Oliver F. Adunka, MD, FACS

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Oliver Adunka, MD, FACS, has joined the Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Nationwide Children's, while serving as Director of Otology, Neurotology and Cranial Base Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Adunka specializes in otology, neurotology and lateral skull base surgery and will share his time between The Department of Otolaryngology at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children's Hospital as full Professor, the Division Director for Otology, Neurotology, and Cranial Base Surgery and the Director of the University's Hearing Program.

He attended the University of Vienna Medical School, completed his Otolaryngology Residency at J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany and completed his Neurotology Fellowship at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Adunka conducted research that established temporal bone histology data that served as the basis for cochlear implant electrode insertion trauma, helping re-educate cochlear implant surgeons to utilize proper cochleostomy and insertion techniques that reduce damage within the inner ear and thus facilitate hearing conservation. Also, Dr. Adunka has been developing technology that may ultimately allow surgeons to use feedback during the cochlear implant electrode insertion process, a step that will likely improve hearing preservation rates and device performance.

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Awards, Honors & Organizations
  • Listed, Best Doctors in America
  • Board of Directors, American Cochlear Implant Alliance, 2017 - 2019

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital: 10/01/2014

Board Certifications
  • Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Fellowship University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hospi Date Completed: 06/30/2007
Residency University Hospital Frankfurt Germany Date Completed: 11/30/2004
Residency University Hospital of Vienna Date Completed: 06/30/2000
Medical School Medical University of Vienna Date Completed: 03/08/1999