I provide patient-centered care that focuses on sharing the decision-making process with patients and families.
Matthew M. Smith, MD, MPH



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.

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; Complex Pediatric Otolaryngology, 2022.


Pediatric airway reconstruction; pediatric aerodigestive disorders; pediatric thyroid disorders

Services and Specialties

Otolaryngology ENT, Aerodigestive and Esophageal


Research health care disparities; QI projects with health care delivery; impact of pediatric tracheostomies and quality of life; impact of pediatric thyroid disease and quality of life

Research Areas


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In Vitro Comparative Evaluation of the Efficacy of Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy, Chlorhexidine, Sodium Fluoride, and Hydrogen Peroxide for Acrylic Resin Disinfection. Sobouti, F; Dadgar, S; Salehi, A; Kalantari, NR; Aryana, M; Goli, HR; Heidari, M. Journal of lasers in medical sciences. 2023; 14:e52.

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.

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.

The follow up of complex infants in an aerodigestive clinic. Kaspy, KR; Burg, G; Garrison, AP; Miller, CK; Pentiuk, S; Smith, MM; Benscoter, D. Paediatric Respiratory Reviews. 2022; 44:3-10.

Survival of Clostridioides difficile spores in thermal and chemo-thermal laundering processes and influence of the exosporium on their adherence to cotton bed sheets. Tarrant, J; Owen, L; Jenkins, R; Smith, LJ; Laird, K; Chatterjee, S; Damanakis, K; Dragicevic, M; Escalante Del Valle, A; Hussain, PS; Zarubin, A; Zhizhin, I; Zhokin, A; CMS Collaboration, . Letters in Applied Microbiology. 2022; 75:1449-1459.

Update on the diagnosis and management of pediatric laryngotracheal stenosis. Smith, MM; Buck, LS. Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine. 2022; 16:1035-1041.

Establishing an Endoscopic Chronic Subglottic Stenosis Rabbit Model. Kadosh, OK; Nebor, I; Smith, MM; Hart, CK; Tabangin, ME; Burra, K; Kasten, JL; Sinner, DI; de Alarcon, A. The Laryngoscope. 2022; 132:1909-1915.

Anatomy and physiology of the pediatric patient. Blazey, M; Rizk, C; Buck, LS; Kou, YF; Smith, MM; Schultz, SL; Combs, RJ; Silverii, H; Alam, S; Henry, A; Bent, DE; Wilson, S; Garritano, N. Pediatric Anesthesia: A Comprehensive Approach to Safe and Effective Care. 2022.

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

The Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Time to Decannulation Among Children With Tracheostomies. Smith, MM; Hart, CK; Benscoter, DT; Epperson, M; de Alarcon, A; Born, H; Meinzen-Derr, J. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2021; 165:876-880.

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