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
  • Vice Chair for Clinical Operations
  • Included in Best Doctor’s in America, Patient’s Choice Award
  • Board of Directors, American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACIA)
  • 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 “Regional Top Doctors,” 2017–2019
  • Best Doctor in America, 2017
Additional Languages I Speak
  • German

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Hearing Disorders
  • Hearing Loss
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Skull Base Tumors
  • Neuroma, Acoustic
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Facial Nerve Diseases
  • Meniere Disease
  • Neurofibromatosis 2
  • Otolaryngology
  • Otosclerosis
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Vestibular Diseases

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

Medical University of Vienna, ,
MD
9/1/1993 - 3/1/1999

Internship

Military Hospital, Vienna,

3/15/1999 - 6/30/2000

Residency

J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt, am Main,

7/1/2000 - 11/30/2004

Fellowship

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

7/1/2005 - 6/30/2007

Board Certification

American Board of Otolaryngology
6/1/2014

Academic Information

My Department

Otolaryngology

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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.

546 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.8 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly
    4.8 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.8 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.8 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.5 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.9 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.8 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Nov 20, 2020

    listend and gave responses that were easily understood.

  • Reviewed on Nov 18, 2020

    Dr. Adunka is so caring and it feels good to know I'm in good hands.

  • Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

    Just fine.

  • Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

    Dr. Adunka was professional, took time to answer my questions and demonstrated considerable insight, compassion and rapport.

  • Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

    Very friendly and warm to me as a patient. Asked how he can communicate better with me given my hearing loss.

  • Reviewed on Nov 04, 2020

    It was nice that the doctor sat down and listened to me.

  • Reviewed on Nov 02, 2020

    Dr. Adunka was wonderful - Took extra time! Great explanation, caring and honest.

  • Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

    I think the staff at OSU are unusually very good.

  • Reviewed on Oct 15, 2020

    Dr. Adunka is always & pleasure to visit. He is very competent and his knowledge is astounding.

  • Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

    Dr. Adunka is a caring physician and skilled surgeon that takes the time to explain thing, and treats his patients with respect.

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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. Adunka has reported relationships with the companies or entities 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.

  • Advanced Bionics Corporation
  • Advanced Cochlear Diagnostics
  • Spiral Therapeutics