Each time I enter an exam room, it's a chance to make a child laugh, ease parents' concerns and offer comfort.
Michael A. DeMarcantonio, MD



As a pediatric Ears, Nose and Throat (ENT) physician, my practice covers all areas of pediatric otolaryngology. I’m particularly interested in speech resonance problems (velopharyngeal insufficiency, or VPI) and sinus disease. I am a member of the VPI treatment team and the Craniofacial and Cleft team at Cincinnati Children’s.

Since medical school, I have enjoyed caring for all types of patients. However, it became increasingly obvious over the years that caring for children provided me the greatest joy. Each time I enter an exam room, it's a chance to make a child laugh, ease parents' concerns and offer comfort.

I aim to remember that there are no minor procedures for a child. No matter the complexity, every procedure is a trying and life-altering experience for both child and parent. Every day, I hope to provide the best ENT care possible in a thoughtful and compassionate manner.

While I practice as a pediatric otolaryngologist (ENT specialist), I have previously served as both a military physician and general ENT physician. My career course allowed me to treat a wide array of patients, ranging from children with complicated conditions to trauma patients in East Africa. Now, I apply my diverse experience and training to the care of pediatric patients at Cincinnati Children’s.

My research focuses on outcomes and practices, including safety, standardization and improved efficiency.

When I’m not at work, I spend as much time as possible with my lovely wife and two children. We enjoy hiking, kayaking and biking. I’m usually planning or working on a project at my house or a friend’s house — finishing one is an excuse to start the next.

MD: Penn State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA, 2007.

Residency: Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, 2012.

Board Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck, 2013.

Clinical Fellowship: Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2016.


Pediatric otolaryngology; velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI); craniofacial anomalies; pediatric sinus disease; pediatric thyroid disorders

Services and Specialties

Otolaryngology, Complex Obstructive Sleep Apnea Center, Otolaryngology ENT


Outcomes in pediatric ENT; upper lip tie and tongue tie; persistent pediatric sleep apnea

Research Areas


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Sleep Endoscopy and Cine Magnetic Resonance Imaging Evaluation of Children With Persistent Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Li, C; Kou, YF; DeMarcantonio, MA; Heubi, CH; Fleck, R; Kandil, A; Smith, DF; Ishman, SL. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2023; 168:848-855.

Superior Labial Frenulum Attachment Site and Correlation with Breastfeeding Outcomes. Haischer-Rollo, GD; Lu, K; Drumm, C; Fagiana, A; Bowe, SN; Aden, J; Demarcantonio, M. The Laryngoscope. 2022; 132:2498-2504.

Safety and cost of drug-induced sleep endoscopy outside the operating room. Bergeron, M; Lee, DR; DeMarcantonio, MA; Kandil, A; Mahmoud, MA; Fleck, RJ; Ishman, SL. The Laryngoscope. 2020; 130:2076-2080.

Nasal dermoid cyst excision with a lateral rhinotomy approach through the nasal alar sulcus. Lally, JW; Ortiz, A; Robitschek, J; Demarcantonio, M. Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2020; 31:e13-e18.

Development of a survival animal model for subglottic stenosis. Schweiger, C; Hart, CK; Tabangin, ME; Cohen, AP; Roetting, NJ; DeMarcantonio, M; Becker, E; Ward, JA; de Alarcon, A. The Laryngoscope. 2019; 129:989-994.

Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders. DeMarcantonio, MA; Cohen, AP; Ishman, SL. Sleep in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. : Springer Nature; Springer Nature; 2019.

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