Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery

Houston Methodist's Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery provides complete head and neck care. We treat diseases of the ear, larynx, head and neck, respiratory tract, upper alimentary system and related structures, trachea and endocrine glands. Houston Methodist is also home to the Center for Performing Arts Medicine, caring for professional performing artists including the Houston Grand Opera. Our physicians treat more voice disorders than any other hospital in Texas. Over the next decade, our program will also establish itself as an internationally recognized center for academic excellence in Otolaryngology.


Our mission is to provide the best patient care experience while training students, residents, fellows and physician scientists by excelling in the following:


  • Innovation in the whole patient care experience
  • Embracing and vetting new technologies
  • Best Practices for patient care
  • Multidisciplinary centers of excellence
  • Translational regenerative medicine
  • Big data and AI

Our research areas of focus include the study of a range of diseases and disorders, including:


  • Congenital anomalies — Abnormalities acquired before birth, such as cleft palate
  • Degenerative and idiopathic diseases — Conditions resulting from age or overuse (degenerative) or for which no specific cause can be found (idiopathic)
  • Head and neck cancers — Cancers involving the throat, base of the tongue and other head and neck structures. Houston Methodist is a leader in minimally invasive skull base and brain surgery
  • Hearing disorders — Houston Methodist physicians and researchers have expertise in hearing disorders caused by otosclerosis. Other types of hearing disorders include congenital deafness, chronic middle ear disease, Meniere's disease and presbycusis.
  • Infectious and inflammatory diseases — Includes diseases of the respiratory tract, bones and other structures
  • Maxillofacial disorders— Injuries and conditions of the face, jaw, teeth, mouth and neck
  • Special sensory and motor disturbances — Conditions that include balance disorders and smell and taste disorders
  • Throat Disorders — Includes thyroid disease, swallowing disorders, snoring disorders, reflux and sleep disorders
  • Vocal injury and disorders — Injuries and diseases of the throat and larynx that affect vocal ability


Masayoshi Takashima, MD, FACS

Mas Takashima, MD, FACS
Chair, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Houston Methodist

Contact Information

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Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Houston Methodist
6550 Fannin St., Smith Tower 1723
Houston, TX 77030