Oliver Adunka

Oliver Adunka, MD

  • Otolaryngology

Appointments: (614) 366-3687

About Me

As a head and neck surgeon, I provide cutting-edge, personalized care for the hearing and balance impaired. I also offer patients access to clinical trials and new treatment options.

I’m passionate about all aspects of the ear. What first interested me were the ear’s detail and small scale. Once I started treating patients with hearing loss and balance disorders, I realized how fundamental these senses are. Because of technical and surgical advances, we can now help most individuals with these conditions. Cochlear implants, in particular, can be a life-changing treatment. There is certainly room for growth, and I feel lucky to be a part of this development.

What I enjoy most about working at Ohio State is the level of commitment, which I find both remarkable and contagious. I am motivated knowing that each individual here truly cares about patients, providing excellent care and advancing medical science. I believe that this sort of passion is necessary to provide world-class patient care.

I feel lucky that I have been able to work as a physician. I think a medical license is not just a piece of paper, but a privilege, and I hope to serve my patients here at Ohio State.

In my free time, I like to play tennis, run, relax with my family and enjoy the outdoors.

Highlights

  • Director, Division of Otology/Neurotology and Cranial Base Surgery
  • Professor, Department of Otolaryngology
  • Included in Best Doctor’s in America, Patient’s Choice Award
  • Specializes in cochlear implant electrode development and hearing preservation in cochlear implantation
  • Developed technology that may allow future implants to directly monitor the function of the inner ear
  • Named to the Castle Connolly list of America’s “Top Doctors” for 2017
  • Best Doctor in America 2017

Additional languages I speak

  • German

Specialties and conditions I treat

  • Otolaryngology
  • Neurotology
  • Ear Diseases
  • Hearing Disorders
  • Hearing Loss
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Hearing Aids
  • Labyrinth Diseases
  • Skull Base Tumors
  • Neuroma, Acoustic
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Otorrhea
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Dizziness
  • Facial Nerve Diseases
  • Glomus Tumor
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Mastoiditis
  • Meniere Disease
  • Neurofibromatosis 2
  • Otitis Externa
  • Otitis Media
  • Otolaryngology
  • Otosclerosis
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibular Diseases
  • Vestibular Neuronitis

Locations where I practice

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Education and training

Medical Degree

M.D.
Medical University of Vienna
3/1/1999

Residency

Otolaryngology
J.W. Goethe University
7/1/2000 - 11/30/2004

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My background

Fellowship

Neurotology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
7/1/2005 - 6/30/2007

Board Certification

American Board of Otolaryngology
6/1/2014

My Department

Otolaryngology

Reviews

156 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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  • Overall
    4.8 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly 4.8
  • Listens Carefully 4.8
  • Gives Understandable Instructions 4.8
  • Knows My Medical History 4.7
  • Shows Respect 4.9
  • Time Spent Together 4.8

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 03/28/2017, Dr. Adunka has reported financial relationships with the medical device, research and/or drug companies listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office at 614-293-7802.

  • Advanced Bionics Corporation
  • MED-EL Corporation