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Ricardo Carrau, MD, Otolaryngology (ENT), Columbus, OH, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center


Otolaryngology (ENT) Columbus, OH

Head & Neck Oncologic Surgery, Rhinology & Paranasal Sinus Disease

Professor, Otolaryngology, Ohio State University College of Medicine

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  • Dr. Carrau’s clinical interests are diverse and include traditional and endoscopic skull base surgery, head and neck oncology, swallowing disorders, disorders of the salivary glands and sialendoscopy, disorders of the paranasal sinuses and endoscopic sinus surgery and laryngotracheal stenosis. In the past, he served at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, as the Medical Director of the Swallowing Disorders Center, Director of the Division of Maxillofacial Trauma and as a member of the Division of Rhinology and Allergy, Division of Head & Neck Oncologic Surgery, Division of Skull Base Surgery and the Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery Center. Similarly, he belongs to multiple professional organizations that match his clinical interests. Dr. Carrau has developed a remarkable curriculum vitae (CV), having authored over 450 publications (300+ peer-reviewed). He has co-authored/co-edited the books Operative Otolaryngology, Comprehensive Management of Swallowing Disorders, Clinical Manual of Swallowing Disorders, Clinical Management of Swallowing Disorders, Atlas de Cirugía Endoscopica y Base de Craneo (Asociación Colombiana de ORL-CCC, Maxilofacial y Estética Facial), and Dissection Laboratory Manual for Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery.

    Dr. Carrau is a recognized world expert in skull base surgery and a pioneer in endoscopic skull base surgery. He has been instrumental in developing techniques, defining the indications, and solving many of the challenges presented by patients with pathologies in this complex area. In addition, he has contributed multiple seminal publications addressing the use of perioperative antibiotics, reconstructive surgeries of the airways and surgeries of the salivary glands and sialendoscopy.

Education & Training

  • Fisher School of Business at The Ohio State UniversityMBA, Executive MBA, 2018 - 2019
  • UPMC Mercy
    UPMC MercyFellowship, Head & Neck Surgery, 1989 - 1990
  • University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
    University of Puerto Rico School of MedicineResidency, Otolaryngology, 1982 - 1987
  • University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
    University of Puerto Rico School of MedicineInternship, Internal Medicine, 1981 - 1982
  • University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
    University of Puerto Rico School of MedicineClass of 1981

Certifications & Licensure

  • OH State Medical License
    OH State Medical License 2011 - 2023
  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 2010 - 2022
  • PA State Medical License
    PA State Medical License 1987 - 2022
  • American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Otolaryngology

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • CMS Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification EpicCare Ambulatory EMR, Epic Systems Corporation, 2012-2013
  • Pittsburgh Magazine Castle Connolly, 2005-2010
  • America's Top Doctors Castle Connolly, 2002-2010
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Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Modified Endoscopic Endonasal Approach with a Minimally Invasive Transoral Approach—an Adjunct to Infrapetrous Approaches  
    Daniel M Prevedello, Bradley A Otto, Ricardo L Carrau, The Laryngoscope
  • Predictors of Gastrostomy Tube Dependence in Surgically Managed Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma  
    Stephen Y Kang, James W Rocco, Michael J Cipolla, Amit Agrawal, David E Schuller, Peter T Dziegielewski, Ricardo L Carrau, Matthew O Old, Enver Ozer, Vivek R Varma, Th..., The Laryngoscope
  • Surgical Anatomy for the Endoscopic Endonasal Approach to the Ventrolateral Skull Base  
    Daniel M Prevedello, Ricardo L Carrau, J-STAGE

Authored Content

  • Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2018 June;62(3):332-8September 2018
  • Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2018 June;62(3):310-21September 2018

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