Ronald de Venecia, M.D., Ph.D.

Instructor in Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School


Otology and Neurotology

Board Certification

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-3715
Fax: 617-573-3914
Wed. and Thurs. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.



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Clinical Interests

Acute and chronic ear disease, acoustic neuroma and other lateral skull base tumors, auditory brainstem implants, cochlear implants

Research Interests

Auditory brainstem implants and electrical stimulation of the auditory system

Selected Publications

Malignant transformation of a highly aggressive human papillomavirus type 11-associated recurrent respiratory papillomatosis. Lin HW, Richmon JD, Emerick KS, de Venecia RK, Zeitels SM, Faquin WC, Lin DT. Am J Otolaryngol. 2010 Jul–Aug;31(4):291–6. Epub 2009 Jul 10.

Central auditory pathways mediating the rat middle ear muscle reflexes. Lee DJ, de Venecia RK, Guinan JJ, Jr, Brown MC. Anat Rec A Discov Mol Cell Evol Biol. 2006 Apr;288(4):358–69.

Medial olivocochlear reflex interneurons are located in the posteroventral cochlear nucleus: A kainic acid lesion study in guinea pigsde Venecia RK, Liberman MC, Guinan JJ, Jr, Brown MC. J Comp Neurol. 2005 Jul 11;487(4):345–60.

Responses of medial olivocochlear neurons. Specifying the central pathways of the medial olivocochlear reflex. Brown MC, de Venecia RK, Guinan JJ, Jr. Exp Brain Res. 2003;153:491–8.

Thalamocortical afferents of Lorente de Nó: medial geniculate axons that project to primary auditory cortex have collateral branches to layer I. Cetas JS, de Venecia RK, McMullen NT. Brain Res. 1999 May 29;830(1):203–8.

Parvalbumin is expressed in a reciprocal circuit linking the medial geniculate body and auditory neocortex in the rabbit. de Venecia RK, Smelser CB, McMullen NT. J Comp Neurol. 1998 Oct 26;400(3):349–62.

Complementary expression of parvalbumin and calbindin D-28k delineates subdivisions of the rabbit medial geniculate body. de Venecia RK, Smelser CB, Lossman SD, McMullen NT. J Comp Neurol. 1995 Sep 4;359(4):595–612.

A quantitative analysis of parvalbumin neurons in rabbit auditory neocortex. McMullen NT, Smelser CB, de Venecia RK. J Comp Neurol. 1994 Nov 22;349(4):493–511.

Single thalamocortical axons diverge to multiple patches in neonatal auditory cortex. de Venecia RK, McMullen NT. Brain Res. 1994 Aug 12;81(1):135–42.

Thalamocortical patches in auditory neocortex. McMullen NT, de Venecia RK. Brain Res. 1993 Aug 27;620(2):317–22.

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  • University of Arizona (Cell Biology and Anatomy, Neuroscience), Ph.D.
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine, M.D.


  • Harvard Medical School (General Surgery)


  • Harvard Medical School (Otolaryngology)


  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Otology and Neurotology)