Chair’s Corner

Message from John S. Oghalai, MD

Welcome to the USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery!

As one of the cornerstone departments within the Keck School of Medicine at USC, we are lucky to have the tremendous clinical, research, and educational opportunities that exist here. Our Department has a culture that fosters excellence in all areas of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Our facilities are top-notch.

Ultimately, however, our success derives from the quality of the people here at USC. Faculty, staff, and trainees support each other so that we can all reach our maximum potential.

John S. Oghalai, MD

John S. Oghalai, MD
Leon J. Tiber and David S. Alpert Professor and Chair
USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Using the creative energy fostered by the synergy of multi-disciplinary teams, we develop innovative approaches to help patients, advance science, and train leaders. Our Department is strong in every division and we are advancing medicine through research. Furthermore, we believe that helping people is central to our mission and we dedicate our careers to this endeavor. We take pride in being are a friendly, caring group that enjoys going to work and serving our community every day.

We thrive in the diverse environment of Keck Medicine of USC, and we use it to develop paradigms that will end up being used around the country and the world. Whatever is going to happen, happens first in L.A. What an incredible place to work!

– John S. Oghalai, MD


John S. Oghalai, MD, is an internationally recognized otolaryngologist with expertise in ear and skull base surgery, who recently moved here from Stanford to lead the USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. His practice focuses on the management of skull base tumors such as vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma) and meningioma. He works closely with neurosurgery, radiation oncology, and neuroradiology as a part of the USC skull base team. He also treats patients with chronic ear disease and hearing loss. This includes both adult and pediatric cochlear implantation. He also directs an NIH-funded research laboratory and translates the latest findings to improve patient care. Dr. Oghalai is board certified in otolaryngology and neurotology and is a senior examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery several times.

About John S. Oghalai, MD