Meet Ohio State's team of ear, nose and throat experts

The leaders of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery are committed to excellence. Our department has over 20 clinical faculty who serve The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Our faculty have extensive training in such subspecialties as facial-plastic reconstruction, audiology, balance, voice disorders, cranial base surgery, otology, neurotology and more.

Our Leaders

Our leaders

James Rocco

James Rocco, MD, PhD

Chair, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


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Division and Program Directors

Our leaders

Bradley Otto Updated

Bradley Otto, MD

Director, Division of General Otolaryngology Director, Division of Sinus and Allergy

Assistant Professor - Clinical

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Brad  deSilva

Brad deSilva, MD

Director, Division of Laryngology and The Voice Center

Vice Chair, Education
Director, Residency Program
Co-Director, Laryngology Fellowship Program
Associate Professor - Clinical

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Oliver Adunka

Oliver Adunka, MD, FACS

Director, Division of Otology/Neurotology and Cranial Base Surgery

Vice Chair, Clinical Operations
Medical Director of Audiology
Director, Hearing Center
Director, Pediatric Otology and Hearing Program at Nationwide Children's Hospital
Professor - Clinical

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Eugene Chio

Eugene Chio, MD

Director, Division of Sleep Medicine

Assistant Professor - Clinical

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Leslie Kim

Leslie Kim, MD, MPH

Director, Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Assistant Professor - Clinical

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Charles Elmaraghy

Charles Elmaraghy, MD, FAAP

Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology

Division Chief, Nationwide Children's Hospital Pediatric Otolaryngology
Associate Professor - Clinical

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Matthew Old

Matthew Old, MD

Director, Division of Head and Neck Oncology

Associate Professor


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Princess Ogbogu

Princess Ogbogu, MD

Director, Division of Allergy and Immunology

Co-Director, Allergy and Immunology Fellowship
Associate Professor - Clinical


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Ricardo Carrau

Ricardo Carrau, MD

Director, Skull Base Surgery Program

Director, Skull Base Surgery Fellowship Program


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Derek Houston

Derek Houston, PhD

Director, Baby Talk Research Labs

Associate Professor

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Kai Zhao

Kai Zhao, PhD

Director, Nasal Physiology and Therapeutic Center

Associate Professor

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Dan Merfeld, PhD

Vice Chair of Research, Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery

Professor, The Ohio State University

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Our Doctors
Nationwide Children's Hospital Faculty

Nationwide Children's Hospital Faculty

Our Associated Faculty

Our Associated Faculty

Community Faculty


Robert Pema, DO

4488 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43228

Board Certified, Otoloaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery

1982-1986 Bachelor of Science, The Ohio State University
1986-1990 Doctor of Osteopathy, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
1990-1991, Intern, Doctors Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
1991-1995, Resident, Otolaryngology, Doctors Hospital, Columbus, Ohio 

1995-2016 Private Practice, Columbus, Ohio
2016-present Ohio State University Physicians, Dept. of Otolaryngology 

Sigma Sigma Phi, Honor Society, OUCOM
Dean’s List, OUCOM
1990 Intern Class Representative
1992-1995 Clinical Coordinator of Medical Students, OUCOM
Clinical Faculty, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Program Director, Otolaryngology, Doctors Hospital, 1997-2012
Presidential Achievement Award, A.O.C.O.O.H.N.S., 2008
Presidential Achievement Award, A.O.C.O.O.H.N.S., 2016
Adjunct Clinical Faculty, The Ohio State University

Courtesy Faculty

  • Lauren B. Bakaletz, PhD
  • Eric Bielefeld, PhD
  • Long-Sheng Chang, PhD
  • Russell Lonser, MD
  • John McGregor, MD
  • Daniel Prevedello, MD
  • Paul E. Wakely, Jr., MD
  • Christopher M. Weghorst, PhD

Emeritus Faculty

  • Kamran Barin, PhD
  • Thomas F. DeMaria, PhD
  • Don E. Gebhart, MD
  • David J. Lim, MD
  • Howard W. Lowery, MD
  • William Melnick, PhD
  • Andrew W. Miglets, Jr., MD
  • David E. Schuller, MD
  • Hua Hua Tong, MD
  • Victor R VerMeulen, MD

Administrative Staff

Mark Inman, MBA
COO and Administrator

Jeannette Elum, MBA
Manager, Administrative Operations            


Nina Holman, MBA
Clinic Manager