A Message from our Chair

Message from the Chair

A Message from our Chair

In VCU’s Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, everything we do affects patients in a profound way. It is a privilege to treat patients from all walks of life who put their faith in us to restore critical functions related to hearing, speech, swallowing, airway, smell and taste. Trainees in our residency program work alongside highly specialized attendings in a collegial environment built on collaboration and mentorship. We expect residents and faculty alike to be involved in all aspects of the department and how it functions, and we seek motivated, multifaceted individuals with the drive to express their ideas to join our growing team.

Laurence DiNardo, M.D., FACS

  • Head and Neck Oncology

    Providing compassionate patient care and comprehensive resident training in the treatment of head and neck cancer

  • Laryngology

    A comprehensive, team-based approach to the treatment of swallowing and voice disorders

  • Otology and Neurotology

    State-of-the-art medical and surgical care and resident training in otology, neurotology and skull base surgery

  • Pediatric Otolaryngology

    Broad spectrum of ear, nose, throat, head and neck conditions in younger patients

  • Plastic Surgery and Trauma

    Facial reconstruction surgery to restore patients’ appearance and/or function using the latest, cutting edge techniques available in modern medicine

  • Rhinology

    Comprehensive patient care and resident training in disorders of the nose and paranasal sinuses

  • Skull Base Surgery

    Cutting-edge medical and surgical therapies for complex pathology of the skull base

  • Sleep Surgery

    Caring for patients whose treatments such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy have been unsuccessful in restoring quality sleep

  • Smell and Taste

    Treating patients who have lost their sense of smell or taste due to head injuries, exposure to hazardous materials, nerve damage or a viral infection such as COVID-19

  • Audiology

    The audiology team at VCU is committed to the care of patients with hearing loss through clinical services, research and education of professionals and families.

  • Cochlear Implant Center

    The cochlear implant team at our designated Center of Excellence has changed the lives of patients with severe hearing loss for more than 30 years.


VCU’s Department of Otolaryngology has a longstanding reputation of providing compassionate patient care, conducting innovative, impactful research and training the next generation of medical professionals through comprehensive, unique learning opportunities.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We're proud to treat a diverse population of patients in the Richmond area, many of whom are critically ill and from historically disadvantaged groups. As educators clinicians, researchers and colleagues, we reaffirm the core values of human dignity and of mutual, unconditional respect , and we acknowledge our responsibility to condemn racism and all forms of discrimination.

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