Brian Sullivan, '07 ChE

brian sullivan

Brian Sullivan may have earned a chemical engineering degree in 2007, but he used his knowledge to help people in the medical field by becoming a otolaryngologist/head and neck surgeon at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Brian may not have ended up on the typical engineering path, but he not only get to cure ear, nose and throad ailments, but he also gets exposed to the latest and greatest ENT technology including robotic surgery. Read below to learn more about Brian and his one-of-a-kind career.

Job Title - Otolaryngologist/Head and Neck Surgeon 

Industry - Medicine/Otolaryngology

What are some cool facts about your industry or your current project?

Otolaryngology  is a surgical subspecialty focused on the ear, nose and throat, but we also treat and operate on diseases of the neck and mouth. Basically anything from the base of the skull to the top of the lungs is our surgical domain.

ENT is a fascinating field of surgery that allows treatment of patients from newborns to the elderly for all types of issues. One of my favorite things about ENT is the specialty encompasses a small area of human anatomy, but is very diverse. Ear surgery and anatomy is quite different from sinus and nasal surgery, which is completely different from neck and throat procedures. 

We also get to use the latest technologic advances including medical lasers, robotic surgery, surgical microscopes and minimally invasive endoscopes to assist patients and provide surgical care. 

Why is what you’re doing important to people throughout the country?

The anatomic areas covered by ENTs are extremely important to the day-to-day life of all humans. Hearing, talking, breathing, smelling and eating are all things that ENTs play an intricate role for people. It is an honor and a pleasure to be able to assist people when problems arise in these areas that need medical or surgical intervention.

Last Updated: 5/17/17 10:44 AM