Ralph B. Metson, M.D.

Harvard Medical School

Clinical Professor of Otology and Laryngology

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Research Summary

Research Area Affiliations

Research Summary

Dr. Metson’s primary research interests include clinical outcomes of sinus surgery, genetic basis of chronic sinusitis, and endoscopic approaches to the orbit and optic nerve.

Select Publications

Factors affecting time to revision sinus surgery for nasal polyps: A 25-year experience. Wu AW, Ting JY, Platt MP, Tierney HT, Metson R. Laryngoscope 2014;124:29-33.

Long-term outcomes in sinus surgery: A new tool for measuring health-related quality of life. Remenschneider AD, D'Amico L, Litvack JR, Gray ST, Holbrook EH, Gliklich R, Metson R. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2014.

Gene expression profiling of nasal polyps associated with chronic sinusitis and aspirin-sensitive asthma. Stankovic K, Goldsztein H, Reh DD, Platt MP, Metson R. Laryngoscope 2008;118:881-889.

Image-guided sinus surgery: Lessons learned from the first 1,000 cases. Metson, R. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2003;128:8-13.

Endoscopic surgery for lacrimal obstruction. Metson R. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 1991;104:473-79.

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B.A. Pomona College, 1975
M.D. University of California, San Diego, 1979

Postgraduate Training

Internship in General Surgery, Huntington Memorial Hospital, 1981
Residency in Otolaryngology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1985
Research Fellowship, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, 1987

Professional Memberships

1981-            American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
1985-            Massachusetts Medical Society
1986-1994        American Academy of Clinical Neurophysiology
1986-            American Medical Association
1987-            Massachusetts Society of Otolaryngology
1988-2005    American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Fellow
1989-            New England Otolaryngologic Society
1990-            American College of Surgeons, Fellow
1994-    American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Fellow
1995-            American Rhinologic Society, Fellow
1996-            American Laryngologic Society, Fellow


Director, Rhinology Fellowship Program, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Director, Endoscopic Surgery of the Sinuses, Eustachian Tube, and Ear; Harvard Medical School course


1975            Phi Beta Kappa, Pomona College
1975            Magna cum laude, Pomona College
1986            Golden Apple Teaching Award by Harvard ENT Chief Residents
1996            American Academy of Otolaryngology Honor Award
2002    American Academy of Otolaryngology Distinguished Service Award
2002            Medal of Honor, Norwegian Society of Otolaryngology
2011            Golden Headmirror Teaching Award, American Rhinologic Society