in the following areas.

Otology / Neurotology
  • Abnormal growths in the ear (cholesteatoma and chronic otitis media)
  • Balance disorders
  • Benign tumors of the ear
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing loss (cochlea implant)
  • Facial nerve disorders
  • Malignant tumors within the ear or skull base
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Chronic rhinitis
  • Chronic sinusitis

We examine patients with acute or chronic sinus problems, who have not responded to conservative treatment. Those patients may have endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS), which opens the nasal passages to improve drainage while maintaining normal nasal function.

Head and Neck Surgery
  • Cancers of the head and neck
  • Thyroid tumors
  • Skull base (cranial) tumors
  • Speech and Swallowing Disorders Program

Our hospital for Head and Neck Surgery uses a multidisciplinary approach that combines the expertise of each specialist from several clinical areas.

Foreign language available to use: English