Nicholas Rowan, M.D.

Nicholas Ray Rowan, M.D.

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  • Clinic Director, Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center – Green Spring Station
  • Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Specializes in: Adolescents (12-18 years), Adults (18+ years), Children (1-11 years)



Chronic Sinusitis, Endoscopic Frontal Sinus Surgery, Endoscopic Orbital Decompression, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Endoscopic Tear Duct Surgery, Juvenile Nasopharyngeal Angiofibroma (JNA), Nasal Obstruction, Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology (ENT), Paranasal Sinus Tumors, Pituitary Tumors, Revision Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Sinonasal Inverting Papillomas, Sinonasal Tumors, Sinusitis, Sinusitis and Nasal Polyposis, Skull Base Tumors, Smell Loss 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
Fax: 410-367-2332
Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center (now called Levi Watkins, Jr., M.D., Outpatient Center) - Google Maps

Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

Appointment Phone: 443-997-6467
10803 Falls Road
Pavilion III, Suite 2300
Lutherville, MD 21093
Fax: 410-367-2332
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Nicholas Rowan performs a full complement of endoscopic sinus, nasal, and orbital surgeries. When indicated, he can also perform some of these with a minimally invasive approach, as an in-office procedure. Additionally, Dr. Rowan works closely with the Johns Hopkins neurosurgical team to manage pituitary tumors and other intracranial tumors that can be accessed through the sinuses.

Dr. Rowan is actively involved in clinic research. Key areas of interest include the sense of smell and quality of life outcomes in patients that undergo sinus or skull base surgery, with a focus on how to improve patient outcomes and experience. He is a champion for patient care both in his clinical practice and his research endeavors. He has co-authored more than 40 peer reviewed publications, in addition to several book chapters and international guideline statements. He is regularly invited to speak about his research findings at local, national and international meetings. more


  • Clinic Director, Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center – Green Spring Station
  • Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

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  • MD; Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (2012)


  • Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2017)


  • Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery; Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine (2018)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (Otolaryngology) (2018)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Rowan is actively involved in both outcomes and translational research relating to chronic rhinosinusitis and endoscopic skull base surgery. He also has a keen interest and experience with the sinonasal micobiome and quality improvement initiatives in otolaryngology.

Technology Expertise Keywords

Chronic rhinosinusitis, chronic sinusitis, skull base tumors, taste, smell, endoscopic sinus surgery

Selected Publications

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Rowan NR, Stapleton AL, Heft-Neal ME, Gardner PA, Snyderman CH. The natural growth rate of residual juvenile angiofibroma. J Neurol Surg B. 2018 Jun:79:257-261.

Rowan NR, Turner MT, Valappil B, Fernandez-Miranda J, Wang EW, Gardner PA, Snyderman CH. Injury of the carotid artery during endoscopic endonasal surgery:surveys f skull base surgeons. J Neurol Surg B. 2018 Jun;79:302-308.

Rowan NR, Soler ZM, Othieno F, Storck KA, Smith TL, Schlosser RJ. IMpact of Bitter Taste Receptior Phenotype upon Clinical Presentation in Chronic Rhinosinusitis. In press, Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Southern States Rhinology Course
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Instructor
    Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Activities & Honors


  • Research Award, American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy Foundation, 2017
  • Resident Member Nomination, Alpha Omega Alpha, 2016
  • Best Clinical Paper by a Resident/Fellow 1st place, North American Skull Base Society, 2015


  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy
  • The American Rhinologic Society
  • The American Medical Association
  • The Triological Society
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

Professional Activities

  • Program Committee Member, American Rhinologic Society Annual Meeting Oct 2018
  • Resident & Fellows Committee Member, American Rhinologic Society
  • CORE Grant Reviewer, American Academy of Otolaryngology 2017
  • Reviewer, International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology. Editor: David W. Kennedy 2017 - present
  • Reviewer, American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy. Editors:R Chandra, R. Sindwani and A. Peters, 2017 - present
  • Reviewer, Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology. Editor:R.J.H. Smith 2016 - present

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Impact of Bitter Taste Receptor Phenotype Upon Clinical Presentation in Chronic Rhinosinusitis
    Oral Presentation, National Harbor, Maryland (04/20/2018)
  • Minimally Invasive Maxillary Antrostomy
    Oral Presentation, Simposio Internacional de Rinologia, Porto Alegre, Brazil (10/06/2017)
  • A Skull Base Course Participants' Experience with Endoscopic Endonasal Carotid Artery Injuries
    Oral Presentation, New Orleans, LA (03/03/2017)
    North American Skull Base Society
  • Effect of Viral Infection on Clinical Severity of Sinonasal Disease and Iron Sequestration in Cystic Fibrosis Patients
    Oral presentation, Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (09/16/2016)
    American Academy of Otolaryngology

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Will Your Cold Medicine Actually Work? Real Simple (11/29/2023)

Your Nose Knows: Loss of Smell Can Help Predict Frailty and Unhealthy Aging, MedIndia (11/18/2023)

Can Mouthwash Protect You From Getting COVID On A Flight? Experts Weigh In. HuffPost (10/20/2023)

Optimizing Patient Quality-of-Life Following Pituitary Adenoma Surgery, Webinar by the Pituitary Tumor Association (2/16/2022)

Covid Stole Your Sense of Smell? Try Physical Therapy for Your Nose. New York Times (3/26/2021)

Webinar - Avoiding the Operating Room: In-Office Treatment of Sinusitis (4/30/2019)

Women's Health Magazine, Will Apple Cider Vinegar Cure my Cold? 10/18/2018

Herald-Mail (Hagerstown), W.Va. woman reaching out to others after losing sense of smell due to COVID 11/02/2020

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