Oto Welcomes New Leadership

The Department of Otolaryngology takes great pride in welcoming its new leader, Craig A. Buchman, MD. Dr. Buchman comes to Washington University from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he served as Harold C. Pillsbury Professor, Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs, and the Otology/Neurotology/Skull Base Surgery Division Chief in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He also led the Ear & Hearing and Multidisciplinary Skull Base Surgery Programs at UNC and was a member of the Academy of Educators.

After receiving his medical degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Dr. Buchman completed his internship, research fellowship, and residency at the University of Pittsburgh and a clinical fellowship in neurotology and skull base surgery at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles. He has been cited annually in Best Doctors and Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors and is one of the busiest cochlear implant (CI) surgeons and neurotologists in America. He is the Chair of the William House Cochlear Implant Study Group and the Implantable Devices Committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, a founding member and current chair of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACIA), and a member on the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH). He has been a Senior and Neurotology Examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology. He has published more than 140 peer-reviewed manuscripts as well as many other works in the field. He also serves as Associate Editor for JAMA-Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery and Editorial Board member for Otology & Neurotology.

His investigative interests are broad in the field of hearing loss and rehabilitation. His ongoing research programs are focused on the utility of auditory evoked cortical responses in the pediatric population, electrocochleography as an indicator of cochlear trauma, and the use of auditory brainstem implantation in children with cochlear nerve disorders. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and other foundations. He has received a number of honors and awards including the Harris P. Mosher Award for his Triological Society Thesis on vestibular effects of cochlear implantation and election to the Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum.

Dr. Buchman is married to his wife Liz for 27 years and they have 2 children: Brett (19), a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Ross (16), a sophomore at MICDS. They enjoy hiking, biking, running, snow skiing and taking active vacations together. You might see them walking around the Central West End, Forest Park or near their new home in Clayton with their two rescue dogs - Brady, an 85-pound Black Labrador Retriever, and Leo, a ten-pound Shih Tzu. They are excited about their move to St. Louis and joining the WashU family.

St. Louis and the Department of Otolaryngology are equally excited to have them here.