Leila A. Mankarious, M.D.

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School


Pediatric Otolaryngology

Board Certification

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-3190
Fax: 617-573-6845
Wed. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.



Dr. Leila Mankarious is a fellowship-trained pediatric otolaryngologist who has a special interest in caring for children with ear, nose, and throat disorders, especially ear conditions. She earned her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine prior to completing her general surgery internship and residency training in otolaryngology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She then completed her fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at University of Iowa and the Hospital for Sick Children in London, England. Dr. Mankarious now serves as the Director of Databases and Registries for the Harvard Otolaryngology Program and is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. 

Dr. Mankarious has been an invited speaker at national and international meetings and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications in the field. She serves as an ad hoc reviewer for many journals including Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology, and is a member of many national otolaryngology organizations. 

Her clinical and research interests are centered around children with ear problems such as tumors (cholesteatoma), infections and fluid, drum perforations, retractions, sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), and pediatric cochlear implantation. She is also interested in early correction of external ear deformities such as “prominent” or “folded” ear. 

As the head of Databases and Registries for all the Harvard Otolaryngology departments, she is actively working with other researchers to create an international registry for patients with hearing loss both in terms of improving care for these patients as well as keeping track of patients based on a granular etiology for their hearing loss.

Select Publications

IgA defines secretions from salivary tissue in post-Sistrunk procedure drainage. Baig S, Martinez-Alvernia EA, Mankarious LA. Oto HNS. 2011 Jun.

Cochlear implantation in children with congenital X-linked deafness due to novel mutations in the POU3F4 gene. Stankovic K, Mankarious LA. Annals of Oto. 2010. 815-822.

MMP inhibition causes luminal narrowing and ring thickening in the cricoid cartilage. Martinez-Alvernia EA, Mankarious LA. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Apr.

Developmental aspects of the upper airway
. Results of a NHLBI working group, March 5-6, 2009. Marcus C, Smith RJH, Mankarious LA, et al. Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society. July 2009.

Drainage post thyroglossal duct remnant surgery: Possible source and analysis. Abubakar S, Martinez-Alvernia EA, Mankarious LA. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009. 140:343-347.

FGF2, VEGF, PDGF, TFG-beta1, and EGF response to injury in the aging rabbit subglottis. Pires VL, Mankarious LA. Annal Otolaryngol. 2009. 118:139-147.

MMP2 and 9 are concentrated at the luminal aspect of the cricoid cartilage, are diminished with loss of the perichondrium and reinstated by exogenous TGF-beta3. Martinez EA, Mankarious LA. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008. 117:925-930.

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  • Yale University, M.D.


  • University of Iowa (General Surgery)


  • University of Iowa (Otolaryngology)


  • The University of Iowa and The Hospital for Sick Children, London (Pediatric Otolaryngology)