Ronald de Venecia, M.D., Ph.D.

Instructor in Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School


Otology and Neurotology

Board Certification

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-3715
Fax: 617-573-3914
Wed. and Thurs. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.



Clinical Interests

Acute and chronic ear disease, acoustic neuroma and other lateral skull base tumors, auditory brainstem implants, cochlear implants

Research Interests

Auditory brainstem implants and electrical stimulation of the auditory system

Selected Publications

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See also below.

Lin HW, Richmon JD, Emerick KS, de Venecia RK, Zeitels SM, Faquin WC, Lin DT. Malignant transformation of a highly aggressive human papillomavirus type 11-associated recurrent respiratory papillomatosis. Am J Otolaryngol. 2010 Jul-Aug;31(4):291-6. Epub 2009 Jul 10.

Lee DJ, de Venecia RK, Guinan JJ Jr, Brown MC. Central auditory pathways mediating the rat middle ear muscle reflexes. Anat Rec 2005; accepted:in press

de Venecia RK, Liberman MC, Guinan JJ Jr, Brown MC. Medial olivocochlear reflex interneurons are located in the posteroventral cochlear nucleus: a kainic acid study in guinea pigs. J Comp Neurol,  J Comp Neurol 2005;487:345-360

Brown MC, de Venecia RK, Guinan JJ Jr. Responses of medial olivocochlear neurons: specifying the central pathways of the medial olivocochlear reflex. Exp Brain Res 2003;153:491-8

Cetas JS, de Venecia RK, McMullen NT. Thalamocortical afferents of Lorente de Nó: medial geniculate axons that project to primary auditory cortex have collateral branches to layer I. Brain Res. 1999 May 29;830(1):203-8.

de Venecia RK, Smelser CB, McMullen NT. Parvalbumin is expressed in a reciprocal circuit linking the medial geniculate body and auditory neocortex in the rabbit. J Comp Neurol. 1998 Oct 26;400(3):349-62.

de Venecia RK, Smelser CB, Lossman SD, McMullen NT. Complementary expression of parvalbumin and calbindin D-28k delineates subdivisions of the rabbit medial geniculate body. J Comp Neurol. 1995 Sep 4;359(4):595-612.

McMullen NT, Smelser CB, de Venecia RK. A quantitative analysis of parvalbumin neurons in rabbit auditory neocortex. J Comp Neurol. 1994 Nov 22;349(4):493-511.

de Venecia RK, McMullen NT. Single thalamocortical axons diverge to multiple patches in neonatal auditory cortex. Brain Res Dev Brain Res. 1994 Aug 12;81(1):135-42.

McMullen NT, de Venecia RK. Thalamocortical patches in auditory neocortex. Brain Res. 1993 Aug 27;620(2):317-22.



  • University of Arizona (Cell Biology and Anatomy, Neuroscience), Ph.D.
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine, M.D.


  • Harvard Medical School (General Surgery)


  • Harvard Medical School (Otolaryngology)


  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Otology and Neurotology)