Clinical Interests
  • Neurotology
  • Hearing loss
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Acoustic neuroma surgery
  • Acoustic neuroma and vestibular schwannoma
Medical Education
  • MD, University of Southern California School of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Board Certifications
  • Otolaryngology
  • Otology & Neurotology
  • Boston: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - other
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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Born and raised in Southern California, I moved to Boston in 1984 for residency training in otolaryngology. I returned to California in 1988 for fellowship training in neurotology and skull base surgery at the House Ear Clinic (Otologic Medical Group). In 1989 I received an academic appointment in the Department of Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School, and joined the full-time staff at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. During the last twenty years, my clinical practice has been strictly limited to otology, neurotology and skull base surgery. A high percentage of the practice is tertiary referral from the eastern United States including over two hundred patients a year with acoustic neuromas and other skull base tumors. This experience has resulted in numerous clinical publications and invited presentations. Expertise in these areas has been recognized both nationally and internationally.

Research & Publications

Research Summary
The focus of my research has been on understanding the pathophysiology and pathogenesis of otosclerosis, a bone disease of the human otic capsule that is amongst the most common causes of hearing loss in the general population. I began this line of investigation as a medical student and have maintained a focus in this area for over twenty five years. Our contributions in elucidating the possible role of measles virus, genetic and molecular mechanisms in the development of otosclerosis can be considered to be amongst the most significant contributions in the area of otosclerosis research in the last fifty years. We have received peer-review funding from the NIH over the last fifteen years, and were recently successful with a competitive renewal application. We are realistically hopeful that the by-product of this research will in the near future in lead to better forms of treatment and prevention.

View my most recent publications at PubMed


Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114 - 3002
Phone: 617-573-3672
Fax: 617-573-3914
Pappas Center for Neuro Oncology
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-724-8770