Steven D. Rauch, M.D.

Director, Vestibular Division

Vice Chair of Clinical Research, Department of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School

Medical Director, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Balance and Vestibular Center

Professor of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School


Otology and Neurotology

Vestibular/Balance Disorders

Board Certification

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

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With more than 30 years of experience in otolaryngology, Dr. Steven Rauch specializes in otology, which is the diagnosis, medical, and surgical management of hearing and balance disorders. A graduate of Amherst College, Dr. Rauch received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine prior to joining Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School for his residency in otolaryngology. Upon completion of his training in 1984, Dr. Rauch joined the Department as a full-time faculty member of the otology service and is now a Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Rauch’s leadership and expertise in balance disorders led to the formation of a new Vestibular Division at Mass. Eye and Ear in 2014, with Dr. Rauch serving as Division Chief. The Division brings together specialists from both otolaryngology and neurology to provide highly specialized clinical care and research initiatives with the goal of improving the lives of patients with vestibular and balance disorders.

An active participant in the otolaryngology and research communities, Dr. Rauch has served as a member of the Board of Scientific Councilors of the NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) and as President of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO). He is also a former Chair of the Research Advisory Board of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. He is a member of the American Otological Society and the American Neurotological Society. He sits on numerous grant review, editorial, and advisory boards here in the US and internationally. He is currently a Vice Chair of Clinical Research for the Department of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School and Chair of the Human Studies Committee at Mass. Eye and Ear.

Dr. Rauch’s clinical interests include both hearing and balance disorders. He focuses his research efforts on combined disorders of hearing and balance, particularly Ménière’s disease, autoimmune inner ear disease, sudden deafness, and migraine. Dr. Rauch has also cultivated an interest in performing arts medicine. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Liberal Arts Department at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches a course on Health and Wellness for undergraduate music students.

Select Publications

Vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP) can detect asymptomatic saccular hydrops. Lin MY, Timmer FCA, Oriel BS, Zhou G, Guinan JJ, Kujawa SG, Herrmann BS, Merchant SN, Rauch SD. Laryngoscope. 2006. 116:987-992.

Oral vs. intratympanic corticoteroid 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 D, Linstrom CJ, Parnes, LS, Shi H, Slattery WH, Telian SA, Vrabec JT, Reda DJ. JAMA. 2011. 305:2071-2079.

The science of migraine. Burstein R, Jakubowski M, Rauch SD. J Vestib Res. 2011. 21:305-314.

Improvement in word recognition score with level is associated with hearing aid ownership among patients with hearing loss. Halpin CF, Rauch SD. Audiol Neurotol. 2012. 17:139-147.

Audiology in the sudden hearing loss clinical trial. Halpin CF, Shi H, Reda D, Antonelli PJ, Babu S, Carey JP, Gantz BJ, Goebel JA, Hammerschlag PE, Harris JP, Isaacson B, Lee D, Linstrom CJ, Parnes LS, Slattery WH, Telian SA, Vrabec JT, Rauch SD. Otol Neurotol. 2012. 33:907-911.

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  • University of Cincinnati, M.D.


  • University of Massachusetts (General Surgery)


  • Harvard Medical School (Otolaryngology)