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John Carey, MD

John Patrick Carey, MD
Chief, Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery
Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

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  • Chief, Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery
  • Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Director, Neurotology Fellowship Program
  • Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Centers & Institutes

  • Center for Hearing and Balance
  • Hopkins Hearing
  • Vestibular Neurophysiology Laboratory


Acoustic Neuromas, Bone Anchored Hearing Aids, Cholesteatoma, Hearing Disorders, Meniere's Disease, Otolaryngology, Otosclerosis, Sudden Hearing Loss, Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome, Vestibular Schwannoma

Research Interests

Inner ear imaging; Sudden hearing loss; Vestibular neurophysiology; Meniere's disease; Superior canal dehiscence syndrome; Intratympanic therapy


Dr. John Carey is a Professor and Director of the Division of Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Medicine. Dr. Carey specializes in the health and diseases of the inner ear that affect both balance and hearing mechanisms. As a clinician, Dr. Carey is a national expert in superior canal dehiscence syndrome, Menière’s disease, vestibular migraine, and other causes of vertigo. As a researcher, his interests include the normal vestibular reflexes and how they change with age, the ototoxic effects of gentamicin, the use of intratympanic steroids for Menière’s disease, the diagnostic utility of vestibular evoked myogenic potential testing, and the mechanisms of vestibular migraine.

He has a particular interest in superior canal dehiscence syndrome, and, with Dr. Lloyd Minor, he has developed the operation to repair the superior canal using image-guided surgery. Dr. Carey is funded by the National Institutes of Health – National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to study inner ear balance function in Ménière’s disease and steroid treatment of sudden hearing loss. He has authored or co-authored over 120 peer-reviewed publications, 10 book chapters, and three invited reviews.


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  • Education +


    • Washington University School of Medicine ( St Louis MO ) (1991)


    • University of Washington Medical Center/Otolaryngology ( Seattle WA ) (1998)
    • Virginia Mason Medical Center/General Surgery ( Seattle WA ) (1993)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine/Otology & Neurotology ( Baltimore MD ) (2000)
    • The Johns Hopkins Hospital/Otolaryngology ( Baltimore MD ) (2000)


    • Neurotology, American Board of Otolaryngology (2008)
    • Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology (1999)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    1. Ward BK, Agrawal Y, Hoffman HJ, Carey JP, Della Santina CC. Prevalence and impact of bilateral vestibular hypofunction: Results from the 2008 US national health interview survey. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Aug 1;139(8):803-10.

    2. Ward BK, Wenzel A, Ritzl EK, Gutierrez-Hernandez S, Della Santina CC, Minor LB, et al. Near-dehiscence: Clinical findings in patients with thin bone over the superior semicircular canal. Otol Neurotol. 2013 May 2.

    3. Zuniga MG, Janky KL, Nguyen KD, Welgampola MS, Carey JP. Ocular versus cervical VEMPs in the diagnosis of superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome. Otol Neurotol. 2013 Jan;34(1):121-6.

    4. Ward BK, Agrawal Y, Nguyen E, Della Santina CC, Limb CJ, Francis HW, et al. Hearing outcomes after surgical plugging of the superior semicircular canal by a middle cranial fossa approach. Otol Neurotol. 2012 Oct;33(8):1386-91.

    5. Janky KL, Zuniga MG, Carey JP, Schubert M. Balance dysfunction and recovery after surgery for superior canal dehiscence syndrome. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012 Aug;138(8):723-30.

    6. Agrawal Y, Zuniga MG, Davalos-Bichara M, Schubert MC, Walston JD, Hughes J, et al. Decline in semicircular canal and otolith function with age. Otol Neurotol. 2012 Jul;33(5):832-9.

    7. Tavassolie TS, Penninger RT, Zuniga MG, Minor LB, Carey JP. Multislice computed tomography in the diagnosis of superior canal dehiscence: How much error, and how to minimize it? Otol Neurotol. 2012 Feb;33(2):215-22.

    8. Agrawal Y, Minor LB, Schubert MC, Janky KL, Davalos-Bichara M, Carey JP. Second-side surgery in superior canal dehiscence syndrome. Otol Neurotol. 2012 Jan;33(1):72-7.

    9. Rauch SD, Halpin CF, Antonelli PJ, Babu S, Carey JP, Gantz BJ, et al. Oral vs intratympanic corticosteroid therapy for idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss: A randomized trial. JAMA. 2011 May 25;305(20):2071-9.

    10. Crane BT, Lin FR, Minor LB, Carey JP. Improvement in autophony symptoms after superior canal dehiscence repair. Otol Neurotol. 2010 Jan;31(1):140-6.
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    Meet our Experts - Dr. John Carey

    Dr. John Carey, director of, the Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery, treats acoustic neuromas, Meniere's disease, and otosclerosis.

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    Ask Well: Medicines for Motion Sickness, New York Times (02/27/2014)

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