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

Department Mission

The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Penn State College of Medicine is committed to providing high-quality, compassionate and state-of-the-art care to patients with medical and surgical conditions of the head and neck.

We strive to achieve this goal through the four core academic pillars of excellence in clinical care, comprehensive education of our students and residents, innovation in impactful translational research, and engagement and support of the community we serve.

The clinical program has at its heart the medical needs of patients in the central Pennsylvania community, the Commonwealth and the nation. The department works in a collaborative environment with experts from specialties across the institution to provide contemporary, high-quality and safe patient care, utilizing evidence-based techniques and innovative tools.

The residency program has as its primary mission to provide the resources and experiences necessary for the next generation of otolaryngologists’ professional development in our rapidly advancing surgical specialty. This mission is accomplished through holistic resident recruitment of future leaders within our field, provision of high-quality basic and advanced tertiary/quaternary otolaryngology care to patients, as well as fostering novel basic science and clinical research. Educators and learners function through shared ideals of respect, collaboration and empowerment.

The research program furthers the institutional mission of being a premier academic medical center through basic and translational research efforts to generate tomorrow’s therapies and cures today. Clinical trials allow us to bring these innovations to our patients when they need them.

Penn State Health and the department care about the communities we serve. We are optimistic about the future of health care in Central Pennsylvania and the part that Penn State Health Otolaryngology will play in it. We are engaged in our community through various support groups, health screening, charity fundraisers and the individual passions of team members.

We continue to strive to create a diverse and inclusive environment for our staff and patients, under the institutional banner of Respect, Integrity, Teamwork and Excellence.