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Assistant Professor, UC Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


As a pediatric head and neck surgeon, I specialize in airway reconstruction, aerodigestive disorders, pediatric thyroid disorders and pediatric tracheostomies. I provide patient-centered care that focuses on sharing the decision-making process with patients and families.

I originally went into medicine to help others achieve wellness. As my training progressed, my desire to help children breathe more easily and get rid of their tracheostomy tubes became my central focus. This was due to the influence of one of my mentors and partners, Dr. Robin Cotton.

I am an assistant professor in pediatric otolaryngology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati. I earned my medical degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2011 and completed my residency in otolaryngology at Henry Ford Health Systems/Wayne State University in 2016. I completed my fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Cincinnati Children’s in 2018.

In addition to helping patients, I am also involved in research that seeks ways to decrease tracheostomy-related complications. We are also looking into ways to standardize education and care for tracheostomy patients and to diminish healthcare disparities among pediatric otolaryngology patients.

In my free time, I like to play golf, basketball and baseball with my sons. I also enjoy going on hikes with my family.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric airway reconstruction; pediatric aerodigestive disorders; pediatric thyroid disorders

Research Interests

Pediatric health care disparities; aerodigestive health care process improvement; novel treatments of subglottic stenosis using drug eluting stents

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Clinical Divisions

Otolaryngology ENT, Aerodigestive and Esophageal

Research Divisions


My Locations

  • Burnet Campus

    Burnet Campus

    3333 Burnet Ave.
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45229-3039
  • Mason


    9560 Children's Drive
    Mason, Ohio 45040
  • Eastgate


    796 Cincinnati-Batavia Pike
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45245

My Education

BS: Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL, 2006.

MD: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2011.

Residency: Otolaryngology, Henry Ford Health Systems, Detroit, MI, 2016.

Fellowship: Pediatric Otolaryngology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2018.

Board Certification: Otolaryngology, 2017.

My Publications

Use of Steroid-Eluting Stents after Endoscopic Repair of Choanal Atresia: A Case Series with Review. Wilcox, LJ; Smith, MM; de Alarcon, A; Epperson, M; Born, H; Hart, CK. The Annals of otology, rhinology, and laryngology. 2020; 129:1003-1010.

Socioeconomic Disparities in Pediatric Single-Sided Deafness. Lipschitz, N; Kohlberg, GD; Scott, M; Smith, MM; Jr, GJ H. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2020; 163:829-834.

Moral distress in pediatric otolaryngology: A pilot study. Redmann, AJ; Smith, M; Benscoter, D; Hart, CK. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2020; 136:110138-110138.

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

Timing of Initial Posttracheostomy Surveillance Endoscopy in Pediatric Patients. Smith, MM; de Alarcon, A; Meinzen-Derr, J; Cohen, AP; Born, H; Wilcox, LJ; Benscoter, DT; Hart, CK. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2020; 162:362-366.

CO2 laser supraglottic resurfacing for non-granulomatous chronic supraglottitis in two children. Smith, MM; Nokso-Koivisto, J; Leader, BA; Wilcox, LJ; Rutter, MJ. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2019; 120:162-165.

Cervical slide tracheoplasty in adults with laryngotracheal stenosis. Redmann, AJ; Rutter, MJ; de Alarcon, A; Hart, CK; Manning, A; Smith, M; Khosla, SM. The Laryngoscope. 2019; 129:818-822.

Pediatric Nasal Obstruction. Smith, MM; Ishman, SL. Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America. 2018; 51:971-985.

Diagnosis and management of laryngotracheal stenosis. Smith, MM; Cotton, RT. Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine. 2018; 12:709-717.

Granulomatosis with polyangiitis presenting as facial nerve palsy in a teenager. Wang, JC; Leader, BA; Crane, RA; Koch, BL; Smith, MM; Ishman, SL. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2018; 107:160-163.