The Ear Institute of Chicago has long been involved with research. From the clinical FDA trials that helped establish cochlear implants as standard practice in the USA, to investigations in which all physicians participate--there is an established history of clinically applied research and publication.
We have been involved with a national network for clinical investigations in Otology and Neurotology. This is called the CHEER network: Creating Healthcare Excellence through Education and Research. We are part of a national alliance of academic and community practitioners that analyze our own data with the help of a research assistant who collects data. Some of these studies are retrospective. For example: currently we are analyzing approximately 1000 surgical cases of acoustic neuroma to study trends that lead to quality improvement. The same thing will be done in key disease areas: otosclerosis, Meniere's disease, cholesteatoma, and various other disorders of the inner ear.
The Ear Institute of Chicago has a full-time research assistant in our practice. The job of the full-time research assistant is to collect clinical data, complete investigational review board documents, and to help write clinical research papers/posters.