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Bryan Kevin Ward, M.D.

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5.0out of 5
122 Ratings
  • Director, Undergraduate Medical Education, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Assistant 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 more

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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


  • Director, Undergraduate Medical Education, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Assistant 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

Ward BK, Tan G X-J, Roberts DC, Della Santina CC, Zee DS, Carey JP. Strong Static Magnetic Fields Elicit Swimming Behaviors Consistent with Direct Vestibular Stimulation in Adult Zebrafish. PLoS ONE, 9(3): 19. e92109. Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0092109, March, 2014. PMID: 24647586 

Ward BK, Zee DS. Dizziness and Vertigo during MRI. New England Journal of Medicine, 375.21 (2016): e44. PMID: 27959734 

Otero-Millan, J., Zee, D. S., Schubert, M. C., Roberts, D. C.,  Ward, B. K. (2017). Three-dimensional eye movement recordings during magnetic vestibular stimulation. Journal of Neurology, 264(1), 7-12.. PMID: 28271407 

Ward BK, Carey JP, Minor LB. Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome: Lessons from the First 20 Years. Frontiers in Neurology. 2017 Apr 8:177. PMID: 28503164

Ward BK, Ashry Y, Poe DS. Patulous Eustachian Tube Dysfunction: Patient Demographics and comorbidities. Otology & Neurotology, 2017. 38(9): 1362-9. PMID: 28796094


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

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