Welcome to the Iowa Academy of Otolaryngology!

The Iowa Academy of Otolaryngology is committed to protecting and improving patient access and enhancing the quality of otolaryngic care.  We represent specialists who treat the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck.

The medical disorders treated by our physicians are among the most common that afflict all people, young and old.  Click here to see a list of disorders commonly treated by an otolaryngologist.

For the general public, we hope this website is helpful at providing information about our specialty and for locating an otolaryngologist.  For IAO members, this website can be a resource to keep informed about upcoming events and important topics.

What is the Iowa Academy of Otolaryngology?

The Iowa Academy of Otolaryngology (IAO) was founded in 1977.  It is a professional organization of Iowa otolaryngologists.

What is Otolaryngology?

Otolaryngology is a medical specialty focused on treatment of disorders of the head and neck.  The official name for this specialty is Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, but it is commonly referred to as Ears, Nose, and Throat (ENT).

What is an Otolaryngologist?

Otolaryngologists are physicians who have completed medical school and residency training in a certified otolaryngology program.  Some otolaryngologists receive additional fellowship training after residency to become specialized in a particular field of otolaryngology, such as pediatrics, head and neck cancer, ear surgery, facial plastic surgery, and sinus or allergy disorders.

What is the purpose of the IAO?

The Iowa Academy of Otolaryngology has several purposes.  It is affiliated with the Iowa Medical Society, and therefore involved in policy development pertaining to Iowa healthcare.  Also, the IAO has educational and social purposes, by encouraging open lines of communication amongst Iowa otolaryngologists and with the public.  Our annual meeting provides continuing education opportunities for IAO members.