The practice of ENT started in the first half of 20th century. Today it extends from dura to pleura including ear nose and throat, the skull base, neck, mediastinum and upper gastrointestinal tract, and so is aptly designated as the specialty of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.

The Department of ENT and HNS at J.N Medical College came into existence in 1967 with the aim of teaching the undergraduate students; provide quality ENT care to needy patients and to produce a basic medical professional. The commencement of post graduate courses in ENT, D.L.O. (1982) and M.S. (1987) has revolutionized the departmental setup in academics, research and to provide optimum service to patients. About 150 – 200 patients attend OPD and around 10 patients undergo operations at K.L.E.S. Dr. Prabhakar Kore Hospital and MRC every day. The ENT ward with 60 beds is almost full. There is a gradual increase in the number of outpatients, inpatients and operations. Till now 100 M.S. and 68 D.L.O. students have passed out and during 2006 our student bagged gold medal for scoring highest at the university in M.S. (ENT). The faculty of the department includes Professor and H.O.D.1, Professors 4, Associate Professors 4 and Assistant Professors 2, with good teaching experience.

All the faculty members actively participate at various health checkup camps, workshops, conferences as resource persons and have given number of guest lectures. About 36 papers have been published by the faculty in various Journals. Till date the department has organized 14 Workshops, 3 State Level and 1 Zonal Conference.

As many as 31 papers were presented at South Zone and 24th Karnataka State ENT Conference during October 2006. One of our PG students bagged the Gold Medal at P.G. paper session.

During 28th AOI Karnataka State Conference held in Mysore, 12 papers were presented and two PG papers got the Gold Medals.

During 29th AOI Karnataka State Conference hosted by the department at Belgaum in September 2011, 15 papers & 8 posters were presented. The department faculty with zeal gave talks during plenary session, chaired sessions and moderated panel discussions with vigour. The pre-conference CME provided a session on Image guided surgery under the guidance of Dr. Gero Strauss from Germany. In addition, Dr. Jung from South Korea demonstrated Open Septorhinoplasty for the benefit of assembled delegates. Two of our Faculties bagged 3 Gold medals; 2 under the Best Teaching Faculty and 1 for Innovations in ENT. In addition our PG students were the first runner ups in the quiz competition.

The department has established collaboration with Causes Clinic, Beziers France in 2008 in order to facilitate research and development through Live International Otology Network every year. MOU was signed again for academic collaboration with Cause Ear Clinic, France in the month of January 2012 for next five years.

The department has also started Fellowship in Micro Ear Surgery, a 1 year program, in collaboration with Vijaya ENT Care Centre Bangalore.

The department is actively involved in extension activities and has held as many as 37 camps last year alone.

In the year 2011 two PG students got Gold Medals in M.S. ENT and DLO from KLE University, Belgaum. And In the year 2012 one PG student got Gold Medal in M.S. ENT from KLE University, Belgaum.

During 30th AOI Karnataka State Conference held at Vydehi Institute of Medical Science & Research Centre, Whitefield Bangalore, one faculty bagged Gold Medal & one faculty got 2nd prize for Dr. C. M. Gurumurthy Gold medal for Best Teaching Faculty paper presentation. Two PG students bagged Gold Medal in PG Quiz Competition. One faculty got elected as vice president & one faculty got elected as secretary of AOI Karnataka State chapter for the year 2012-2013.

During 65th National AOI Conference held at Pune between 3rd & 6th January-2013, 6 faculty       4 Postgraduate from the department participated 7 Prizes were won by the department. One faculty got 2 Gold medals, one faculty got 2 prizes, PG students bagged Gold Medal in PG Quiz Competition. Faculty chaired various sessions, 2 faculty participated in panel discussions & 4 faculties were judged various sessions at the conference.

The Department conducted Suvarna JNMC National ENT CME on 19th & 20th of April 2013. Theme of the workshop was Rhinology & Otology. Dr.Krishna Reddy from United Kingdom, Dr.Krishna Kishore from Vizag demonstrated Rhinoplasty & Endoscopic sinus surgeries. Dr.A.G.Pusalkar from Mumbai & Dr.H.Vijayendra from Bangalore demonstrated ontological surgeries. Apart from this other eminent national faculty & alumni faculty delivered guest lectures. About 100 delegates from Karnataka, & neighbouring state attended the workshop. The Workshop was appreciated by the delegates & was a grand success.

During 31st  AOI Karnataka State Conference on 23rd to 25th August – 2013 held at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, one faculty bagged Gold Medal for Video Presentation.