David Tunkel, M.D.

David Eric Tunkel, M.D.

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  • Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


Airway Disorders, Cholesteatoma, Chronic Sinonasal Infection and Ear Disease, Diseases of the Ear and Nose, Diseases of the Throat in Children, Ear infections, Head and Neck Surgery, Hearing Loss, Hoarseness, Neck Masses, Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology (ENT), Pediatric Chronic Sinonasal Infection and Ear Disease, Pediatric Neck Masses, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Pediatric Sleep Apnea, Sleep Apnea ...read more

Research Interests

Sleep apnea in children; Airway reconstruction in children; Otolaryngologic manifestations of skeletal dysplasias; Clinical practice guideline development for otolaryngologic diseases in children; Surgical correction of laryngotracheal anomalies ...read 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.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-1559 | Fax: 410-367-2244

Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

Appointment Phone: 443-997-6467
10803 Falls Road
Pavilion III, Suite 2300
Lutherville, MD 21093 map
Phone: 410-616-7300 | Fax: 410-367-2244

Johns Hopkins Health Care and Surgery Center

Appointment Phone: 301-896-3332
6420 Rockledge Drive
Suite 4920
Bethesda, MD 20817 map
Phone: 301-896-3332 | Fax: 301-530-2650


Dr. David Tunkel is the division director of pediatric otolaryngology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is a professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, an associate professor of 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. He is a leader in developing evidence-based guidelines to provide optimal care for children with ear, nose, and throat 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 Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC.

He has served as the chair of the pediatric otolaryngology committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and was the chairperson of the otolaryngology section of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  He has been a board member for the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. He has participated in clinical practice guideline development for major national organizations, recently serving on committees for acute otitis media and the use of tympanostomy tubes. He is the chair of the Guideline Taskforce for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and was the lead developer for guidelines on tinnitus and nosebleed management. Dr. Tunkel is an editorial board member for JAMA Otolaryngology.

Dr. Tunkel has been recognized by Baltimore Magazine as a “Top Doc,” and has received various accolades, including honor awards from the Maryland Speech-Language Hearing Association and the American Academy 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

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


  • Otolaryngology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1989)


  • Pediatric Otolaryngology; Children's National Hospital (1991)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (Complex Pediatric Otolaryngololgy) (2021)
  • American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (Otolaryngology) (1990)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Clinical Practice Guideline: Nosebleed (Epistaxis) Executive Summary.

Tunkel DE, Anne S, Payne SC, Ishman SL, Rosenfeld RM, Abramson PJ, Alikhaani JD, Benoit MM, Bercovitz RS, Brown MD, Chernobilsky B, Feldstein DA, Hackell JM, Holbrook EH, Holdsworth SM, Lin KW, Lind MM, Poetker DM, Riley CA, Schneider JS, Seidman MD, Vadlamudi V, Valdez TA, Nnacheta LC, Monjur TM.Tunkel DE, et al. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020 Jan;162(1):8-25. doi: 10.1177/0194599819889955.Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020. PMID: 31910122 Review.


Otolaryngology Utilization in Patients With Achondroplasia: Results From the CLARITY Study.

Tunkel DE, Gough E, Bober MB, Hashmi SS, Hecht JT, Legare JM, Little ME, Modaff P, Pauli RM, Rodriguez-Buritica D, Serna ME, Smid CJ, Hoover-Fong JE.Tunkel DE, et al. Laryngoscope. 2021 Oct 28. doi: 10.1002/lary.29915. Online ahead of print.Laryngoscope. 2021. PMID: 34708868

Clinical Practice Guideline: Opioid Prescribing for Analgesia After Common Otolaryngology Operations.

Anne S, Mims JW, Tunkel DE, Rosenfeld RM, Boisoneau DS, Brenner MJ, Cramer JD, Dickerson D, Finestone SA, Folbe AJ, Galaiya DJ, Messner AH, Paisley A, Sedaghat AR, Stenson KM, Sturm AK, Lambie EM, Dhepyasuwan N, Monjur TM.Anne S, et al. Among authors: tunkel de. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021 Apr;164(2_suppl):S1-S42. doi: 10.1177/0194599821996297.Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021. PMID: 33822668

Clinical Practice Guideline: Tympanostomy Tubes in Children (Update).

Rosenfeld RM, Tunkel DE, Schwartz SR, Anne S, Bishop CE, Chelius DC, Hackell J, Hunter LL, Keppel KL, Kim AH, Kim TW, Levine JM, Maksimoski MT, Moore DJ, Preciado DA, Raol NP, Vaughan WK, Walker EA, Monjur TM.Rosenfeld RM, et al. Among authors: tunkel de. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2022 Feb;166(1_suppl):S1-S55. doi: 10.1177/01945998211065662.Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2022. PMID: 35138954

The role of polysomnography in decannulation of children with brain and spinal cord injuries.

Morrow AK, Tunkel DE, Collaco JM, McGrath-Morrow SA, Lam JC, Accardo JA, Rybczynski SV.Morrow AK, et al. Among authors: tunkel de. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2019 Mar;54(3):333-341. doi: 10.1002/ppul.24208. Epub 2018 Dec 11.Pediatr Pulmonol. 2019. PMID: 30548191 Free PMC article.

Activities & Honors


  • 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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Clinical Practice Guideline: Opioid Prescribing for Analgesia After Common Otolaryngology Operations

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