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  • Compassion


    We pride ourselves on treating patients with the compassion, empathy and respect they deserve.

  • Education


    We are committed to training the men and women who will become the next generation of Ear, Nose, and Throat physicians.

  • Experience


    Our Division’s two doctors have over 50 years of combined experience in delivering excellent care to patients with ENT disorders.
  • Skill


    With experience comes the skills necessary to manage patients safely and successfully.

  • Camaraderie


    Our division uses a team approach to patient care. Patients are not “his or hers” but “ours.”

  • Study


    Providing you with the best and most up-to-date care requires a commitment by our physicians to stay current by attending meetings, taking courses and reading and studying the relevant literature.

General Otolaryngology

There are several members of the Otolaryngology Department at MUSC that do not necessarily limit their practice to a specific “subspecialty”. These “General Otolaryngologists” and their respective Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners play a vital role in seeing and treating patients with a wide range of ENT related disorders in both adults and children. Our generalists also serve as a vital link between our patients, their referring doctors and other members of our Department. Quite often, patients are able to see one of our generalist quickly to start the process of their evaluation even in those instances when subspecialty care may ultimately be required. Labs, x-rays and other diagnostic studies can be initiated by the generalist who, in turn, can help expedite getting patients in to see the right specialist in a timely fashion.

Members of the General Otolaryngology Division are often available to see patients with very little wait for appointments. Same day and next day appointments can often be offered. We offer 3 convenient locations for our patients: Rutledge Tower/Downtown Charleston, North Charleston and Health East Cooper/ Mt. Pleasant. Our satellite clinics typically receive some of the highest scores on patient experience surveys. These scores are an accurate reflection of our dedication and commitment to providing our patients with the highest quality care possible in a friendly and caring environment.

Conditions We Treat

Hearing Loss/Ringing in the Ears/Hearing aids:

Our General ENT physicians work closely with the Audiology Department in providing patients with comprehensive audiologic testing, balance testing, tinnitus management and hearing aid fitting.

Eustachian Tube Dysfunction:

Dysfunction of the Eustachian Tube is a common ENT problem typically characterized by a fullness in the ears. Oftentimes a specific cause for this can be discovered and treatments directed at the cause can be offered. There are also new studies about to get underway looking at balloon dilation of dysfunctional eustachian tubes.


We offer comprehensive allergy testing (both skin testing and blood testing) for our patients as well as a full range of treatments options including allergy shots or self-administered allergy drops.


Comprehensive evaluation of patients with chronic and recurrent acute sinusitis and utilization of the most advanced treatment options including topical therapies, in-office endoscopy and image guided sinus surgery are available to our patients..

Nasal Congestion/Nasal Obstruction/Post-nasal drip

Causes for nasal congestion and drainage are varied with underlying allergy and anatomic problems such as septal deviation and turbinate hypertrophy quite common. Both medical and surgical options are available to help manage these bothersome symptoms.


Our general ENT surgeons utilize the latest in evidence- based medicine and new technology to help children with common ENT problems requiring surgery.

Sleep Apnea:

Comprehensive diagnostic evaluation of sleep related breathing disorders such as sleep apnea are available as are both surgical and non-surgical treatment options.

Hoarseness/Swallowing Difficulties:

Clinics are equipped with the latest endoscopy equipment allowing for complete evaluation and management of voice and swallowing problems in patients of all ages.

Our Team

Mary Ann Howerton, PA



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