Felipe Santos, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School


Otology and Neurotology

Board Certification

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Neurotology, Otolaryngology

800 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-936-6160
Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-3936
Fax: 617-573-3914
Tuesday and Friday 8:30am to 5pm



Dr. Felipe Santos is a neurotologic and skull base surgeon in the Department of Otolaryngology at Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Santos received subspecialty fellowship training in neurotology and skull base surgery at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles after completing his otolaryngology residency at the University of Washington, where he also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship with the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center. Dr. Santos attended medical school at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and graduated cum laude from Harvard College.

Dr. Santos cares for patients with conditions of the ear and lateral skull base. His clinical expertise is in cochlear implants, otosclerosis, vestibular schwannomas (acoustic neuromas), skull base tumors, facial paralysis, and cholesteatoma. He has been an invited speaker at national and international meetings and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications in the field. He also serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for six specialty clinical journals.

His research focuses on understanding the pathologic mechanisms of disease of the inner ear and temporal bone to better diagnose, treat, and prevent these conditions.

Select Publications

Otopathology in congenital toxoplasmosis. Salviz M, Montoya JG, Nadol JB, Santos F. Otol Neurotol. 2013 Apr 17.

Otopathology in osteogenesis imperfecta. Santos F, McCall AA, Chien W, Merchant S. Otol Neurotol. 2012 Dec;33(9):1562–6.

Implantation of the semicircular canals with preservation of hearing and rotational sensitivity: A vestibular neurostimulator suitable for clinical research. Rubinstein JT, Bierer S, Kaneko C, Ling L, Nie K, Oxford T, Newlands S, Santos F, Risi F, Abbas PJ, Phillips JO. Otol Neurotol. 2012 Jul;33(5):789–96.

Histopathologic markers of hearing loss in intralabyrinthine schwannomas: Implications for management. Santos F, Linthicum FH, House JW, Wilkinson EP. Otol Neurotol. 2011 Dec;32(9):1542–7.

Endolymphatic sac amputation without hydrops. Linthicum FH, Santos F. Otol Neurotol. 2011 Feb;32(2):e12–3.

Chemical screening for hair cell loss and protection in the zebrafish lateral line. Coffin AB, Ou H, Owens KN, Santos F, Simon JA, Rubel EW, Raible DW. Zebrafish. 2010 Mar;7(1):3–11.

Drug screening for hearing loss: using the zebrafish lateral line to screen for drugs that prevent and cause hearing loss. Ou HC, Santos F, Raible DW, Simon JA, Rubel EW. Drug Discov Today. 2010 Apr;15(7-8):265–71.

View a complete list of publications on pubmed.gov »



  • Weill Medical College of Cornell University, M.D.


  • University of Washington, Seattle (General Surgery)


  • University of Washington, Seattle (Otolaryngology)


  • House Ear Institute (Neurotology)