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Richard A. Chole, MD, PhD

Current Position
Lindburg Professor and Department Chairman of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Director - American Board of Otolaryngology

Specialty Areas
Cochlear Implants - Pediatric
Ear, Nose and Throat
Hearing Loss
Pituitary Tumors
Skull Base Tumors
Cochlear Implants - Adults
Pediatric Otolaryngology
Meniere's Disease

Patients Seen At
Ear, Nose and Throat Center
Center for Advanced Medicine
4921 Parkview Place, A, 11
St. Louis, MO  63110
Fax:   314-747-5592
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Mailing Address
Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Otolaryngology
660 S. Euclid, Campus Box 8115
St Louis, MO  63110

Areas of Clinical Interest
Otology, neurotology, bone remodeling and deafness, reconstruction of the middle ear, Petrous apicitis, otosclerosis, cholesteatoma, adult cochlear implants, Bone Anchored Hearing Aids, BAHA

Board Certification
Otolaryngology -- Certified

Medical Education
B.S. : Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, California, 1965
Medical Degree: University Of Southern California, 1969
Fellowship: Surgery, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, 1973
Fellowship: Otolaryngology, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, 1977
Ph.D.: Otolaryngology, Anatomy, Biochemistry, University of Minnesota, 1977
Sabbatical: Transmission Electon Microcopy, University of Minnesota, 1981
Hospital Affiliations
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
St Louis Children's Hospital

Honors and Awards
Listed in Best Doctors in America, 2003-2013 (Best Doctors, Inc.)

Disclosure of Financial Interests with Industry
Washington University and its physicians are committed to ensuring integrity and objectivity in medical decision-making. Some of our physicians work collaboratively with pharmaceutical or medical device companies to develop innovative ideas and products that can improve health care delivery and clinical outcomes for patients. In some instances, our faculty physicians are paid by these commercial companies to provide advice on product design or to speak about the use of medications, devices, equipment or procedures. These payments may include: a) compensation for consulting and speaking engagements, b) equity, and/or c) royalties for products invented by our faculty. Any payments to Washington University physicians must be based on tangible services and may not exceed fair market value for their work. In addition to disclosure on this web site, physicians earning more than $10,000 per year must disclose their corporate financial relationship in writing to patients when prescribing or using that company's products.

Dr. Richard A. Chole reported the following earned financial interests during calendar year 2013. Move your mouse over a header for more info.
Royalties: When a faculty member invents or conceives a new or improved process or product, the company that manufactures the product will make royalty payments to the faculty member. Royalty payments usually are a small percentage of the company’s revenue related to that product.
Equity: Equity is an ownership interest in a company. Faculty members may be paid for their service to a company in stock or the option to obtain stock.
Consulting &
Advisory Boards
Consulting and Advisory Boards: Faculty may be paid to provide expertise to a company by being their consultant, or by serving on an advisory board.
Speaker Fees
Speaker Fees: Companies may pay faculty to speak to professional audiences about their products.
Checksite Medical Inc  Yes   
To learn more about Washington University's policies on collaborations with industry, click here.

Selected or Recent Journal Articles
Chole RA, Ogden MA. Predictors of future success in otolaryngology residency applicants. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012 Aug 1.

Zenga J, Gagnon PM, Vogel J, Chole RA. Biofilm formation by otopathogenic strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa is not consistently inhibited by ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid. Otol Neurotol. 2012 Aug.

Oeding K, Valente M, Chole R. Challenges in fitting a hearing aid to a severely collapsed ear canal and mixed hearing loss. J Am Acad Audiol. 2012 Apr.

Jung JY, Lee DH, Wang EW, Nason R, Sinnwell TM, Vogel JP, Chole RA. P. aeruginosa infection increases morbidity in experimental cholesteatomas. Laryngoscope. 2011 Nov.

Graboyes EM, Hullar TE, Chole RA. The lenticular process of the incus. Otol Neurotol. 2011 Dec.

Graboyes EM, Chole RA, Hullar TE. The ossicle of Paaw. Otol Neurotol. 2011 Sep.

Teymouri J, Hullar TE, Holden TA, Chole RA. Verification of computed tomographic estimates of cochlear implant array position: a micro-CT and histologic analysis. Otol Neurotol. 2011 Aug.

Chole RA, Lim C, Dunham B, Chicoine MR, Dacey RG Jr. A novel transnasal transsphenoidal speculum: a design for both microscopic and endoscopic transsphenoidal pituitary surgery. J Neurosurg. 2011 May.

Brown RF, Hullar TE, Cadieux JH, Chole RA. Residual hearing preservation after pediatric cochlear implantation. Otol Neurotol. 2010 Oct.

Chole RA. Labs in crisis: protecting the science--and art--of otopathology. Otol Neurotol. 2010 Jun.

Meshik X, Holden TA, Chole RA, Hullar TE. Optimal cochlear implant insertion vectors. Otol Neurotol. 2010 Jan.

Nason R, Lee DH, Jung JY, Chole RA. Radiographic and micro-computed tomographic imaging of lipopolysaccharide-mediated bone resorption. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2009 May.

Uchanski RM, Davidson LS, Quadrizius S, Reeder R, Cadieux J, Kettel J, Chole RA. Two ears and two (or more?) devices: a pediatric case study of bilateral profound hearing loss. Trends Amplif. 2009 Jun.

Nason R, Jung JY, Chole RA. Lipopolysaccharide-induced osteoclastogenesis from mononuclear precursors: a mechanism for osteolysis in chronic otitis. J Assoc Res Otolaryngol. 2009 Jun.

Wang EW, Agostini G, Olomu O, Runco D, Jung JY, Chole RA. Gentian violet and ferric ammonium citrate disrupt Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms. Laryngoscope. 2008 Nov.

For more articles and abstracts, take this off-site link to the National Library of Medicine Pub Med page for Dr. Richard A. Chole

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