Dr. Willard Harrill, MD

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Dr. Willard Harrill, MD
Dr. Will Harrill is a member of the medical staff at Frye Regional Medical Center, Catawba Memorial Hospital, and Viewmont Surgery Center. He is Board Certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology and is a Fellow of the Triological Society and of the American College of Surgeons. A native of Winston-Salem, he graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in Chemistry and received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. His surgical internship and Ear, Nose & Throat residency was completed at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Harrill is actively involved with both Wake Forest and UNC Medical Schools, both as a Clinical Associate Professor Department of Otolaryngology of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and also through his volunteer work with the Otolarygology and Anatomy Departments at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill teaching head and neck anatomy lab to first year medical students. His professional memberships include of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and is a fellow of the Triological Society and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Harrill's involvement in clinical outcomes research resulted in the publishing of his Triologic Thesis on technologies used for the treatment of chronic nasal obstruction. Dr. Harrill has served as President and CEO of Carolina Ear, Nose & Throat Head and Neck Surgery Center since 2001 and served as the founding Chairman of the Board of the Viewmont Surgery Center from 2008-2010.

Hickory Office

304 10th Ave NE

Hickory, NC 28601

Contact Information

(828) 322-2183

Dr. Willard Harrill, MD

Dr. Willard Harrill, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Healthcare of the Carolinas
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Guardian
  • MedCost
  • Medicaid
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • MultiPlan
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Tricare
  • 2 More

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Care Philosophy

Offering the best office staff and setting to provide the best Ear, Nose and Throat and Allergy care
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Dr. Harrill's Experience

Dr. Harrill's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Board certified in Otolaryngology
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Ear, Nose, and Throat

Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*

Conditions Treated

  • Abscess
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acute Laryngitis
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Tonsillitis
  • Airway Disorders
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Nose
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Cancer
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chronic Adenoid Infection
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Chronic Laryngitis
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Cleft Lip and Palate
  • Cleft Palate
  • Common Cold
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Cough
  • Croup
  • Deafness
  • Deviated Septum
  • Dizziness
  • Down Syndrome
  • Dysphagia
  • ENT Cancer
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Disorders
  • Ear Infection
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Enlarged Turbinates
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Facial Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Geographic Tongue
  • Gum Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Headache
  • Hearing Loss
  • Heartburn
  • Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngitis
  • Laryngopharyngeal Reflux
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Leukoplakia
  • Loss of Smell and-or Taste
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nasal Polyp
  • Nosebleed
  • Oral Cancer
  • Oral and-or Facial Cleft
  • Otitis Media
  • Otosclerosis
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Peritonsillar Abscess
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Snoring
  • Strep Throat
  • Streptococcal Infections
  • TMJ
  • Throat Cancer (Nasopharyngeal)
  • Throat Pain
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Tinnitus
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tongue-Tie
  • Tonsillitis
  • Upper Airway Obstruction
  • Vertigo
  • Vocal Cord Nodule
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Cord Polyp
  • Voice Disorders
  • Wheezing


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  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Balance Testing
  • Bone Anchored Hearing Aid Implant
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
  • Cochlear Implant Insertion
  • Congenital ENT Surgery
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • ENT Surgery
  • Ear Reconstruction
  • Ear Surgery
  • Ear Tube Placement
  • Earwax Removal
  • Esophageal Dilatation
  • Esophagoscopy
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Excision or Destruction of Palate or Uvula Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Frenectomy
  • Glossectomy
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Hearing Aid
  • Implantable Hearing Device
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Lip, Excision or Resection
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Mastoidectomy
  • Myringotomy
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Nasal Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgical Procedures
  • Perforated Eardrum Repair (Tympanoplasty)
  • Puncture Aspiration
  • Salivary Gland Surgery
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Snoring Therapy
  • Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Stapedectomy
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Uvulectomy
  • Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction
  • Vocal Cord Surgery
  • Voice Surgery
  • Wound Repair


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for North Carolina.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of North Carolina
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1988
  • Virginia Commonwealth University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1992
  • Baylor University Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1994
  • Baylor University Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1998

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • J. Charles Dickson Research Award Baylor College of Medicine, 1996
  • CMS Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification Allscripts Professional EHR, Allscripts, 2013
  • Fellow (FAAO-HNS) American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 2016
  • Fellow (FACS) American College of Surgeons, 2016
  • Resident Research Award Texas Association of Otolaryngology, 1995
Media & Publications
  • The effects of an outpatient practice guideline at a teaching hospital: a prospective pilot study. Stewart, M.G., Harrill, W.C., Ohlms, L.A.; Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg., 1997 Oct
  • Quality of life and health status in pediatric tonsil and adenoid disease. Stewart, M.G., Friedman, E.M., Sulek, M., Hulka, G. F., Kuppersmith, R.B. Harrill, W.C., Bautista, M.H.; Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg., 2000 Jan.
  • The effects of an outpatient practice guideline at a teaching hospital: a prospective pilot study. Stewart, M.G., Harrill, W.C., Ohlms, L.A.; Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg., 1997 Oct.
  • Barotrauma after stapes surgery: a survey of recommended restrictions and clinical experiences. Harrill, W.C., Jenkins, H.A., Coker, N.J.; Am J Otol., 1996 Nov.
  • Laryngopharyngeal reflux: a possible risk factor in laryngeal and hypopharyngeal carcinoma. Harrill, W.C., Stasney, C.R., Donovan, D. T.; Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg., 1999 Apr.
  • Radiofrequency turbinate reduction: a NOSE evaluation. Harrill, W.C., Pillsbury, H.C., McGuirt, W.F., Stewart, M.G.; Laryngoscope., 2007 Nov.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Fellow
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

