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.


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

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Medical Degree

Medical University of Vienna


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


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

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Board Certification

American Board of Otolaryngology

My Department



216 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 4.6
  • Shows Respect 4.9
  • Time Spent Together 4.8

26 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 06, 2018

I have been to OSU many times how you're treated has improved greatly this group of doctors. Are very nice and courteous this has improved from the past. THANK YOU!

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2018

he was as happy as I was for my response to his treatment

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2018

Excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2018

Dr. Adunka has been respectfully of me throughout this very unusual case and all my visits. I deeply appreciate his care, respect and expertise in helping me with yet again another csf leak surgical repair.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2018

All good.

Reviewed on Feb 07, 2018

It good.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2018

Excellent... Thanks!!!

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2018

All good.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2018

Dr. Adunka is extremely knowledgeable and explains things in a way that I understand. He is very personable and has made every visit comfortable and lessens the anxiety of the visit.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2017

Best doctor I have ever seen!!!

Reviewed on Dec 01, 2017

Attentive and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2017

Always has my best interest at heart!!!

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2017


Reviewed on Nov 15, 2017

I have no complaints just praises for Dr. Adunka and his team.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2017

Every good.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2017

Was impressed with his knowledge and the time he took explaining what my condition might be.

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2017

Very knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Nov 08, 2017

Will give Dr. Adunka credit. He made sure I didn't go through what I went through week before and actually apologized for care I receive at earlier appt.

Reviewed on Nov 07, 2017

He was very confident and concerned.

Reviewed on Nov 07, 2017


Reviewed on Nov 05, 2017

Dr. Adunka fit me in his schedule after talking with Dr. Prevedello the day before. He is going to assist in surgery. I feel so grateful and blessed to have such great care. He made me feel I was his only patient for the day.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2017

V. good!

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2017

As always my care was great.

Reviewed on Oct 08, 2017

I saw the resident for a good length of time who was very nice. I saw the specialist for no more than 10 minutes. He did not examine me, just said he concurred with my other 2 doctors and referred me to yet a third specialist!

Reviewed on Oct 05, 2017

excellent and thorough care

Reviewed on Oct 03, 2017

All ways pleasant and informative also concerned.

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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 614-293-7802.

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