David M. Poetker, MD

David Poetker, MDDavid M. Poetker, MD
Division of Rhinology and Sinus Surgery
Department of Otolaryngology & Communication Sciences
Medical College of Wisconsin

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Patient Care Information


Dr. Poetker, a board-certified otolaryngologist, specializes in all disorders of the paranasal sinuses including acute and chronic sinusitis. He has received specialty training to address tumors of the paranasal sinuses, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks, and revision (re-do) sinus surgeries.

Sinus disease is a long-term, chronic problem. Dr. Poetker specializes in the long term management of sinus disease. He works with his patients in an organized, logical fashion to find the medical and surgical management that fits the individual.

Dr. Poetker's research interests include studying the differences in mucous production in patients with sinus disease. In addition, he is involved with several studies to evaluate the safety of corticosteroids.

Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Luther College, Decorah, IA, 1993
  • Master of Arts (MA) - Drake University, Des Moines, IA, 1996
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD) - University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA, 2001
  • Residency - Otolaryngology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 2006
  • Fellowship - Rhinology & Sinus Surgery, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Portland, OR, 2007

Board Certification

  • American Board of Otolaryngology

Society Memberships

  • American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy
  • American Medical Association
  • Wisconsin Medical Society
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Rhinologic Society

Clinical Interests

  • Chronic Rhinosinusitis
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Recurrent Acute Rhinosinusitis
  • Sinonasal Tumors
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leaks
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Revision (re-do) Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Fungal Sinusitis
  • Endoscopic Orbital Surgery
  • Laser Surgery
  • Computer-Guided Sinus Surgery
  • Frontal Sinus Surgery
  • Sinus Issues Following Trauma
  • Polyps
  • Allergic Sinusitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Laser
  • Nasal & Sinus Surgery
  • Nasal and Sinus Disorders

Clinical Practice

  • Patient Age:  2+
  • Joined MCW Faculty in 2007

Research Interests

  • Mucin Gene Expression in Paranasal Sinuses
  • Safety Profile of Corticosteroids


  • 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America
  • 2015-2016 Best Doctors in America
  • 2013-2014 Best Doctors in America
  • 2013 Froedtert Hospital Top 20 highest patient satisfaction scores
  • 2012-2013 MCW Outstanding Medical Student Teacher Award
  • 2012-2013 U.S. News and World Report Top Doctors, Otolaryngology
  • 2012 Marquis’ Who’s Who in America, Nominated
  • 2012 MCW Outstanding Faculty Service Awards
  • 2011 Froedtert Hospital Top 20 highest patient satisfaction scores
  • 2011-2012 Best Doctors in America
  • 2011 International Association of Healthcare Professionals Top Otolaryngologist
  • 2006 Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, Resident Teaching Award
  • 2005 American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Potsic Basic Science Award, Second Place
  • 2005 Milwaukee Society of Head and Neck Surgery and Medicine, Eby Resident Paper Award, Second Place
  • 2005 Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, Toohill Resident Research Award, First Place Clinical
  • 2005 AO North America Resident Trauma Research Grant Recipient
  • 2004 Luther College Young Alumni Award
  • 2004 AO North America Resident Trauma Research Grant Recipient
  • 2003 American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Resident Research Grant Recipient
  • 2001 Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Outstanding Senior Student Award, University of Iowa, College of Medicine

Administrative Duties

  •  Residency Program Director

Appointment Information

  • Established Patient Appointments - (414) 805-5581
  • New Patient Appointments - (414) 805-3666 or (800) 272-3666

Clinical Practice Locations

Froedtert Hospital Clinic Practice Site
9200 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 805-1520
(414) 476-4701 (fax)