About Me

I practice in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, specializing in voice and swallowing disorders. Both of these health conditions also have significant social implications, and it’s very satisfying to be able to restore these abilities to a patient.

Regardless of the reason for a visit, I believe in treating the entire patient. Our multidisciplinary teams work together with the patient as our central focus, developing targeted and tailored treatment plans for each individual. This approach enables us to provide more targeted treatments, fewer side effects and better outcomes.

Ohio State provides access to the highest quality of equipment and the ability to work with world-renowned clinicians and researchers. I appreciate being part of this top-notch team. Serving as Ohio State's medical director of ambulatory services also allows me to contribute to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center outside of my areas of specialty.

When I'm not on the job, I enjoy traveling, reading and attending Ohio State football games.
Highlights
  • Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2014-2019
  • Elected Triological Society fellow
  • Medical Director, Ohio State Ambulatory Services
  • Director, Ohio State Voice and Swallowing Disorders Clinic
  • Named to the Castle Connolly list of “Regional Top Doctors,” 2017–2019
  • Best Doctor in America, 2017

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Oropharyngeal Cancers
  • Mouth Cancers
  • Voice Disorders
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Thyroid Diseases
  • Nose Diseases
  • Submandibular Gland Diseases
  • Airway Obstruction
  • Apnea
  • Cough
  • Dyspnea
  • Nosebleed
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Granuloma, Laryngeal
  • Graves Disease
  • Hoarseness
  • Jaw Abnormalities
  • Laryngeal Diseases
  • Laryngeal Cancers
  • Laryngismus
  • Laryngocele
  • Lingual Goiter
  • Lip Cancers
  • Lip Diseases
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Mucositis
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nose Cancers
  • Otolaryngology
  • Parathyroid Diseases
  • Pharyngeal Diseases
  • Pharyngeal Cancers
  • Pharyngitis
  • Rhinitis
  • Salivary Gland Diseases
  • Sinusitis
  • Submandibular Gland Neoplasms
  • Tongue Diseases
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tracheal Diseases
  • Tracheal Tumors
  • Tracheal Stenosis
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula
  • Tracheostomy
  • Tracheotomy
  • Velopharyngeal Insufficiency
  • Paranasal Sinus Diseases

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
MD
9/1/1984 - 6/30/1988

Residency

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

7/1/1989 - 6/1/1993

Fellowship

Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, TN

7/1/1993 - 12/1/1993

Fellowship

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

1/1/1994 - 12/31/1994

Board Certification

American Board of Otolaryngology
5/3/1994

Academic Information

My Department

Otolaryngology

More About My Work

Reviews

The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

147 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.9 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly
    4.9 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    5 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.9 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.9 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    5 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.9 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Feb 09, 2021

    The up most excellent and experienced in the field of doctoring could I ask for.

  • Reviewed on Feb 05, 2021

    Dr. Forrest is the best dr. I ever had - he listens & really cares about your health.

  • Reviewed on Jan 22, 2021

    He is EXCELLENT as a healthcare provider & human being. A role model for other professionals!

  • Reviewed on Jan 22, 2021

    Dr. Forrest - He is the best - Period.

  • Reviewed on Jan 21, 2021

    Excellent doctor.

  • Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

    Dr. Forrest is absolutely the best. He sets the benchmark for all healthcare providers in my opinion.

  • Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

    Dr. Forrest is an excellent physician who has helped me with ongoing sinus issues -

  • Reviewed on Dec 09, 2020

    Dr. Forrest and I have known each other for about 15 years. He still takes time to see me even with all his other obligations. I am grateful for his skills and compassion.

  • Reviewed on Nov 03, 2020

    Dr. Forrest is the best!

  • Reviewed on Nov 01, 2020

    dr forrest gets an a plus

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Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 11/01/2020, Dr. Forrest has reported no relationships with companies or entities.