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.



Clinical Interests

Pediatric and adult endoscopic ear surgery
Pediatric and adult otologic and neurotologic surgery
Pediatric and adult cochlear implant surgery
Pediatric and adult auditory brainstem implant surgery

What would you like your patients to know about you?

My primary clinical focus is cochlear implant surgery for infants, children and adults. I am studying outcomes following unilateral and bilateral cochlear implants in children and have a special interest in surgery for the malformed inner ear (large vestibular aqueduct, Mondini, common cavity.) We offer single ear and bilateral cochlear implantation for the appropriate candidate.

I am also Director of the Wilson Auditory Brainstem Implant program based at the Mass. Eye and Ear and Mass. General Hospital. We offer the auditory brainstem implant (ABI) as an option for infants, children, and adults who are deaf and cannot receive the cochlear implant. We care for Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2) patients who are deaf from bilateral vestibular schwannomas (acoustic neuromas) as well as pediatric and adult patients who are deaf from scarred inner ears, or absent or damaged auditory nerves. We have two FDA clinical trials on the ABI in both children and adults.

I also have an interest in the surgical management of superior canal dehiscence syndrome. Minimally invasive endoscopic assisted middle fossa craniotomy and transmastoid SCD repair options are offered to the pediatric or adult patient for this surgery who have disabling auditory and/or balance symptoms.

Finally, I offer transcanal, endoscopic ear surgery to pediatric and adult patients with chronic otitis media and cholesteatoma. In many cases, we can avoid a large incision behind the ear and are able to safely clean out infection, remove the cholesteatoma and repair the eardrum using a minimally invasive, transcanal approach.

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Responses evoked by a vestibular implant providing chronic stimulation. Thompson, L.A., Haburcakova, C., Gong, W., Lee, D.J., Wall, C., Merfeld, D.M., and Lewis, R.F., J Vestib Res, 2011.

Oral vs intratympanic corticosteroid therapy for idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss: a randomized trial. Rauch, S.D., Halpin, C.F., Antonelli, P.J., Babu, S., Carey, J.P., Gantz, B.J., Goebel, J.A., Hammerschlag, P.E., Harris, J.P., Isaacson, B., Lee, D.J., Linstrom, C.J., Parnes, L.S., Shi, H., Slattery, W.H., Telian, S.A., Vrabec, J.T., and Reda, D.J., JAMA, 2011. 305(20): p. 2071-9.

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

Superior Petrosal Sinus associated with Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome in Pediatric and Adult Patients. McCall, A., McKenna, M.J., Merchant, S.N., Curtin, H., and Lee, D.J., Otol Neurotol, 2011.

Extensive Osteomas of the Temporal-Parietal Occipital Skull. Quesnel, A.M. and Lee, D.J., Otol Neurotol, 2010.

Auditory Brainstem Circuits That Mediate the Middle Ear Muscle Reflex. Mukerji, S., Windsor, A.M., and Lee, D.J., Trends Amplif, 2010.

De visione, voce et auditu: the contribution of Hieronymous Fabricius to our understanding of tensor tympani function. Mukerji, S. and Lee, D.J., Otol Neurotol, 2010. 31(3): p. 536-43.

A complete list of research publications can be seen at www.pubmed.gov.



  • 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)