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Michael J. Rutter, MD

  • Director, Aerodigestive Center
  • Director of Clinical Research, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
  • UC Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
I work as a problem-solver with each patient to evaluate the issue and then craft a solution.



I am an ENT surgeon specializing in pediatric otolaryngology with an emphasis on airway problems in children, adolescents and young adults. My interests include tracheal reconstruction and complex airway surgery. I work as a problem-solver with each patient to evaluate the issue and then craft a solution.

I was drawn to my career by the challenge and highly individualized nature of pediatric airway problems and management. I like working in a multidisciplinary team setting and focusing on coordinated care for complex childhood airway conditions.

I was honored to receive the 2016 Gabriel Frederick Tucker Award from the American Laryngological Association, and the 2018 Sylvan Stool Teaching Award from the Society for Ear Nose and Throat Advancement in Children (SENTAC). These awards are for my contributions to the field of pediatric laryngology.

In addition to caring for patients, I’m also involved in research to find improvements in airway management.

When I’m not at work, I am better known in Cincinnati as a swim meet announcer, rather than an airway surgeon.

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Outcomes in Pediatric Thyroidectomy: Results From a Multinational, Multi-institutional Database. Maksimoski, M; Bauer, AJ; Kazahaya, K; Manning, SC; Parikh, SR; Simons, JP; D’Souza, J; Maddalozzo, J; Purkey, MR; Rychlik, K; et al. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2022; 167:869-876.

Laryngotracheal separation through the cricoid ring for management of tracheobronchomegaly. Kao, DD; Buck, LS; Hysinger, EB; Bates, AJ; Gunatilaka, CC; Rutter, MJ. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2022; 161.

International Pediatric Otolaryngology Group (IPOG) consensus recommendations: Evaluation and management of congenital tracheal stenosis. Sidell, DR; Meister, KD; de Alarcon, A; Boudewyns, A; Brigger, M; Chun, R; Fayoux, P; Goudy, S; Hart, CK; Hewitt, R; et al. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2022; 161.

Compensation Rates for Pediatric Otolaryngology Procedures Under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule in 2021. Miller, AL; Rathi, VK; Rutter, MJ. Laryngoscope. 2022.

Slide Tracheoplasty for Repair of Complex Tracheoesophageal Fistulas. Kennedy, AA; Hart, CK; de Alarcon, A; Putnam, PE; von Allmen, D; Lehenbauer, D; Bryant, R; Torres-Silva, C; Rutter, MJ. Laryngoscope. 2022; 132:1542-1547.

Hospital Prices for Pediatric Tympanostomy Tube Placement and Adenotonsillectomy in 2021. Miller, AL; Xiao, R; Rathi, VK; Wang, AA; Rutter, MJ; Hartnick, CJ; Sethi, RK V. Laryngoscope. 2022.

Surgical Treatment of Type III Laryngotracheoesophageal Clefts: Techniques and Outcomes. Kou, YF; Redmann, A; Smith, MM; Hart, CK; Rutter, MJ; de Alarcon, A. Laryngoscope. 2022; 132:1112-1117.

Demographic Characteristics of Children Diagnosed with Bacterial Tracheitis. Barengo, JH; Redmann, AJ; Kennedy, P; Rutter, MJ; Smith, MM. Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology. 2021; 130:1378-1382.

Airway and Swallowing Outcomes Following Laryngotracheoplasty With Posterior Grafting in Children. Kou, YF; Redmann, A; Tabangin, ME; Wilcox, L; Miller, CK; Smith, M; Myer, C; Hart, CK; Rutter, MJ; de Alarcon, A. Laryngoscope. 2021; 131:2798-2804.

Endoscopic Repair of Type 1 Laryngeal Clefts and Deep Interarytenoid Notches: Cold Steel Versus Laser. Kou, YF; Kavoosi, T; Redmann, A; Manning, A; Tabangin, M; Myer, CM; Hart, CK; Rutter, MJ; de Alarcon, A. Laryngoscope. 2021; 131:2805-2810.

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