Daniel J. Lee, M.D., FACS

Director, Pediatric Otology and Neurotology

Director, Fellowship in Neurotology

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School


Otology and Neurotology

Pediatric Otolaryngology

Board Certification

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Neurotology

800 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-3130
Mon. and Thurs. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.



Dr. Daniel Lee is a fellowship-trained pediatric and adult ear and skull base surgeon. His primary clinical focus is on cochlear implant surgery for infants, children, and adults. He studies outcomes following cochlear implants in children with malformed inner ears (large vestibular aqueduct, Mondini, common cavity). Recently, he has begun new clinical studies of cochlear implants for single-sided deafness in children and adults. 

As Director of the Wilson Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI) program based at Mass. Eye and Ear and Mass General, Dr. Lee and his team works with infants and children and their families as well as adults who are deaf and cannot receive cochlear implants. Specifically, his program cares for children and adults with Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2) who are deaf from bilateral vestibular schwannomas (acoustic neuromas) as well as children and adults who are deaf from scarred inner ears or absent or damaged auditory nerves. Dr. Lee is currently overseeing two FDA clinical trials on the ABI in both children and adults who did not have NF2. 

Dr. Lee has an international referral center for the diagnosis and management of superior canal dehiscence syndrome and offers both minimally invasive endoscopic-assisted middle fossa craniotomy and transmastoid SCD repair options to patients with disabling auditory and/or balance symptoms. 

Finally, Dr. Lee has developed a center of excellence for minimally invasive transcanal endoscopic ear surgery techniques in children and adults with cholesteatoma and chronic infections.

Visit Dr. Lee's research page.

Select Publications

Responses evoked by a vestibular implant providing chronic stimulation. Thompson LA, Haburcakova C, Gong W, Lee DJ, Wall C, Merfeld DM, Lewis RF. J Vestib Res. 2011.

Oral vs intratympanic corticosteroid therapy for idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss: A randomized trial. Rauch SD, Halpin CF, Antonelli PJ, Babu S, Carey JP, Gantz BJ, Goebel JA, Hammerschlag PE, Harris JP, Isaacson B, Lee DJ, Linstrom CJ, Parnes LS, Shi H, Slattery WH, Telian SA, Vrabec JT, Reda DJ. JAMA. 2011;305(20):2071–9.

Cochlear implantation in children with anomalous cochleovestibular anatomy: A systematic review. Pakdaman M, Herrmann B, Van-Beek King J, Curtin H, Lee DJ. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011.

Superior petrosal sinus associated with superior canal dehiscence syndrome in pediatric and adult patients. McCall A, McKenna MJ, Merchant SN, Curtin H, Lee DJ. Otol Neurotol. 2011.

Extensive osteomas of the temporal-parietal occipital skull. Quesnel AM, Lee DJ. Otol Neurotol. 2010.

Auditory brainstem circuits that mediate the middle ear muscle reflex. Mukerji S, Windsor AM, Lee DJ. Trends Amplif. 2010.

De visione, voce et auditu: The contribution of Hieronymous Fabricius to our understanding of tensor tympani function. Mukerji S, Lee DJ. Otol Neurotol. 2010;31(3):536–43.

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  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, M.D.


  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (General Surgery)


  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Otolaryngology)


  • Johns Hopkins Hospital (Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery)