About Us

Alabama Nasal and Sinus Center

Purpose: to provide compassionate, timely, evidence-based care to individuals with disorders of the ears, nose and throat

Michael J. Sillers, M.D.Michael J. Sillers, M.D.

Michael J. Sillers, M.D. graduated from the University of Alabama in 1984 and received his M.D. from the University of Alabama in 1988. He completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 1993. He completed his training as a fellow in rhinology and sinus surgery at the Medical College of Georgia and joined the faculty at UAB in 1994. He was promoted to Professor of Surgery in 2003 and held the endowed James J. Hicks Chair in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery until July 2005. He is currently the founder and director of the Alabama Nasal and Sinus Center in Birmingham, AL.

Dr. Sillers has served on the American Rhinologic Society Board of Directors since 1999 and is currently serving a one-year term as President. He has also served on the Rhinology and Paranasal Sinus Committee and received an Honor Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 2001. He has been listed as one of America’s top doctors (Castle and Connolly Medical LTD), is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, and has been named faculty member of the year in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery on several occasions at UAB.

Dr. Sillers has published numerous peer review articles in the field of rhinology and sinus surgery and is an invited lecturer at educational courses around the country and abroad. He serves as a peer reviewer for the American Journal of Rhinology, Laryngoscope, and the Archives of Otolaryngology. His clinical research interests include surgical navigation and extended applications of transnasal endoscopic surgery. His basic science interests involve microarray analysis of inflammatory mediators in chronic rhinosinusitis.

We are devoted to excellence in patient care, medical education and research of nasal and paranasal sinus disorders. It is our philosophy to give you the same advice and care that we would offer to our own family members. We strive for excellence in medical education by helping patients learn about their ailments as well as by teaching physicians about the latest concepts in patient care.

As part of our educational mission we intend for you to learn about the current thinking on the causes of your healthcare problem. We want you to learn about the different treatment options available to you before starting treatment. This is because we are most successful in helping patients when they become involved in their own care.

Additionally, Dr. Sillers anticipates becoming involved in clinical research that leads to scientific presentations and publications. Your health information will not be used in any study without your written permission. We will notify you of our results should you choose to participate in any research.

Kristopher F. Lay, MDKristopher F. Lay, MD

I am a general otolaryngologist who specializes in diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the ears, nose, and throat. Though I treat patients in all areas of otolaryngology, of all ages, I have special interests in rhinology, otolaryngic allergy, pediatric otolaryngology, and head and neck cancer.

I was born in Dothan, Alabama and spent my first two years in Troy, where my parents were completing school. Most of my early childhood and adolescence was spent in Pace, Florida, just East of Pensacola. I left home after graduating from Pace High School to attend the University of Florida. While there, I became very involved in various student leadership activities and even found time to play football for the Gators under Coach Spurrier. I loved college so much, I got two degrees and spent another two years in Gainesville while my new bride finished her degree in health science education. I am proudly married to the charming and beautiful Simone, mother of our three wonderful children.

I was pleased to get back to the Gulf Coast for a while when the University of South Alabama accepted me into their medical school. Those four years were some of the most intense and most fondly remembered years of my life. I started my training in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery at the University of Alabama Birmingham in 2001. I completed residency training in 2006 and began working in private practice in Valdosta, Georgia. It was while training at UAB that I met Dr. Michael Sillers. It is my great privilege to call Dr. Sillers my mentor and friend. We have known each other for over a decade now, and I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to join Dr. Sillers and the Alabama Nasal and Sinus Center in providing the best in otolaryngology care to the people of Birmingham and surrounding areas.