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Director, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Professor, UC Department of PediatricsUC Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery



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My Biography & Research


I care for children with ear and hearing problems, such as chronic ear infections and cholesteatoma that need surgical repair. As a pediatric ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor, I specialize in cochlear implantation and other implantable hearing devices that help restore a child’s hearing.

The needs and priorities of each child and family are different when finding the best care. I believe it is critical to align our care plans with the family’s priorities. I deliver treatment in a caring and efficient manner with great technical execution. This is the art of medicine that I strive toward.

Often, just before going into the operating room, I reassure parents that I'll treat their child as if they were my own. That is my personal gold standard for care. I hope this sentiment reassures and comforts families.

I became a pediatric ENT doctor and head and neck surgeon thanks to experiences from my training. Early on, my mentor included me in a consultation with a young couple whose child was born profoundly deaf in both ears. At that time, there were no options for restoring their hearing. My mentor advised the parents to learn sign language and gave them a card of the New York School for the Deaf. I remember the family was understandably shocked that no other options were available. They now faced using only a manual-visual communication mode with their child.

Several years later, I watched the activation of a child's cochlear implant. I saw the family's reaction as their child turned toward their voices for the very first time. The impact of providing access to sound and speech made a profound impression on me. The experience drives me to offer an implantable option, whenever appropriate, and to help families develop effective communication strategies for their children.

My research targets new and better ways to manage and treat conditions of the ear, nose and throat. I study:

  • Advanced understanding of sleep disruption and circadian biology to help children with obstructive sleep apnea
  • Gene therapies for deafness
  • Innovative surgical techniques for reconstructing malformed or scarred airways
  • Novel surgical instrumentation to improve minimally invasive ear surgery

My research is diversified to address all the conditions ENTs encounter in our patient care.

One of the most gratifying recognitions I've received is the Cincinnati Children’s Patient Family Experience Award. The honor is based on feedback from our patients and their parents. Taking care of patients and cultivating healthy family relationships provides immense satisfaction in my work.

When I’m not at work, I spend time with family and friends. Playing the piano is invaluable private time that I enjoy.

Clinical Interests

Diagnosis and management of children with hearing loss; pediatric cochlear implantation; surgery for congenital ear abnormalities; hearing restoration surgery; disorders of the endolymphatic system of the inner ear (e.g., Meniere's disease).

Research Interests

Development of the inner ear; Meniere's disease

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of PediatricsUC Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

Clinical Divisions

Otolaryngology ENT, Cochlear Implant, Ear and Hearing, CHARGE Syndrome, Treacher Collins

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My Education

MD: State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse, Syracuse, NY, 1989.

Fellowship: Neuro-otology, Ear Research Foundation, Sarasota, Fla., 1995; Molecular and Developmental Biology of the Inner Ear, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, 1999.

Residency: State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse, Syracuse, NY, 1994.

Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology, 1995.

My Publications

International Pediatric Otolaryngology Group (IPOG) Consensus Recommendations: Congenital Cholesteatoma. Denoyelle, F; Simon, F; Chang, KW; Chan, KH; Cheng, AG; Cheng, AT; Choo, DI; Daniel, SJ; Farinetti, A; Garabedian, E; et al. Otology and Neurotology: an international forum. 2020; 41:345-351.

Advanced practice providers and children's hospital-based pediatric otolarynology practices. Chan, KH; Dinwiddie, JK; Ahuja, GS; Bennett, EC; Brigger, MT; Chi, DH; Choo, DI; Cunningham, MJ; Elluru, RG; Giannoni, CM; et al. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2020; 129:109770-109770.

Relative Preservation of Superior Semicircular Canal Architecture in CHARGE Syndrome. Tawfik, KO; Leader, BA; Walters, ZA; Choo, DI. (2019) SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD. 160:1095-1100.

Pediatric acute mastoiditis in the era of pneumococcal vaccination. Tawfik, KO; Ishman, SL; Tabangin, ME; Altaye, M; Meinzen-Derr, J; Choo, DI. The Laryngoscope. 2018; 128:1480-1485.

Language Underperformance in Young Children Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing: Are the Expectations Too Low?. Meinzen-Derr, J; Sheldon, R; Grether, S; Altaye, M; Smith, L; Choo, DI; Wiley, S. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2018; 39:116-125.

Updated Optimal Management of Single-Sided Deafness. Heubi, C; Choo, D. The Laryngoscope. 2017; 127:1731-1732.

Pediatric Acute Otitis Media in the Era of Pneumococcal Vaccination. Tawfik, KO; Ishman, SL; Altaye, M; Meinzen-Derr, J; Choo, DI. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2017; 156:938-945.

A Targeted Approach for Congenital Cytomegalovirus Screening Within Newborn Hearing Screening. Fowler, KB; McCollister, FP; Sabo, DL; Shoup, AG; Owen, KE; Woodruff, JL; Cox, E; Mohamed, LS; Choo, DI; Boppana, SB; et al. Pediatrics. 2017; 139:e20162128-e20162128.

The utility of early developmental assessments on understanding later nonverbal IQ in children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Meinzen-Derr, J; Wiley, S; Phillips, J; Altaye, M; Choo, DI. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2017; 92:136-142.

International Pediatric Otolaryngology Group (IPOG) consensus recommendations: Hearing loss in the pediatric patient. Liming, BJ; Carter, J; Cheng, A; Choo, D; Curotta, J; Carvalho, D; Germiller, JA; Hone, S; Kenna, MA; Loundon, N; et al. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2016; 90:251-258.