William D. Horton, M.D., FACS – Otolaryngologist

I find caring for patients with cancer rewarding. I also enjoy seeing children.

Having always wanted to be a physician, Dr. William Horton chose to become an ear, nose and throat specialist because of the variety of procedures and disease processes that otolaryngologists treat. After earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, Dr. Horton went on to complete his medical degree at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. Following medical school, he then completed an internship and an otolaryngology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston.

Dr. Horton has been practicing in Knoxville for 23 years. He treats patients of all ages with a wide variety of conditions. Dr. Horton has a particular interest in the field of rhinology, a sub specialty that deals with diseases of the sinuses including allergy and surgery. Board certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and a member of the American Rhinologic Society, he regularly attends continuing education conferences including the Southern States Rhinology course, the Western States Rhinology course, and the North American Rhinology and Allergy conference. His interest in the immunology of allergy and chronic sinusitis is evident in lectures to residents in family practice and internal medicine at UTMC K., and the department of otolaryngology at the Center for Health Sciences in Memphis.

Active in a number of professional roles, Dr. Horton was involved in forming the University Physicians Association at the University of Tennessee. He currently serves as president of the University of Tennessee Ambulatory Surgery Center Physicians, LLC. Additionally, he has served on advisory committees for numerous pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Horton is the father of two college-age sons and a teenage daughter. His wife serves as the administrator at Parkwest Surgery Center. In his leisure time, Dr. Horton most enjoys golf, gardening and travel. He also likes to find time for snow-skiing, photography, and collecting wine.


MD: University of Tennessee, Memphis, 1983
BS: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1979


Otolaryngology, Medical University of
South Carolina, Charleston, 1984-88

Professional Distinctions

Fellow, American Academy of Otolaryngology
Member, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Clinical Assistant Professor – Department of Surgery, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, 1985-present
Associate, American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy


Surgery, Medical University of South
Carolina, Charleston, 1983-84

Board Certification

American Board of Otolaryngology, 1988
American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy

Professional Interests

General Otolaryngology, Rhinology and Allergy

Personal Interests

Golf, Travel

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