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.

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

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


Dr. Oghalai serves as Chair of the USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He passionately leads a team of over 150 members that share his dedication to providing empathetic patient care, performing scientific research to discover better treatments for disease, and educating the next generation of clinicians and scientists. His clinical expertise in diseases of the ear is internationally shared through his clinical surgical textbook (Atlas of Neurotologic and Lateral Skull Base Surgery, Springer) and over 140 research papers in scholarly journals. His research lab receives grant funding from the National Institutes of Health to study and develop new treatments for hearing loss and he is the program director of the NIH-funded Otolaryngology Clinician-Scientist Training Program at USC. Prior to coming to USC in 2017, he held faculty positions at Baylor College of Medicine and Stanford University. Dr. Oghalai lives in LA with his wife and two kids. During his free time, you can find him outdoors. He enjoys hiking, running, biking, sailing, and barbecuing. 

About John S. Oghalai, MD

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