Message from David W. Stepnick, MD

David W. Stepnick, MD

A warm welcome to the MetroHealth Medical Center Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery website. Our group of exceptionally talented physicians, advanced practice providers, and audiologists are here to serve our patients with expertise, skill, and compassion.

As an affiliate of Case Western Reserve University, the physicians of the Department all have faculty appointments and are involved not only in patient care but keep current and up to date as teachers and researchers. As with other exceptional academic Departments, these three components are part of our fundamental mission: patient care, research and teaching. Of course, our mission mirrors that of the MetroHealth System: “Leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery and teamwork.”

MetroHealth’s values, which include Service to Others, Teamwork, Accountability, Respect, Inclusion & Diversity, and Quest for Excellence are embodied by everyone in the Department and are generally what draws many employees, including physicians and advanced practice providers, to MetroHealth.

Our providers include our Advanced Practice Providers, Kara Conroy, PA-C, and Jessica Kurtz, CNP. Robert Stegmoyer, MD and Michael Weber, MD are physicians whose skills broadly span the various components of the ear, nose, and throat specialty.

In addition, there are five fellowship-trained physicians who provide the expert care that our patients deserve. These include:

  • David Ludlow, MD is sub-specialty trained in microvascular free flaps, head and neck cancer surgery, and sialoendoscopy – using tiny fiberoptic scopes and instruments to manage salivary (spit) gland issues in a new and modern way.
  • Steven Houser, MD cares for patients with sinus problems and is the only provider in the greater Cleveland area who does allergy treatment with drops of allergen extract under the tongue instead of shots.
  • Aaron Baker, MD is a specialist in all things related to the ear: hearing loss, chronic ear infections, cholesteatoma, vertigo, and cochlear implants.
  • Akash Naik, MD is subspecialty trained in head & neck cancer surgery and microvascular free flap reconstruction, including transoral robotic surgery, thyroid and parathyroid surgery. He also has expertise in the surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, including Inspire.
  • David Stepnick, MD, FACS. Fellowship training in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Department Chair of Otolaryngology. 

Madeleine Lenox, MD, brings her experience and expertise on a part-time basis. Last, but certainly not least, are our very strong group of audiology colleagues that have a tremendous wealth of experience and expertise and are integral members of the Department.

Surgeries are performed at Main Campus Medical Center and Parma Medical Center; our providers see patients in the office at various satellites to help bring care closer to our patients’ homes. These sites are Parma, Lyndhurst, Westlake Crocker Park, and Brecksville.

I am honored to serve this great Department as Chair and we all look forward to providing you exceptional care.

Sincerely,

David Stepnick, MD, FACS
Professor & Chair, Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
Case Western Reserve University / MetroHealth
Executive Director, Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
Director, Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
MetroHealth Medical System
Cleveland, OH

 

Our Doctors/Medical Providers

Aaron R. Baker, MD

Aaron R. Baker, MD

Otolaryngology

256 ratings / 59 reviews
Kara L. Conroy, PA-C

Kara L. Conroy, PA-C

Otolaryngology

255 ratings / 50 reviews
Steven M. Houser, MD

Steven M. Houser, MD

Otolaryngology

216 ratings / 45 reviews
Jessica J. Kurtz, APRN-CNP

Jessica J. Kurtz, APRN-CNP

Otolaryngology

322 ratings / 65 reviews
Madeleine M. Lenox, MD

Madeleine M. Lenox, MD

Otolaryngology

No patient rating available.   Why?
David H. Ludlow, MD

David H. Ludlow, MD

Otolaryngology

188 ratings / 46 reviews
Akash N. Naik, MD

Akash N. Naik, MD

Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, Throat)

79 ratings / 14 reviews
Dania Saleh, PA-C

Dania Saleh, PA-C

Otolaryngology

No patient rating available.   Why?