Meet a Specialist: Matthew R. Naunheim, M.D., MBA


Dr. Matthew Naunheim, a fellowship-trained laryngologist at Mass. Eye and Ear, always knew he wanted to do surgery from the beginning of his medical training. He explains, “I appreciate the ability to intervene in a relatively quick manner and make immediate improvements to people’s lives.” Dr. Naunheim sought out laryngology in particular because he’s fascinated with treating both quality-of-life problems, such as voice and swallowing issues, and life-threatening diseases, like cancer and airway disorders.                 

Dr. Naunheim earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School and his MBA at Harvard Business School. He completed his residency in otolaryngology at Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School and in laryngology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

As a laryngologist at Mass. Eye and Ear, Dr. Naunheim sees adult patients with voice, airway, laryngeal cancer, and swallowing disorders. Most cases can be managed medically as an outpatient service, while others, such as airway or voice issues, may require patients to be admitted. Treatment varies from procedures in the operating room to other less invasive techniques in the office setting, such as vocal cord injections and steroid treatments for specific airway diseases. “My goal is to conduct the right amount of intervention for each patient,” he says.               

During his time at Mass. Eye and Ear, Dr. Naunheim has been impressed with the multidisciplinary approach in caring for patients. “I work directly with all members of the patient’s care team, from voice therapists managing healthy voice production to sinus doctors managing post nasal drip to radiation oncologists managing cancer treatments,” he says. “We’re proud of how we all collaborate.”               

In addition to the clinical care he provides, Dr. Naunheim’s research focuses on patient preferences. “I’m working on understanding the underlying values, beliefs and preferences of patients in order to make the best decision for them in the clinic and operating room.” His goals have been and will continue to be providing excellent patient care and expanding the division of laryngology. Dr. Naunheim is currently accepting new patients at Mass. Eye and Ear’s main campus in Boston, MA.

Contact Dr. Naunheim’s office at 617-573-4402.

View Dr. Naunheim’s online bio for more information.

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