Kenneth M. Grundfast, M.D., FACS



Vestibular/Balance Disorders

Board Certification

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

800 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-573-5526
Fax: 617-573-3914
Mondays 1:00–4:00 pm
Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-5526
Fax: 617-573-3914
Fridays 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Accepting New Patients



Dr. Kenneth Grundfast has been practicing otolaryngology for more than forty years. Initially confining his practice to pediatric otolaryngology, his focus has most recently been on caring for adult patients with ear and hearing disorders. 

Throughout his career, he has led several departments, including serving as Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at the Children's National Medical Center, Interim-Chair at the Georgetown University Medical Center, and, for the past 18 years, Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center. He has also held leadership positions in many professional societies, frequently been an invited speaker, and published more than one hundred reports in medical journals. 

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Grundfast received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical Center. He then moved to Boston to complete his surgical internship at Tufts New England Medical Center, where he also completed a one-year fellowship in community health and social medicine. After serving as a Lieutenant Commander for the US Public Health Service, he completed his residency in otolaryngology at Boston University and his fellowship training in pediatric otolaryngology at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. 

While Dr. Grundfast continues to serve as an Assistant Dean at Boston University School of Medicine and retains some obligations for the care of patients at Boston Medical Center, he is now accepting patients at both our main campus and Longwood locations.

Select Publications

The interactive candidate assessment tool: A new way to interview residents. Platt MP, Akhtar-Khavari V, Ortega R, Schneider JI, Fineberg T, Grundfast KM. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Jun;156(6):1150–1153.

The 10 commandments of management for acute upper airway obstruction in infants and children. Grundfast KM, Insalaco LF, Levi J. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Apr 27.

Assessing work-related musculoskeletal symptoms among otolaryngology residents. Wong K, Grundfast KM, Levi JR. Am J Otolaryngol. 2017 Jan 19.

What otolaryngologists need to know about hearing aids. Grundfast KM, Liu SW. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Feb 1;143(2):109–110.

Increasing competitiveness for an otolaryngology residency: Where we are and concerns about the future. Kaplan AB, Reidy KN, Grundfast KM. Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. 2015 July 17. 

Minocycline-induced hyperpigmentation of tympanic membrane, sclera, teeth, and pinna. Reese S, Grundfast K. Laryngoscope. 2015 Nov;125(11):2601–3.

Otologic outcomes after blast injury: The Boston Marathon experience. Remenschneider AK, Lookabaugh S, Aliphas A, Brodsky JR, Devaiah AK, Dagher W, Grundfast KM, Heman-Ackah SE, Rubin S, Sillman J, Tsai AC, Vecchiotti M, Kujawa SG, Lee DJ, Quesnel AM. Otol Neurotol. 2014 Dec;35(10):1825–34.

In Memoriam: Charles W. Vaughan, MD (1926–2014). Grundfast K. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014;140(8):697.

Early detection of factual knowledge deficiency and remediation in otolaryngology residency education. Platt M, Davis, EM, Grundfast, KM, Grillone GA. Laryngoscope. 2014 Aug;124(8):E309–11.

Intralabyrinthine schwannomas. Fitzgerald DC, Grundfast KM, Hecht DA, Mark AS. American Journal of Otology. May 1999;20(3):381–385.

What an otolaryngologist should know about evaluation of a child referred for delay in speech development. Tonn CR, Grundfast KM. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014;140(3):259–265. 

Genetics and molecular biology deafness: An update. Grundfast KM, Siparsky N, Chuong D. Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America. Dec 2000;33:1367–1394.

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  • SUNY Medical Center (Medical School)


  • Tufts New England Medical Center (General Surgery)


  • Boston University (Otolaryngology)


  • Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (Pediatric Otolaryngology)