David Goldenberg, MD, FACS, otolaryngology (head and neck) surgeon at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, is seen in the operating room at the Medical Center in 2015, operating the Flex robot. He is pictured wearing a surgical mask and blue surgical scrubs, with the side view of another surgeon in scrubs seen to the left of the photo.

Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Penn State College of Medicine

The Mission of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery is to provide optimal, safe care to the local and regional community; to train the surgeons and leaders of tomorrow in a culture of mutual respect and inclusion; to pursue impactful, collaborative research within the specialty; and to further Penn State Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery’s stature as a preeminent academic department.

Since its establishment by Dr. George Conner in 1972, what is now the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has been dedicated to providing the highest-quality care for patients with diseases of the ear, nose and throat.

Led by nationally recognized physicians and educators, the department offers complete coverage of all otolaryngology subspecialties.

Patients receive care in the areas of hearing and balance disorders, including cochlear implantation; vocal and swallowing disorders; nasal, sinus and skull-base diseases; thyroid and parathyroid disorders; tumors of the head and neck, including cancer; pediatric ear, nose and throat problems; and facial plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.

David Goldenberg, MD, FACS, is the Founding Chair, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery; Steven and Sharon Baron Professor at Penn State College of Medicine. He is pictured in a white medical coat against a blue background.
David Goldenberg, MD, FACS, Founding Chair, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery

Patients benefit from a multidisciplinary approach to their problems, as the department is associated with Penn State Cancer Institute and its Head and Neck Tumor Board.

The faculty are leaders in national scientific organizations and presenters at international medical conferences, and are committed to staying abreast of and being involved in the development of cutting-edge technology. The department is committed to continuously pursuing excellence through advances in otolaryngology research that translate into the latest and safest approaches to treatment and patient care.

In collaboration with referring physicians, the department is dedicated to providing excellent and comprehensive clinical care, as well as training and educating the next generation of outstanding clinicians and surgeons.

Please explore this page to discover more about what makes the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center special.

David Goldenberg, MD, FACS
Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Founding Chair
Penn State College of Medicine

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Education in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

The educational mission is a key part of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

The faculty are very active and take pride in educating the next leaders in medicine throughout the year in top-of-the-line clerkship and residency programs.

The department is dedicated to the educational experience of our program’s otolaryngology residents, Penn State College of Medicine students, residents from other departments (including anesthesiology, family and community medicine, neurology and surgery) and visiting students from other institutions.

Research in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

The head and neck cancer and thyroid malignancies research program has a dynamic team of physician-scientist researchers using a multidisciplinary approach to translational and clinical research. Its goal is to discover new insights into head and neck cancer and forge new treatment options, while providing a platform for rapid translation from bench to bedside.

The advances that department resources have made toward the treatment and cure of head and neck cancers are remarkable, reducing the prevalence of metastatic and residual disease among patients.

Topics of research interest include:

  • Thyroid cancers
  • Robotic surgery (TORS) - Flex robot
  • Medrobotics Flex robotics

See recent publications here.

Clinical Care in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

TheOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery team provides expert care for the diagnosis and treatment of both benign and malignant diseases of the head and neck region, including the ears, nose and throat.

Advanced care is delivered by a team of fellowship-trained experts in pediatric ear, nose and throat disorders, facial plastic surgery, head and neck cancer surgery, skull-base surgery, ear surgery, audiology and speech-language pathology.

Jobs in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Information on jobs that may be available in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery can be found at psu.jobs (for non-clinical positions) or careers.pennstatehealth.org (for clinical positions). All applications must be made through those sites.