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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.
Michael J. Rutter, MD



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.

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.


Tracheal reconstruction and complex airway surgery

Services and Specialties

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

Research Areas


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Revision Endoscopic Posterior Costal Cartilage Grafting: Is It Feasible?. Redmann, AJ; Moore, C; Kou, YF; Tabangin, ME; Wilcox, L; Smith, MM; Hart, CK; Rutter, MJ; de Alarcon, A. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2023; 169:432-434.

Compensation Rates for Pediatric Otolaryngology Procedures Under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule in 2021. Miller, AL; Rathi, VK; Rutter, MJ. The Laryngoscope. 2023; 133:1739-1744.

Comparative Treatment Outcomes for Idiopathic Subglottic Stenosis: 5-Year Update. Tierney, WS; Huang, LC; Chen, SC; Berry, LD; Anderson, C; Amin, MR; Benninger, MS; Blumin, JH; Bock, JM; Bryson, PC; et al. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2023; 168:1570-1575.

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. The Laryngoscope. 2023; 133:948-955.

International Pediatric Otolaryngology Group: Consensus guidelines on the diagnosis and management of non-tuberculous mycobacterial cervicofacial lymphadenitis. Roy, CF; Balakrishnan, K; Boudewyns, A; Cheng, A; Chun, RH; Daniel, SJ; Fayoux, P; Hart, C; Hemansson, A; Hewitt, R; et al. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2023; 166:111469.

Does the History of Tracheoesophageal Fistula Repair Alter Outcomes of Laryngeal Cleft Repair?. Nebor, I; Katz Kadosh, O; Tabangin, ME; Hart, CK; Myer, CM; Smith, MM; Meinzen-Derr, JK; Rutter, M; de Alarcón, A. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2023; 168:39-44.

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.

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; 161:111251.

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; 161:111266.

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. The Laryngoscope. 2022; 132:1542-1547.

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