Konstantina Stankovic, M.D., Ph.D., FACS

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School


Otology and Neurotology

Board Certification

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Neurotology

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243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-3972
Fax: 617-573-3637
Tues. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.



Dr. Stankovic is a board-certified ear and skull base surgeon and a Ph.D.-trained auditory neuroscientist. Her medical education includes a medical degree from Harvard (Magna Cum Laude), Internship in General Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Residency in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck surgery at Harvard and Massachusetts Eye and Ear, and Fellowship in Neurotology - Skull Base Surgery at Harvard and Mass. Eye and Ear.
Her scientific training includes B.S. degrees in Physics and in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), PhD degree in Auditory Neuroscience from MIT, and post-doctoral training in Molecular Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital, Boston.

She has received numerous awards, including the Association of M.I.T. Alumnae award for the highest degree of academic excellence and professional promise, the Henry Asbury Christian Award for outstanding performance in research and scholarly activitiesat Harvard Medical School, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute postdoctoral research fellowship, the Burt Evans young investigator award from the National Organization for Hearing Research, and Harvard/MIT Thomas A. McMahon Mentoring Award. She serves on the Long Range Planning Committee of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology,and on the editorial board of Otology and Neurotology. She is president of the American Auditory Society

Concurrent with her clinical activities, she directs a basic science laboratory that focuses on hearing and hearing restoration. The approach is interdisciplinary, combining tools of systems neuroscience with optics, ultra low power electronics, molecular biology and and genomics to improve diagnostics, prognostics and therapeutics for deafness. Recent research highlights include optical imaging of cells inside the inner ear without contrast dyes, development of a prototype chip for a fully implantable cochlear implant, energy extraction from the inner ear to run electronics, and discovery that aspirin intake may prevent growth of intracranial tumors (vestibular schwannomas/ acoustic neuromas) that cause hearing loss. Her research has been published in leading journals and has also received international media coverage, including by National Public Radio, ABS news, CBS news, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Danish Broadcasting Corporation, New England Cable News.

Her clinical and research work drives and reinforces one another. Her involvement in cutting-edge research gives her patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials that could lead to breakthroughs in addressing the problems of participating patients, while advancing the knowledge frontier of the auditory field.

Clinical Interests

Otology/Neurotology, including hearing loss in adults and children, cochlear implants and other implantable hearing devices, acoustic neuromas (vestibular schwannomas), otosclerosis, cholesteatoma, tumors of temporal bone.

Research Interests

Degeneration and regeneration of the inner ear, development of novel diagnostic and prognostic tools for hearing loss, mechanisms of sensorineural hearing loss due to acoustic neuromas (vestibular schwannomas), otosclerosis, and noise trauma.

Visit Dr. Stankovic's Research Page.

Select Publications

A fully implantable cochlear implant SoC with piezoelectic middle-ear sensor and energy-efficient stimulation in 0.18 um HVCMOS. Yip M, Jin M, Nakajima H, Stankovic KM, Chandrakasan AP. Proc International Solid State Circuits Conference 2014.

Aspirin intake correlates with halted growth of sporadic vestibular schwannoma in vivo. Kandathil CK, Dilwali S, Wu CC, Ibrahimov M, McKenna MJ, Lee H, Stankovic KM. Otol Neurotol. 2014 Feb;35(2):353-7.

Mining immune epitopes in the inner ear. Platt M, Dilwali S, Elackattu A, Parikh JR, Stankovic KM. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Mar;150(3):460-3.

Metabolomic and network analysis of pharmacotherapies for sensorineural hearing loss. Muurling T, Stankovic KM. Otol Neurotol. 2014 Jan;35(1):1-6.

A comprehensive network and pathway analysis of human deafness genes. Stamatiou GA, Stankovic KM. Otol Neurotol. 2013 Jul;34(5):961-70. doi: 10.1097/MAO.0b013e3182898272.

A complete list of research publications can be seen at www.pubmed.gov.



  • Harvard Medical School and Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, M.D.
  • MIT and Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Ph.D.


  • Harvard Medical School (General Surgery)


  • Harvard Medical School (Otolaryngology)


  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery)