Meet a Specialist: Michael D. Otremba, M.D.
Dr. Michael Otremba, a general otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist) who cares for both children and adults, recently began his career with Mass. Eye and Ear, working at our Newton and Wellesley locations. From a young age, Dr. Otremba was surrounded by medicine, as his father worked at a family practice. It wasn’t until later in life, however, that he discovered an interest in medical education and global health. “As an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota, I ran an organization that helped fund human rights projects internationally,” notes Dr. Otremba. “Part of my work involved traveling abroad to assist in public hospitals and orphanages, which is where I developed a passion for education and global health.”
After he graduated, Dr. Otremba went on to pursue a career in medicine at Yale School of Medicine. It was there he decided to specialize in ear, nose and throat care and, interestingly enough, learn more about filmmaking. Dr. Otremba had a fully funded extra year dedicated to research, which he spent studying documentary filmmaking (check out his film, Twero: The Road to Health). His goal was to create free, high-quality surgical educational videos for medical students and residents, which he accomplished. "During residency, I drew from my background in filmmaking to create a library of high definition ear surgery videos that I’m now expanding to include other head and neck surgery procedures,” he says. Dr. Otremba hopes to continue filmmaking throughout his career.
Dr. Otremba has always enjoyed working with his hands, participating in projects such as public art installations to explore how we study anatomy. “Throughout my medical education and training I have been drawn to innovative, multidisciplinary approaches to improve patient care and medical education.” It’s what led him to focus on treating ear disease, hearing loss, chronic sinus disease, and head and neck cancer.
Above all, Dr. Otremba strives for excellence for himself and for his patients. He always puts patients first and asks himself, “How would I want myself or a family member to be treated?” He sets high standards to ensure his patients receive the best possible care.
Contact Dr. Otremba's office at 617-630-1699 (Newton and Wellesley).
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