Matthew R. Naunheim, M.D., MBA


Instructor in Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School


Laryngology and Salivary Gland Disorders

Board Certification

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-4402
Fax: 617-573-3626
Monday–Friday, 8:00 am–5:00 pm
Accepting New Patients



Dr. Matthew Naunheim is a fellowship-trained laryngologist who specializes in treating patients with voice, breathing, and swallowing troubles. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and MBA from Harvard Business School. He subsequently completed his residency training in otolaryngology at Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School, followed by a fellowship in laryngology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 

Dr. Naunheim is particularly interested in understanding quality of life interventions in surgery. As a result, he has been involved in implementing a patient-reported outcome measure for subglottic stenosis, a condition treated by laryngologists with significant quality of life decrements without definitive surgical options. He is developing an abbreviated voice-related outcome measure for use in patients with vocal fold polyps and nodules. He has also established tradeoffs between risk of complication, likelihood of surgical success, and postoperative voice quality for laryngo-tracheal surgery. These innovations all have the potential to directly impact the practice of laryngology by elucidating patient preferences.

Select Publications

Laryngeal manifestations of neurofibromatosis. Naunheim MR, Plotkin SR, Franco RA, Song PC. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016;154(3):494–497.

Surgical management of bilateral vocal fold paralysis: A cost-effectiveness comparison of two treatments. Naunheim MR, Song PC, Franco RA, Alkire BC, Shrime MG. Laryngoscope. 2017;127(3):691–697.

Contingent valuation analysis of an otolaryngology and ophthalmology emergency department: The value of acute specialty care. Naunheim MR, Kozin ED, Sethi RK, Ota HG, Gray ST, Shrime MG. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017;143(3):234–238.

Prevention of laryngeal webs through endoscopic keel placement for bilateral vocal cord lesions. Chen J, Shu Y, Naunheim MR, Chen M, Cheng L, Wu H. Front Med. September 2017.

What do patients want from otolaryngologists? A discrete choice experiment. Naunheim MR, Rathi VK, Naunheim ML, Alkire BC, Lam AC, Song PC, Shrime MG. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017;157(4):618–624.

Patient preferences in subglottic stenosis treatment: A discrete choice experiment. Naunheim MR, Naunheim ML, Rathi VK, Franco RA, Shrime MG, Song PC. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018;158(3):520–526.

Quality-of-life metrics correlate with disease severity in idiopathic subglottic stenosis. Naunheim MR, Paddle PM, Husain I, Wangchalabovorn P, Rosario D, Franco RA. Laryngoscope. March 2018.

Patient preference research in otolaryngology: What do patients want? Naunheim MR, Wittenberg E, Shrime MG. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017;143(10):971–972.

Benign vocal fold lesions: update on nomenclature, cause, diagnosis, and treatment. Naunheim MR, Carroll TL. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017;25(6):453–458.

The Professional Voice. In P.W. Flint (ed.), Cummings Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery. Naunheim MR, Courey MS. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby Elsevier.

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  • Harvard Business School, MBA
  • Harvard Medical School, M.D.


  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Surgery)


  • Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School (Otolaryngology)


  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Laryngology)