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TOD C. HUNTLEY, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Specialty Areas

  • Adult and pediatric otolaryngology-head & neck surgery

  • Office-based balloon-assisted sinus surgery (“balloon sinuplasty”)

  • Nasal obstruction and sinusitis

  • Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea

  • Thyroid and parathyroid surgery

  • Minimally-invasive endoscopic surgery of the head and neck

  • Head and neck cancer surgery

  • Microvascular reconstructive surgery of the head and neck

  • da Vinci robotic surgery

  • Otolaryngic allergy

  • Clinical research

Medical School

  • Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN 1985

Internship

  • Methodist Hospital of Indiana, Indianapolis, IN 1985

Residency

  • Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN 1996-1990

Fellowship

  • Head & Neck Surgical Oncology and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery

  • Head & Neck Surgery Associates, Indianapolis, IN  1990

Board Certifications and Licensure

  • American Board of Otolaryngology 1990

Hospital and Surgery Center Affiliations

  • St. Vincent Indianapolis and Carmel Hospitals

  • Community Hospitals of Indianapolis

  • Indiana University Hospitals North and West

  • Franciscan Hospital Carmel

  • Surgery Center of Carmel

  • Community Hospital North Surgery Center

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (multiple committee appointments, past Board of Governors member)

  • American College of Surgeons

  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine

  • International Society of Sleep Surgeons (founding member)

  • World Robotic Society

  • American Thyroid Association

  • Indianapolis Medical Society (Board of Directors)

  • Indiana State Medical Association (past District Delegate)

  • Indiana Academy of Otolaryngology (Past Indiana Legislative Director)

  • American Head and Neck Society

 

Current Academic Appointments and Industry Affiliations

  • Indiana University: Faculty member, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • Marian University School of Osteopathic Medicine: clinical instructor

  • St Vincent Hospital and Health Center: co-director, Head and Neck Surgery

  • St. Louis University and PACE Learning Center: co-director of Advanced Surgical Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring, an annual international instructional course for surgeons

  • Medical advisor to industry: MedRobotics, Cook Medical, Siesta Medical, Inspire Medical

  • Surgical instructor and proctor: Intuitive Medical

  • Journal reviewer: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

 

Current Funded Research Projects

  • FDA pivotal clinical trial, hypoglossal nerve stimulator for OSA

  • FDA clinical trial, robotic lingual resection for obstructive sleep apnea

  • FDA clinical feasibility trial, absorbable implant for pharyngeal expansion surgery

Meet Dr. Huntley

 

Tod C. Huntley, MD FACS, recognized annually by Indianapolis Monthly magazine as one of Indianapolis' "Top Docs," treats the full range of general otolaryngology problems for adults and children.

 

He was offered the chance to join the practice in 1991 while completing his fellowship in head and neck surgery under Ronald Hamaker, MD., the group's founder. Dr. Huntley's fellowship included subspecialty training in the treatment of cancers of the head, neck, mouth, throat, and sinuses, as well as microvascular free flap reconstruction of cancer defects. He has been an integral part of CENTA's head and neck cancer program since then, while  simultaneously expanding his expertise in numerous other arenas.  It was under Dr. Huntley’s direction that CENTA has built national a national reputation in such fields as obstructive sleep apnea treatment and robotic surgery. 

 

Huntley has established a national reputation in the surgical treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. He has had extensive post-fellowship training in the latest soft tissue and maxillofacial OSA surgical techniques from some of the world's best experts, starting with post-fellowship training at the Stanford University Sleep Disorders Center in 1991. Since that time, he has been active in clinical research, teaching, publishing,  and as a consultant with industry. Dr. Huntley has authored book chapters and journal articles on various sleep apnea surgical topics, has presented at numerous  national and international meetings, and has been an invited guest lecturer throughout the US and in North and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. He has been on the Sleep Disorders Committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and is a founding member of the International Society of Sleep Surgeons. He is co-director of the world’s foremost instructional course for sleep surgeons, held annually  at St. Louis University.

 

Dr. Huntley has been a principle investigator in the first clinical and FDA trials of a number of surgical treatments of snoring and sleep apnea, including:

  • Radiofrequency volumetric reduction (Somnoplasty®) of the soft tissues of the upper airway, including the tongue base

  • Pillar implants

  • Tongue base suspension techniques

  • Implantable hypoglossal nerve stimulation

 

Dr. Huntley is also one of the region’s premier thyroid and parathyroid surgeons, and he emphasizes minimally-invasive techniques when appropriate.  He lectures frequently on thyroid disorders, was the first surgeon in the state of Indiana to perform minimally invasive thyroidectomy for thyroid tumors, and was one of the first in the country to be trained in robotic-assisted thyroid surgery.  He was one of only a few surgeons in Indiana to be a member of the American Thyroid Association, the world's premier organization dedicated to the study and treatment of thyroid disorders.  Dr. Huntley is proficient in ultrasound examination of the thyroid and parathyroid and offers ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration of thyroid masses.

 

Dr. Huntley also specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques in the head and neck, which includes involves transoral robotic surgery (TORS), transoral laser microsurgery (TLM) for cancers of the mouth and throat, and endoscopic approaches to the skull base. He was one of the first dozen physicians in the U.S. trained in TORS surgery after it was FDA approved in January of 2010 and has been a principle investigator for clinical studies researching the role of TORS in the treatment of cancer and for obstructive sleep apnea.  Dr. Huntley is an instructor to other U.S. surgeons on TORS surgery and has proctored more surgeons around the U.S. for their first TORS cases than any other instructor.  Visit the sleep apnea and da Vinci® robotic sections of our website for more details about the da Vinci® and FlexRobotics® robotic systems and their applications in head and neck surgery.

 

Dr. Huntley also excels in minimally-invasive sinus surgery.  He was one of the first surgeons in the state of Indiana trained in balloon-assisted sinus surgery, and is adept at office-based sinus surgery under local anesthesia.  “This has been a game-changer in the treatment of sinus infections,” says Dr. Huntley.  “Whether a patient suffers from allergies or from structural problems, we are a one-stop shop.  We can work up and thoroughly treat allergies, have our own state-of-the art cone beam CT scanners in the office, and can now offer surgery comfortably and safely in the office, with minimal down-time and discomfort.  This is how we do things at CENTA.  Comprehensively, safely, and efficiently.”

 

A Certificate of Honor recipient of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Foundation, Dr. Huntley has been very involved on an administrative level in his field in local, state, and national issues. He has been a delegate of his Academy's Board of Governors, has served on a variety of state and national committees, and is a member of a number of local and national medical societies. He is actively involved in the teaching of his head & neck surgery fellows, otolaryngology residents, and oral surgery residents in training.

 

Dr. Huntley welcomes new adult and pediatric patients to his practice. He feels privileged to be part of a practice that encourages innovation, research, and development of subspecialty interests. A self-described perpetual motion machine, he says, "I am always thinking, always striving to do it better, always trying to find a better solution to a problem. I am lucky to practice with a group of highly-trained specialists that encourages this and that works together in a true team setting. I am fortunate to have partners whom I can bounce things off of, with whom I can discuss my most difficult cases, and whose judgment I can trust."

 

Dr. Huntley is an avid cyclist and tennis player, and enjoys traveling, jazz and classical music, cooking, and reading novels. He loves drawing, and has done medical illustrations for several publications.