Dr. Harrill's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Harrill to family and friends
based on 35 total reviews (16 with comments)
Dr. Harrill's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (16)
Denver, NC |
Dr. Harrill has rebuilt my son's ears and also done surgery on my sinuses. He is professional and of a standard that most Doctors never achieve. He knows how to LISTEN and also knows how EXPLAIN. And he treats every patient as if we are a family member. He is AWESOME!!!!! I trust his judgement and skill totally.
in Hickory, NC |
Dr. Harrill has provided exceptional care to my daughter for over 19 years. She was diagnosed with a rare disease in both ears when she was 4 years old which threatened her hearing. Several surgeries have been required to protect and maintain her hearing. It is very difficult to have your child deal with an issue like this, but Dr. Harrill has always been there to give us a clear understanding of the current status, the treatment plan, but most of all, caring reassurance. We treasure him.
in Taylorsville |
Absolutely recommend Dr. Harril,he is very thorough in explaining treatment.He and staff are very nice and curtious
in Denver, NC |
Dr. Harrill is very easy to talk with. His knowledge and caring for his patients makes him easy to recommend!
in Vale, N.C. |
Very polite and concerned about my problem quick to explore and find solution very through.
in Hickory, NC |
My son has been a patient for many years and Dr Harill is always awesome in treating his ear. He has had extensive surgeries and painful cleanings but Dr Harill is always gentle and kind to him he never dreads going to the dr. I will always recommend him for any ENT needs!
in Catawba NC |
We have been wih Dr Harill since my oldest was 6 months old (she is 11 now). My youngest is 3, so no doubt about it when she got repeated ear infections we went to Dr Harill after getting nowhere with her Dr just like it was with my oldest. I have had a cyst removed and my esophagus stretched as well. Dr Harill is an awesome Dr he always has a smile on his face and my girls (finally) learned that he was gonna help them feel better...We love Dr. Harill and I will highly recommend him to anyone.
Hickory |
He is a well trained physician who cares about his patients health, he always makes wise decisions for what is best for his patients. I would highly recommend anyone seeking professional care( Ent )to visit this group! They are a stable practice with high standards!
Morganton, NC |
Excellent experience. Dr. Harrill has performed one surgery on left ear and did a Baha implant Jan. 2012. Could not ask for better care! He is friendly, kind and shows concern for your well being. He spends as much time with you as you need--you are not "rushed out" while at the same time he is very professional. Highly recommend him.
in Lenoir, NC |
Dr. Harrill is a great ENT !! He has done several surgeries on me, and done a great job. He does a great job on cleaning my sinus, & ears out !! I highly recommend him too everyone that ask me who to go to with sinus, ear, or throat problems. He is very professional, and a very smart doctor. He always greets you with a nice big smile. Appreciate how he takes good care of me, and my 2 sisters. We all like him, and his staff is friendly too.
in Hickory, NC |
Experienced prolonged sinus issues, an in-office balloon sinuplasty was decided upon. The results were wonderful but there was insurance issues that were raised to a second appeal level. The office worked with me and insurance for 8 months to resolve and issues that were no fault of the doctors office or myself, and did not bill me until resolved. Dr. Harrill even took time to participate in phone conference to assist. Very pleased with the office and Dr. on every level.
in Lincolnton, NC |
Dr. Harrell and his staff are very professional and knowledgeable. He is very pleasant and caring.
in Hickory, NC |
My one year old son was referred to Dr. Harrill for tubes due to frequent ear infections. Hesitant at the thought of surgery and him being put to sleep but knowing it had to be done. Dr. Harrill took such great care of him! He went back for surgery and by the time we sat down in the waiting room Dr. Harrill came out to assure us everything went great! Every visit him and his staff were quick to see us, courteous, yet took the time to explain and answer all questions. Only Dr he never cried with!
Deep Run, NC |
The provider does not make good decisions regarding health issues.
in Hickory, NC |
Patients need to know that their care, that is those to whom we entrust our therapy and possible cure, really are compassionate and are truly concerned for our welfare. My wife and I both felt that level of compassion, empathy and concern from Dr. Harrill, the staff at Carolina Ear Nose Throat Head Neck and Surgery Center, the staff at Viewmont Surgical Center, and from Lynne Myer. My wife and I are most grateful to them all for the care and concern and we thank all of them.
in Granite Falls, NC |
I had trouble understanding conversations, especially in noisy settings. I had to say ?Huh?? many times, which was annoying. It was not an easy thing to admit that I needed hearing aids. My first visit with Dr. Harrill was enlightening...and fun. He explained the findings of my hearing test. Today, six months later, upon my return to evaluate my hearing aids and talk about an inner ear problem, he was the same personable man. Problem resolved and I love my hearing aids. Life is good.
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Dr. Harrill accepts 16 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Healthcare of the Carolinas
    Coventry Health Care of the Carolinas, Inc. HMO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Guardian
    Guardian PPO
  • MedCost
    MedCost PPO
  • Medicaid
    Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH)
    Medicaid Assignment
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Tricare
    TriCare for Life
    Tricare South
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare
  • WellPoint
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Hospitals where Dr. Harrill has admitting privileges

Catawba Valley Medical Center
810 Fairgrove Church Rd
Hickory, NC 28602
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