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Alexander Hillel, M.D.

Alexander Tell Hillel, M.D.

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Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


Expertise: Airway Disorders, Dysphonia, Laryngeal Disorders, Laryngeal Stenosis, Laryngeal Surgery, Otolaryngology, Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis , Voice Problems more

Research Interests: Tracheal transplantation; Laryngeal tissue engineering; Development of biomaterial therapeutics for subglottic stenosis; Laryngeal and soft tissue fillers more

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
Appointment Phone: 443-997-6467

601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-1654

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Appointment Phone: 443-997-6467

4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map


Dr. Alexander Hillel's areas of expertise include airway and voice disorders, including endoscopic and open treatment of laryngotracheal stenosis, treatment of professional voice, and spasmodic dysphonia.

Dr. Alexander Hillel graduated from Dartmouth College and went to Tulane University Medical School. After completing residency in the Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and completing a two-year research fellowship in biomedical engineering, Dr. Hillel completed his fellowship in Laryngology at the Emory Voice Center at The Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Hillel sees patients at both The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. more


  • Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Centers & Institutes



  • MD, Tulane University School of Medicine (2004)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (2010)


  • Emory University School of Medicine / Otolaryngology (2012)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology / Otolaryngology-General (2011)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Dr. Alexander Hillels research focuses on biomaterials and tissue engineering and he has experience using stem cells to develop adipose tissue and cartilage. In addition, he developed a biocompatible tissue filler to for laryngeal and soft tissue implantation. Dr. Hillel plans to apply his experience investigating stem cell differentiation and biomaterials toward regeneration of the vocal folds and laryngotracheal cartilage for the treatment of laryngotracheal stenosis.

Hillel AT, Nahas Z, Unterman S, Reid B, Petsche J, Axelman J, Sutton D, Matheson C, Elisseeff JH. Validation of a small animal model for soft tissue filler characterization. Dermatolog Surg. 2012;38:471-8.

Starmer HM, Best SR, Agrawal Y, Chien WW, Hillel AT, Francis HF, Akst LM. Prevalence, characteristics, and management of swallowing disorders following cerebellopontine angle surgery. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012;146:419-25.

Olds K, Hillel AT, Cha E, Curry M, Akst L, Taylor R, Richmon JD. Robotic Endo-Laryngeal Flexible (Robo-ELF) Scope: A Preclinical Feasibility Study in 2 Cadavers. Laryngoscope. 2011;121:2371-4.

Hillel AT, Unterman S, Nahas Z, Reid B, Coburn JM, Axelman J, Chae JJ, Guo Q, Trow R, Thomas A, Hou Z, Lichtsteiner S, Sutton D, Matheson C, Walker P, David N, Mori S, Taube JM, Elisseeff JH. Photoactivated composite biomaterial for soft tissue restoration in rodents and in humans. Sci Transl Med. 2011;3:93ra67.

Hillel AT, Elisseeff JH. Embryonic progenitor cells in adipose tissue engineering. Facial Plast Surg. 2010;5:405-12.

Hillel AT, Lin LM, Samlan R, Starmer H, Leahy K, Flint PW. Inhaled triamcinolone with proton pump inhibitor for treatment of vocal process granulomas: a series of 60 granulomas. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2010;119:325-30.

Varghese S, Ferran A, Hillel AT, Hwang N, Zhang Z, Shamblott MJ, Gearhart J, Elisseeff JH. Engineering musculoskeletal tissues with human embryonic germ cell derivatives. Stem Cells. 2010;28:765-74.

Hillel AT, Taube JM, Cornish TC, Sharma B, Halushka M, McCarthy EF, Hutchins GM, Elisseeff JH. Characterization of human mesenchymal stem cell engineered cartilage: analysis of its ultrastructure, cell density, and chondrocyte phenotype as compared to native adult and fetal cartilage. Cells, Tissues, Organs. 2010;191:12-20.

Hillel AT, Flint PW. Evolution of Endoscopic Surgical Therapy for Zenkers Diverticulum. Laryngoscope. 2009;119:39-44.

Hillel AT, Fakhry C, Williams M, Blanco R, Saunders J, Ha P. Selective versus comprehensive neck dissection after primary chemoradiation therapy for advanced head and neck cancer. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surgery. 2009;141:737-42.
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