Oliver Adunka

Oliver Adunka, MD

  • Otolaryngology
  • Physician What's this? A physician, or doctor, is extensively trained to diagnose and treat complex medical problems. Often, physicians focus their practice on certain disease categories, treatment methods or patient types. Physicians can diagnose and treat illness, prescribe medication, offer medical consultation and advice, perform surgery and more.

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
  • 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,” 2017–2018
  • 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

Residency

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

Fellowship

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

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Board Certification

American Board of Otolaryngology
6/1/2014

My Department

Otolaryngology

Reviews

305 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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  • Overall
    4.8 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly 4.7
  • Listens Carefully 4.8
  • Gives Understandable Instructions 4.8
  • Knows My Medical History 4.6
  • Shows Respect 4.9
  • Time Spent Together 4.8

58 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2018

Dr. Adunka is great! He always explains things in a way I can understand.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2018

From time I entered I was extremely satisfied with my care.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2018

Dr Adunka is the best and talks to me at length about my particular problem and helps tremendously by answering any email to him almost immediately -- just great

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2018

Dr. Adunka is very knowledgeable antitrust his judgment re: my care. He even walks me out to the desk to schedule my next appointment.

Reviewed on Oct 06, 2018

Also very friendly, obviously very intelligent & easy to talk to.

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2018

felt like he was a bit condescending

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2018

Very good.

Reviewed on Sep 07, 2018

Very knowledgeable about type of surgery I had in past. I was referred to Dr. Adunka. I am going back to him for now he will be my regular ENT.

Reviewed on Sep 07, 2018

Good.

Reviewed on Sep 04, 2018

Very fortunate to work with Dr. Adunka.

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Consulting and Related Relationships

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As of 03/26/2018, 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 at 614-293-8000.

  • Advanced Bionics Corporation
  • MED-EL Corporation
  • Advanced Cochlear Diagnostics
  • Advanced Genetic Technologies Corporation (AGTC)
  • Cochlear Americas