L Arick Forrest

L Arick Forrest, MD

  • Otolaryngology

Appointments: (614) 366-3687

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.


  • Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • 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 America’s “Top Doctors” for 2017
  • Best Doctor in America 2017

Specialties and Conditions I Treat

  • Otolaryngology
  • 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

Please note: Not all physicians schedule patients at each listed location. Please call the “Schedule an appointment” number shown above for scheduling assistance.

Education and Training

Medical Degree

Ohio State University College of Medicine


Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
7/1/1989 - 6/1/1993


Vanderbilt University Hospital
7/1/1993 - 12/1/1993

Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
1/1/1994 - 12/31/1994

More About My Work

My Background

Board Certification

American Board of Otolaryngology

My Department



75 Patient Satisfaction 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.

  • Overall
    4.9 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly 4.9
  • Listens Carefully 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions 4.9
  • Knows My Medical History 4.9
  • Shows Respect 5
  • Time Spent Together 5

5 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 07, 2018

great experience - knowledgeable and in and out!

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2018

Dr. Forrest is excellent in his diagnosis and explanation of my condition - And remedy available for that condition.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2017

All excellent with Dr. Forrest, and they always are. I wish all doctors were like him.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2017

Very good listener - patient!

Reviewed on Dec 01, 2017

Presented treatment options in a clear and effective manner.

Reviewed on Dec 01, 2017

Respectfully, I have been very blessed with having Dr. Forrest has my provider. He has always went the extra mile in being very attentive to my health; OSU needs many more like him. Thank you.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2017

Dr. Forrest's expertise in helping me treat my sinus issues is outstanding. I appreciate his kindness and compassion in treating me at Ohio State. The new medicines Dr. Forrest prescribed have helped with my sinus problems.

Reviewed on Nov 08, 2017

Excellent care.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2017

Best dr. ever - nice, smart A+ the world would be a better place if every dr. was like Dr. Forrest.

Consulting and Related Relationships

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As of 03/28/2017, Dr. Forrest has reported no financial relationships with medical device, research and/or drug companies.