I specialize in neurotology, the division of otolaryngology dedicated to treating conditions involving the ears. Neurotologists provide medical and surgical care to individuals with ear infections, hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), Bell’s palsy (facial drooping), dizziness and balance problems. We have a dedicated and skilled team of audiologists who provide the hearing tests required for accurate diagnosis. This includes special capabilities in testing children, even newborns. Electrodiagnostic testing is available for complicated cases. Vestibular testing is available for those suffering from vertigo, dizziness and imbalance with risk of falling. Facial nerve electrodiagnostic testing is used in the care of Bell’s palsy.
A large component of my practice involves care of chronic ear infections including cholesteatoma (a destructive skin cyst in the middle ear and mastoid). Middle ear surgery to improve hearing is done regularly, including stapedectomy for those with otosclerosis. We have an active cochlear implantation program for those with severe hearing loss who receive no benefit from hearing aids. This includes children with hearing loss from birth related to congenital malformation of the inner ear. Surgery is performed for some patients with facial nerve disorders, superior semicircular canal dehiscence, and intractable vertigo. Additionally, I collaborate with neurosurgeons and head and neck cancer surgeons in the surgical care of acoustic neuromas, cerebral spinal fluid leaks involving the ear, cancer of the ear and other uncommon conditions.
Medical care for sensorineural hearing loss related to age, noise exposure or other causes is provided. Investigation and care of patients with tinnitus is provided. Vertigo, dizziness and balance disorders including benign positional vertigo, Ménière’s disease and other causes are cared for.
I’m proud to work with resident surgeons/physicians, and medical students from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center on a daily basis. The physicians-in-training benefit from anticipating in the care of patients with a wide variety of otologic conditions, and the patients certainly benefit from this team approach and 24/7 access to emergency care. I’m interested in all aspects of otologic teaching and clinical research. I’m a quintessential “family man” and compete in Olympic style curling and target archery at the regional and national level.