Joel Ernster, MD

Joel Ernster, MD

Otolaryngology (ENT) Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado ENT and Allergy

Office Address

  • 3030 N Circle Dr
    Suite 300
    Colorado Springs, CO 80909
    Phone: (719) 867-7800
    Fax: (719) 867-7899

Joel Ernster, MD

Otolaryngology (ENT) Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado ENT and Allergy

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Otolaryngology (ENT): General Otolaryngology/ENT, Head & Neck Oncologic Surgery, Laryngology & Voice Disorders
  • Clinical Interests: head and neck malignancies; voice and swallowing; melanoma; tracheal stenosis

Education & Training

  • University of ColoradoUniversity of Colorado
  • Exempla St Joseph HospitalExempla St Joseph Hospital
  • Exempla St Joseph HospitalExempla St Joseph Hospital
  • University of Oklahoma College of MedicineUniversity of Oklahoma College of Medicine
  • University of Oklahoma School of Public HealthUniversity of Oklahoma School of Public Health

Certifications & Licensure

  • CO State Medical LicenseCO State Medical LicenseActive through 2013
  • American Board of OtolaryngologyOtolaryngology

    Awards, Honors, & Recognition

    • Regional Top DoctorCastle Connolly, 2014
    • CMS Meaningful Use Stage 1 CertificationAllMeds EHR, AllMeds, Inc., 2012, 2013, 2014
    • Patent #6250315 B1Suction electrocautery tip cleaner, 2000

    Publications & Presentations


    Journal Articles

    • Reducing the Accident Toll Among Young Bicyclists.  Ernster, JA: Gross, R, Oklahoma State Medical Association Journal 75:397-402
    • Plethysmographic Findings in Vasoconstrictive Shock.  Ernster, JA: Brantigan, C, Vascular Laboratory Review 1(1):32-40
    • Surgical Complications in Henoch-Schonlein Purpura.  Martinez, L: Hasse, G; Ernster, JA; Bailey, W, The Journal of Pediatric Surgery 19(4):434-437


    • Brown-Sequard Syndrome as a Consequence of Perineural Spread of a Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Ernster, J.A.: Schiller, J.: Martz, D.: Noblett, D, Presented as a poster presentation at the Third International Conference on Head and Neck Oncology, Francisco, CA
    • Open-Label Phase I Dose Escalation Study of Intralesional Injection of M4N in Head and Neck Cancer. Day, T.A.; Ernster, J.A.; Boyd Gillespie, M.; Frazer, N.; Huang, R.C, Presented at the 6th International Head and Neck Cancer Meeting by Dr. T. A. Day, Washington, D.C
    • Oropharyngeal Cancer Associated with Oncogenic HPV is Clinically Unique and Portends Improved Survival. Joel A. Ernster, MD, FACS, Cosimo G. Sciotto, MD PhD, Maureen O’Brien, PhD, Linda J. Robinson, BA, Thomas Willson, BA, presented as a poster presentation at the American Head and Neck Society Research Meeting, Chicago, Illinois


    • Human Papilloma Virus Infections Involving the Head Neck. Clinico-Pathologic Conference, Penrose Hospital, Colorado Springs, CO
    • Management of Nonneoplastic Mass Lesions of the Sella Turcica and Sphenoid Sinus. Current Trends, Controversies, and Perspectives in Rhinology and Sinus Surgery
    • Management of Head and Neck Malignancies. Presented to El Paso County Physician Assistant's Society, Marriott Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO


    • School Board St. Mary's High School 2000 - 2007
    • Grace Athletic Fields Development Committee, St Mary's High School Member 2003 - 2007
    • St Mary's High School Vice-Chairman of School Board 2002 - 2005
    • St Mary's High School Chairman of Annual Fund Drive 2004 - 2004
    • Community Health Center (indigent care facility) Member of Board of Directors 1986 - 1989
    • Community Health Center (indigent care facility) Member of Board of Directors 1986 - Present
    • Colorado Cancer Research Program Clinical investigator 1995 - Present
    • Reviewer Hand and Neck 2009 - Present

    Hospital Affiliations

    Insurance Accepted

    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Anthem PPO
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
    • CIGNA Open Access
    • Cofinity PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Great West PPO
    • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
    • Kaiser Permanente
    • Multiplan PHCS PPO
    • Multiplan PPO
    • Rocky Mountain Group/Indiv - HMO/Private Pay
    • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
    • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
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