Bryan Kevin Ward, M.D.

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  • Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


Acoustic Neuromas, Bilateral Loss of Vestibular Sensation, Bone Anchored Hearing Devices, Cholesteatoma, Chronic Otitis Media, Ear Surgery, Eustachian Tube Dysfunction, Hearing Disorders, Meniere's Disease, Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology (ENT), Otosclerosis, Patulous Eustachian Tube Dysfunction, Sudden Hearing Loss, Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome more

Research Interests

Vestibular; Magnetic Fields; Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence Syndrome; Vestibular Implantation; MRI of the Inner Ear; Temporal Bone Histopathology more

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center (now called Levi Watkins, Jr., M.D., Outpatient Center)

Appointment Phone: 443-997-6467
601 N. Caroline St.
6th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Fax: 410-367-2282

Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

Appointment Phone: 443-997-6467
10803 Falls Road
Pavilion III, Suite 2300
Lutherville, MD 21093 map
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Bryan Ward specializes in treating disorders of the ear and skull base, such as chronic ear disease,  obstructive and patulous eustachian tube dysfunction, and conditions that cause dizziness such as superior canal dehiscence syndrome, Meniere's disease and bilateral vestibulopathy. He has research interests in vestibular physiology and pathophysiology, with particular focus on MRI and interactions between strong magnetic fields and the inner ear.

Dr. Ward's research is focused on studying the effects of strong static magnetic fields, such as those in MRI machines, on the vestibular system. The magnetic fields of MRI machines can induce a force in the inner ear that can cause dizziness and vertigo. This is a fundamentally new way of stimulating the vestibular system, and he is studying how the brain adapts to this stimulus. He is also involved in developing new ways of imaging the inner ear with MRI.  

His clinical research interests include the pathophysiology of inner ear disorders, such as superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome, Meniere's disease and bilateral vestibulopathy, as well as novel treatments including the development of a vestibular implant (led by Dr. Charles Della Santina). more


  • Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (2009)


  • Otolaryngology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2015)


  • Otolaryngology; Boston Children's Hospital (2016)
  • Otology & Neurotology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2018)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (Neurotology) (2021)
  • American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (Otolaryngology) (2017)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Ward, B. K., Agrawal, Y., Hoffman, H. J., Carey, J. P., & Della Santina, C. C. (2013). Prevalence and impact of bilateral vestibular hypofunction: results from the 2008 US National Health Interview Survey. JAMA otolaryngology–head & neck surgery, 139 (8), 803-810

Ward, B. K., Ashry, Y., & Poe, D. S. (2017). Patulous Eustachian tube dysfunction: patient demographics and comorbidities. Otology & Neurotology, 38(9), 1362-1369

Ward, B. K., Roberts, D. C., Otero-Millan, J., & Zee, D. S. (2019). A decade of magnetic vestibular stimulation: from serendipity to physics to the clinic. Journal of neurophysiology, 121(6), 2013-2019

Büki, B., Mair, A., Pogson, J. M., Andresen, N. S., & Ward, B. K. (2021). Three-Dimensional High-Resolution Temporal Bone Histopathology Identifies Areas of Vascular Vulnerability in the Inner Ear. Audiology and Neurotology, 1-11

Ward, B. K., Van De Berg, R., Van Rompaey, V., Bisdorff, A., Hullar, T. E., Welgampola, M. S., & Carey, J. P. (2021). Superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome: Diagnostic criteria Consensus document of the Committee for the Classification of Vestibular Disorders of the Barany Society. Journal of Vestibular Research, 31(3), 131-141


Device for Magnetic Stimulation of the Vestibular System
Patent # US15668896 | 

Activities & Honors


  • Frank L. Coulson, Jr. Award for Clinical Excellence, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2016
  • Henkel Chief Resident Teacher of the Year Award, Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 2016


  • Triological Society, post-graduate member
  • Barany Society
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Videos & Media

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Underwater Endoscopic Repair of Superior Canal Dehiscence

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

The Safe Way to Pop Clogged Ears, Men's Health (July 27, 2022)

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