Meet Dr. Ashleigh Halderman Otolaryngologist in Dallas

Otolaryngologist Ashleigh Halderman, M.D., combines expertise in endoscopic techniques with a passion for collaboration – both with patients and colleagues at UT Southwestern – to provide the best health outcomes possible.

Dr. Halderman specializes in rhinology and skull base surgery, providing comprehensive medical and surgical management of diseases and tumors of the nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, and skull base (the bone that separates the brain from other structures in the head).

She emphasizes the importance of partnering with her patients and giving them the information they need to understand their disease and treatment options.

“I guide them in the process of making educated decisions about treatment,” she says. “It’s crucial that patients participate in their own treatment decisions. It’s their life, their health. I strive to give them the tools they need to make informed choices.”

Expert in Complex Skull Base Surgery

When performing complex procedures such as skull base surgery, Dr. Halderman works closely with her colleagues in neurosurgery and radiology to achieve optimal outcomes for patients.

Thanks to improved technology, the skull base – and tumors that form there – are now much more accessible, Dr. Halderman is skilled in advancements such as minimally invasive endoscopic procedures, which involve inserting instruments through the nose to access the hard-to-reach areas of the skull base.

“With the endoscopic approach, you can look at a patient and not even know he or she had such significant surgery because it’s all done on the inside,” she says.

In addition to skill and detailed knowledge of the anatomy, operating in small, delicate locations like the nasal cavity or skull base requires the use of every cutting-edge technology that’s available to make procedures as safe and effective as possible, Dr. Halderman notes.

For example, she performs image-guided surgery with the use of an innovative surgical navigation system that helps illuminate her path. She also uses the latest technology for in-office procedures such as balloon sinus dilation and steroid-eluting stents for select patients.