Rick M. Odland, MD, PhD, FACS

Chief, Ear, Nose and Throat

Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

"I think the best approach to patient-centered care is to treat each patient as if they are a member of your family. I am sometimes asked if I would recommend a particular treatment for a family member. This is a reasonable question to ask if there are a couple alternative treatments, but often there is just one recommended treatment. I tell them yes, absolutely, and that I could not imagine proposing surgery or other treatments that I wouldn't recommend for myself or my family if we were in their situation."

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Odland is a general otolaryngologist and enjoys many areas of otolaryngology. He has special expertise in facial trauma. He has developed several innovative methods of trauma care.He was a Diving Medical Officer in the Navy and has particular interest in treatment of diving injuries as they relate to the sinuses and ears.


  • American Board of Otolaryngology
  • American Board Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


  • 2015 Best Doctors Minnesota Monthly
  • Past President, Minnesota Academy of Otolaryngology

Professional Affiliations

  • Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, University Of Minnesota
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
  • Minnesota Academy of Otolaryngology


  • Eisler L, Wearda K, Romatoski K, Odland RM, Morbidity and Cost of Odontogenic Infections. Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, 149(1) 84, 88, 2013.
  • Van De Heyning PH, Badr MS, Baskin JZ, Cramer Bornemann MA, De Backer WA, Dotan Y, Hohenhorst W, Knaack L, Lin H-S, Maurer JT, Netzer A, Odland RM, Oliven A, Strohl KP, Vanderveken OM, Verbraecken J, Woodson BT, Implanted upper airway stimulation device for obstructive sleep apnea, Laryngoscope, 122, 2012, 1626-163.
  • Flanagan CF, Daramola OO, Maisel RH, Adkinson C, Odland RM, Surgical Debridement and Adjunctive Hyperbaric Oxygen in Cervical Necrotizing Fasciitis, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 140, 2009, 730-4.
  • Janus SC, Stephen P. R. MacLeod SPR, Odland RM, Analysis of Results in Early Versus Late Midface Fracture Repair, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 138, 2008, 464-7.
  • Arnold M, Chu E, Odland RM. Skin Flap Physiology and Wound Healing, in Cummings Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Sixth Ed., St. Louis, C.V. Mosby Co. 2015.


"I enjoy being outdoors, especially if I can be with my children or grandchildren. I particularly love being on the water."


Medical School

Creighton University, Omaha, NE, USA


Otolaryngology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA