David M. Poetker, MD, MA

Chief, Professor


  • Otolaryngology and Comm. Sciences - Froedtert Hospital
  • 900 N. 92nd St.
  • Milwaukee, WI 53226


  • Otolaryngology

Established Patient Appointments

New Patient Appointments

Toll Free

Voted one of the Best Doctors in America®


Diseases and Conditions

  • Allergic Sinusitis
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leaks
  • Chronic Rhinosinusitis
  • Fungal Sinusitis
  • Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT)
  • Nasal and Sinus Disorders
  • Nasal and Sinus Tumors
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Recurrent Acute Rhinosinusitis
  • Sinus Issues Following Trauma
  • Sinusitis
  • Nosebleeds

Treatments and Services

  • Endoscopic Orbital Surgery
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Endoscopic, Computer-assisted Management of Frontal Sinusitis
  • Frontal Sinus Surgery
  • Laser Surgery
  • Nasal/Sinus Surgery
  • Revisional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Balloon Dilation
  • Rhinology
  • Virtual Visit

Patients Ages Seen

  • Child
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Senior


  • English

Hospital Affiliations

  • Children's Wisconsin - Milwaukee – Milwaukee
  • Froedtert Hospital – Milwaukee
  • Zablocki VA Medical Center – Milwaukee

Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology

Clinic Locations


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 mucus production in patients with sinus disease. In addition, he is involved with several studies to evaluate the safety of corticosteroids.

Education and Training

Master of Arts - Drake University - Des Moines, IA (1996)
Doctor of Medicine - University of Iowa College of Medicine - Iowa City, IA (2001)
Residency in Otolaryngology - Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals - Milwaukee, WI (2006)
Fellowship in Rhinology & Sinus Surgery - Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital - Portland, OR (2007)