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.

289 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 Jul 06, 2020

    Dr. Forrest has always been very helpful in all my visits. He takes the time to talk about your health and makes you feel comfortable when coming in for an appointment.

  • Reviewed on Jul 02, 2020

    Dr. Forrest CONSISTENTLY responds to my needs & provides useful information to manage my medical problems.

  • Reviewed on Jun 14, 2020

    good

  • Reviewed on Jun 01, 2020

    Dr. Forrest is phenomenal! He has a heart for his patients and truly cares! He treats you like your his only one. He saved my life TWICE. He looks at the big picture and gets to the bottom of what's going on with your health. Although he is brilliant and tops in his field, he is also professional yet personable. I wouldn't think of going to anyone else. He is an absolute asset to OSU and I have recommended him to all my friends and family.

  • Reviewed on May 28, 2020

    Dr. Forrest is the best dr. I've ever had. When he is in charge of your case he gets to the bottom of things. He saved my life once before & is doing it now a 2nd time. My husband and I just love him & have recommended him to numerous friends. OSU - Please don't let him go!!! He is a definite asset to OSU. Wish there were more drs. like him. He truly CARES for all his patients!

  • Reviewed on May 01, 2020

    He was amazing in all aspects of this virtual visit. it was kept to a reasonable amount of time and meds were prescribed.

  • Reviewed on Apr 14, 2020

    Listen and understood. Tx was done carefully and informative.

  • Reviewed on Apr 03, 2020

    Dr. Forrest is the best doctor anyone could ever have! I Have been his patient for about 15 years and could not begin to tell you how much my family and I appreciate how well he has taken care of me. My family and I credit Dr. Forrest for saving my life, and for keeping me on the "road to good health." I am forever grateful for his care and kindness.

  • Reviewed on Mar 30, 2020

    Always shows concern & care in every detail of my health.

  • Reviewed on Mar 27, 2020

    Dr. Forrest is amazing & very caring!

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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 11/21/2019, Dr. Forrest has reported no relationships with companies or entities.