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Director, Aerodigestive Center

Director of Clinical Research, 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 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.

Clinical Interests

Tracheal reconstruction and complex airway surgery

Academic Affiliation

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

Clinical Divisions

Otolaryngology ENT, Aerodigestive and Sleep, Fanconi Anemia, Aerodigestive and Esophageal

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My Education

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 1997 to 2000; Health Research Council of New Zealand Training, 1995 to 1996; Fellowship in Clinical Research, New Zealand, 1996.

FRACS: Part II, Sydney, 1996.

Primary FRCS: Glasgow, 1989.

BHB: Auckland School of Medicine, 1983.

MBChB: Auckland School of Medicine, 1986.

Residency: Various RMO posts, New Zealand Otolaryngology Training Scheme; Health Research Council of New Zealand Training Fellowship in Clinical Research.

Certification: USMLE II, Sydney, June 1995; USMLE I, Sydney, June 1996; USMLE III, Cincinnati, July 2000; Board Certification, American Board of Otolaryngology, 1999; Ohio State Medical Board, 2001.

My Publications

International Pediatric Otolaryngology Group (IPOG) consensus recommendations: Management of suprastomal collapse in the pediatric population. Doody, J; Alkhateeb, A; Balakrishnan, K; Bedwell, J; Carter, J; Choi, SS; Cheng, AT; Daniel, SJ; Dahl, J; De Alarcon, A; et al. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2020; 139:110427-110427.

Competency-Based Assessment Tool for Pediatric Tracheotomy: International Modified Delphi Consensus. Propst, EJ; Wolter, NE; Ishman, SL; Balakrishnan, K; Deonarain, AR; Mehta, D; Zalzal, G; Pransky, SM; Roy, S; III, MC M; et al. The Laryngoscope. 2020; 130:2700-2707.

Novel use of lip balm under tracheostomy ties to prevent skin irritation in the pediatric patient. Jones, JW; Whiting, ZG; Gabay, EM; Rana, MS; Rutter, MJ; Reilly, BK. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2020; 138:110280-110280.

Endoscopic Removal of a Cervical Esophageal Duplication Cyst. Leader, BA; Rutter, MJ; Shott, SR; Smith, MM. The Laryngoscope. 2020; 130:2053-2055.

Diagnosis and management of complete tracheal rings with concurrent tracheoesophageal fistula. Wolter, NE; Kennedy, AA; Rutter, MJ; Matava, C; Honjo, O; Chiu, PL; Propst, EJ. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2020; 133:109971-109971.

Subglottic cauterization: An atypical approach for atypical croup. Wilcox, LJ; Rutter, MJ. The Laryngoscope. 2020; 130:E372-E374.

Pediatric airway tumors: A report from the International Network of Pediatric Airway Teams (INPAT). Pio, L; Varela, P; Eliott, MJ; Couloigner, V; Burrieza, GG; Paraboschi, I; Virgone, C; Maunsell, R; Rachkov, V; Rutter, MJ; et al. The Laryngoscope. 2020; 130:E243-E251.

International Pediatric ORL Group (IPOG) Robin Sequence consensus recommendations. Fayoux, P; Daniel, SJ; Allen, G; Balakrishnan, K; Boudewyns, A; Cheng, A; De Alarcon, A; Goel, D; Hart, CK; Leboulanger, N; et al. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2020; 130:109855-109855.

Comparative treatment outcomes for patients with idiopathic subglottic stenosis. Gelbard, A; Anderson, C; Berry, LD; Amin, MR; Benninger, MS; Blumin, JH; Bock, JM; Bryson, PC; Castellanos, PF; Chen, S; et al. JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. 2020; 146:20-29.

International Pediatric Otolaryngology Group (IPOG): Juvenile-onset recurrent respiratory papillomatosis consensus recommendations. Lawlor, C; Balakrishnan, K; Bottero, S; Boudewyns, A; Campisi, P; Carter, J; Cheng, A; Cocciaglia, A; DeAlarcon, A; Derkay, C; et al. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2020; 128:109697-109697.