David R. Friedland, MD, PhD

David Friedland, MD, PhDProfessor and Vice-Chair
Chief, Division of Otology and Neuro-Otologic Skull Base Surgery
Chief, Division of Research
Medical Director, Koss Cochlear Implant Program
Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences
Medical College of Wisconsin

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Patient Care Information


Dr. Friedland is a board-certified otolaryngologist head and neck surgeon with fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University in adult and pediatric otology, neuro-otology, and skull base surgery.

He has specialized training in surgery for hearing restoration including the placement of cochlear implants, bone-anchored aids, brainstem implants, and implantable hearing aids. He also has extensive training in treating tumors of the skull base such as acoustic neuroma, vestibular schwannoma and glomus tumors. He has tremendous experience and expertise with treating ear diseases such as cholesteatoma and chronic ear infections.

Other clinical activities include the diagnosis and treatment of balance and vestibular disorders including Ménière's disease, vestibular migraine, positional vertigo, and superior canal dehiscence. He also is the medical director of the tinnitus program for evaluation and management of "ringing in the ears."

Dr. Friedland's practice style reflects the team approach to providing you with the best care. Our specialized programs ensure that you will be seen expeditiously by the most appropriate professionals to diagnose, treat and manage your otologic problems. Our evaluation process includes evaluation by Doctors of Audiology, Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners and Certified Vestibular Therapists.

Dr. Friedland believes education is a major key to treatment and will patiently explain your diagnosis and treatment options in everyday terms using models and diagrams for clarity.

Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) - University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1987
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - City University of New York, New York, NY, 1993
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD) - Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, 1995
  • Residency - Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, 2000
  • Fellowship - Otology, Neuro-otology & Cranial Base Surgery, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2002

Board Certification

  • American Board of Otolaryngology
    Certified in Otolaryngology and Neurotology

Society Memberships

  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Association for Research in Otolaryngology
  • American Association of Anatomists
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Milwaukee Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Society of University Otolaryngologists
  • Wisconsin Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • The Triological Society
  • American Otological Society
  • American Neurotology Society

Clinical Interests

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Adult Hearing Loss and Rehabilitation
  • Auditory Brainstem Implants
  • Bone Anchored Hearing Aids
  • Cancer of the Ear
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chronic Ear Disease
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Facial Nerve Paralysis
  • Implantable Hearing Aids
  • Ménière's Disease
  • Migraine Associated Dizziness
  • Neurotology
  • Otology
  • Presbycusis
  • Skull Base Tumors
  • Superior Canal Dehiscence
  • Tinnitus
  • Vestibular Disorders

Clinical Practice

  • Patients Age: All
  • Joined MCW Faculty in 2002

Research Interests

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Decision Support for Vestibular Disorders
  • Cochlear Implants and Music Perception
  • Hearing Loss in the Elderly
  • Cardiovascular Disease and Hearing Loss


  • Faculty Teaching Award
  • America's Top Physicians, Consumer Research Council of American Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc.
  • Honors Awardee, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Lange Medical Publications Award
  • Ortho-McNeil Resident Travel Award
  • Association for Research in Otolaryngology Travel Grant Award
  • AAO-HNS/Herbert Silverstein Neurotology Grant Award
  • George L Adams Young Faculty Award, The Triological Society

Scheduling Information

  • Established Patient Appointments - (414) 805-5625
  • New Patient Appointments - (414) 805-5625 

Clinical Practice Location

Froedtert Hospital Clinic Practice Site
9200 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 805-5580
(414) 476-4701 (fax)