Otology and Neurotology

In VCU's Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, we provide state-of-the-art medical, surgical care and resident training in otology, neurotology and skull base surgery. Conditions we treat include:

  • Hearing loss
    • Newborn pediatric hearing loss
    • Age-related loss
    • Sudden hearing loss
    • Cochlear implants
    • Other implantable hearing devices
    • Otosclerosis and stapedectomy/revision stapedectomy
    • Tympanic membrane perforation
  • Inner ear sources of vertigo and dizziness
    • Meniere’s disease
    • BPPV
    • Superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome
    • Vestibular neuronitis and labyrinthitis
  • Other conditions
    • Cholesteatoma
    • Chronic and acute mastoiditis
    • Cholesterol granuloma
    • CSF leaks
    • Temporal lobe encephaloceles
    • Temporal bone fractures
    • Pulsatile tinnitus
    • Tinnitus
  • Tumors and disorders of the skull base
    • Vestibular schwannoma/acoustic neuroma
    • Meningiomas
    • Glomus jugulare
    • Glomus tympanicum
    • Tumors of the ear and ear canal

Cochlear Implant Center

As one of the oldest and largest cochlear implant programs in the country, the VCU Cochlear Implant Program has been caring for children and adults with severe hearing loss since 1984. With more than 1,000 patients implanted, our clinicians have experience with patients of all backgrounds, hearing losses, and cochlear anatomy. Two areas of particular interest are hearing preservation and malformed or ossified cochlear implantation.

Learn more about the Cochlear Implant Center

Education

Residents in the department’s competitive training program work alongside attending physicians to examine, diagnose and treat patients requiring otologic and neurotologic care. Read more about our residency program

Research

The section of otology, neurotology and skull base surgery has a long and established record of research productivity and funding support. These projects have ranged from retrospective case series to prospective multi-institutional clinical trials.

We highly encourage residents to participate in our research efforts, and the vast majority of our publications include at least one resident co-author. For examples of scientific output, click the Faculty Expertise button on a team member’s contact card below.

Pulsatile Tinnitus

Another area of excellence within the section of otology and neurotology is the diagnosis and management of patients with Pulsatile Tinnitus. With more than 30 years of experience as a national and international referral center, our clinicians and researchers have experience that is second to none. Our multidisciplinary team of otolaryngologists, audiologists, neurologists, neuro-ophthalmologists, radiologists and neurosurgeons collaborate to provide the latest medical and minimally invasive surgical options available to this unique patient population.

Daniel Coelho, M.D., FACS [View Image]

Daniel Coelho, M.D., FACS

Professor

Daniel Coelho, M.D., FACS [View Image]

Daniel Coelho, M.D., FACS

Professor

Department of Otolaryngology

Director, Otologic and Neurotologic Skull Base Surgery
Hayden Professor of Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery

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Kelley Dodson, M.D. [View Image]

Kelley Dodson, M.D.

Professor

Kelley Dodson, M.D. [View Image]

Kelley Dodson, M.D.

Professor

Department of Otolaryngology

Residency Program Director

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Rajanya Petersson, M.D., FACS [View Image]

Rajanya Petersson, M.D., FACS

Assistant Professor

Rajanya Petersson, M.D., FACS [View Image]

Rajanya Petersson, M.D., FACS

Assistant Professor

Department of Otolaryngology

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Aristides Sismanis, M.D. [View Image]

Aristides Sismanis, M.D.

Professor Emeritus

Aristides Sismanis, M.D. [View Image]

Aristides Sismanis, M.D.

Professor Emeritus

Department of Otolaryngology

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Margaret Zwicker, N.P. [View Image]

Margaret Zwicker, N.P.

Margaret Zwicker, N.P. [View Image]

Margaret Zwicker, N.P.

Department of Otolaryngology

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