Meet a Specialist: David Bowling, M.D.
Dr. David Bowling, Medical Director of Mass. Eye and Ear, Medford, decided to specialize in ear, nose and throat medicine and surgery after a rotation in his third year of medical school at Cornell University. He says, “The field involves treating patients of all ages – and I love working with kids as well as adults. By treating their ailments, I can improve how people function, and interact with others, thus improving their overall quality of life.” He continues, “Caring for patients with head and neck problems requires both medical and surgical expertise in a complex area of the body, and my interests and training prepared me well for both.”
“In the office, I strive to fully know my patients and get a complete understanding of their symptoms. I carefully examine and listen, so I can learn about my patients’ problems and how they affect them. Together, we formulate treatment plans with a medical and/or surgical approach,” Dr. Bowling notes.
After completing his otolaryngology training at Mass. Eye and Ear, Dr. Bowling served as the solo otolaryngologist at Naval Hospital Groton in Connecticut. He explains, “I was on-call 24/7 for four years, taking care of active duty personnel, their families and retirees. My clinical and surgical cases covered all areas of otolaryngology (ear, nose, throat, head and neck care), including the emergent care needs of patients in the Emergency Room and in the inpatient wards.”
Dr. Bowling continues, “The experience I gained in the Navy prepared me for coordinating ear, nose and throat care in the community – providing care in my office while also covering the emergency rooms at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Winchester Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford.” Dr. Bowling has been in practice north of Boston for 22 years. When surgical care is needed, he performs myringotomy (surgical incisions into the eardrum to relieve pressure or drain fluid), ear tube placement, tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy, sinus surgery, septoplasty, ear surgery, parotid/salivary gland surgery and larynx surgery. He has a particular interest in sinus, gastroesophageal reflux, and salivary gland disease.
As a member of the Department of Otolaryngology at Mass. Eye and Ear, Dr. Bowling works closely with subspecialists who perform leading-edge, transformative research and treatment. He concludes, “When a patient has a complicated disease requiring referral to a subspecialist, I refer them to a colleague whose work I know personally and whose expertise I trust.”
Contact Dr. Bowling’s office at 781-874-1965.
View Dr. Bowling’s online bio for more information.
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