Courtney C.J. Voelker, MD, PhD

Courtney Voelker MD PhD 2

Board-Certified

Head & Neck Surgery, Otology – Neurotology

Courtney Voelker, MD, PhD, is a Rhodes Scholar and board certified neurotologist. She is Director of Otology/Neurotology – Lateral Skull Base Surgery and the Director of the Cochlear Implant Program at Pacific Neuroscience Institute Medical Group (PNIMG). Dr. Voelker has conducted cutting-edge research on the physiology and diseases of the inner ear at Brown University, the University of Oxford, Washington University in St. Louis, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Voelker joins PNIMG from USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC where she was Division Chief of Otology, Neurotology and Lateral Skull Base Surgery and the Director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

Career Highlights

Dr. Voelker’s clinical interests include chronic ear disease, otosclerosis, cochlear implantation (adult and pediatric), vestibular disorders, skull base tumors including acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, and glomus tumors. Her research interests include studying inner ear structure and function, and how that knowledge translates into treatments for patients with hearing and balance problems.

Dr. Voelker has authored numerous research publications and textbook chapters in her field. She is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and the American Neurotologic Society. Dr. Voelker is committed to offering high quality, compassionate care to patients in her clinic, while pursuing scientific advancements in the field.

Dr. Voelker graduated with Honors from Brown University and earned her medical degree from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. As a Rhodes Scholar she earned her PhD from the University of Oxford in developmental neurobiology. She completed her residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Washington University (Barnes-Jewish Hospital) in St. Louis and her fellowship at the world-renowned House Ear Institute and Clinic.

Specialties

Otology

Neurotology & Skull Base Surgery

  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Acoustic Neuroma (Vestibular Schwannomas)
  • Cholesteatoma

Affiliations, Education & Research

Professional Society Memberships/Honors
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Neurotology Society
  • Association for Research in Otolaryngology
Education
  • ScB (with Honors), Neuroscience, Brown University
  • MD, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • PhD (Rhodes Scholar), University of Oxford
  • Residency Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Washington University (Barnes-Jewish Hospital)
  • Fellowship Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery, House Clinic in Los Angeles
Research
  • Inner Ear Structure and Function
  • Translational Treatment for Hearing and Balance Pathologies

Articles of Dr. Voelker

Case Presentation - Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

52-year-old male presented to his primary care physician complaining of 2 days of right-sided hearing loss and a “roaring” right-sided tinnitus. There were no obvious inciting factors and the patient reports he first noticed hearing loss upon awakening 2 days prior...

How does hearing loss impact quality of life?

In present times, people are living loud more than ever before! Adults and children are wearing their wireless headphones to stream music, podcasts, movies, and phone calls all day long. New parents are using noise machines at high levels to help their babies get to sleep. Concerts, sporting events, and even our car stereos are all giving us high doses of...

PNI Foundation Launches Hearing Aid Recycling Program

Imagine a world in which you can no longer hear someone say “I love you.” You can’t communicate with your family and friends on the phone anymore. You can’t hear your child laugh. Those who suffer hearing loss can become isolated and removed from many aspects of everyday life that are taken for granted. Hearing impairment and deafness are serious disabilities that can...

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