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David Tunkel, MD

David Eric Tunkel, MD
Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology
Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

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  • Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics


Airway Disorders, Chronic Sinonasal Infection and Ear Disease, Diseases of the Ear, Nose, Throat in Children, Neck Masses, Otolaryngology, Pediatric Chronic Sinonasal Infection and Ear Disease, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Neck Masses, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Pediatric Sleep Apnea, Sleep Apnea

Research Interests

Sleep apnea in children; Airway reconstruction in children; Otolaryngologic manifestations of skeletal dysplasias; Clinical practice guideline development for otolaryngologic infections in children


Dr. David Tunkel is the division director of pediatric otolaryngology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is an associate professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, pediatrics, and anesthesiology-critical care medicine. He leads a division of pediatric otolaryngologists and allied health care providers who diagnose and treat the entire breadth of head and neck disease and communication disorders that affect children.

Dr. Tunkel has special expertise in treating airway disorders in children, including obstructive sleep apnea, congenital or acquired abnormalities of the larynx and trachea, and infections of the upper airway. He also treats the common infections of the ears, nose, and throat that affect young children, such as pharyngitis, sinusitis, and otitis media. He has conducted research that showed the success of new methods of subtotal tonsillectomy in treating sleep disordered breathing, with improved recovery for many children. He also treats children who need surgery for chronic otitis media, conductive hearing loss, and cholesteatoma. He is nationally known for treating children with special needs, including those with cleft palate, Down syndrome, short-stature skeletal dysplasias, and neuromotor diseases.

Dr. Tunkel has been a faculty member in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins for over 20 years. He trained in surgery and otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins, and received advanced pediatric otolaryngology training at Childrens National Medical Center in Washington, DC.

He is the chair of the pediatric otolaryngology committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, has served as the chairperson of the otolaryngology section of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and has been a board member for the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. He has participated in clinical practice guideline development for major national organizations, most recently serving on committees for acute otitis media and the use of tympanostomy tubes.


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American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (Chair, pediatric otolaryngology committee)
American Academy of Pediatrics (chair, otolaryngology section)
American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (board member)

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    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore MD ) (1984)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Otolaryngology (Baltimore MD ) (1989)


    • Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology (1990)
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    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    Bagla S, Tunkel D, Kraut MA. Nontuberculous mycobacterial lymphadenitis of the head and neck: radiologic observations and clinical context. Pediatr Radiology 2003; 33:402-406. (PMID 12692697)

    Tunkel DE. A novel stent for treatment of combined anterior glottic web-subglottic stenosis. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 2005 Jul;69(7):893-6. (PMID 15911005)

    Tunkel DE. Z-meatoplasty for modified radical mastoidectomy in children. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006; 1319-1322. (PMID 17178942)

    Lin SY, Halbower AC, Tunkel DE, Vanderkolk C. Relief of upper airway obstruction with mandibular distraction. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006; 132:437-441. (PMID 16618914)

    Tunkel DE, Hotchkiss KS, Carson K, Sterni LM. Efficacy of powered intracapsular tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. Laryngoscope 2008; 118(7):1295-1302.

    Loyo M, Pai, S, Netto G, Tunkel DE. Aggressive recurrent respiratory papillomatosis in a neonate. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2008; 72(6):917-920.

    Tunkel DE, Hotchkiss KS, Ishman S, Brown D. Supraglottoplasty using sinus instruments. Medscape J Med. 2008; 10(11):269. (PMID 19099019)

    Preciado D, Tunkel DE, Zalzal G. Pediatric otolaryngology in the United States; Demographics, workforce perceptions, and current practices. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009; 135(1): 8-13. (PMID 19153300)

    Schwengel DA, Sterni LM, Tunkel DE, Heitmiller ES. Perioperative management of children with obstructive sleep apnea. Anesth Analg. 2009; 109:60-75. (PMID 19535696)

    Bell EA, Tunkel DE. Over the counter (OTC) cough and cold medications in children; are they helpful? Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010; 142:647-650.

    Turner JH, Tunkel DE, Boahene DK. Endoscopic-assisted closed rhinoplasty approach for excision of nasoglabellar dermoid cysts. Laryngoscope 2010; 120:2223-2226. (PMID 20938952)

    Kochhar A, Tunkel DE. Hyponatremia after adenotonsillectomy; not gone and best not forgotten. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol.Extra 2011; 6:366-367. 10.1016/j.pedex.2011.04.002

    Tunkel DE, Kerbavaz R, Smith B, Rose-Hardison D, Alade Y, Hoover-Fong J. Hearing screening in children with skeletal dysplasia. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011; 137:1236-1239. (PMID 22183904)

    Tunkel DE. Polysomnography before tonsillectomy in children; who and when? Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012; 146:191-193. (PMID 22095954)

    Tunkel D, Alade Y, Kerbavez R, Smith B, Rose-Hardison D, Hoover-Fong J. Hearing loss in skeletal dysplasia patients. Am J Med Genet. 2012; 158A(7):1551-1555 (PMID 22628261).

    Tunkel DE, Wooten-Gorges SL, Wei SL. Safer radiologic imaging of otolaryngologic disease in children. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012; Apr 30. [epub ahead of print]; 147(1):3-6. (PMID 22547554).

    Intrapiromkul J, Aygun N, Tunkel DE, Carone M, Yousem DM. Inner ear anomalies seen on CT images in patients with Down syndrome. Pediatr Radiol. 2012 Aug 31. [Epub ahead of print] (PMID 22936282) DOI 10.1007/s00247-012-2490-3 (online first). (PMID 22936282).

    Tekes A, Ishman SL, Baugher KM, Brown DJ, Lin SY, Tunkel DE, Unalp-Arida A, Huisman TA. Does microtia predict severity of temporal bone CT abnormalities in children with persistent conductive hearing loss? J Neuroradiol. 2013; Feb 18. Pii:S0150-9861(12)00252-0. Doi:10.1016/j.neurorad.2012.10.002. [Epub ahead of print] (PMID 23428239)

    Lieberthal AS, Carroll AE, Chonmaitree T, Ganiats TG, Hoberman A, Jackson MA, Joffe MD, Miller DT, Rosenfeld RM, Sevilla XD, Schwartz RH, Shiffman RN, Thomas PA, Tunkel DE. Clinical practice guideline; the diagnosis and management of acute otitis media. Pediatrics 2013; 131(3):

    Rosenfeld RM, Schwartz SR, Pynnonen MA, Tunkel DE, Hussey HM, Fichera JS, Grimes AM, Hackell JM, Harrison MF, Haskell H, Haynes DS, Kim TW, Lafreniere DC, LeBlanc KL, Mackey WL, NettervilleJL, Pipan ME, Raol NP, Schellhase KG. Clinical practice guideline: tympanostomy tubes in children. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg.(in press, scheduled for July 2013)
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